Posts by: Katherin Rae Deford

If you need a little extra sound muffling, we have you covered! Stop by the Library Service Desk for some earplugs. Did you know? Present-day earplug material was discovered in 1967 by Ross Gardener Jr.!

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Did you know that Hirsh Library has games that you can checkout? Cool, right!? If you need a break from studying or just want to challenge your friends to a game of Operation, stop by the Library Service Desk. We have Chess, Checkers, Jenga, Uno, Skippo, a bunch of playing cards… just to name a few, that you can checkout and play!

Operation Game

Image: Operation Game. Credit: mustangsmile

Let the games begin!

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Summer is here and everyone at HHSL is looking forward to the 4th of July! See our library hours for the holiday weekend. The weather forecast says it will be mostly sunny on the 4th and 5th, but scattered showers throughout the weekend, so keep that umbrella in your bag! Here are our suggestions for how to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday weekend:

Fireworks Over Boston by Mike Halsall is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

The quintessential Boston 4th of July celebration is the Boston Pops performance and fireworks show on the Esplanade. Visit the official event website for a rundown of the schedule and more event details.

For fun throughout the weekend, head down to Boston Harborfest. Dedicated to celebrating Boston’s harbor and history, it’s the largest 4th of July festival in the country and features tons of activities, some free and some paid. Here’s the full schedule. Don’t miss the fireworks over the Inner Harbor on Tuesday night!

USS Constitution fires a 21-gun salute toward Fort Independence during the ship’s July 4th underway (US Navy) / CC BY 2.0

Go check out the USS Constitution turnaround! Watch the USS Constitution take her annual voyage to Castle Island to fire a 21-gun salute. You can buy a ticket for the cruise or watch from the shore!

Newton Fireworks at at Halloran Sports and Rec Complex by Owen and Aki is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Don’t want to fight the crowds for Boston fireworks on the 2nd or the 4th? Here’s a list of all the fireworks displays planned for this summer in MA. Of particularly local note, Somerville will be having a display on Thursday 6/27 at 9:15pm and Newton and Waltham will also have fireworks displays on Thursday 7/4.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe Independence Day. And don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

Have a Happy 4th of July!

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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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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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In observance of Presidents Day, we will be operating with a modified schedule on Monday, February 18th. The Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm – 7pm and Library Offices will be closed. We will be open for our usual hours on Tuesday. Stay warm and have a good weekend!

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