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While Independence Day might not be until Monday, we are kicking off the Fourth of July weekend by celebrating the lives of our Founding Fathers. We created a list of great reads that showecase the remarkable personalities that created our country. Do you have any favorites we left out?

 

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What better way to celebrate the 4th of July then by picking up a book about the American Revolution? While numerous books have been written on this struggle for independence, we've have compiled a list of our 15 favorite books on the topic. What is your favorites?

 

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Patriots and Loyalists had a tense and violent relationship in the years leading up to the Revolution. Did you know that fifteen men were banished from Newport in July of 1776 for being loyal to the crown? Click here to read more!

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Practical Lawn Tennis, published originally in 1893, provides a guide on the basics of the sport for any skill level; with helpful time-lapse photographs, diagrams and tips from the author, a registered doctor. While some of this advice may seem odd to the modern player, this book is a valuable resource in tennis history and game play. Click here to read more.

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Picture books are a relatively new addition to children's literacy education. Click the link to read more about the importance of picture books in developing early reading skills, and see some beautiful examples of a primer from 1940.

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Thomas Tew was from a prominent Newport family before he became one of the wealthiest pirates in American history. Click to read more about his exploits, and his role at the pirate city of Libertatia.

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The American Civil War was one of the bloodiest and most hotly contested conflicts of our country’s history. Perhaps that is why, over 150 years later, we are still fascinated and humbled by the actions of our fellow countrymen.The photographs taken during the war are not only emotionally charged and sometimes unsettling, but also provide us with valuable information about the daily life of military men and civilians.Click to see more.

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A new face will be hanging in the Rovensky Room. Click to read more about Robert Johnston, the newest addition to the Redwood portrait family, known for his numerous contributions to the Library.

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The New York Times began publishing the “Mid-Week Pictorial War Extra” in September1914, three months after the beginning of the First World War, as a Wednesday photographic supplement to its main publication. This weekly circular provided the American public with up-close views of the front long before smart phones, live-streaming and the internet. Click here to see more from this week, 99 years ago.

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Despite the number of prominent men on the walls of the Redwood, there are also some key female figures that have figured into the history of not only the library, but the early formation of our country. Follow the link to read our last installment of the Ladies of the Library series.

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