With the 4th falling on a Monday (yay 3-day weekends!) and a beautiful weather forecast, all the elements are in place for a great Independence Day! Here are our suggestions for how to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday weekend:

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. CBS Boston has also put together a handy guide with viewing location suggestions and other useful tips.

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 Saturday night!

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 6/30 at 9:15pm and Newton and Waltham will also have fireworks displays on Monday 7/4.


Image courtesy of www.centercutcook.com

Image courtesy of www.centercutcook.com

Hosting a barbeque? Check out our post from last year about quick summer desserts.

Since lots of sun is in the forecast, don’t forget the American Cancer Society‘s mnemonic device for protecting yourself:

Slip! Slap! Slop!® and Wrap
Slip on a shirt.  Slop on sunscreen.  Slap on a hat
Wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes and sensitive skin around them

Have a Happy 4th of July!

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According to the Internet, today is National Pink Day. What does that mean? We’re not entirely sure, but thought we’d take the opportunity to dig into our files and show you some images of Hirsh Library’s rather pink past.




Circa 2003


Pink Detail Collage

Some cheerful pink accents. Top row circa 1998, bottom circa 2003



Some remaining paint and rug discovered when we moved a bookcase during construction of Sackler 607 in July 2014.

In further observance of Pink Day, enjoy this clip from the classic 1957 film Funny Face:

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Exciting things have been happening on our 5th, 6th, and 7th floors! We’re working on increasing the number of study spots in the library as well as giving you more flexible work space options.

Here are some of our latest updates:

We added 32 new study carrels to the 7th floor along with 40 new chairs.  We’re awaiting the delivery of 8 more carrels for the 6th floor. The 7th floor carrels will have desktop power soon. For now, you can drop your cords through the hole on the top and plug in at the outlet under each desk.



We’ve also added two new standing desks–one on 5 and one on 6! The desk on 5 currently only works as a regular desk, but the new adjusting mechanism is coming soon.

6thfloor standing

Tufts carpenters have built a beautiful standing-height counter on the 5th floor. We’re waiting for the power strip to be delivered and, once it’s in, you’ll be able to plug your devices in at counter level.



Stay tuned for more updates!

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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.


free books

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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