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If you’re in Boston this weekend, you should visit the Boston Public Library’s Civil War exhibits. While several exhibits will be open only during weekday business hours, the Torn in Two: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War exhibit is fantastic. There’s also a really good exhibit of Homer Winslow Civil War era prints, largely…

Boston Public Library To Be Closed Sundays

It sounds like the Boston Public Library will be closed year round on Sundays : Boston Public Library trustees have signed off on a $39.3 million budget that does not include branch closures or layoffs, but that does call for shuttering the Copley branch on Sundays…. The proposed library budget for fiscal 2012 budget will…

A recent change by Harper Collins Publishing regarding library-owned eBook has met with a lot of criticism: The value of this magically convenient library book — otherwise known as an e-book — is the subject of a fresh and furious debate in the publishing world. For years, public libraries building their e-book collections have typically…

Boston of the Future Viewed from 1908

The Boston Public Library has a really cool exhibit about postcards related to Boston. Here’s one I thought was funny from 1908 (based on the postage, I think it’s 1908): I want my own unidirigible! Too bad Boston doesn’t really look like this…. If you can’t get to the library, the postcards are online here.

By way of The New York Times, we learn that libraries are being privatized. Having lived in more than a few places, and being the kind of guy who uses libraries regularly, I’ve usually been very happy with my local library. I go to the library, I check out books (and videos), I read the…

Two Exhibits Worth Seeing

One is in Boston, the other in D.C. In Boston, the Boston Public Library has an amazing collection of travel posters from the 1920s to the 1950s. Here’s one: If you can’t visit it, there’s an online gallery. In D.C., the Smithsonian Natural History Museum has an exhibit about how the Natural History Museum has…

As the slow-motion destruction of our nation’s infrastructure continues due to deficits ├╝ber alles hysteria, we find this very depressing article from Camden, NJ about the proposed eradication of its public library system: Camden is preparing to permanently shut its library system by the end of the year, potentially leaving residents of the impoverished city…

William Steig Exhibit in Boston

If you’re in Boston, the Boston Public Library at Copley Square is having a free exhibition of The New Yorker cartoonist William “King of Cartoons” Steig‘s work. It’s worth seeing.

Alexandre Voltemarre Exhibit

At the Boston Public Library, there’s a fascinating exhibit about Alexandre Vattemare, entertainer turned cultural ambassador. It’s definitely worth seeing. While you’re there, you’ll also want to check out the miniature book exhibit (some of them are even kinda porny!).

We Don’t Need No Stinking Libraries?!

Would you pay $728 more a year to keep schools and libraries fully funded? I would, but the voters of Northbridge, MA wouldn’t. According to the Boston Globe: