We are all familiar with the old rhyme, "April Showers bring May flowers", and after this rainy and depressing April we all are looking forward to the brightly colored May flowers. Most of us have had at one point, or still do have a garden of some sort. Whether it be flowers or vegetibles, we put in the backbreaking effort to till and weed and propogate. Looking for some new ideas for a summer garden? Come in to the Redwood Library and check out our extensive collection of gardening books located in our Pell-Chafee preservation room, some of which are listed here.
The defining moment for our country was the American Revolution. A loose coalition of former colonies successfully overthrow a much stronger empire, the first time such an action happened against Great Britain and cementing in world history the rise of the United States of America. Come down to the Redwood Library to check out one of the books below and learn more about the early years of the Revolution when most were still unsure if the great American experiment would even get started.
Newport and the Irish go together almost as well as St. Patrick’s Day and corned beef and cabbage. The story of Irish Immigration into what is now Newport began in the 1600s as the new colonies started to grow. It wouldn’t be until the 1800’s that Newport would gain such a large population of Irish immigrants due to the Great Potato famine. They began working in coal mines in Portsmouth then with the introduction of the gilded age after the American Civil War, The Irish began to settle between the ports and lavish mansions of the Irish. Today it is called the fifth ward and still had quite the Irish heritage. Some living there can trace their ancestors back to the gilded age and even earlier. Come check out one of our great books and learn a thing or two about Irish history and their involvement in Newport and New England at large.
Black History month truly began in 1926 when a historian by the name of Carter Woodson announced that the second week of February would be “Negro History Week”. This week, chosen because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, was used to coordinate teaching of black history in public schools. Though initially it had a lukewarm response it grew annually until 1976 when the leaders of the Black United students of Kent State University proposed to expand it to the entire month, a move the federal government would repeat the same year under President Ford. Today, Black History Month is celebrated in the United States and in Canada during the month of February and in the United Kingdom during the Month of October.
January is a month of new beginnings. Where those who try to better themselves will head to the gym or try and eat better. Finding which path to take can be difficult. My Grandfather used to say, "You may not know where you are going but you should always known where you have been." With America stepping into the new year and so much on its horizon, lets take a look back to see what other events in January took place that shaped this great Nation
Keep an eye out for the Winter issue of Antiques and Fine Arts Magazine. Inside this lovely publication is an article written by architectural historian John Tschirch titled "A Classic Revisited: The Redwood Library in Newport, Rhode Island".
Our section of cook books spans many different culinary styles, and food types. Looking for something a little more…Newport? We certainly can help with that. Come check out one of these fine cookbooks!
Food is more than just sustenance for the body. The act of preparing food is sustenance for the soul. It is a great feeling to take various ingredients, carefully prepare them, and turn them into a wonderfully delicious meal one can enjoy in the coziness of home. Winter is the perfect time to try new recipes, perfect old ones, and wow friends and family alike with the skills we’ve learned in the kitchen. Cook books, celebrity chef biographies, and novels with a culinary twist are just some of the places where ideas and recipes are found and where culinary curiosity is explored. Come into the Redwood Library today and grab one of these lovely books and expand your culinary horizon!