Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day, May 25, 2015

In observance of Memorial Day, the Kolwyck Library will be closed May 23 - 25. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.

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In observance of Memorial Day, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

Locally in Chattanooga,  the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a two-hour car caravan tour on Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. to explore the stories of some of the soldiers that were killed in the fighting at Chickamauga. The caravan will leave from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. This program will focus on the lives and untimely deaths of soldiers caught up in the terrible bloodletting at Chickamauga. Participants will also explore how the country continues to feel the impact of that generation's loss.  Visitors are encouraged to bring along a bottle of water and a folding chair.

History of Memorial Day (from the Veterans Administration)

Monday, May 04, 2015

End of Semester Hours and Summer Hours for May - June

Upcoming end-of-the semester hours include 7:30 am to 4:30 pm on both Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8; closed on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10.

Summer hours for May 11th through July 2nd will be Monday - Thursday,  7:30 am to 7:30 pm; Saturday, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm; and closed on Sundays.

Holiday weekend hours for Memorial Day will be closed Saturday, May 23rd through Monday, May 25th.

Holiday weekend hours for July 4th will be closed Friday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert's Dune is regarded as the top science fiction novel of all time by many and boasts winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards. This book is a must-read for anyone who considers themselves a fan of science fiction.

Thousands of years in the future, mankind has evolved passed the need for computers and has conquered most of the universe. A hierarchy a noble families and corporations control planets and travel. Paul Atreides is a young man when his father, Duke Leto is assigned to govern the planet of Arrakis, also called Dune. It's a desert planet filled with warring tribes of Fremen, dangerous sandworms, and the most valuable substance known to man, melange. Political gambits force Paul and his mother Jessica to seek refuge with the barbaric Fremen and they're shocked to discover that the Fremen have been expecting them. They believe he and his mother are the ones their prophesies have spoken of. Paul and his mother must prove themselves to the Fremen so they can regain control of the planet, but is Paul really the messiah they've been waiting for?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sports, American Culture, and Icons

Have you ever needed to write a paper on American icons or ideas? Yes? KLIC has added a great four-volume set to the library’s reference collection! American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas.

While the essays in this encyclopedia do reflect on history, the essays make a connection to American culture that is the sports phenomenon in the United States. Each essay is signed by an author, contains suggested resources, and many times, a see related box.

The cultural connections can be seen in many essays. For example, in the “Yankee Stadium” essay there is considerable coverage of the many idols who affected American life and custom. There is even a sidebar article about the “Curse of the Bambino.”

In the “S – Z” volume, essays can be found about the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” and Bobby Thompson, or about “Skateboarding” and how the sport has grown in America, or the 1977 move “Slap Shot” starring Paul Newman, or the Bugs Bunny/Michael Jordan 1996 movie “Space Jam,” or about Pulitzer Prize journalist “Red Smith” both the accolades and the criticisms, or who are “Soccer Moms,” or a long essay about “Sports and Doping” can all be found in this helpful, authoritative encyclopedia about American sports in culture and in icons.

Take a look at American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas – it is a great resource about sports, about American culture, and about American icons and easily accessible in the print format in the reference book collection or in the eBook, online resource format.