The North Shore is the place to be for festivals running all summer long. From the Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach, to the Salem Maritime Festival, to Gloucester’s famous Greasy Pole Contest of the St. Peter’s Fiesta, if you need to get out of the bustling city head north and explore these historic New England towns along the coast. Transportation is simple and easy, plus the MBTA is now offering $10 rail weekends. You can get to about any of these festivals by taking the Newburyport/Rockport line on the Commuter Rail.

 

St. Peter’s Fiesta! June 26-30, 2019  ~ Gloucester, MA

National Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach July, 26-28, 2019 ~  Revere Beach, MA

Yankee Homecoming July 27-August 4, 2019  ~  Newburyport, MA

Salem Maritime Festival August 3-4, 2019  ~  Salem, MA

Festival by the Sea August 3, 2019  ~  Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

39th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival August 17, 2019  ~  Gloucester, MA

Annual Rockport Jazz Festival August 4-11, 2019  ~  Rockport, MA

Best of the North Shore (BONS) Event August 20, 2019  ~  Ipswich, MA

Rockport Celtic Festival August 23-25, 2019  ~  Rockport, MA

RiverFest Seaside Music Festival August 24, 2019  ~  Gloucester, MA

Gloucester Schooner Festival August 30 – September 3, 2019  ~  Gloucester, MA

Peabody International Festival Artisan and Maker Street Fair September 8, 2019  ~  Peabody, MA

 

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Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Andrea Kang, our newest Research & Instruction librarian!

Andrea is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information where she worked at various parts of the library, including the Digital Preservation Lab, the Asia Library, and the Health Sciences Library. Before that, she taught in South Korea and went to Smith College. She’s excited to return to Boston and join the Tufts community, where she will be the primary outreach liaison to the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences.

Feel free to say hello if you see her around the library!

 

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June 17, 2019 is the 244th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, an event we mark in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Bunker Hill Day. It falls just after Father’s Day this year, so instead of watching war reenactments on the History Channel, why not take Dad out to bone up on some local history?

  • Celebrate the belated birthday of Bunker Hill Hero Joseph Warren today or any day (his birthday is June 11) with a trip to his namesake landmark the Warren Tavern, a fine establishment dating back to 1780 and frequented back in the day by Warren’s good friend, Paul Revere.
  • Kick off the weekend early and celebrate a turning point in the Revolution by joining Mayor Marty Walsh at City Hall Plaza to witness the raising of the Bunker Hill Flag on June 14th at noon.
  • Visit Charlestown on Saturday June 15 for Bunker Hill Family Fun Day and a concert at the Monument. There will be music, art projects for kids, and much more. And it’s free! All Dads love free things!
  • Visit the Bunker Hill Monument for the “Decisive Day” guided tour offered by the Boston National Historic Park, which departs daily every half hour.
  • Head out to Quincy to the Adams National Historical Park on Monday June 17 for the special event “Bunker Hill to Penn’s Hill,” where you can learn about Abigail Adams and young John Quincy Adams, who watched the battle rage from ten miles away atop Penn’s Hill.

If you don’t have time to get out this weekend, here are the Top Ten Things You Should Know About Charlestown and the Battle of Bunker Hill according to our Head of Research & Instruction and Charlestown denizen, Becky Morin

1) The Battle of Bunker Hill was mostly fought on Breed’s Hill. That’s where the Monument is. Bunker Hill is actually taller and steeper, and is home to the lovely Saint Francis de Sales, a beautiful Roman Catholic church dedicated in 1862. If you don’t know which hill is which, we know you’re a tourist.

Bunker Hill Monument and Col. William Prescott statue

By Siddharth Mallya. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

2) Charlestown was actually not part of the City of Boston when the Battle took place. Charlestown is OLDER than Boston (as any proud Townie will gladly inform you), and did not become part of the City until 1874.

3) Charlestown is where Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride really kicked off. He was ferried in a rowboat from Boston, landing near the Charlestown Battery, where he picked up a horse from his friend Deacon John Larkin, a lifelong Charlestown resident.

4) There is debate as to why the Colonial forces fortified Breed’s Hill instead of Bunker Hill, although many think it is because Breed’s Hill is closer to Boston. The British had planned the siege to capture Bunker Hill, as they wanted to dig in fortifications on the area’s highest points.

5) It took the British three attempts to capture Breed’s Hill, even though their numbers were far greater than the Colonial forces.

6) Charlestown burned after the Battle, the first of two major fires to strike the community.

7) Proud Charlestown residents still fly the Bunker Hill Battle Flag.

