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This reading list will celebrate something that should be admired and discussed daily; Women's History. Our world is full of leading ladies, from the beginning of time to today. Their history deserves to be read and enjoyed as anyone else's. This reading list crosses a broad spectrum of leading ladies, from one of the most well known names, to a simple woman who kept a diary in the early years of American colonization. Please celebrate Women's History Month by reading up on one of these leading ladies.

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On this last week of Black History Month, we pay tribute to an African-American athlete and trailblazer who is immortalized just down the road from the Redwood Library at the International Tennis Hall of Fame: Althea Gibson (1927-2003).

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On February 22nd, The Artillery Company of Newport will march to the Redwood Library to celebrate the 286th birthday of George Washington. In honor of his birthday, this reading list will focus on him, with a bonus book of course on the Artillery Company as well. Washington carries many titles with his name; General, Founding Father, President, Family Man, Surveyor, Slave Owner. What did these titles mean, and what makes George Washington so interesting, so important in our lives.

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This past Wednesday, February 7th, we held our first Redwood Treasures event of the year. Out on display were books, objects, and manuscripts from all periods, generously given to the library throughout our history. They included examples of the 18th century history of Newport, printing history from the age of incunabulum through the 19th century, and the fascination early members had with understanding the world, the arts, and religion. If you missed the event, today we are presenting a brief round-up of some of the highlights and we’ll leave you with a promise that we will hold another Redwood Treasures event soon!

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In honor of Black History Month, Michelle Farias, our Special Collections Assistant and Archivist, has curated a reading list to learn from and enjoy. These books highlight different figures in Black History, and their impact on the world.

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This week's blog post, by Redwood Library's Tour Coordinator/Technical Services Assistant Brandon Aglio, is in anticipation of next week's Redwood Treasures event! By the second half of the 18th century, any enjoyable meeting of associates or friends would be accompanied by punch and the collection of the Redwood Library has is a classic example, gifted by Ms. Ellen Townsend in 1883.

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With cold winds of February keeping us inside, lets take a trip around the world through the books of this reading list. These books feature locations around the world with a twist... Rather than focus on the background of the location, or simple history of the area, these tales will feature the city or country in the title, and will take place in these different locations. You will be taken to far off places without having to leave your seat!

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The replacements for the missing volumes from the Original Collection of the Redwood Library, which were lost as a result of the American Revolution, are worth our efforts in studying them for reasons beyond their ability to help us tell the story of the Redwood’s holdings. Each replacement volume is unique and comes to the Redwood Library with its own past that enriches our understanding of history.

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Our first new exhibit of 2018 officially opened this week and in case you haven’t had a chance to come in and see it yet for yourself, here are a few select items from “Going Once, Going Twice: An Exhibition of New Acquisitions in the Redwood’s Special Collections.” The exhibit includes a Clagget Clock, replacement volumes to the Original Collection, a 16th century printed book of hours, donations to the Hamilton collection and for reference on French prints, oil paintings, and a sample of manuscripts, pamphlets, and printed materials acquired at an auction held this past fall.

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With winter upons, we can certainly get the blues. The snow, the wind and the temperatures can keep us frigid. To combat the winter doldrums, lets warm our minds with tales of Outlaws, of lawlessness, and rugged cowboys. Lets look to the wild west and the blazing sun that shines upon it to heat up the day, From Zane Grey's classic tales, to Clint Eastwood's appearance on the big screen, tales of the wild west vividly take us to a romantic time in American history. These books and integral films will take us back to a period when the west was won, or sometimes lost; a time when the six shooter was the law.

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