The Value of Public Libraries

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I grew up going to the library every week because at the rate I read books it was so much cheaper to go there than to buy new books. I want to be a librarian because I know how important libraries are and how important they were to me when I was little. Libraries are essential to a livable society and have been around for thousands of years. Libraries are where children learn to read…

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Where does the Mid-March Warning, “Beware the Ides of March,” Come From?

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I took Latin every year when I was in high school. I only needed two semesters of it, but I ended up taking four because I loved it so much. One of my favorite parts was learning about the culture and history of the Ancient Romans. This part of the class helped me discover that I wanted to study history in college. One of the most well-known figures in Roman history is Julius Caesar, partially…

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Tartans: A Woven History

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Contrary to what might be your first guess, a tartan scarf has nothing to do with tarts or with food. Instead, a tartan scarf is a woven material, generally of wool, having stripes of different colors and varying in breadth. While that sounds simple, their history is not, and it is one that intertwines with culture, politics, and even Scottish nationalism. While all tartans are plaid, but, not all plaids are tartan. On tartans, the pattern…

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The Rise, Fall, & Rise of the Comma: History, Religion, and Language

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The comma is known as a piece of punctuation that helps break up sentences by inserting short pauses. Commas can also add more clarity to sentences by separating adjectives and parts of sentences. Many of us are quite grateful for the comma, but have you ever thought about the origins of it? Who started it? What language did English steal it from?  According to some, that answer would be Greek. Once upon a time, before the…

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