Bunker Hill Flag

By DevinCook at English Wikipedia, via Wikimedia Commons

8) While the British defeated the Colonists at the Battle of Bunker Hill, they suffered severe casualties and the Siege of Boston came to a stalemate.

9) The Bunker Hill Monument (which you now know is on Breed’s Hill) is 221 feet tall and was completed in 1842.

10) Beloved French hero of the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette, is said to be buried beneath a sprinkling of soil from Bunker Hill, procured by his son.

Want More?

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-true-story-of-the-battle-of-bunker-hill-36721984/
http://charlestownhistoricalsociety.org/history/historic-timeline/
https://www.masshist.org/revolution/bunkerhill.php
https://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jun17.html

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Our FREE BOOKS book-truck will be waiting for you down by the circulation desk on the 4th floor today–so don’t forget to swing by, and hopefully there will be a book or two or three that you’ll want to give a good home.

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May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. It’s celebrated every year to encourage a 24-hour abstinence from all forms of tobacco and raise awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke. Each year, more than 7 million people worldwide die from diseases caused by tobacco use, including 890,000 from exposure to second-hand smoke.

Fun facts!
On July 1, 2004, a statewide smoking ban went into effect in the state of Massachusetts. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places and workplaces, including bars and restaurants. Also, on February 9, 2009 the Boston Public Health Commission banned smoking on outside patios of bars and restaurants. Additionally, smoking is banned in all hotel rooms in the city of Boston. Many cities and states have enacted similar bans, but regulations vary greatly throughout the US and there have never been any attempts to enact a nationwide smoking ban. If you’re interested in seeing how laws differ throughout the country, Wikipedia offers a comprehensive list.

Celebrate World No Tobacco Day with a 24-hour (or more) abstinence from all forms of tobacco on May 31!

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So the HHSL Open Workshops Series is over for the semester and you couldn’t attend any workshops. Look, we’ve all been there. You really WANTED to attend that Thursday HHSL Open Workshop at 12pm, but you were engrossed in your studies/bumped in to a friend and started chatting/forgot to check the date on the topic you wanted/really needed to eat lunch…and so you missed it.

Have you squandered your last chance to learn EndNote? Thrown away your shot to master Web of Science? Wasted all opportunities to hone your PubMed skills? Are you doomed?

“On Fire” Gunshow #648 by KC Green. This is a meme all over the internet now, give its creator some love here.

No! Your friends at Hirsh Health Sciences Library would never abandon you! We know how busy you are, and we can’t schedule Open Workshops at times that fit everybody’s schedule or align the topic you’re interested in to the time it’d be the most useful for you. To better meet your needs, we bring you Workshops on Demand— gather a few friends, find some times that work for a group session, and tell the Library what you want to learn about. We will provide the content, and expert librarian instructor, and we’ll even book the room. Choose from the list of topics, or suggest your own- we’re listening! Just fill out the form and we will be in touch to set up your custom workshop. These sessions are a great way to maximize learning and interaction with an instructor and your classroom peers, and ideal for those embarking on group projects. Workshops on Demand can be scheduled M-F between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm, depending on the availability of librarians, and we can conduct them via WebEx as well for those off-campus.

(Of course, if you would like a one-on-one instruction session with a librarian, we can set that up too. Just contact us here)

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In observance of Memorial Day, Hirsh Library will be closed on Monday, May 27th. We will be open for our usual hours on Saturday and Sunday. Hope you have a sunny and relaxing long weekend!

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You may have noticed the Graphic Medicine collection on the 4th floor of the library along the journal wall. If you have been wondering what “Graphic Medicine” means exactly, or would like some guidance in this genre, I have created a LibGuide to help you get started. This LibGuide will provide you with a brief overview of the origins of Graphic Medicine, links to further readings, and people to follow if you are interested in staying up-to-date on the latest releases in the Graphic Medicine library.

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The commencement procession June 14, 1926. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA. http://hdl.handle.net/10427/35160

Congratulations Class of 2019! All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library applaud your hard-earned accomplishments and we wish you the best in your future endeavors! We look forward hearing about all the great work you will do.

Please note that the Library Service Desk will be closed this Saturday, May 18th, as there will be a reception for the graduates taking place.

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It’s that time of year again! As you finish up your last exams, polish up your final papers and turn in your final assignments, please stop by the 4th floor Library Service Desk to return any outstanding materials before you leave for the summer. Just a friendly reminder to those graduating this May, we need your items back before Friday May 17th so that we can sign off on your accounts.

Sticking around for the summer? We’ll be here for all your information and borrowing needs.

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