Dainty Ladies, Civil War and Thanksgiving

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“Never underestimate dainty little ladies.”

Thank You Sarah, written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Matt Faulkner

“Whenever Sarah found a spare moment, she wrote. But this time it wasn’t for the thrill of seeing her work in print – it was to keep her family from starving. Soon Boston magazines began to feature Sarah’s writing. Much to Sarah’s delight, with many publications came payment.”

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“Sarah made sure Ladies’ Magazine was different. She published articles on history and science and new schools for women.”

“When Lincoln received Sarah’s letter, the nation was in the middle of a civil war. Lincoln understood that sometimes it was hard to remember good things in bad times. People needed a day to be thankful for food on their tables, roofs over their heads, and the blessings in their lives. Thanksgiving was exactly what this nation needed.”

Sarah Gives Thanks, written by Mike Allegra and illustrated by David Gardner

 

Boston Library Update

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“In Boston, the physical changes reflect the evolving nature of libraries…

“As it happens, the entrance, on Boylston Street, is close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where bombs last year killed three people and injured more than 260 others. With this wound at their front door, the architects are even more determined for the library to be inviting.

“This is a strong statement of pride in the city and its civic life, in spite of what happened across the street,” Mr. Gayley said. “The library is opening its doors and not retreating behind solid walls.”

Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond by Katharine Q. Seelye at the New York Times

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