June 17, 2016 is the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, an event we mark in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Bunker Hill Day. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, and now make my home in Charlestown (site of the battle), so here are the Top Ten Things You Should Know About Charlestown and the Battle of Bunker Hill.

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, and picking 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 burns during 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 defeat the Colonists at the Battle of Bunker Hill, they suffer severe casualties and the Siege of Boston comes 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.

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Ever thought of writing a poem on the diseases of the teeth? Well, Solyman Brown did, back in 1840. A copy of this book is held right here at Hirsh in the Special Collections room, should you have the urge to read it cover to cover. But for now, here are a few stanzas from this landmark in dental poetry:



The wait is *finally* over! Those of us who longed all winter for one more bite of just-picked lettuce or sweet-as-candy strawberries can finally rejoice and put back that bag of frozen broccoli crowns. Farmers markets  and the World PEAS community-support agriculture program (CSA) are back!!

Besides the miracle of fresh, locally-grown  produce, those of us who live and work in downtown Boston can also enjoy the convenience of picking up fresh food at farmers markets that are nearly around the corner every day of the week.  Even more convenient, is the World PEAS CSA, which drops off farm shares right in the Jaharis Building of the Friedman School!

So, lettuce begin a new season of yum ;-)! Check out some of the following farmers markets close to the Tufts health science campus and learn more about the World PEAS community-support agriculture program (CSA).

World PEAS CSA program
Location : Pick-up in the Jaharis Building of the Friedman School
Dates & Times:  Tuesdays between 3:30 – 6:30 pm.

Boston Public Market Farmers’ Market
136 Blackstone Street-Indoors on the ground floor above the Haymarket MBTA Station
Dates & Times: year-round – Wednesday to Sunday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted; EBT-SNAP Accepted

Boston Public Market/Greenway Farmers’ Market
136 Blackstone Street-Plaza
Dates & Times: May 18 to November 16 – Wednesday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted; EBT-SNAP Accepted

Boston/Boston University Farmers’ Market
775 Commonwealth Ave.-Boston University
Dates & Times: September to October 27 – Thursday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted;

Boston/Copley Square Farmers’ Market
206 Clarendon St-Along St. James Ave. Dartmouth and Boylston St
Dates & Times: May 10 to November 22 – Tuesday and Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm; WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted; EBT-SNAP Accepted

Boston/South End at the Ink Block Farmers’ Market
375 Harrison Ave.-
Dates & Times: May 1 to October 30 – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted;

Boston/South Station/Dewey Square Farmers’ Market
Summer St & Atlantic Ave-Dewey Square across from South Station
Dates & Times: May 17 to November 22 – Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 am – 6:30 pm (11:30 am – 6:00 pm in November); WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted; EBT-SNAP Accepted

Boston/SOWA Farmers’ Market
500 Harrison Ave.
Dates & Times: May 3 to October 25 – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; ;

Find more farmers markets near  you on the Massgrown Map . Want to know what’s in season, take a look at the Massachusetts-Grown Produce Availability  chart.


Image credit:Author: Jane Fresco Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Colorfull.jp.  This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.


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A book-truck full of free books looking for a good home. No, you’re not dreaming.

Stop by the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor today, and hopefully you’ll find something that sparks your interest.

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You might call it a cult following – those of you “in the know” about ordering books for free from Boston Library Consortium (BLC) libraries through WorldCat Local.  Well, we’re bringing things mainstream!

Starting June 1st, all books, DVDs, CDs, etc. – basically anything that gets returned to the library (so not pdfs), which we are able to order from a BLC library is free of charge to you.  And there is just one place to order all your interlibrary loan requests, your ILLiad account.   You no longer need to start the request for BLC items from WorldCat Local in order for it to be free.  (Don’t worry you are still way underground cool).

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz. 

This Memorial Day weekend, Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be doing something a bit different with its hours: we will be open for our regular hours on Saturday May 28th (10am to 7 pm) and Sunday May 29th (noon to 10pm), but we will be closed on Monday, May 30th (aka Memorial Day itself).

The library will re-open on Tuesday, May 31st at 7:45 am.

We hope you have a delightful weekend!


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A big congratulations to all of our 2016 graduates!


“Graduating Class of 1915, 1915″ Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA. http://hdl.handle.net/10427/650

All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library applaud your hard-earned accomplishments and we wish you the best in your future endeavors!

Please note that the Library Service Desk will be closed this Saturday, May 21, allowing for the graduation reception that will be taking place.

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It’s Bike Week! May 14 – May 22, 2016
Post by Amy Lapidow


May 14 – May 22, 2016 is Bike Week here in MA. The only state to have such!

What happens on bike week? Events to promote human powered transportation, including a free breakfast at City Hall on Friday!  Find an event near you at: www.baystatebikeweek.com

Interested in a road race, to watch or to participate? www.bikereg.com . There is an event calendar with everything you need to know (including the route), plus links to websites and registration information.

Not into racing, just want to know where there are bike routes? Try https://bikenewengland.com/ subscribe for current info, or get free access to vintage cue sheets.

It can be dangerous to bike in the city. I know I do it everyday. Learn the rules and be safe: http://www.bostonbikes.org/urbancycling  or http://bicyclesafeboston.com/

Don’t have a bike? Not to worry, rent one! https://www.thehubway.com/  There is a hubway station at the Chinatown gate and across from The New England School of Law at Stuart and Charles St. South. The first 30 mins are FREE!

Want discounts for riding a bike? Get a sticker for your helmet at: http://bb2.bicyclebenefits.org/#/home

We’re celebrating Bike Week here at Hirsh too. If you stop by the Library Service Desk and show us your helmet this Wednesday 5/18, we’ll give you a granola bar!

Get out and ride!

Image: http://aaronkuehn.com/art/bicycle-typogram


Spring has sprung at long last, and summer is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to pick up a book or two from the Leisure Reading section of your favorite library (good old Hirsh of course). We’ve added a large selection of books for you to choose from; whether you fancy mystery, romance, suspense or historic fiction. Here are just a few of the new releases you’ll find on display:


My Brilliant Friend : Childhood, Adolescence Book one of the Neapolitan Novels Series by Elena Ferrante (all four books in the series are available)

Fool Me Once  by Harlan Coben

The Passenger  by Lisa Lutz

The Nest  by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Summer Before the War  by Helen Simonson

Jane Steele : A Confession by Lyndsay Faye

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell


Now if there’s a classic novel you’ve always wanted to read but never got around to, well you’re in luck! Introducing the Hirsh Leisure Reading CLASSICS section: from Dickens to Steinbeck, Brontë to Poe, Dostoevsky to Camus. Located just atop the Leisure Reading island on the 4th floor, you can’t go wrong with the classics!


As always, you may notify us of any book that you’d like to read and don’t see in our collection, by recommending a purchase.

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Hey MD18-ers! Welcome to your Core Clerkships!

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library is thrilled to introduce a new resource that we’re trying out, the LWW Health Library for Clerkship/Clinical Rotations.



This resource brings together 39 authoritative titles needed for each of the core clerkship rotations, and pulls together in-demand titles previously only available in print, including the Step-up, Recall, Blueprints, Shelf Life, and BRS titles. Access nearly 5000 practice questions in Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Surgery, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry, as well as 150 clinical cases designed to take you step-by-step through patient management and decision-making.

This collection brings together many of the resources you need to master your clinical clerkships; don’t delay, check it out today!

p.s. This is a great resource for students in the PA program, and anyone else seeking timely and trusted resources to reference in a clinical setting.

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