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"On the evening of the first our brigade (Gordon's) set out on the York road to see that the enemy did not come upon us in the rear from that direction. Our duties were not very hard after this till we started to leave, when the protection of the rear of the army fell upon our brigade. By the way of Fairfield the enemy charged us at that place and did some damage in ...
When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. — Arthur Conan Doyle, "
This blog post introduces you to library resources that strengthen study, teaching, and research in the field of K-12 children's literature, including biography, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, fables and fairy tales. From locating children's books in the library's catalog, to using classroom-centered databases, through t...
The New Colossus-- Emma LazarusNot like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and her nameMother of Exiles. From her beacon-handGlows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes commandThe air-bridged harbor ...
How do you find funding to support your research, special project, studies, travel, or other initiative? Although it may seem like a daunting task to find a grantor, the reality is that money is out there, and folks want to give it away (for good purposes)! This blog covers the do's of grant seeking.For Starters:
From the thud of the stick to its head, we surmise it must be a giant marching band drum strapped to the back of someone a few balconies up. Deep, heavy, slow, persistent is the opening of the 7pm beat, setting off hoots and hollers, pots or pans, hands clapping, really anything that makes noise in an otherwise serene neighborhood. Rather like hooves landing hard on cobblestone, and others following suit -- the crescendo of a herd thundering a few minutes into the hour dissipates to the softer sound of hooves in grass, more like a heartbeat when your ears are pressed close to another's ches...
A gifted black writer, teacher, director, actress, and playwright and influential member of the Harlem Renaissance, Eulalie Spence was born on June 11th, 1894 on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies. She grew up on her father's sugar plantation, which tragically was destroyed by hurricane in 1902, prompting her family's move to New York City where they lived first in Harlem and then Brooklyn. Despite hardship, Eulalie received an exce...
It's significant that we call it the Information Age. We don't talk about the Knowledge Age.-- James Billington, Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation BookA review of the literatu...
Believe it or not, "National Doughnut Day" or "National Donut Day" has a significant history; celebrated annually on the first Friday in June, it dates back to 1938 when the Salvation Army in Chicago honored members or "lassies" who served donuts, or fried dough confectionary, to soldiers during the First World War. Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance thought of providing baked goods, among them donuts, to hungry servicemen in France; t...
A leading visual artist of the Harlem Renaissance and a visual arts educator, Aaron Douglas was born May 26, 1899 in Topeka, Kansas to Aaron Douglas, Senior, a baker, and Elizabeth Douglas, artist. After attending Topeka High School, he attended free art classes at the Museum of Art in Detroit before going to the University of Nebraska, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts in 1922. En route to Paris via New York three year...