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Anne Rice's Birthday

Anne Rice, the popular gothic fiction author, will be 72 on October 4th! She is well-known for her Vampire Chronicles series, and has sold more than 100 million copies of her books. This queen of gothic fiction is a great way to kick of the spooky month of October, so check out some of the following books!

Merrick

David Talbot, an adventurer and near-mortal vampire, narrates the saga of Merrick, a descendant of the Mayfair witches, from whom she inherits her magical gifts, and of a mixed African and French background that is steeped in traditions and lore of voodoo.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's Birthday

F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist in the early twentieth century, and his works have continued to be popular to this day. He was born on September 24, 1896. To celebrate the anniversary of his birth, check out some of his work. We've provided a selection below. Happy reading!

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published on April 10, 1925, it is set in Long Island's North Shore and New York City during the summer of 1922. The novel chronicles an era that Fitzgerald himself dubbed the "Jazz Age." Following the shock and chaos of World War I, American society enjoyed unprecedented levels of prosperity during the "roaring" 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers and led to an increase in organized crime.

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy! September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! This special day began with two guys playing basketball while speaking like pirates. Then they created Talk Like a Pirate Day and participated with a few of their friends. It was a fairly low-key holiday, but became popular after being featured by a newspaper columnist who loved their idea. The rest is history.

In the spirit of this day, we can all learn how to speak like pirates by using the Mango database. We all need a bit of silliness in our lives so join us in this fun holiday. To get started, watch the brief tutorial below on how to get started with Mango.

Johnny Appleseed Day

September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day! This American pioneer was responsible for introducing apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and the northern part of West Virginia. He became an American legend for his kindness, generosity, leadership, and appreciation for nature. Help us commemorate his birth on September 26, 1774, and crack open a great read!

a tall tale book jacketJohnny Appleseed: a tall tale by Steven Kellogg

Presents the larger-than-life story of true American hero John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, describing his love of nature, his kindness to animals, and his physical fortitude. John Chapman, born in Massachusetts in 1774, loved animals and nature so much that he left home to live in the wilderness. Wherever he roamed, he cleared the land to plant apple trees. He gave the trees to settlers who followed, thus earning the fond name "Johnny Appleseed."

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John Green's Birthday

John Green, a popular writer and YouTube sensation, was born on August 24, 1977. He has been awarded the Michael L. Printz Award and the Stonewall Honor Book in Children & Young Adult Literature award. He has also been recognized as a #1 best selling author of the New York Times Bestseller list. If you're interested in reading his heart wrenching tales, check out the following list of some of his books:

Paper Towns

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

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