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Pocahontas became a legendary figure whose story was commercialized in books, films, ballets, and other aspects of popular culture; however, the real woman was significant as well although much of her life remains unknown to historians. She was born  around 1596 as Matoaka, the daughter of Powhatan, who was leader of thirty Algonquian speaking Native American groups near Tidewater, Virginia.   She  encountered the Jamestown settlers under circumstances that have been romanticized by some and misunderstood by others. Captain John Smith told the famous story that the young girl saved his life when her people threatened to club him to death.  Some experts believe the events were actually part of a ceremony designed not to harm Smith but to symbolize his “death and rebirth” as an ally of the group. In any case, the legend survived and Pocahontas became famous.  She was taken captive by the English and during this time she married a tobacco planter named John Rolfe in April 1614. She gave birth to their son Thomas in 1615. She joined her husband on a voyage to England where she enjoyed a certain amount of celebrity  as a Native American Christian and a symbol of peace between the colonists and the Native Americans.  She died while in Gravesend, England in 1617.  Pocahontas became the first Native American woman represented on a postage stamp in 1907.  Several communities in the United States were named in her honor as were many schools or public buildings.  She was the heroine of ballets, plays, movies, and even became a Disney Princess in an animated film.  Several U.S. Naval ships were named after her and she remains an admirable symbol of peace and understanding.

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The remarkable Mary Zhu combined her passion for baking and cake decorating with a desire to help those in need. She managed to start her own nonprofit business A Little Peace of Cake by saving money she had earned through tutoring students in math and reading.   Intelligence, compassion, creativity, and hard work were the ingredients the resourceful teen used to bring her foundation to fruition.  Now, A Little Peace of Cake donates 100% of all profits made from CEO and Founder Mary’s  delicious baked goods to sponsoring children through World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice   For more about Mary see http://www.alittlepeaceof cake.org.

Mary is more than a businesswoman, philanthropist, and a talented baker, she also has a love of reading. Her favorite books are Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dunbar and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. She was kind enough to share her support for our local library and we appreciate it!

 

 

 

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Once upon a time there was a wondrous collection of  literary treasures designed to transport lucky readers into realms of fantasy and the imagination where anything could happen and fairy tales could indeed come true!  The Good Queen Tracey, Royal Reader, Program Princess, and Lady of Legos ruled over this Young Adult  kingdom and graciously allowed her loyal subjects to enjoy the amazing stories found in these exciting books. She introduced them to beloved heroines like Cinder the Cyborg Cinderella and let them see the “real” stories behind the legends of Aurora the Sleeping Beauty, Belle and her Beast, and countless other fairy tale friends and foes! Follow the Yellow Brick Road, jump down Alice’s Wonderland rabbit hole or just use the more mundane elevator to enter the Young Adult Area downstairs. You’ll find magical books ( and possibly books of magic) and gaze in awe at the Lady Amber’s display that proves fairy tales not only come true but are merely one library card away!

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Grace Marie Burgess, Miss Tennessee 2016 kindly showed her support for S.B.R.L. by demonstrating that she is head over high heels for books!

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Susan B. Anthony became one the most famous social reformers of her era. She championed causes ranging from the Abolition movement,  women’s suffrage, equal pay for equal work,  religious freedom, and  free education for all.  She was born to a Quaker family  on January 5, 1820.  She was exposed to anti-slavery views by her father and brothers and eventually met and befriended former slave and social justice hero Frederick Douglass.  After her father’s cotton mill failed, she began to teach in New York at a Quaker school. In time she moved away from the strict doctrines of the Quaker faith and adopted bloomers and a more liberated manner of speech and dress. She became a close friend and partner to Elizabeth Cady Stanton. They organized rallies and wrote articles in support of women’s rights.  As Stanton put it, “I forged the thunderbolts. She fired them!”  Anthony eventually started a reformist newspaper the Revolution. Anthony died on January 3, 1905. She was honored in numerous ways for her superb organizational skills and tireless efforts  for positive social change.   The 19th Amendment that guaranteed the right of women to vote was informally called the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. The U.S. Postal Services issued two  stamps with her image upon them.  The U.S. Mint issued a dollar coin in memory of her career in 1979.