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We all know that Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th.  But one of the signers, John Adams, didn’t consider it to be accurate. Here is why. On July 1, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and on the following day 12 of the 13 colonies voted in favor of Richard Henry Lee’s motion...
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Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day – is a holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The day’s name is a combination of “June” and “nineteenth” in honor of June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people...
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In 1909, a woman named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, thought that holiday similar to a Mother’s Day should be set aside to honor fathers. Her own father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran, raised six children as a single parent. In 1910 she started a campaign outlining the idea for an...
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LGBTQAI+ Pride Month, also known as Gay Pride, is held in June in the United States and all over the world. Pride Month commemorates years of struggle for civil rights and the ongoing pursuit of equal justice under the law for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. Enjoy books and movies telling the...
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A short History of the Audiobook It all started in 1932 with the books on vinyl records. The cassette tapes came next in the 1960s and compact discs in the 1980s. Compact discs are still popular but playaways have their fans too. However all the rage now are the e-audiobooks that you can download on...
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The Nebula Awards are one of the best known and most prestigious science fiction and fantasy awards. They annually recognize the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States. The awards are organized and awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), a nonprofit association of professional science fiction and fantasy writers. The first Nebula Awards were...
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In May we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage. We are happy to introduce you to our large collection of books and movies talking about Asian identity, the complexities of immigration and what it means to belong. Enjoy the beloved classics or discover the new voices.
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The tradition of a day to celebrate mothers can be traced back to the times of the ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honour Rhea, the mother of the gods. Early Christians celebrated the fourth Sunday of Lent as a Mother’s festival to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Today Mother’s Day is celebrated across...
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This time our Author of the Week is Bill Bryson. That’s what Chicago Tribune wrote about him. “Why are Bryson’s books so dazzlingly good? The simple answer: Bryson is funny … intelligent, witty, and sensitive to the absurd.” Have a great time reading Bill Bryson’s delightful books about travel, the English language, science, and much...
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It was Senator Gaylord Nelson who in the spring of 1970, created Earth Day as a way to bring the issue of protecting the environment into the national spotlight. In 1990, David Hayes, the first national coordinator, partnered with Nelson to expand Earth Day celebrations in more than 100 countries, turning it into a global...
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