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Black Lives Matter: an anti-racist reading list

Posted about 16 hours ago by Natalie Draper
Preview(opens in a new tab) This list is by no means comprehensive. I am not an academic, an expert, nor am I a person of color. These are books that […]
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Posted about 5 days ago by Meldon Jenkins-Jones
Habit was a dirty word. Like hope, waiting, and boundaries, the idea of habit was a form of discipline I scoffed at as being confining, restricting, and limiting. As a […]
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PO Box 1142

Posted about 2 weeks ago by Kathy Coker
Posted in Book Reviews
The following is from my ongoing research on World War II Prisoner of War Camps in Virginia. It’s a steamy summer night in 1943 in Alexandria, Virginia,…and another Army bus […]
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One month, 365 days of fantastic fiction

Posted about 2 weeks ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and we have a ton of fantastic fiction for you to immerse yourself in. I’m going to unpack of some of my favorite fiction […]
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RPL’s Big Bread-making Blog Post

Posted about 2 weeks ago by Jennifer Deuell
Oddly enough, one of the unintended consequences of staying safe at home seems to be that people have discovered (or re-discovered) their love of bread-making.  Who knows why so many […]
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Grocery Shopping from the Back Porch, Part 2

Posted about 2 weeks ago by Meldon Jenkins-Jones
GROCERY SHOPPING FROM THE BACK PORCH, Part 2 by Meldon Jenkins-Jones In the words of Nicole Johnsey Burke, the author of Kitchen Garden Revival: A Modern Guide to Creating a […]
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Preserving A Warehouse of Forestry History

Posted about 3 weeks ago by Kathy Coker
Posted in Book Reviews
According to a 2005 survey, American institutions retain over 4 billion items like books, manuscripts, photographs, oral history, maps, sound recordings, and digital collections. Libraries own 63 percent of them. […]
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Teens & Foster Care

Posted about 3 weeks ago by Jennifer Deuell
Posted in Book Reviews, Teens
May is National Foster Care Month. It is a time to acknowledge all the helpers involved in the foster care system, but more importantly to recognize and support the children […]
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Creating Space: Personal reflections on inspiring spaces

Posted about 4 weeks ago by Natalie Draper
I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about space. Not outer space, though sometimes that too, but the spaces we live in, and more importantly, how we interact with, […]
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Reading Pandemic Fiction in a Pandemic

Posted about 4 weeks ago by Meg Raymond
Is this pandemic messing with your reading habits? It’s messing with mine. I have more time for reading, but reading has gotten so much more difficult. I am one of […]
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