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This Saturday, April 30th, marks the end of Passover, the eight-day festival that commemorates the ancient exodus of the Jewish from slavery in Egypt to freedom under Moses leadership. Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is celebrated from the 15th through the 22nd of the month of Nissan according to the Jewish calendar. As a lunar calendar, the dates of Passover vary in relation to the Gregorian calendar.

Jewish communities throughout the world mark Passover with the eating of matzo, unleavened bread that calls to mind the when the Jewish people fled from Egypt in such haste that they could not wait for bread to rise, and with the holding of the Seder meal. The rituals of the Seder meal are proscribed by the Haggadah, a text that sets forth the elements of the Seder and relays stories of G-d’s steadfastness and saving works on behalf of the Jewish people. During the Seder meal, the story of the exodus from Egypt is retold, and symbolic foods are served. Families and friends come together to share the Seder meal and celebrate their ancestors in faith.

During these final days of Passover, we wish you Pesach Sameach – or Happy Passover!

Want to learn more about Passover? Check out these resources:

Passover, the most beloved Jewish holiday (Religion News Service)
http://religionnews.com/2016/04/22/passover-the-most-beloved-jewish-holiday/

Why Is This Passover Different From Past Passovers? (NPR)
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/22/475128102/why-is-this-passover-different-from-past-passovers

The Passover Table – Delicious recipes for your Seder table and beyond (The New York Times)
http://cooking.nytimes.com/topics/passover

Top 5 Passover Traditions From Around The World (Huffington Post)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/08/top-5-passover-traditions_n_184209.html

Beauty in Holiness – Hebraic Collections: An Illustrated Guide (Library of Congress)
https://www.loc.gov/rr/amed/guide/hs-beauty.html

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After more than thirty years, the team at Hirsh Health Sciences Library confronts our last week with our beloved colleague Elizabeth Richardson. On Friday April 29, we send our matriarch off to begin the next chapter of her life, a well-deserved retirement.

Elizabeth has touched the lives of so many students, staff, and faculty members, not to mention librarians across the campuses of Tufts University. Her dedication to the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, to the preservation of the history of the Tufts Health Science Campus, and to all students who crossed her path is immeasurable. And believe me, we are ALL students in the presence of Elizabeth Richardson! It is a grand understatement to say we will miss her terribly.

Our Elizabeth is an incredible librarian and teacher, a master gardener, a dedicated volunteer, a committed mother, and a very dear friend. Please feel free to pop by the Library this week and bid a fond adieu to our dear Elizabeth!

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Peonies by Liz West is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

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Zika virus. The lead crisis in Flint, Michigan. Soaring rates of childhood obesity. Climate change.

These are just some of the headlines we encounter every day that remind us of how  critical a robust and resilient public health infrastructure is for our future.

This week is National Public Health Week 2016 (http://www.nphw.org/). An initiative of the American Public Health Association (http://www.apha.org/), National Public Health Week was established to “as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.”

In honor of National Public Health Week, the Hirsh library would like to highlight its resources that help support public health. The Hirsh library is also presenting a Public Health Tools Workshop that will introduce you to resources to help you with public and community health-related research, including Healthy People 2020, APHA Public Health Policy Database and TRoPHI (Trials Register of Promoting Health Interventions).

We hope that you will attend the workshop or check out our public health research guides. After all,  public health is your health!

Public Health Tools Workshop
When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 4:00pm – 5:00pm & Friday, April 8, 2016 9:00am- 10am
Where: Sackler 510
Register at: http://bit.ly/1RW0SjX

Public & Community Health Research Guide
http://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/public_health
This guide contains resources to help you with public and community health-related research.

Boston to Mound Bayou: Columbia Point & Delta Health Center
http://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/community_health
This guide has been created to help you learn more about Tufts University’s archival materials regarding the establishment of the Columbia Point Health Center (Boston, MA) and Delta Health Center, Inc. (Mound Bayou, MS), which helped launch the community health center movement.

Environmental & Occupational Health
http://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/EnvOccHealth
Presents a variety of resources focused on environmental and occupational health.

 

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This Sunday is the great feast of Easter, the high point of the Christian calendar (nb: Eastern Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter on Sunday, May 1). Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and ends the season of Lent, which began on February 10.

The final week of Lent is called “Holy Week” and the three days preceding Easter are referred to the “Holy Triduum,”  which consists of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. These three days  which recount the final three days of Jesus’ life are marked by Christians around the world by religious observances, fasting,  pilgrimages, and acts of repentance.

Ending this intense period of devotion is the  Great Vigil on the eve of Easter. Christian communities around the world celebrate Easter Sunday with grand religious processions, the giving of small gifts, and feasts with family and friends. If you are celebrating Easter, we wish a  most joyous feast!

Learn more about the “Holy Week” and Easter:

 

Image credit: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0.

 

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Congratulations class of 2016 on your match!  Match Day is an annual event that began in 1952 where medical students learn where they will have their residency program.  On Friday, March 18th the service desk on the 4th floor will be closed from 11am-2pm to accommodate celebrations for this event.  All other floors will be open for study.  Please plan on obtaining laptops and reserve items prior to 11am if you need them.  Thank you!

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March 15th…the day to settle debts…possibly a day to dress a man like a goat and run him out of town...and famously, the day Julius Caesar was brutally stabbed to death before the Roman Senate in 44 BC.

Lots of bad things have happened on the Ides of March, and we know you don’t need more stress in your life. So come visit the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4 Wednesday 3/16 and Thursday 3/17, starting at noon, and unwind with some quality craft time!

This month, we’re featuring paper bag puppets and pompom study buddies. Come get your craft on with us. Maybe if Brutus took a craft break, he wouldn’t have felt so…stabby.

