Patriot’s Day, Then and Now

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Cover page for the "Celebration of the First Battle of the Revolution" program

While not a national holiday in the United States, Patriot’s Day is a day of great import in Massachusetts, the state of its inception.  An official state holiday since 1894, Patriot’s Day commemorates the seminal Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington and Concord fought on April 19, 1775, and the Civil War Riot in Baltimore of April 19, 1861. Read more

Celebrating National Poetry Month

Story Poems - CountryLife, HannahJane, The Hanging of the Crane

Those of you who follow @PEMLibrary on Twitter know that I have been highlighting poetry from our collections in honor of National Poetry Month.  While writing those tweets I reminisced about the many times I read poetry to my infant daughter; the rhythm of the poems relaxed us during those long nights of teething and to this day, poetry is included in our reading choices.  So, it was enjoyable for me to peruse the collection and find items of interest.  The more I looked for examples for the tweets, the more I realized a blog would also be appropriate to further represent our poetry collection. Read more

“The Song of the Library Staff” by Sam Walter Foss

"The Song of the Library Staff" by Sam Walter Foss

At the Phillips Library we hold many treasures on a vast number of topics.  I recently uncovered a delightful piece written by Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911), one-time librarian at the Somerville Public Library.  An avid poet, Foss is primarily known for such works as “The House by the Side of the Road.”  In 1906, Foss attended the American Library Association’s annual conference in Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island, where he read his new set of poems, collectively called The Song of the Library Staff, to the 890 attendees.

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