October 31, 2019
10 blood curding facts about Dracula
Need to scare yourself tonight? Curl up in a dark room with your back to the window and read on, dear Friends.
October 30, 2019
Still not sure??
The big day's tomorrow but if you're still flummoxed about what to go as,
here's a literary Costume-Idea-Generator for you.
Go forth, you Ironic Plums That Were In The Icebox, you.
October 29, 2019
23 Book-Inspired Halloween Costumes for Kids and Parents
It's almost Halloween! Still looking for inspiration? Search no more! Here are a whole Halloween candy bagful of literary ideas for you and your small people on Thursday.
October 26, 2019
Do you know what languages these words come from?
English is, by any reckoning, a very large language. No one is entirely certain how many words it contains (since it is very difficult to get everyone to agree on how to count them), but general estimates are somewhere in the neighborhood of a million (it’s a very large neighborhood). Think you can name where the following words come from?
October 25, 2019
For all the romantic, book-loving couples out there.
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the McKim Building, the Boston Public Library is offering four couples the opportunity to get married for free inside the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square.
Hey Jones Library, we have an idea...
October 24, 2019
"The People Who Helped Me the Most Were the Librarians.”
Representative Elijah Cummings died one week ago today. He was a man who loved his librarians. “The people who helped me the most were the librarians,” Cummings told Steve Kroft in a 60 Minutes interview broadcast in January of this year, adding that the public library was the only integrated institution in his neighborhood.
Watch a 2-minute video clip of that interview here.
October 23, 2019
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Quiz
The good folks over at BBC Radio have created a 15-question quiz for all you lovers of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Take it to find out if all the answers really are 42.
October 22, 2019
Come to the Jones and scare yourself silly!
Go to the Jones Library's website for more scary details.
IF YOU DARE.
October 21, 2019
jubilat/Jones poetry reading next Sunday!
October 19, 2019
The _______'s Wife
Some data-loving book nerds out there did a study of how many books are titled some version of "The ______'s Wife."
As data-lovers ourselves, we kind of geeked out on this one.
Curious? Here's what they found out.
October 17, 2019
And now we have the morbs
Why, you ask? Because we only scored a 5/10 on the Match the Victorian Slang to Its Meaning quiz. Surely you can do better, Chuckaboos.
October 16, 2019
October 15, 2019
College Admissions Cracked!
October 14, 2019
Bring out your ukes! Bring out your ukes!
October 12, 2019
Who Said It: Shakespeare Or A Random Person On Tumblr?
C'mon, it's funny.
October 11, 2019
Coffee orders of fictional characters
From Pooh to Mr. Darcy to Hannibal Lecter, learn what they'd probably order from their local barista.
October 10, 2019
Threatening death, or worse.
You know how some libraries have those book detectors that go off if your book hasn't been scanned out properly? Or if you accidentally tried to leave with an un-checked out book? And still, books walk out of libraries, never to be returned again.
Well, we have the solution for libraries experiencing book problems of this type:
Protect Your Library the Medieval Way, With Horrifying Book CursesYou know what those crafty medievalists did? At the beginning or the end of books, scribes and book owners would write dramatic curses threatening thieves with pain and suffering if they were to steal or damage these treasures. Bam! Problem solved!
October 9, 2019
October 7, 2019
Put those dancing shoes on!
October 5, 2019
See 23 of the world’s most enchanting libraries...
...from National Geographic, just for you.
October 4, 2019
Who Wrote It: Edgar Allan Poe or an Emo Band?
Maybe you fancy yourself an erudite scholar of a certain macabre American writer? Maybe you think you'll be able to tell the difference immediately between such a lofty man of letters and My Chemical Romance or Jimmy Eat World? Let's take a look-see, Friends, with this quiz: Who Wrote It: Edgar Allan Poe or an Emo Band?
October 3, 2019
The Global War on Books, Redux
“If they’re killing people for poetry, that means they honor and esteem it, they fear it, that means poetry is power.” This recent NYT op-ed, The Global War on Books, Redux, gives you food for thought.
UMass Science club this Tuesday
Science in action!
With real, live scientists!
Doing science experiments!
No need to bring your hazmat suit.
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