“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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Women Artists Provide Winter Interlude

Kitty M. Bradlee Collection, two watercolor floral paintings

Two Watercolor Floral Paintings from Kitty M. Bradlee Collection

Occasionally, I roam through the stacks of our collection to explore what I am not familiar with as a treat after a project has been finished or, in this case, as a small interlude from the challenging winter we have been experiencing.  Since March is Women’s History Month, I decided to search out women artists.  In this posting I would like to share with you the beautiful art that I discovered.

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