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Happy Birthday, Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth GrahameKenneth Grahame, creator of one of the most celebrated works of classic literature for children, was born on March 8, 1859.

wind in the willowsGrahame was a Scottish essayist and children’s story writer who wrote the children’s classic The Wind in the Willows, stories of  little Mole, willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. Over one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they’ve become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. Continue reading Happy Birthday, Kenneth Grahame

A Word to Wise Women: Women’s History Month Musings

womens-history-month--authoMarch is Women’s History Month – does it even matter? Expand your perspective!  Read women’s voices this month.

Women’s history tells the story of our past from an expanded perspective. It does not rewrite history, but it does make very different judgments about what is important. Women’s history approaches the past with a wide-angle lens, taking in a much wider vision of what was going on in any given time period.
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Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!

For many of us, compiling a list of our favorite children’s books wouldn’t be complete without one or two titles from Dr. Seuss.  While he is arguably the most well-loved children’s author of the past century, you may not know that he spent two years during World War II as an editorial cartoonist.

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William Shakespeare: Timeless Tales

William_Shakespeare's_First_Folio_1623People around the world are celebrating 2016 as the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing.

While Shakespeare’s influence spreads to nearly every corner of Western arts and culture, let’s remember that first and foremost he produced stage plays for public entertainment.  While the English language has changed immeasurably since the sixteenth century, an effective stage performance can still shine light on the drama, humor, romance and brilliance of Shakespeare’s plays. Continue reading William Shakespeare: Timeless Tales