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Commemorate Freedom: Juneteenth 2021

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Virginia State Holiday As of October 2020, Juneteenth is a permanent statewide holiday in Virginia. Virginians, like others across America will celebrate in various ways ranging from parades, dancing, visiting historical sites, to barbecues. Federal Holiday House of Representatives voted 415-14 to make Juneteenth (June 19th) a federal holiday. This followed the Senate’s unanimous passage of a resolution on the day before to establish June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day. Wednesday night “The White...

2021 Teen Reading Challenge: Juneteenth

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Welcome back to month six of the 2021 RPL Teen Reading Challenge. How's it been going to far? I don't know about you, but historically this is about the time that I start falling behind in a challenge, reading or otherwise. And, that is definitely true for this one. Never fear! We are only halfway through June, and there is still time to get your prompt read this month. To help you find just the right read, I've curated a list of fantastic books and resources. This month's reading prompt is to read something about Juneteenth or the legacy of...

By Teens, For Teens - Into the Wild & A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

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Welcome back to our next installment of By Teens, For Teens. This blog post series consists of all teen-generated content. This time we have two book reviews for you to enjoy! Book Review: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer Rating: 5 out of 5 stars This book tells the story of Chris McCandless, a young man of great potential who struggles to be fulfilled living the traditional life his parents have planned. Narrated in Jon Krakaeur’s familiar voice, this predictable plotline shifts into a gripping novel. The book attempts to not only...

VIRGINIA PRISONER OF WAR CAMPS IN WORLD WAR II: "ENEMIES WITHIN & WITHOUT"

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Prisoners of War Arrive During World War II, the U.S. was “home” to over 425,000 prisoners of war (POWs). They were Japanese, German and Italians from the Axis countries  captured by U.S forces and our allies in far off battlefields. Since there was no room in the rear to hold the rising number of POWs, they were sent in empty transport ships to America. Many arrived at the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation. Italian POWs Arriving at Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation Transfer to Camps After processing, the POWs typically...

By Teens, For Teens - The Chase by Elle Kenneday & One of Us Is Lying Read-Alikes

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By now I hope you've read our previous By Teens, For Teens blog posts and are starting to look forward to them! This series is all teen-created content and makes it that much more awesome (IMHO). This month we have a two-for-one deal with a book review and read-alikes list both by Elaina S., age 15. Please enjoy! Book Review: The Chase by Elle Kennedy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars The Chase by Elle Kennedy is about a wealthy college student, Summer Heyward-Di Laurentis, and her life living with her crush, Colin Fitzgerald. As someone...