Monday, February 17, 2014

Mark Your Calendars!

Don't forget to sign up for the Library Legislative Day Bus.  Legislative Day at the State House is Monday, March 31, 2014.

March 31 is also the last day for the State House Library’s latest exhibit:   “Courage in the Commonwealth: Massachusetts in World War One” which is on display outside the 3rd floor entrance to the library. 

With the 100th Anniversary of the Great War approaching, interest is building in learning more about the critical role that the American Expeditionary Force played in bringing that tragic conflict to a conclusion.  New England’s own “Yankee Division” was the first to organize, the first to reach France and the first to engage with the enemy.  One particularly heroic engagement was the “Battle of Apremont-La-Foret” after which the first ever regimental “Croix-de-Guerre” was awarded to the Yankee Division’s 104th Regiment.   A very impressive mural memorializes that triumph in the Massachusetts State House. 

Snapshot Day is the week of April 7, 2014. 

Started several years ago by the American Library Association as a way for libraries to highlight the many services that they provide for their community, close to 200 Massachusetts libraries participated in 2011 and 2012 and together we built a wonderful archive of photos that has been used to celebrate and advocate for all types of libraries.  No need to plan anything special to join in the fun, just build on what is already going on at your library.  Take photos and collect comments. 

The website for 2014 is now up and ready for you to register your library. Participating is fun and easy. Just choose a day in the week of April 7th as your library's Snapshot Day and go to  to get started. 

We hope that the website gives you all the tools that you need for a great day. Please let us know if we missed something that would be helpful, and please use the blog to share your past successes or questions.

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