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Celebrate the Days - March

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March "comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb". This month can have all four seasons! There are holidays and observances every day of the month - so many reasons to celebrate. I'm not saying there should be cake very day, but I'm not saying there shouldn't be cake every day, either. Monthly celebrations: National Craft Month The Richmond Public Library has loads of books on learning all kinds of crafts - search the library catalog using keywords of whatever interests you, or call your local branch for assistance. You can also get out...

Help! Taxes!

Meg Raymond
February 22, 2021
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Last year, the IRS pushed the tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020, for 2019 returns.  So far, the April 15th deadline is in place this year for filing 2020 returns, but rumor has it that could change.  (The deadline for filing state taxes is May 1st.) WHERE TO FIND FORMS FEDERAL FORMS call 1.800.TAX.FORM (1.800.829.3676) to have forms and instruction booklets mailed to you. find and print out most federal tax forms (prior years, too!) at the IRS website. if you know the tax form(s) you need, the library will print...

Black Suffragists and Activists: Addie Waites Hunton

Kathy Coker
February 19, 2021
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Addie Waites Hunton In preparation for Black History Month, I did a little research and uncovered some fascinating people like Addie Waites Hunton, an African American suffragist, activist, writer, political organizer, and educator.   Early Life Born in Norfolk on June 11, 1866, Addie D. Waites lost her mother as a child and then moved to Boston to be raised by a maternal aunt. She was the first black woman to graduate from Philadelphia’s Spencerian College of Commerce. Waites then moved to Normal, Alabama, where she...

Celebrating the Year of the Ox

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Old memories die hard. I can still recall my Kindergarten class field trip to New York City’s Chinatown for the Lunar New Year celebration. The sensory overload—fantastic noises, colorful dragon dancers, and pungent firecracker smoke—has stayed with me for over 55 years. This year's Asian Lunar New Year celebration began on February 12th. It’s a 12-day event and includes one of the greatest human mass migrations in the world. Millions of people in Asian countries return to their hometowns to enjoy reunion meals with their families...

Black History Month: Picturing Families

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The Association for the Study of African American Life and History develops themes for Black History Month each year. The themes "reflect changes in how people of African descent in the United States have viewed themselves, the influence of social movements on racial ideologies, and the aspirations of the black community." For 2021 the theme is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity." For many children a picture book is their first window to the world outside their daily experience. Most would like to see themselves...