†given the status of vaccine rollout according to current news reporting, we should be able to reopen by early 2021.

members, please contact us if you haven't received notice of the special holiday open house, some files were lost in our relocation.


shadowlands offers a vibrant, stimulating concept environment where civic-minded neighbors, community members, total strangers, and soon-to-be friends cross paths.

the exclusive oak bound books collection, learners' library, article bin, and new release selections are intended to help invigorate deeper, more substantive discussion around what it means to be American in the 21st century. in what ways do we connect and share common ground? how do our diverse family histories and ethnic backgrounds merge into a holistic identity, unique in the world, with special — perhaps also burdensome — benefits and responsibilities?

finally, what's the trick to navigating it all while maintaining a joyful outlook, stirring heart, and radiating hope in the future, as befitting leaders and role models for the next generation? our desire is that a trip to the physical space, however brief, might draw us a bit closer to the answers, each of which reflects experiences both intensely personal and political by their very nature.

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shadowlands  word of the day*


(n.) a sudden evacuation or retreatwhich accepts that temporary loss, however lopsided or humiliating, is sometimes beneficial to longterm, sustaining victory;

apparent, strategic shrinkage from prominence.

*sporadically updated