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History & Biography 

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...
Education 

Help! I've Got Homework!

It's hard to believe that school is already back in session but alas, here it is.  And with it? Homework.    More...
History & Biography 

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...
Teens 

Have you heard this track from the Hunger Games?


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Community Matters Health & Wellness Missouri & Ozarks 

Joplin Tornado Relief Efforts

On May 22 a tornado hit Joplin, Mo., causing immeasurable damage to homes and businesses. Residents had a mere 20-minute warning to find shelter before the storms hit. At time of publication, the death toll sits at 122 as citizens of Joplin sort through the wreckage.    More...
Health & Wellness 

The Ban on Drop-Side Cribs

On December 15, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced new federal crib standards that will stop the sale, manufacture, resale, and distribution of drop-side cribs.  More...
Books & Authors 

Whose Jolly Old Elf Is That, Anyway? Literary Sleuth Casts Doubt on the Authorship of an Iconic Christmas Poem

Every Christmas for more than 150 years, children have hung their stockings by the chimney with care and learned to thank Clement Clarke Moore for the tradition.
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Books & Authors 

October Is National Reading Group Month

Celebrate the congeniality which naturally springs from the reading group experience.  More...
Books & Authors 

Travel the World During Your Staycation With the Library

Have you decided not to hassle with the frustration of travel this summer ?  You can travel the world for free at the Library.
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Books & Authors 

W.S. Merwin named new U.S. Poet Laureate

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner W.S. Merwin will be the 2010-11 U.S. poet laureate, the Library of Congress announced Thursday. The 82-year-old Merwin, who is also a National Book Award recipient, succeeds Kay Ryan.
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Books & Authors 

Project puts 1 million books online for blind, dyslexic

In this day of convenience, steps are being taken to provide downloadable books to serve the visually impaired through the partnership program, Internet Archive.  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness Missouri & Ozarks 

Shop Local, Eat Local

Greene County citizens are rapidly becoming "locavores" -- those who seek out goods produced within a 100-mile radius of their hometown. When you live somewhere as bountiful as the Ozarks, it's easy to find local produce and meat if you know where to look.   More...
Books & Authors 

The Writers of the W.P.A.

Created in 1935, in the heart of the Great Depression, the Writers' Project supported more than 6,600 writers, editors and researchers during its four years of federal financing. When the government funds expired, Congress let the program continue under state sponsorship until 1943.  More...
Books & Authors 

The Man Behind Sherlock Holmes

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Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Census 2010: Why It Matters

Do you know what the census is? Did you know that a census every 10 years is required by our Constitution? This is a census year and there are a few things you might want to know about this very important process.  More...
Books & Authors 

Women writing in 19th Century America

Most people today have heard of few, if any, of the many women writers of the 19th century. These authors were important because they opened doors for women in the literary marketplace and provided some of the most vibrant and independent female characters in literature.  More...
Books & Authors 

African-American Literature has a Rich History of Wonderful Writers

February is a time when we celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans.   More...
Books & Authors 

"The Rhythm is Keeping Us Alive: Celebrating African American Poetry"

Area teens and adults will read classic and new African American poems and some original poems. Local musicians will accompany the readers and poets. The event will be Monday, February 22 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium, 4653 S. Campbell Ave.
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Community Matters Health & Wellness 

Crisis in Haiti: What You Can Do To Help

On January 12th, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 rocked the small nation of Haiti, forever changing the structure of their country and their population.  In the aftermath, individuals and organizations from all over the world are pitching in to do what they can to aid this devastated area.  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness 

Forget the Fads: Make Health Resolutions that Stick in 2010

Every year it's the same old song and dance - you'll resolve to "lose weight" and "be healthy," and by February, you'll be on the couch wearing sweatpants and eating bonbons.  Instead of making vague, unrealistic goals, resolve this year to take charge of your personal health and inform yourself.  More...
Books & Authors 

Best Books of 2009

Lists of the best in reading from 2009 to entice you to make 2010 the year to read !  More...
Books & Authors 

'Tis the season — every year at this time — for the various renderings of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens was not the only writer from this literary period (1837-1901) to become a mainstay of today's favorite authors.  Dickens wrote the most famous Christmas ghost story, A Christmas Carol (1843), and also a Christmas fairy story intended to be read aloud on winter evenings, The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy-tale of Home (1846).
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Books & Authors 

Victorian Web provides a feast of literature, history and culture in the age of Victoria

The site includes a timeline, authors, discussion of the literary canon, literary techniques, genres and modes, Victorian serials, and literary convergences.   More...
Books & Authors 

And the winner is....

Colum McCann’s novel “Let the Great World Spin” took the fiction prize among five finalists at the National Book Awards ceremony in New York City Wednesday , November 18.  Other winners were..
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Books & Authors 

National Book Award Finalists Announced

The 20 Finalists for the 2009 National Book Awards were announced this past week, representing a diverse group of authors of varied background, writing style, setting and theme.  More...
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