Becoming Jane Jacobs

For Halloween 2017, the Social Sciences Librarian looked around the room for her annual "dress like someone from the collection" costume and settled on "Becoming Jane Jacobs" (for the 2016 costume choice, see last year's blog post). Jacobs was an author, urban planner, and activist who had a lasting effect on urban planing and design with…
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Working

“It is about a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” STUDS TERKEL - WORKING XI Studs Terkel’s Working was first published in 1974. As…
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Naughty or Nice?

Among the (many) great books in the Social Science room is a series on the Seven Deadly Sins from Oxford University Press and The New York Public Library – seven brightly colored, tempting (as befits a sin) books, each by a different author with expertise on the various sins: pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, …
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Juneteenth at SLPL

Juneteenth, which was celebrated earlier this week, commemorates the end of legal slavery in the United States, although June 19, 1865, the date that “Juneteenth” references, was in fact nearly two and a half years after the effective date of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and over two months after Confederate General Lee surrendered at…
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