Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. [FDR]
This interesting collection was begun by Miss Sanborn's father, Nathaniel Herrick Sanborn, who enjoyed marked success as a merchant for 21 years, and was also the leading spirit in the Franklin Savings Bank, and its treasurer from its foundation in 1870 to the time of his death. The Sanbornton History says of him, "He was a lover of the past, well versed in ancestral and local history, and very favorable to the prosecution of this enterprise of the Sanbornton annals." The books and pamphlets so carefully treasured for many years form a valuable nucleus for a library relating to Franklin history. [Read more here]
The Sanborn descendents of Herbert Nathaniel Sanborn, 1899-1981
Monday, June 27, 2011
The 23-storey library is designed in the form of a rhombicuboctahedron (diamond) and symbolises the enormous value of knowledge that mankind has stored in books. The building is covered with glass panels and during the day all 24 sides sparkle like a real diamond. Architects Victor Kramarenko and Michael Vinogradov wanted to preserve and convey this vision at night. [Read more at Mondoarc]
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The library has histories of Nashua, including the history of the mills that developed along the Merrimack and Nashua rivers. Parker's History of Nashua is available both in print and electronically. The Nashua Experience: History in the Making covers the city's history from 1673 to 1978. The Nashua Experience: A Three-Decade Upgrade is the sequel, covering 1978 to 2008. [Website]
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
soldiers on both sides who fought in them. Soldiers, doctors, nurses, and civilians published their memoirs, often with photographs and maps. We have all of these kinds of primary sources at the Bronson Library. Some are part of the regular collection and may be checked out. If the prefix "GE" is in the call number, it is part of the Genealogy and Local History Collection, which is housed on the second floor of the Library. Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance in retrieving materials from the Local History Room. [Website]
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The Patterson Library was a gift given to the residents of Westfield by Hannah Whiting Patterson as a memorial to her late parents, George Washington Patterson and Hannah Dickey Patterson. G.W. Patterson came to Westfield in 1841 to serve as the land agent for the Chautauqua Land Company.
The Patterson Library at 40 South Portage Street opened its doors to the public on July 1, 1897, with 6,320 titles, 5,000 of which were those recommended by the American Library Association Model Library displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. A sampling of the original collection is now a part of the library's archives. [Website]
Monday, June 6, 2011
The color postcard is postmarked 1909 and is addressed to Michael J. McNamara, Stoughton, Massachusetts.
Special Collection: Acton Memorial Library Civil War Archives -- In 1889, William Allan Wilde, Acton native son and successful Boston publisher, wanted to give something back to his home town. Following the example of Andrew Carnegie, he offered to build a public library. Wilde declined to have the building bear his name because he wanted it to be a memorial to the men of Acton who had served or died in the Civil War. The Acton Memorial Library was dedicated and opened to the public on May 24, 1890.
The building was designed by Boston architects H.W. Hartwell and William G. Richardson. The arched entryway featured two memorial tablets. One gave the names of Acton men who had served, and the other listed the names of those who had given their lives for the Union cause. The interior consisted of two large rooms and a smaller room for the trustees. An elaborate fireplace was the focus of the reading room. In the other large room, behind a gated screen, were the books to be checked out by the librarian. The structure cost $30,000, an enormous sum at the time.
As the years passed, many veterans and their families donated items from their military life to the library's collection in hope they could be displayed. A permanent exhibit, “Not Afraid to Go: Acton’s Part in the Birth and Preservation of Our Nation” was dedicated on Patriots Day, April 19, 2008. [Website]
Friday, June 3, 2011
and the world, focusing on the history, literature, art, music, religion, and politics of African Americans in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain West. Exhibits highlight areas such as the historic Five Points neighborhood, African Americans in early Denver (including the city's earliest arrivals), the Black West, African American leadership (the Mayor's Office and other distinguished mayors of Denver) and a
gallery of temporary exhibits. The Blair-Caldwell AARL offers full, traditional library services and is housed in a three-story, wheelchair-accessible, 40,000 square foot building. [Website]
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
From the website: Libraries, regardless of whether or not they attach themselves to a university, belong to a public system, or simply sit inside someone's home, exist as an essential vertebrae in society's backbone. These intellectual institutions make knowledge and education accessible to individuals, businesses and cities alike, preventing mental — and, subsequently, collective — stagnation. By no means are they anything new, either! For millennia, libraries of all shapes and sizes have kept humanity puttering ever forward, allowing for some of the greatest innovations ever conceived. Although all but one gradually fell to fire and time, these ancient wonders deserve awe and accolades for everything they've accomplished when it comes to promoting every academic and literary subject imaginable.