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The Ides of March

julius-caesar.jpgToday is the Ides of March, a rather infamous day whose place in culture can be traced back to William Shakespeare. In his play Julius Caesar, the soothsayer character tells Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March!” before his assassination—and the phrase has captured the popular imagination ever since. For more on this day and its unpleasant reputation, check out this article in Credo Reference.

Lunar New Year

year-of-the-dog-lunar-new-year-celebration_social-media_01-18.jpgHappy New Year! Lunar New Year is an important holiday in China—and February 16 is the first day of the Year of the Dog. Unlike the Western calendar, which is based on the sun’s cycle, the lunar calendar tracks the cycles of the moon, meaning the Chinese New Year falls on a different Western date each year. This time of festivities, rest, and family goes back thousands of years.

Celebrate Black History Month Locally

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Black History Month (also called African American History Month), celebrated in February because it coincides with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, honors African American contributions to our nation’s history. Learn more about the African American experience throughout history with the book lists created by Library Staff or dates on the Monroe County Timeline—and celebrate in person this month at these local events: 

Data Privacy Day

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In light of the numerous cybersecurity incidents of 2017, on this year's Data Privacy Day it seems all the more important that we examine our privacy habits and best practices for staying safe online. Data Privacy Day is run by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and serves as a platform for raising awareness about the importance of privacy and good online safety habits—for people and businesses.

New Year's Resolutions: Books to Help You Keep Them

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Happy New Year, everyone! It’s that time for reflecting on the past year, and thinking about what we might improve in the new one. But New Year’s resolutions have become kind of a lark: are we really going to keep them?

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