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Cutting Back: My apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto

Great Travel Fiction: Independent of Mileage and Means

Independent of mileage and means, great travel writing toys with identity and belonging in a way that is provocative and transforming. Geography is imbued with agency and is bound to the characters’ worldview. The impulse to explore is at the heart of all stories that reject the most powerful...

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May Is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. To commemorate that, we're sharing the winners of the 2016 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. The awards, given by the Asian...

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Books for Horse Race Aficionados

Place your bet and put on your bonnet, the 143rd Annual Kentucky Derby is May 6th! Here are some books to help capture the thrill of the race and all the hard work that goes into it. You can read for the roses while some very well-trained three-year-olds run for the roses (...

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13th Annual Teen Poetry Contest Winners

The Teen Poetry Contest is one of our favorite events every year. Renata and Anna, the teen librarians, have such fun reading all of the entries. We had over 300 this year and we're happy to post all the results. If you can't make it to the reception Wednesday May 3, at 7:00pm,...

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This Book Changed My Life

Books That Changed Our Lives

For National Library Week, we asked patrons to tell us what books changed their life. We got a wide range of responses from both patrons and MHL staff. Here's a list of books that changed someone's life--come in to the library to find a book that might change yours!


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Vinyl Records

Convert Vinyl Records to CD!


Do you have some old records sitting around the house? Maybe a stack of Herb Alpert and the Tiajuana Brass vinyl that you'd love to listen to again? A rare punk rock 7" that's never been released on CD? We can help! MHL now has a turntable which can convert vinyl records to...

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Massachusetts poets in the collection

It's National Poetry Month and we thought it would be fun to highlight some poets from our local area. Because Massachusetts is such a historic place, we have a lot of great poets to celebrate. Some of them are the heavy hitters that generations of students have studied and memorized in school...

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Books for Trivia Fans

I don't know about you but I love trivia. Maybe it's because I was a know-it-all child who loved to read but I've always loved it. There are just so many interesting things in the world that I want to know about everything. Plus, it's fun to have a little tidbit of knowledge to share...

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Marathon Monday

Get Ready for Marathon Monday!

This year's Boston Marathon is April 17th! Here are some books to get you ready for the race, whether you're planning to compete, cheer on a friend, or just stay at home on the couch reading more about the race's storied history. Run on down to the library and check them out! We even have some...

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Microfilm: Easier Than Ever With New Digital Reader

It may surprise you to know that demand for microfilmed content at MHL, as well as research libraries around the world, remains high.  Most people under thirty will question your reliability if you suggest that much of the world's information cannot be accessed on Google, but it's true....

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