Category Archives: Events and Exhibits

Includes library events (e.g., classes, Friends of the Libraries lectures) and exhibits

What are we commemorating on Commemoration Day?

On February 22, 1876, Daniel Coit Gilman was formally inaugurated as the first President of The Johns Hopkins University. It was a matter of solemn ceremony, with addresses from Harvard President Charles Eliot, as well as from Gilman himself. Gilman’s … Continue reading

Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is the first day of the new year according to the Chinese calendar, which is often called the lunar calendar. Actually, it is more accurate to call it a lunisolar calendar, indicating both the moon phase and the solar year. … Continue reading

Affordable Care Act – Hear the Practitioners

The major topic in health care policy for the last several years has been the Affordable Care Act. This month’s Conversations in Medicine Symposium is entitled Can We Afford the Affordable Care Act? Come and talk with the distinguished panel of … Continue reading

Dirty Books and Longing Looks: A Rare Books Open House!

“Wait. What? Dirty books? Didn’t you guys just clean the Peabody Library already?” No, not those kinds of dirty books, silly! We’re talking books that could make you blush, sigh, or long for what could have been if you’d only … Continue reading

Of Ephemeral Cats, Popish Plots, and the Baltimore Occult

Think Special Collections is only composed of fancy materials like Shakespeare folios or exquisite medieval books of hours? Well, think again! Students enrolled in the Intersession course “Cheap and (Not Too) Tawdry: An Exploration of Ephemera” had hands-on access to … Continue reading

Library Tourism

At some point, we all travel and explore new places. While you’re globe-trotting, don’t forget to visit libraries! Seriously, some libraries are tourist attractions and well-worth a visit. Even the New York Times has recognized this insider’s tip! You could … Continue reading

A Celebration of New Year’s Celebrations

When the crowds gather at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on the evening of December 31, and the live music begins playing, and the fireworks bring the night sky to vivid life, we’ll be participating in one of the most longstanding rituals … Continue reading

Let there be Light!

As our daylight hours dwindle, I am always reminded of Dylan Thomas. Not because he wrote “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” but because of his poem “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Thomas of course was writing of … Continue reading

The First Thanksgiving

Please note that MSEL and the BLC will be closed Thursday, November 27 for the holiday. We will close at midnight Wednesday and reopen Friday at 7:30am. When we think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Turkey, parades, football, shopping and … Continue reading

Calling All Bibliophiles: The Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest is Open!

The Betty and Edgar Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest recognizes the love of books and the delight in shaping a thoughtful and focused book collection. All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a degree program at Johns Hopkins are eligible … Continue reading