The Magic of Winter

jessica jones

Literary Snowflakes

“There is snow in yonder cold gray sky of the morning, and through the partially-frosted window-panes I love to watch the gradual beginnings of the storm.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Snowflakes

A few days before heading out to see my family for Thanksgiving this year, it snowed. Of course, saying it “snowed” might be a bit of a misnomer. After 2015′s snowpocalypse, it was really more of a light dusting. Despite this, the snow was magical nonetheless.

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Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…

Phillips Library Reading Room Book DisplayWith the 2014 Winter Olympics right around the corner, and the foot of snow on the ground here in southern New England, I decided to delve into our collections to create a display highlighting all things winter.  I was pleased to discover materials ranging from the early nineteenth century through to the mid-twentieth, chronicling everything from the art in a snowflake to the finer points of curling.  Read more