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Charlestown, Rhode Island
The below blog posts are written sporadically by Alexandra Lehmann, Executive Director of BoP's Reading Room. We welcome guest writers who wish to add to thoughts on creating community culture in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Want to report on a bird sighting? Wish to relate how it feels to ride the right wave? Comment on a recently read book? Please email with your ideas. We welcome guest writers on this social media platform that receives a decent amount of monthly visitors.
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Jun 13 2023


Jon Campbell Writing Series, #2: Sessions with The Elements of Style

For Writers Signed Up for June 15, 2023 Please click on the below link for the "Rules of ...
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Feb 17 2023

17-19C. New England HistoryWriting Nonfiction

Researching American History at the New York Public Library

Getting Ready to Write about American History A good Booke is the precious lifeblood of a master Spirit, ...
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Dec 21 2022

Book RecommendationsWriting Nonfiction

Christmas Traditions: Including the Possible Meaning of Old & New “Stuff”

ETA Hoffmann's The Nutcracker. The Ballet at Lincoln Center in New York.    OLD STUFF: DISMANTLING A FAMILY ...
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Mar 8 2022

Book Recommendationssurfing

Surf Spots and Shops in South County, Rhode Island

2022 Surf Spots and Shops near Books on the Pond Charlestown, Rhode Island   I've often wondered as ...
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Feb 10 2022

BoP's ReadersLibraries

“Ex Libris”

"Ex Libris": Why This Matters Bookplates and their Meaning Curating one's library is an ongoing process. Personal collections ...
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birdwatching in south county rhode island

Jan 4 2022

BirdingBook Recommendations

Birdwatching in South County, Rhode Island

Charlestown is uniquely positioned to offer a good day of bird watching in South County, Rhode Island. The ...
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Sep 8 2021

Book RecommendationsBoP's Readers

What makes a new book so special?

The Scent of New Books Many people stop in and ask if we can take their old books. ...
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Sep 4 2021


Scott Keeley, Sculptor

Everything that Rises Must Converge, 2020 View 1 Sometimes all one has to go on is the painting ...
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Aug 17 2021


Talking about Art

Brooks' Five and Flick Ford August 17, 2021, Charlestown, Rhode Island. The summer weather in South/Washington County has ...
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May 27 2021


Bookstore Conversations

(c) Roy Arenella. Used here without permission Owning a bookstore right now has its challenges. Pricing may be ...
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Mar 30 2021

Book Recommendations

Cultivating Faith

As Easter approaches and the sun promises spring, I want to hold onto my happy expectation as long ...
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T.S. Eliot for VDay

Feb 10 2021

Author QuotesBoP's Readers

In short, I was afraid: Ode to J. Alfred Prufrock

T.S. Eliot for VDay I'm not exactly sure why without fail Elvis Costello's "My Comic Valentine" pops into ...
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Dec 31 2020

Book RecommendationsBoP's Readers

Making Resolutions 2021

Kingston, Rhode Island Train Station: A Good Place for Embarking   Somewhere along the line I stopped writing ...
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Dec 16 2020

Book RecommendationsBoP's Readers

How Does Joy Arrive?

This Advent   This is my second December as a retailer and it can not be more different ...
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Nov 8 2020

Author QuotesBook Recommendations

2021 Thanksgiving Reading

Forcing Gratitude never quite works as well as a state of natural grace.  Thanksgiving also requires honesty regarding ...
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Oct 31 2020

Author QuotesBook Recommendations

Scary Stories for Halloween: Past and Present

Arthur Rackham's illustrations arguably best interpret Irving's work, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. A copy of my treasured ...
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Oct 12 2020

17-19C. New England History

Part III in BoP’s Summer Project: A Charlestown Story for Our First Annual Charity Auction

Map found in Captain Taber's home;  a Civil War officer for the Union Army. Town Dock Road, Charlestown, ...
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Sep 8 2020

17-19C. New England History

Part II in BoP’s Summer Project: A Charlestown Story for Our First Annual Charity Auction

Note: This past summer BoP auctioned early American furniture and decorative objects belonging to Charlestown's early family, the ...
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Sep 7 2020

17-19C. New England History

A Very Short History of Charlestown, Rhode Island through the Hoxsie-Browning Family

We need your knowledge! Dear Reader, Because we are new to this subject, and not unlike amateur sleuths ...
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Aug 27 2020


Cross Mills’ Library Produces Annual Garden Tours Online

Does anyone know the name of this pink blossom plant located in the flower bed in front of ...
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Aug 12 2020

Author InterviewsBook Recommendations

Recognizing the End of World War II at BoP, 2020

BoP's AUGUST READING The Second World War ended seventy-five years ago, the anniversary year of the Covid-19 pandemic. ...
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Jul 29 2020


Charlestown Residents Socially Distance for the Sake of Our Salt Ponds

Present Day On August 28, a dozen of Charlestown residents gathered at BoP to brave the elements, namely ...
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Apr 28 2020

BoP's Readers

Franklin Dixon’s Hardy Boys: Now and Then

I get your drift, Joe. I have lived with your drift for years. I am saddled with your ...
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Apr 10 2020

Book RecommendationsLibraries

Favorite Easter Stories of All Time

1. Gospel John 20: 1-18 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over ...
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Apr 7 2020

Book Recommendations

Suggested Books for Passover 2020

"The Seder nights... tie me with the centuries before me." Ludwig Frank Passover begins this Wednesday, April 8 ...
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Apr 1 2020

BoP's Readers

A Young Woman’s Diary By Any Other Name

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know ...
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Mar 19 2020

BoP's Readers

A Gift – The Thoughtful Gift this December

"I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself…" – Edward Steichen In early December ...
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