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In honor of the Independence Day (4th of July) holiday this year, Hirsh Library will be closed Saturday, July 3rd, through Monday, July 5th. This will mean that we will not be monitoring our live chat during that time. However, you can still always e-mail us at hhsl@tufts.edu and we will get back to you when we can.

As a reminder: on Tuesday, July 6th, the Hirsh Library Service Desk will officially be re-opening! For the month of July, starting with the 6th, the Library Service Desk (on the 4th floor of the Med Ed building) will be open from 7:45am to 5pm Monday-Friday. We will still be monitoring our Live Chat until 8pm Monday-Thursday, and on the weekends as we have been. As we get closer to the fall, we hope to expand the hours, so keep an eye on the signs at the desk when you swing by to see what we’re doing!

And if you’re a student and interested in working at Hirsh Library, we have good news! We are accepting applications and are going to be hiring soon. You can read all about it right here.

Everyone at Hirsh hopes you have a happy and safe holiday weekend next weekend, and we look forward to seeing you all in person very soon!

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In honor of Memorial Day, Hirsh Library will be closed on Monday, May 31st. This means there will be no Live Chat coverage that day. However, if you do need assistance, you can still always e-mail us at hhsl@tufts.edu, and someone will get back to you as soon as they are able.

We hope you have a happy and healthy weekend!

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In honor of Patriots’ Day here in Massachusetts (a holiday about the Battles of Lexington and Concord in the Revolutionary War, not the football team like I thought when I was a child), Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be “closed” on Sunday and Monday, April 18th & 19th.

We will not be monitoring Live Chat, but we will still be checking Ask Us. So if you have a question, feel free to submit it there (or e-mail hhsl@tufts.edu), and you’ll get an answer all the same.

Have a great weekend!

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So it’s March 2021, we still need to stay socially distanced, but you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in someway, perhaps albeit quietly at home. Well I’ve got some great news for you: if you’re a fan of movie nights, we’ve got you covered with Kanopy!

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Much like with Halloween, I’m here to point you toward some great cinema that’s right at your fingertips, and all included with your being here at Tufts! A quick refresher:
Kanopy is a streaming service that specifically works with libraries. It’s a great source for documentaries, but also for independent cinema, world cinema, classics (like, say, the Criterion Collection), and assorted collections you might not expect to see. I’ve reached the point where I always check Kanopy first for a movie I want to see, just in case. Since Kanopy is a subscription service for libraries, it means all library users will get to see their films – in this case, that means you!

I’ll cut to the chase: there’s an entire category of Irish Cinema on Kanopy. The films run the gamut here, too – there are short films like The Crush (about a middle schooler with a crush on his teacher), the touching Time Traveller (about a child building a homemade DeLorean time machine as an escape from his day-to-day), Second to None (an old man trying to jealousy get revenge on his very slightly older twin brother – this one’s stop animation!), or Kubrick by Candlelight (a pair of people fall for each other during the filming of Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon).

There are, of course, full length feature films here as well. If you want to give an animated film a shot, I cannot speak highly enough of The Secret of Kells. It’s a movie where the animation looks like an illuminated manuscript come to life, and is absolutely entrancing. If you’d rather something with live actors, you could give Handsome Devil a shot, about a pair of boys stuck in a boarding school room together (incidentally, a winner of a handful of awards, and also a movie that turns up under Kanopy’s LGBTQ Cinema tag as well). On a similar vein is Bortsal Boy, which was nominated for a pair of awards including Outstanding Film with the GLAAD Media Awards.

Or perhaps you’d prefer horror, since I mentioned Halloween up there? Well there are movies like A Hole in the Ground (released by A24, a studio that has a lot of films on Kanopy), or perhaps The Canal (which won an award for being scary!).

That said, if you prefer comedy, you could certainly do worse than Gold, starring Maisie Williams (Arya from Game of Thrones).

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t address those documentaries I mentioned above. One is Brand Irish, a film that approaches the question of how “Irish” became such a phenomena (example: the ubiquitous of St. Patrick’s Day, or the Irish pub). If you prefer something longer, The Great Courses series has three separate looks at Ireland, its people, and its heritage. The Celtic World focuses on the ancient Celts – who we thought they were and who we think they are now; Roots of the Irish Identity, taking a look at Ireland from the Celts up through the Middle Ages in order to give context to today; and The Irish Identity, focusing on the 20th Century and particularly the Irish Renaissance. Those last three are entire series, so maybe brew some tea up and settle in.

No matter how you choose to spend your week this week, we at Hirsh hope you’re staying safe and healthy, and are having as great a time as you can right now. Here’s to the weather warming up and staying there soon!

Sláinte,
Tom

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In honor of Presidents Day, Hirsh Library’s services will be closed on Monday, February 15th.

We are open normal hours on Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (12pm-8pm), and will return to normal weekday hours on Tuesday (7:45am-8pm). You can also always e-mail us a question at hhsl@tufts.edu, and we will get back to you as soon as we’re able.

Have a safe and happy weekend and Valentine’s Day, everybody!

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day, Hirsh Library’s services will be closed on Monday, January 18th.

We are open normal hours on Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (12pm-8pm), and will return to normal weekday hours on Tuesday (7:45am-8pm). You can also always e-mail us a question at hhsl@tufts.edu, and we will get back to you as soon as we’re able.

Have a safe and happy weekend, everybody!

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Hi all,

In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the HHSL Service Desk will be open 12pm – 7pm on Monday, October 14th. Will return to normal operating hours on Tuesday the 15th.

The swipe access for the building will remain unchanged.

Have a great (long) weekend, and we’ll see you next week!

Tom

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Hello hello! I am here to let you know that this Monday, September 2nd, is Labor Day. Here at Hirsh Library, that means the desk will only be open from Noon until 7pm. So if you need any assistance or even just a phone charger, that’s the time to come visit us!

The building itself will be open its regular hours for scan access and studying.

Have a great weekend, enjoy the remaining days of summer, and we will see you in September!

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Leo the Skeleton, winner of my personal secret Nicest Colleague Award, six years running.

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In observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day, we will be operating with a modified schedule on Monday, January 21st. The Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm-7pm and the Library Offices will be closed. We will be open for our usual hours on Saturday and Sunday. Stay warm and have a great long weekend!

This year, in observation of Veterans Day, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library will have shortened hours on Monday, November 12. That day we will be open 12 pm – 7 pm.

The Sackler Building will still have card swipe access for its normal daily schedule, so you are welcome to swipe in and come study in the building! Just be aware that the desk on the 4th floor will only be staffed from noon to  7pm.

We hope you have a lovely weekend, and will see you back on Tuesday for our normal operations!

 

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