MANSFIELD — Like libraries across the state, the Blue Ridge Township Public Library in downtown Mansfield had to cancel much of its programming for children this spring and summer.

What do you know about Nijinsky? He was a legendary dancer, homosexual, he caused a riot in Paris when he performed to Stravinsky’s music? All true, but there is so much more as shown in Lynn Curlee’s “The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance” (Charlesbridge 2019).

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