 

Fair Use Week is upon us!  This week is a great time to focus on the factors to consider when determining if you can reuse someone else’s (and sometimes your own) work…

Think you already know all the ins and outs of fair use?

Curious what fair use is?

Looking to face your fear of legal quandary?

Love taking online quizzes?

Whatever the reason, try out this fair use quiz MIT made to test your knowledge.

 

Fair Use Quiz by MIT Libraries, used under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC 4.0

Fair Use Quiz by MIT Libraries, used under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC 4.0

And, if you are trying to decide whether you yourself can reuse particular images, figures, tables, text, etc., take advantage of the Fair Use Evaluator from the American Library Association.  It’s a great tool to guide and document your own decision making process.

 

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz

 

diwali

Wednesday, November 11 is the beginning of Diwali, or  the “festival of lights,” which is celebrated by Hindus around the world.

Diwali, or Deepavali, commemorates “the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair”1. It is celebrated withfamily and friends, the lighting of oil lamps, displays of fireworks and (lots!) of sweet treats. We wish you a most joyous Diwali and a prosperous year to come!

Looking for Diwali celebrations in Boston? Check out:

Diwali Celebration (Museum of Fine Arts)
http://www.mfa.org/programs/series/diwali-festival-lights

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To learn more about Diwali, visit:

Diwali: the triumph of goodness (from Hinduism Today)
http://www.hinduismtoday.com/pdf_downloads/pagers/Hindu-Festival_Diwali_magazine-color.pdf

“Far From Diwali’s Lights, The Warm Glow Of Home” (from npr.org)
http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/11/03/242807881/far-from-diwalis-lights-the-warm-glow-of-home

“Diwali: Celebrating The Festival Of Lights” (from npr.org)
http://www.npr.org/2012/11/13/165046185/diwali-celebrating-the-festival-of-lights

Diwali Recipes (from bbc.com)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/occasions/diwali

Diwali Sweets Recipes – 100 Diwali Recipes  (from “Swasthi’s Recipes”)
http://indianhealthyrecipes.com/diwali-sweets-recipes-diwali-recipes/

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References:

  1. Diwali: the triumph of goodness. Hinduism Today, 2015. (Accessed November 4, 2015, at http://www.hinduismtoday.com/pdf_downloads/pagers/Hindu-Festival_Diwali_broadsheet-color.pdf.)

Image source:
http://webneel.com/webneel/blog/diwali-greetings-card-collection-2

 

 

 

Boston Public Market…oh, where do I begin? Well, let’s just follow the crumbs..the donuts, the fresh veggies, the cappuccino,the shakshuka… but first some background!

Located next to the Haymarket subway station, the Boston Public Market opened over the summer with a mission to offer “a year-round, indoor market featuring fresh, locally sourced food brought directly to and from the diverse people that make up Massachusetts and New England.”

What makes Boston Public Market unique is that “everything sold at the Market is produced or originates in New England.” In short, the Boston Public Market is a locavore’s dream come true. But if even if you could care less about the sourcing of your food, the quality and variety (read: ‘yumminess’) of the offerings should draw you. The Market features a mixture of vendors offering everything from prepared foods and fresh produce to beer, flowers, and hand-crafted wooden bowls.

With its large glass windows and high ceilings, the Market’s space is airy, brightly light, and yet somewhat warren-like. Take note, this space will be provide a welcome refuge in the dark, cold days of Boston winter! The Market is open from Wednesday – Sunday 8:00am–8:00pm. For a complete list of vendors, check out the  Boston Public Market vendor list here: https://bostonpublicmarket.org/vendors
For now, I’d like to name a few of the vendors who have made my stomach *very* happy on my last visit:

George Howell Coffee – George Howell is the force behind the excellent, locally roasted Terroir and Alchemy brands of coffee. In addition to selling their fabulous ground,
coffee, George Howell’s barista’s are top-notch and appear to put their full concentration behind each espresso dink they make.

Silverbrook Farms – Based in Dartmouth, Silverbrook Farms sells a wide-variety of produce and other products (flowers, eggs, jams, mustards) from the South Coast of
Massachusetts. If you are a mushroom fan, Silverbrook Farms will be worth a visit.

Inna’s Kitchen – An outpost of their full-service restaurant in Newton, Inna’s serves up wonderful Jewish cuisine from around the world, including some of the
yummiest shakshuka I’ve ever had (btw: Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in a spicy, tomato-based sauce; think Middle Eastern huevos rancheros).
The service at Inna’s was friendly and knowledgeable and even picked some fresh oregano right from a container to top off  my dish!

Red Apple Farms – Cider donuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Soluna Garden Farm – Sells its own spice mixes and teas cultivated from its herb farm in Winchester. I enjoyed a delicious chai latte created right on the spot!

Boston Public Market

https://bostonpublicmarket.org/
When: Wednesday – Sunday 8:00am–8:00pm
Where: Haymarket Orange Line

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Image source: https://bostonpublicmarket.org/blog/page/4

 

The Hirsh Library warmly welcomes you to Tufts’ Health Sciences Campus!

As part of your orientation activities, you will be taking a self-guided tour of the library. This will be your time to explore your library and learn more about how the Hirsh Library can support your studies.

We would also like to introduce you to the Librarian Liaisons for the Friedman School and PHPD programs.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Librarian Liaison if you need any assistance (that’s why we’re here!)

Your Librarian Liaisons are:

Amy La Vertu – Friedman School of Nutrition

Amy Lapidow – Public Health (MPH and DPH), Masters of Biomedical Science (MBS) , Pain Research, Education, and Policy (PREP), Physician Assistant (PA)

Berika Williams – Health Communication