The Civil War began on April 12, 1861 when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumtner. This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of this iconic event in American history. Though long past, films are still being made to memorialize the heroes who lost their lives to build the country we have today.
Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating literary figure. Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many more stories have been written by a variety of authors about this intriguing detective.
April is Fair Housing Month, in honor of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, later amended by the Housing Amendments Act of 1988. The Fair Housing Act barred housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. The 1988 Act added extended protection against discrimination based on disability or on familial status and strengthened enforcement.
The Shirley Jackson Awards honor outstanding achievement in writing psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Try out some of the nominees if you dare! And make sure to check out some books by the awards' namesake, Shirley Jackson, while you're at it!
Have your friends been pestering you to set up a Facebook account? Are you brand new to social networking? Come and learn how to use Facebook safely and effectively. It's easy - and FUN!
If you've been putting off learning to use Facebook, or if you're new to the social networking scene, Facebook 101 is for you! In this class you'll learn the basic functions of Facebook, as well as how to adjust privacy settings for a safe online experience. There are over 500 million active Facebook users worldwide, so connecting with college roommates, grandchildren, and former coworkers is easier than ever.
The Peep with the Dragon Tattoo? War and Peeps? Twipeep? Harry Peeper? Are you ready for our 2nd annual Peep Your Book contest?
If you have a favorite book, and enjoy those marshmallow Peeps that surface in grocery stores every spring, put them together for the Fresh City Life My Branch Peep Your Book Contest! Create a shoebox-sized diorama of a scene from your favorite book using marshmallow Peeps as the characters. See branches accepting entries for complete submission details. Categories and prizes for adults, teens, kids, and families!
National Library Week may be over, but the impact the library has on our community and on popular culture lasts through the years. For an in depth look at this phenomenon, I recommend, The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film.
What do you think about closing Guantanamo? Not sure about this complicated issue? Or how about organ donation? Should organ donors be paid? CQ Researcher is a really useful resource to turn to for thoughtful discussion of issues of current interest like these.
Students can use CQ Researcher's A-Z Index of Pro/Con Topics when they are preparing to debate a topic. The Reports are full of facts and statistics that can help in writing papers. CQ Researcher is updated weekly with new content. On the front page you can see what reports are coming up and what has been updated. Here are some recent and upcoming reports: Public Employee Unions, Wind Power, National Debt, Treating Alzheimer's. We often recommend this site.