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Turning the T into a mobile library

“Could your morning commute use a little fairy dust? A new program, Books on the T, hopes to sprinkle a daily dose of literature into Bostonians’ lives, relying on volunteer “book fairies” to place multiple free copies around the area’s railways and buses for lucky riders to take, read, and recirculate — essentially turning the transit system into a mobile lending library.” (via Boston Globe)

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As Amazon Moves In, A Local Bookseller Hopes To Thrive With A Personal Touch

“When Amazon comes to town to sell books from a bricks-and-mortar store of its own, what happens to a neighborhood bookstore nearby?On Tuesday, the online retailer opened a 5,800-square-foot store in Dedham, Mass. — the company’s first bookstore on the East Coast. The suburban Boston store joins Amazon’s three other locations on the West Coast.” (via NPR)

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Boston museums teaming up to display rare medieval manuscripts

“Art historian Jeffrey Hamburger slowly turns the animal-skin pages of a fragile religious book, his eyes riveted to bold script that chronicles the lives of the early saints. The craftsmanship is spectacular, the presentation vivid and compelling — even though the work is more than 1,000 years old. The Harvard professor handles the book with awed reverence: It is a priceless illuminated manuscript written by a superbly skilled scribe, probably at a Benedictine abbey in central France no later than the year 935. Today, it resides in the well-protected recesses of the Boston Public Library.” (via The Boston Globe)

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Librarians Converge On Boston To Bring Libraries Into The Future

“Thousand of library professionals from around the country swelled the population of Boston in recent days as the American Library Association (ALA) held their 2016 Midwinter Meeting here. For four days, they gathered at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to attend workshops, listen to speakers, chat with publishers and talk shop. So, what happens when so many librarians gather in one spot? I’m not quite sure what I was expecting from this annual conference, but I am sure it was not what I was seeing as I rode the escalator down to the enormous, gleaming exhibition hall on the Boston waterfront.” (via WGBH News)

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Someone is Trying to Save You From Awful Books at the Boston Public Library

“February is Library Lovers’ Month, a time of year when you would expect bookworms to cuddle up in warmly lit bookstack nooks and whisper (literally whisper, this is the library we’re talking about) sweet nothings into the pages of their beloved novels. But those who visit the Boston Public Library’s “BiblioCommons” portal, which hosts user-generated reviews and reading lists by Boston Public Library members, might spot someone who appears to be a “hater” amongst all of the lovers. A user who goes by the name “noluckboston,” has used BiblioCommons to tag 74 books in the Boston Public Library system as “awful library book.” The tag “awful library book” is featured amongst some more typical categories to classify books, such as “suspense,” “romance,” and “fiction,” in the site’s “recent tags” box.” (via Boston.com)

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