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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...
Books & Authors History & Biography 

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...
Art History & Biography 

Bill Evans: Jazz Impressionist

September 15, 2012 marks the 32nd anniversary of the passing of legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans. But, the influence of his revolutionary piano techniques is still evident in the world of jazz today.  More...
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Narrative Nonfiction: Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction

For readers who normally read fiction, narrative nonfiction can be a great way to learn about history and still thoroughly enjoy the process.  More...
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“Year in the Life” Memoirs

If you enjoy reading about the intense pursuit of a personal goal within a limited time frame, you might enjoy one of these “Year in the Life” memoirs.  More...
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A Night to Remember: RMS Titanic

On April 15, 1912 the "unsinkable" Titanic slipped beneath the frigid waters of the North Atlantic after it struck an iceberg, taking with it over 1,500 souls. One hundred years later the story of the doomed luxury liner still fascinates us.  More...
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New Biographies and Memoirs

A selection of biographies and memoirs added to the Library’s collection in the past month.  More...
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Celebrating Black History

Every year in February we celebrate Black History Month. This article offers suggestions for those wanting to take a closer look at events and people of note in African American history, as well as issues and trends affecting the modern population.
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The Lost Princess

Who was the auburn-haired young woman in the portrait sold at Christie's in 1998? Could  "La Bella Principessa" be a lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci?   More...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on Monday, Jan. 20.  Learn about Dr. King's life and work, the history of the holiday and local events.
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Art History & Biography 

Decoding Architecture

Many buildings are noted for their beauty, interesting features and intriguing history. The Library has several resources to help us discover the different components behind a building and its creation.  More...
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A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. The U.S. Pacific Fleet was crippled, over 2400 were dead and most airplanes on the ground were destroyed.  More...
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History of Thanksgiving

The origins of Thanksgiving can be traced back hundreds of years. Significant dates in the development of our modern Thanksgiving Day are highlighted in this timeline.  More...
Art Books & Authors History & Biography 

Composer Biographies

The lives of the great classical composers are as varied and often filled with as much excitement, romance and intrigue as a best-selling romance, adventure or historical novel!  More...
Government History & Biography 

Celebrate Veterans Day

Forty-eight million men and women have served or are currently serving in America's armed forces. On November 11 of each year, Veterans Day is observed in their honor.
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Classic Silent Film Program Honors Doughboys

King Vidor's "The Big Parade" is an epic film about World War I told from the perspective of a doughboy, starring John Gilbert and Renee Adoree.  More...
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"Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!" - Jack Buck

The Library has an extensive collection of books and DVDs about the history and players of the St. Louis Cardinals.  Hit a home run by taking a swing at these baseball gems.
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Business History & Biography Science 

Remembering Steve Jobs, A Digital Pioneer

Apple's visionary leader Steve Jobs died at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs leaves behind a legacy of brilliant innovation.  More...
Books & Authors History & Biography 

Author Biographies

How much do you know about the authors of your favorite books? Checking out one of these author biographies or autobiographies might help you learn the story behind the story.  More...
Community Matters History & Biography Law 

The History of Labor Day

Labor Day signals the end of summer and offers a long weekend to spend with family and friends; but how many of us know the origins of this day, or even pause to consider what it signifies?  More...
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Memorial Day

The history of Memorial Day begins afer the Civil War when Decoration Day was established as a time to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.  
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Wedding Bells are Ringing!

Read about the history of the British royal family and past royal weddings. Find out where to go for more information about the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.  More...
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March Is National Peace Corps Month

The Peace Corps turns 50 years old this month. Learn more about the program and what it's like to be a volunteer.  More...
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Celebrate Women's History Month

 How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
--Maya Angelou
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February: A Time To Reflect About Black History

Every February, the United States celebrates National Black History Month.  More...
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Mark Twain Revealed

How do you create a best-selling autobiography 100 years after your death? Mark Twain, Missouri’s esteemed native son, found a way.
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New Music Biographies Hit the Right Notes

Stay in tune with classical music, rhythm & blues, jazz and rock in new biographies that include Beethoven, Ray Charles, Artie Shaw and AC/DC.
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Chautauqua History

Over 600 people attended the Library chautauqua in April.  Learn about the history of this great American movement.
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