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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 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 Celebrate famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft's 125th birthday. More Celebrate gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe's 251st birthday. More Check out these books and learn more about Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. More The author of “The Little Prince” led a life of deep thoughts, complicated love, and great adventure. More The much beloved and admired American traditionalist poet has travelled a sometimes bumpy road. More 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 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 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 Orwell's classic novel "1984" has been flying off the shelves, but who was the man behind this cautionary dystopic vision? More Ah, the humble printing press. This seemingly archaic little invention has actually had a profound impact on modern society. More These titles investigate fascinating and important historical events, all of which occurred in the month of April. More 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 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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