Cool Chintz

Janet Blyberg

Details of various cotton chintzes in the Veldman-Eecen Collection, Peabody Essex Museum.

As the mercury has inched up on the thermometer in recent weeks, my wardrobe has consisted almost exclusively of breezy cotton garments. Not only are they cool to wear, but they can be thrown in the wash without fuss. And besides, who doesn’t love the ease of a pretty flowered summer dress? So ubiquitous is cotton clothing these days that few of us can imagine life without it. Read more

A Library Dinner Party

After cataloging a batch of community cookbooks several weeks ago, I immediately started to come up with ideas on how to feature them on our blog. Instead of just discussing the recipes on the page, or uncovering the histories of the organizations responsible for compiling the works themselves, however, I wanted to approach cookbooks in our collection differently than what’s been done before on the blog. This time, I wanted to use the books the way they were meant to be used. I decided to make the food instead of just reading recipes off the page, to show results instead of discussing recipes as I came across them, and most importantly, include my fellow librarians in my plan. It probably doesn’t come as a shock that I didn’t have to twist anyone’s arm too hard at the mention of a dinner party. The fact that we got to try out recipes from books in our collection was the special bonus once we were finally able to formalize a date for the event.

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Juvenile Collection Reading Room Display

Jessica Jones

Cover of Matthias Barr’s Child’s Garland of Little Poems

Cover of Matthias Barr’s Child’s Garland of Little Poems

Perhaps the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ doesn’t always hold true, especially for many of the works in our library’s juvenile collection. The books featured in this reading room display are chosen for their beautiful illustrations and decorated covers, which draw readers into the story. As can be seen from their content to their covers, these books transform ordinary objects into pieces of art.

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