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Be inspired by the words of others

By: Sarah Vohsen, Cape Girardeau Public Library I love to read about the struggles and successes other people have experienced. It gives me the chance to learn so much from their experiences and apply these lessons to my own life. Here are a few nonfiction books that might inspire you to reach new heights in […]

Books that put a fun spin on libraries and their roles

Curated for The Tote by flourish by Kayla Thompson, Adult Services, Cape Girardeau Public Library Though I may be slightly biased, it is always important to remember libraries and the important roles that they play both in our lives and in our communities. Here are a few titles both fiction and nonfiction that put a […]

The Next Voices: Here. Literary Magazine

By Mia Timlin As the screaming voices of screens, social media and technology get louder and louder, it’s becoming more important teenagers find those carved-away spaces where imaginative development takes place. When it comes to teenagers, more often than not, productivity just for the purpose of creating is widely disregarded. The message that it’s not […]

The Next Voices: Central Academy Press

By Trinitee “TeeTee” Johnson “You get to write about things that matter to you.”  Ms. DeWitt said this phrase on day one in journalism when I first joined the Central Academy Press staff. My first thought was, “Oh, wow,” and I was not sure where to even start. Society does not always want young people […]

Meet Along the Way: Sarah Geringer

Women do incredible things. This section features the stories of women who are a part of the Southeast Missouri community by way of living here, being from here or passing through. We hope these stories inspire you to connect with others and that they encourage you to be who you are in the world. We […]

Preserving History

Who defines “history,” and how are women writing it?   In high school, I remember it in our history textbooks: a box in each unit dedicated to highlighting a woman and her contributions to history. One box per unit. That was all. The major players throughout the rest of the pages were mostly men; it […]

5 Books to Read

Looking for a good story? Here are five of my favorites, all written by intelligent women with heart. Happy summer reading. xox, Mia   The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros This book is told in a series of vignettes from the perspective of Esperanza, an adolescent living in inner-city Chicago. The reader must […]

What We’re Reading

Need a good book to snuggle in with for the remainder of winter? Look no further. THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES By Sue Monk Kidd Set in Alabama during the 1960s, this novel depicts white Lily Owens’ stay with the black Boatwright sisters, strong women who live in a pink house, tend bees and lead […]