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Today is American Circus Day

National School Librarian day
American Circus Day celebrates the first circus on American soil on April 3, 1793.

This circus was founded in Philadelphia by John Bill Ricketts. The modern day circus looks a lot different those early days. While the circus was once known for  animal acts, today most circuses focus on acrobatic, arial, and dance numbers.

The concept of the circus didn’t originate in the U.S. While certain elements can be traced back to ancient Rome, we have Philip Astley, a cavalry officer from England, to thank for the first circus in London in 1768.It focused primarily on horse riding tricks.

Circus Day celebrates the creativity and innovation that took the circus to a grander scale to entertain generations of circus goers.

Today we bring you three sapphic books with acrobats, one of the most popular circus acts.

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