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Aries Book Horoscope


Every month of 2021 we will be sharing a tailored horoscope blog post for the current sun sign plus something extra so the rest of us aren’t left out! This post has been hard to write. Well, not hard to write exactly, but hard not to just make it a callout post for all the Aries babies in my life! I’ve had lovingly combative relationships with all of them, including my older sister. (Two differently fired-up personalities clashing–I’m a Leo–so it’s not unreasonable to expect some eruptions.) The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle...

Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust


In 1979, Congress designated the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust (DRVH), an annual 8-day commemoration with tributes and special educational programs to help us remember and learn lessons from the Holocaust. This year Days of Remembrance are between Sunday, April 4, and Sunday, April 11, coinciding with the Israeli observance of Yom HaShoah. The The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum leads the observances. The museum is offering a live virtual event on April 8, 2021, 11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. EDT. What Was...

Celebrating National Poetry Month

Alexandra Zukas
April 7, 2021

Hello, readers! Not only is this week National Library Week (and coincidentally, RPL's reopening week), but it's also currently National Poetry Month! I'll admit that I haven't always found poetry accessible in the past--traditionally, I've appreciated the straight-shooting, no-nonsense directness of prose (which is often also lyrically expressive). As Thomas Hardy said, poetry is the art of putting emotion into measure (okay, that's not verbatim, but close enough)--it's all the feels distilled into a few lines. It's only as I've gotten...

Music of the Month

Ben Himmelfarb
April 2, 2021

Music of the Month is a monthly round-up of RPL's programs and resources related to music. April 2021 Gellman Room Concerts @ RPL Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 2:00 pm, livestreamed from the Gellman Room: "Moises Cunha & Friends: Connecting the World through Music -- music by Beethoven, Sibelius, and Mozart presented by Moises Cunha, violin, Jake Fowler, cello, Luke Fleming, viola, and Tyler Sieh, viola. Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 2:00 pm, livestreamed from the Gellman Room: "The Art of Perseverance: And Still the...

Taste of Passion

April Freeman
March 29, 2021

(sometimes, you get what you crave) I would not consider myself a love story fanatic. However, Mrs. Brenda Jackson had me wanting to check out ten more of her books. A Taste of Passion begins by describing Lucas (Luke) Madaris, a six-foot-three World Rodeo Rider Champion who oozed sex from the Stetson he wore on his head all the way down to the well-worn leather boots on his feet. It also introduces us to attorney Mackenzie (Mac) Standfield, an only child of deceased parents. Every time these two are in a room together, the...