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September 24 is International Bollywood Day! So... what exactly is Bollywood? Depending on who you ask, each person defines it differently.  In the film My Name Is Khan , an Indian man… continue reading What Do You Know About Bollywood? | International Bollywood Day

By written by Inaara S.    September 28, 2021    1

Today, September 22, we welcome the equinox once again! On this day twice each year, the sun rests directly over the equator, so day and night are nearly equal in length all over the globe. In the… continue reading Move into Autumn with the Harvest Moon

By written by Emily S.    September 22, 2021   

Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture through festivals, cuisine, cultural events, and art, encompassing people of various races, ethnicities, nationalities,… continue reading Hispanic Heritage Month Begins!

By written by Inaara S.    September 16, 2021   

Whether it is eating ice cream, swimming, or visiting your neighborhood library, there are so many great summer pastimes. One of the most exciting parts of summer is listening to all the… continue reading Best Summer Albums Through the Decades

By written by Inaara S.    September 2, 2021    1

Two months ago was the first official celebration of Juneteenth as a national holiday. On Thursday, June 17, 2021, Congress passed and presented the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act to… continue reading We Have a New Federal Holiday — Juneteenth!

By written by Inaara S.    August 27, 2021   

Jashn-e-Azadi Mubarak! Happy Independence Day! This past Saturday, August 14, was Pakistan’s Independence Day. Formed in 1947, Pakistan celebrated 74 years of its independence and freedom… continue reading Celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day with Music, Film, and Literature!

By written by Inaara S.    August 18, 2021    3

The summer is heating up! As we all try our best to deal with the rising temperatures in our area, don't forget that the Free Library is a great place to cool off! From access to books and… continue reading Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    July 19, 2021    1

The oldest known celebration of the end of enslavement in U.S. history, Juneteenth is a day that recognizes freedom and liberation. Juneteenth, a combination of the words "June" and… continue reading The Commemoration of Juneteenth

By written by Inaara S.    June 14, 2021   

May 31 of this year marks an awful anniversary in our country and one we are still coming to terms with— The Tulsa Race Riots , which have been called "the single worst incident of… continue reading Unspeakable: Taking Time for Tulsa

By written by Jeff B.    May 27, 2021   

When Frank Stephens, Jr., passed away in March at the age of 89, many mourned the loss of a friend and colleague. Others were hearing about Frank for the first time. And it was an opportunity for… continue reading Frank Stephens, Jr.: A Free Library Legacy

By written by Administrator    May 11, 2021    3

We often emphasize distinctions between the main Abrahamic religions, but they have something culinary in common: each year Muslims, Christians, and Jews restrict their diets to mimic the fasts of… continue reading Why Did Abraham Care What We Eat? Food Restrictions in Major Religions

By written by Lane    April 16, 2021   

Lies. Alternative facts. Demonize and Destroy Your Opponents. Does this sound familiar? Former Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) has been dead for 63 years, but the political tools and… continue reading Trust No One: Joe McCarthy and the Politics of Fear

By written by Richard L.    March 1, 2021    1

What do Guion Bluford , Angela Davis , Hank Aaron , Maya Angelou , Katherine G. Johnson , Eartha Kitt , Sonny Rollins , Gordon Parks , Ntozake Shange , and E. Lynn Harris all have in common? They… continue reading Introducing the HistoryMakers Digital Archive!

By written by Jamie B.    February 16, 2021   

Celebrate Lunar New Year 2021 and the Year of the Ox ! In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and… continue reading Celebrate the Year of the Ox!

By written by Peter SM    February 12, 2021   

Quaint boxes equipped with separate compartments, used to store your favorite meals, bento boxes are gaining major popularity in the United States. While they are great for storing… continue reading Bento Boxes: A Sustainable Method for Food On the Go

By written by Naquawna L.    February 8, 2021   

Have you seen the movie A League of Their Own ? This famous movie highlights the early years of the Women’s Baseball League in 1943. However, if you were a Negro woman during the 1940s,… continue reading Toni Stone: The First Female Player in the Negro League

By written by Sandy M.    February 4, 2021    1

Sanborn fire insurance maps are available once again through ProQuest’s updated and newly-released database, Sanborn Maps 1867-1970 (formerly known as Sanborn Maps Geo Edition 1867-1970).… continue reading New Release of the ProQuest Sanborn Maps Database

By written by Megan M.    January 21, 2021    4

Hannah Cho is a University of Pennsylvania Work-Study student from Davis, CA. During the Fall semester, she studied, recorded, and edited the Story Search podcasts remotely from South Korea.… continue reading Story Search from Special Collections: An Interview by Hannah Cho

By written by Joe S.    January 6, 2021   

Unlike many of the other holidays and traditions that we celebrate, Kwanzaa is one of the newest, at only 54 years old. It was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 as a way for African American… continue reading The History of Kwanzaa

By written by Kamilah C.    December 22, 2020    3

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