In Memoriam: Koko the Gorilla

Koko, the Gorilla Who Bridged the Gap    Koko, a Western lowland gorilla (born July 4, 1971), could communicate with humans and bridged the gap between human and gorilla, teaching us just how alike our species are. Koko communicated with humans using American Sign Language (ASL). She knew how to sign 1,000 words, which is…
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7 Famous Literary Trees

According to local legend, a woman named Betty Kenny used to rock her children to sleep in an enormous, hollowed out yew tree back in the 1700s. It's believed that Betty's unique method of soothing her children to sleep inspired "Rock-a-bye Baby." Vandals later burned the tree but its splintered remains are visible today. Read…
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Virtual Armchair Travel

"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life This summer come to the library to check out a book and begin your adventure. Or if you’re curious about other forms of armchair travel, take a look at the…
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Juneteenth

Juneteenth, June 19, is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the end of slavery. Dating back to 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, TX, with the news that the American Civil War had ended and all enslaved people were free. It had been over two years since President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had…
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What’s Flag Day?

The Stars and Stripes. The Red, White and Blue. The Star-Spangled Banner. Old Glory. White stars on a blue background, thirteen white and red stripes fluttering in the wind. But where did Flag Day come from? There are several stories about from where Flag Day originated. In 1916, 1927 and 1942, presidential proclamations were issued calling…
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Happy Birthday, Anne Frank!

Happy Birthday, Anne Frank! Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Her parents, Otto and Edith, concerned about growing antisemitism, moved the family to Amsterdam. After the threat of what would become WWII (1939-1945) increased, the family attempted to leave Amsterdam to go to England or the U.S., but failed…
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