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 21, 2019

jubilat/Jones poetry reading next Sunday!

Free poetry reading with Q&A afterwards. 
What more could you want?

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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 14, 2019

Bring out your ukes! Bring out your ukes!

Maybe you'll strum a little "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," too!

October 11, 2019

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 Curses

You 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 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.

This time.

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