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Remembering Ourselves

You can’t think about the future without thinking about the past, and with a new year ahead it’s a perfect time to revisit the lessons of history. From Springfield, to the Ozarks, to the United States and beyond, you will find it in this list.   More...
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George Eliot (November 22, 1819 - December 22, 1880)

The acclaimed author of such classics as "Silas Marner," "The Mill on the Floss," and "Middlemarch" (which Virginia Woolf called "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people") would have turned 196 this weekend.  More...
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 - March 15, 1937)

Celebrate famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft's 125th birthday.  More...
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Ann (Ward) Radcliffe (July 9, 1764 - February 7, 1823)

Celebrate gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe's 251st birthday.  More...
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Juneteenth

Check out these books and learn more about Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.   More...
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The author of “The Little Prince” led a life of deep thoughts, complicated love, and great adventure.  More...
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Robert Frost (1874-1963)

The much beloved and admired American traditionalist poet has travelled a sometimes bumpy road.  More...
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Charles Dickens

Perennial adaptations of Charles Dickens’s seasonal classic “A Christmas Carol” have made the Victorian author a household name, but there’s much more to the creator of the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge than guiding ghosts,Tiny Tim, and plum pudding.  More...
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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

This year will mark the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The celebration will feature over 50 of the parade's trademark large balloons as well as musical performances and Broadway dance numbers.  Read all about the humble beginnings of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  More...
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Stephen King

The name “Stephen King” has long been synonymous with horror, but some things about this popular and prolific writer of unnerving tales may yet surprise you.  More...
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George Orwell

Orwell's classic novel "1984" has been flying off the shelves, but who was the man behind this cautionary dystopic vision?  More...
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Why We Should Thank Johannes Gutenberg

Ah, the humble printing press.  This seemingly archaic little invention has actually had a profound impact on modern society.  More...
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This Month in History

 These titles investigate fascinating and important historical events, all of which occurred in the month of April.  More...
Art, History & Biography

Mysteries of Ancient Cave Artists Abound

Many paleolithic sites in southern Europe have cave walls covered with vibrant paintings. DNA tests shed new light on these prehistoric masterpieces of art.  More...
Art, History & Biography

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree: Holiday Music from the Library!

Holiday music provides a sentimental soundtrack for the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years -- even a Grinch's heart melts a little when Judy Garland sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Check out the Library's collection of sheet music and CDs to get in the holiday mood!  More...

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