Music and Mental Health

 "Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast," wrote William Congreve in his 1697 play, "The Mourning Bride." It has been long known that music can have the power of soothing us when we are sad, anxious, angry, or otherwise upset. We seem to be instinctively drawn to particular music depending on our moods. The…
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Victoria Woodhull: Activist, Free-Thinker, Presidential Candidate

Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) was an ardent campaigner for women’s rights, an advocate for sexual freedom, and the first woman to run for president of the United States. Born Victoria Claflin in Homer, Ohio in 1838, she received very little formal education. At the age of fifteen, she married Dr. Canning Woodhull and had two children…
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Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day celebrates women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Lovelace was born in 1815 in England to Lord and Lady Byron. Most historians consider Lovelace the first computer programmer. In the 1840s, Charles Babbage created a design for an Analytical Engine that could do complex math. Ada Lovelace wrote a series of…
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How To Help Librarians Help You Find Your Next Read: What to Expect and Where to Go for Reader’s Advisory

It’s a feeling avid readers know too well: you’ve just finished devouring a truly wonderful book, and as you finally close the covers on the last page, dread sets in. What now? You want more! But the book is over, and you don’t have any idea what to read next that will give you the…
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