Happy Birthday, Charlotte!

Happy Birthday, Charlotte!

On April 21, 1816, the author of the devastating romantic classic, Jane Eyre, was born. Charlotte Bronte and two of her sisters wrote poems, essays and novels. Feel like exploring the Brontes' works and their fellow writers? The Midlothian library just received Texts from Jane Eyre and Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters, a witty spin on classic works of fiction. You never know—what starts with reading a few pages of texts could develop into a love of the classics in all their original forms and glories!continue reading →
Spring is here!

Spring is here!

Spring is here, and, lucky for us, it’s also Poetry Month! Take some time to notice the buds and blossoms blooming all around you—to tiptoe through the tulips even! Afterwards, stroll into the library, and discover some poetry. Here’s a poem written by William Wordsworth—213 years ago today!—exclaiming over the joys of spring flowers: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud  I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees,…continue reading →
Fiction Friday: Don Quixote, A Classic with New Twists

Fiction Friday: Don Quixote, A Classic with New Twists

It was four hundred years ago, in 1615, that Part Two of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha was published, ten years after Part One. The volumes detailing the fantastical adventures of the idiosyncratic Don Quixote and his put-upon sidekick Sancho Paza received a small bewildered attention, but are now considered the beginning sparks of the modern novel, and as foundational to Western canonical literature. Don Quixote was a figure in search of a reason, a man in need of a cause, burying himself in the codes and stories of chivalry…continue reading →
Celebrate Women’s History

Celebrate Women’s History

As we near the end of the 2015 Women’s History Month, we would like to send out a gentle reminder that while it is quite nice that there is a month marked in every year’s calendar calling notice to women everywhere and their histories and accomplishments, the goal remains a celebration and notice of such all year round. Noted feminist and Ms. Magazine founder Gloria Steinem turns 80 today! So let’s follow her suggestions and keep dreaming, keep hoping, for “without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming,…continue reading →