2018 Geminid Meteor Shower

Get ready to watch one of the largest displays of meteor showers of the year. Between December 7th and 15th, the Geminid meteor shower will be in full view. The Geminids are meteor showers produced by the 3200 Phaethon meteor, and were given its name because of its position in relation to the stars Castor […]


A Spicy Take On Holiday Foods

Many thanks to our guest blogger Nandini Dey (political science, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences) for contributing these delicious Indian dishes, and a bit of history behind them! ‘Tis the start of the jolly season, signaled by the trees outside of the library on Keyser Quad being lit up, Have Yourself A Merry Little […]


Notorious R.B.G. – Part 2

Are you a fan of the inimitable Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Or, perhaps you have some other supreme crush. Regardless, you now have new ways to see the important work of the Supreme Court through the Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs 1832-1978 database. Do an author search for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, […]


A Century of Poppies

Sunday was Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11 because it was on November 11, 1918, at 11 am, that the World War I armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.  (The peace treaties that officially resolved the conflict were not signed until 1919, including, most famously, the Treaty of Versailles.) […]


To Borrowers: Baltimore Libraries Large and Small

  We take for granted that library books should not be written in, altered, and tracked with barcodes (if we let them out of the library at all). But before the invention of modern security measures, or even of circulating libraries themselves, book owners went to great lengths to protect their libraries from coming to […]


In A Hurry? Use Hopkins Self-Checkout!

Want to check out a book? Is there a line at the Service Desk? Has the Service Desk closed for the evening? No worries. Use Hopkins Self-Checkout! Use your cell phone! Download the free Hopkins Self-Checkout app. Enter your JHED ID and password, follow the online prompts and you’re on your way. For books that […]


Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories, and Eerie Literature – Part 1

A sketch of a statuette depicting Cthulhu, drawn by his creator, H. P. Lovecraft, 1934. Resembles a human man with an octopus-like head.

Each part of the world has its own collection of stories written to frighten readers. Their degree of fear can range from friendly giants roaming the tranquil countryside to the paranormal haunting a castle. What was once shared around the campfire in the dark shadows of a forest is now viewed on smart devices as […]


Freshman Library Orientation 2018

Jen Ditkoff, Student Engagement and Information Fluency Librarian, and Heidi Herr Academic Liaison, Special Collections facilitated this week’s freshman orientation at the library and it was a blast! Things started off with a bang at “Fire & Ice” in the Macskey Room (BLC). This was an interactive session that gave new students the opportunity to ask […]


Books on Books

Since my earlier post on the subject of earlier books turning up in (or on) later ones, I’ve discovered many other examples of early modern recycling at work. I wanted to share one more example of “book covering” in the opposite direction, where the recycled leaves from earlier materials are still present. This example comes from another […]