Labor Day

Labor Day is a federal holiday, observed on the first Monday in September. It celebrates the role of the American worker. For many people, this three-day weekend also marks the end of the summer season, even though summer doesn’t officially end until a few weeks later. This year Labor Day falls on September 4th.

See our page of links to learn more about Labor Day.

Meet Libby, the New OverDrive App

New Libby AppHave you tried using the NOBLE OverDrive collection with the new Libby app? It really streamlines the process! One tap to check out a book, one tap to see your bookshelf with all your checkouts, one tap to open or return a book, and one tap to view the library collection to find more books!

You can even switch back and forth between two library collections — this is handy because everyone who lives, works or owns property in Massachusetts is entitled to a card from the Boston Public Library which lets you use their OverDrive collection as well as ours. You don’t even have to go to Boston to sign up for a card: Boston Public Library Online Registration and eCard FAQ.

If you haven’t tried checking out ebooks and e-audiobooks from OverDrive, this is a great way to start!

Download the app for your device: Apple iOS | Android |Windows

Meet the Libby App — Learn more about Libby

Celebrate July 4th

The Fourth of July is celebrated as Independence Day, in honor of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It is considered to be the birthday of the United States of America, and is celebrated with parades, fireworks, speeches, patriotic music and the American flag. Find ideas for celebrating Independence Day on our page of links.

Bunker Hill Day is June 17th

The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775 in Charlestown, Mass. The Continental Army lost the battle, but inflicted heavy casualties upon their British foes. Despite its name, the battle actually was fought primarily on neighboring Breed’s Hill, where the Bunker Hill Monument, built in 1843, now stands.

Learn more about this famous Revolutionary War battle and its observance on our page of links.

Flag Day is June 14th

Independence Day!Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th, as this is the anniversary of the Flag Resolution by which the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the American Flag. Flag Day was celebrated unofficially for decades before President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially designating June 14th as Flag Day. In August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, or Duan Wu Jie, falls on May 30.

Dragon Boat Bow

Dragon Boat Bow by Russ Glasson, via Flickr

It is widely held that the Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the Chinese patriotic poet Qu Yuan (340-278 B.C.), who drowned himself rather than see his homeland invaded by a warring state. However, according to Yuan Chang-rue, a folklorist and professor at the Graduate School of Folk Culture and Arts, “[i]n ancient times, the Dragon Boat Festival, celebrated in early summer, reminded people that the ‘poison season’ of May, June and July, is beginning…” and was associated with health and well-being.

Today, the festival is highlighted by the dragon boat races and the eating of zongi, a sticky rice dish with a variety of fillings.

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