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Summer is the perfect time to pick up a book for fun at the Hirsh Library! We have some new books that we’ve just added to our collection from the New York Times’ Best Selling List for Science books. Here’s a list of a few new titles that we have out on the shelves:

Is there anything else you’re dying to read but we don’t have? If so, let us know by recommending a purchase.

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Ahh, summer!  When the misery of winter is but a distant memory, and we are all baking in the heat collectively!  Other than no need to justify ice cream, one of the best things about summer are all the free events you can take advantage of.   Summer is the perfect time to discover Boston with some of the free events highlighted below:

Lastly, a great resource to search for free or low cost events in Boston all year round is the Boston Calendar.

Enjoy summer while it lasts!

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Happy Construction!

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HHSL is pleased to announce that this summer we will be adding a new classroom to the 6th floor! Library Administration will move into the main library offices and Sackler 606-609 will be turned into one larger room. Construction is set to begin in late July. 

Stay tuned for updates!

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Some of you may have noticed that we have brand new laptops!  We now have MacBooks and Dells at the 4th floor service desk that are available to checkout for 4 hours!  Please give us your feedback on functionality so that we may make improvements if necessary.  We hope you enjoy them!

 

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Want to win a gift card for a 1 hour massage at Massage Envy?  From noon-1PM July 7th-10th there will be a raffle put on by the Tufts Student National Dental Association.  Tickets can be bought near the Food for Thought Cafe during these times.  The cost is $3 for 1 or 2 for $5.

 

Please note that from Friday July 4th through Sunday July 6th the library service desk will be closed.  Overnight books checked out on Thursday evening will be due back on Monday morning at 9AM.  The building will still be open; however, library staff will not be available.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.

We wish everyone a wonderful Independence Day!

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Hirsh Health Sciences Library would like to welcome new residents to the Tufts Medical Community!

The Library is here to help.

Your Tufts username and password will get you access to the Library’s online resources.  You will receive a letter in the mail on how to set this up so please keep a look out.

Please see a staff member on the 4th floor information service’s desk of the Sackler building for bar code access to check out books in our collection.

Our collection features current journals in the field, books on select health topics, and a leisure reading collection to help you de-stress.

If you ever need assistance with resources at Hirsh, please ask us.

See you in the Library!

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Summer is here and everyone at HHSL is looking forward to the 4th of July. There are so many options for celebrating in Boston that it can be overwhelming, so we asked some staff members for their recommendations:

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My friends like to rent a kayak or canoe and watch the fireworks from the river!  

-Becky Philio, Library Assistant

You can reserve a boat ahead of time, if you’re feeling nautical.

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I like to watch the fireworks just standing on Memorial Drive. They pipe the music from the Pops along the Cambridge side of the River, so you can enjoy the spectacle without having to camp out all day for a spot on the Esplanade. 

-Katherine Morley, Administrative Coordinator

If you do decide to enjoy the Pops on the Esplanade, this handy guide has all the info you need.

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Go check out the Old Ironsides turnaround cruise. You can book a ticket on a boat that follows her around the harbor or just watch from shore as the world’s oldest commissioned warship takes her annual voyage to Castle Island. This is the year to do it, though–she’ll be undergoing restoration until 2018. 

-Becky Morin, Head of Research & Instruction.

More information here. Interested in other historical events? Here’s a big list of tours, talks, and tastings happening throughout the city this week.

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I’m not a native New Englander, so I was really excited last year when I was invited to a community clam bake for the 4th of July. Even though it was deathly hot (near 100 degrees F), it was really fun to celebrate with the whole neighborhood out on the rocky beach, eating all of the food everyone made. It was also really interesting to watch the evolution of the fire pit throughout the day. I’m not a big seafood eater, so I didn’t partake of the steamers and lobster, but everything looked and smelled amazing!

Katie Houk, Research & Instruction Librarian

Don’t know anyone with beach access? You can attend a clambake on Spectacle Island on the July 3rd, or any Thursday throughout the summer.

 

What’s your favorite thing to do on the 4th? Let us know!

 

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It is finally summer and I am convinced the weather will get hot at some point. However, we all need to make sure that we, and our loved-ones, know the dangers of UV radiation and play it smart when we are enjoying being outside all summer and fall. You can use the following infographics to teach your friends and family to be safe in the sun!

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Welcome to the first episode of Ask Leo.  Leo (our friendly skeleton) will be answering questions that patrons have regarding library policies and procedures.    Please feel free to contact him by sending an email to AskLeo@tufts.edu with the subject line Ask Leo or you may drop off a question in our designated box at the 4th floor library service desk.

Ask Leo Episode One: Summer Hours from Tufts HHSL on Vimeo.