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Here at the Redwood Library, we wish you the happiest and safest of Holidays this season. To get even more into the spirit of the season, please enjoy a few selected books that revolve around the December holidays! Whether you are one for mystery, or in love with the classics; ready to laugh, or be moved by a touching tale, there are selections for everyone to bring holiday cheer!

 

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Readers and Foodies alike; Rejoice! This reading list will enitce your mind, as well as your tummy! Take a look into the history of Food in the Atlantic World, and how it shaped the way we enjoy the culinary world today. From the first settlers in the new world to the victory gardens that helped win two World Wars, food has been a major institution in shaping history in the Atlantic World. These titles will range from what New Englanders ate to how explorers of the sea sustained themselves; all of which is still important to how we eat today.

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The 2017 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, October 25th when Ray Rickman holds a conversation about race in 2017. Mr. Rickman will discuss how to talk about race with peers and people outside your own cultural group.

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This Reading List will provide resources on the Brown Family, focusing around two brothers, John and Moses Brown, who as time progressed developed differing thoughts on the slave trade. These publications, which include Ms. Brown's new book, Grappling with Legacy, can augment readers knowledge of the Brown family, and their important history here in Rhode Island.

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The Claiborne Pell Bridge was completed in 1969, after three years of construction. For several years before that however, there was conflict and difficulty in the development of the bridge. From the initial discussion of the bridge in 1945, until plans were approved in 1965, there was discussion and unsurity whether the bridge would ever be made. This reading list will compliment the upcoming lecture on the struggle surrounding the construction of the Newport Bridge, and explore the world around the Newport Bridge, including Narragansett Bay, The United States Navy, and transportation on the water before the Bridge. To coincide with the lecture, David McCullough's history of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge will be available to enjoy as well!

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We are kicking off Banned Books Week with a list of our favorite classic banned books. Celebrate your freedom to read this week!

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This reading list will delve in to the impact of Quakerism in America, and how its influence was felt here in the New World. Important Quakers such as Mary Almy, and Nathanael Greene are important figures whose names are cemented in Rhode Island History. The Society of Friends were, and are still today, proponents of abolition, peace, and equality; all major issues that affect the world today.

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The third John Tschirch lecture of his series here at Redwood Library will focus on Vaux-le-Vitcomte; the building that sparked a king’s jealousy and the downfall of its owner. Vaux-le-Vicomte is a superb example of French Classical design. This reading list will provide resources to learn more about the characters involved in the history of this beautiful chateau, and its unique history.

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In conjunction with the latest lecture series by John Tschirch, this reading list will focus around the Chateau Chenonceaux, completed in the early 16th Century. The books featured for this list will touch upon the lives of some of the owners of the famous estate, as well as the architect of Chenonceaux, Philibert de l'Orme. Readers will also be able to delve into the Renaissance and Gothic styles used to create such a beautiful estate.

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The Irish in Rhode Island, and America overall, has had a long standing history. Irish-American roots grow deep throughout our country's history, and have established themselves, in stories, traditions and displays. This reading list will examine Irish-Americans and their impact on both local and national history. From the Kennedys to Paddy Wilson, we can see the importance of Irish Americans on our culture today.

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