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Torn between taking a break to make a craft or to eat a snack? This week you’re in luck! Stop by the Library Service Desk this Thursday 12/8 and Friday 12/9 starting at 12pm and create an architectural masterpiece with graham crackers, frosting, and a bunch of candy. Each element tastes good on its own, but it tastes even better together in the shape of a house.

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10-Oclock Edit 2

A reminder that the library has extended hours coming up! During extended hours, the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor is open from 10 am to 10 pm to assist you in any and all of your studying needs. The upcoming days are:

Saturday, Dec. 3rd
Sunday, Dec. 4th

Saturday, Dec. 10th
Sunday, December 11th

Happy studying!

 

Well, hello there boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen. Back from Thanksgiving break so soon, are we?

What’s that you say? Exams a’ comin’? Already? Boy howdy.

Why don’t you join me for a moment.  I’ll tell you a tale as old as the print journals on the 7th Floor. The story of a creature most hideous, most foul, and most dangerous. Of course, I speak of THE BLOCK.

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AHHH! Thar he scowls! Be careful, don’t look into his eyes! How does one summon THE BLOCK? Let me share the lore with you.

Now, some say that if you return a reserve item (like a laptop, phone charger, skull, or reserve book) late once, THE BLOCK will follow you for 24 hours after you return the item, and you will be mysteriously unable to check out items from the Library. If you return an item late a second time, THE BLOCK will haunt your nightmares for 7 days, impeding your ability to study and borrow headphones (and other things).

Now, many have tempted fate and survived the wrath of THE BLOCK once, even twice. But beware, should you return a third reserve item late, the foul beast will cast his sharp, cubic shadow over your life for two fortnights!

(You know, you won’t be able to check anything out for one month after you return the delinquent item)

AND THAT’S NOT ALL. If you summon THE BLOCK three times, he will, like Marley’s Ghost, visit your Dean and share tales of your misdeeds.

And finally, if you are one of the foolish few who learns nothing of your third encounter with this reviled, hideous hexahedron, and you dare invite his wrath again, THE BLOCK will rob you of your borrowing privileges for the rest of the semester, and he will darken the doorstep of your Dean again.

And the most TERRIFYING thing of all? Every time you summon THE BLOCK, you wear his mark for the remainder of the academic year. So remember, a late return in September will follow you all the way to next July.

So take heed, as exams approach:

  • Try to get some sleep
  • Stay hydrated
  • Return your reserve items on time, and
  • DON’T MOCK THE BLOCK

(The Hirsh Health Sciences Library blocking policy can be found in its entirety here: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/about-us/policies/overdue-items)

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Turkeys!

Hi everybody!

The Hirsh Library will be closing at 2pm this Wednesday, November 23rd, and will remain closed through Saturday, November 26th. This is for the university-wide Thanksgiving Break.

On Sunday, November 27th, we will be starting our Extended Hours! This is when the Service Desk on the 4th floor is open from 10 am to 10 pm to assist you in any and all of your studying needs. The days are:

Sunday, Nov. 27th

Saturday, Dec. 3rd
Sunday, Dec. 4th

Saturday, Dec. 10th
Sunday, December 11th

We hope you enjoy your days off this week. Make sure to catch up on some sleep, and we will see you bright eyed (if not bushy tailed) on Sunday, November 27th!

-Tom

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On Thursday, December 1st from 12 noon to 1pm, Hirsh Library needs students to participate in a Focus Group and give their opinion on the library’s website based on a variety of open-ended topics.

The focus group will include a pizza lunch and $5 voucher for the Food4Thought Café upon completion.

We’re looking for 5 students who have used the library’s website before:

Participant 1       Sackler Student

Participant 2       Nutrition Student

Participant 3       Medical Student

Participant 4       Dental Student

Participant 5       PHPD Student

If you’re interested please contact Berika Williams at berika.williams@tufts.edu

 

TheGobbleGang

It’s our favorite time of year! Yes, that’s right. It’s turkey time!

Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/17 and Friday 11/18, you can stop by the Library Service Desk and create your own feathered friend to bring home to Mom (or back to your study carrel). We’ll have a variety of materials out so you can create anything your heart desires, from the simple and majestic hand turkey (our personal favorite) to some 3D  pinecone poultry.

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Don’t have time to delve into a craft?

Just lend a hand–we only need the outline!–to the giant library turkey we plan to make.

See you there!

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In observance of Veteran’s Day , on Friday 11/11 the Library Service Desk will have shortened hours. We will be open from 12pm-7pm. 10-Oclock Edit 2

 

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While you probably don’t need to be reminded that there is a presidential election happening on November 8th ,  a re-fresher on this year’s Massachusetts ballot questions might be in order.

First, if you know that you are registered to vote in Massachusetts, but can’t remember where  it is that actually cast your ballot, check out:
Where do I vote in Massachusetts?
http://wheredoivotema.com/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx

Okay, now that you know where you are going to vote, you can decide how you are going to vote.  There are four statewide ballot questions this year. According to Ballotpedia, the four ballot questions are asking for a “yes” or “no” vote on the following:

  • Question 1: would allow the Gaming Commission to issue an additional slots license.
  • Question 2: would authorize the approval of up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education per year.
  • Question 3: would prohibit certain methods of farm animal containment.
  • Question 4: would legalize recreational marijuana for individuals at least 21 years old.

Ballot questions can be tricky! Since a “yes” or “no” vote on a ballot questions may have ramifications that go way beyond simply affirming the idea proposed, you need to understand  the legal and social implications of your decision. This in mind, please check out the following resources. Not only  do they provide great information about the ballot questions themselves, but they also provide  you with the “big picture” on the potential implications of your vote:

What You Need To Know About The 4 Mass. Ballot Questions
http://www.wbur.org/politicker/2016/10/21/mass-ballot-questions-guide

“Yea or Nay? A Guide to Massachusetts’ Ballot Questions”
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2016/10/09/massachusetts-ballot-questions-2016-guide/

Okay folks, now get out there and vote!!

 

Halloween

For this Halloween edition of Throwback Thursday, we look at one of the rarest volumes in Hirsh’s Special Collections room. Dating back to 1649, The Works of that Famous Chirurgion Ambrose Parey is a landmark in the history of medicine and surgery. This book is profusely illustrated with quaint anatomical woodcuts, portraits, and various examples from natural history. It also includes a chapter entitled Of Monsters and Prodigies, hearsay which for many in the 17th Century, stirred their superstitions and fear of the unknown. Happy Halloween!

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Hirsh’s favorite puppet, Lizzy, took a walk down to Sackler 4 to interview our Circulation Assistant Stephanie Krauss at the Library Service Desk!

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Hi Stephanie! Who are these?

They’re our little study buddies, we made them during a Fun Lab activity.

HiStephanieWhoAreThese
Do they work here all day?
They do, yeah. They actually never leave. So they’re here 24/7.

Do you work here all day?

I just work in afternoons…From 12pm-5pm Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and from 2pm-7pm on Fridays.

What do you do here at Hirsh?

I’m mostly just at the desk, I help people find articles, check out a lot of materials, laptops..phone chargers, books… we have a lot of stuff! Anything you need!

What do you do when you’re not at the library?

Well, I’m currently working two other jobs and I’m getting two master’s degrees: one in Library Science and one in History.

Oh wow!

This is an example of all my readings!

YikesThat’s a lot of readings.

ThisisanExampleofAllofMyReadings

 

If you could be any celebrity puppet for a day, who would you be?

Definitely Elmo.

Good choice

What’s your favorite thing about working here?

My favorite thing about working here is probably the people–both my coworkers and all of our students!

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What’s the coolest thing you can check out down here at the desk?

Probably the coolest thing we have is…hmm…well we have real human skulls.

RealSkullsSkulls!!!

Would you be able to show me one?

Yeah, I can, if they’re not both checked out right now. Let me see…

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Lizzy and the Study Buddies have absconded to study! Wish you had your own study buddy? You’re in luck! Stop by the Library Service Desk starting at 12pm on Wed 10/26 and Thurs 10/27 and you can make your own.