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Before Zaila Avant-garde, there was MacNolia Cox

Before Zaila Avant-garde twirled her way into our hearts as the first Black American student to win the National Spelling Bee, she found inspiration from Akron’s own MacNolia Cox. In 1936, Cox, an eighth-grader at Colonial School, defeated the best spellers in six counties to win the Akron Beacon Journal Spelling Bee. Her victory at the Armory in front of a crowd of 3,000 earned Cox $25 and a spot at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

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Romances For People Who Think They Don’t Like Romances

Go on, admit it – you have never read a romance. You binge watched Bridgerton in under a week yet somehow have avoided reading a romance book. Maybe you think you won’t like it or maybe you’re afraid of what your neighbors or colleagues would say? If you have read this far then you’re definitely curious. Not sure where to start? Here is a list that includes something for everyone. Give it a try.

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Modern Day Classic Makeovers

Whether presented to us by the original writer or fresh from the imagination of a new one, we always welcome the gift of a modern-day classic makeover. 

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Flights of Fancy

There have been a lot of recent novels about pigeons, lately. Don’t ask why, just enjoy.

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