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Tuskegee Airman and Capitol View Library's first manager

Published on Thursday, May 1, 2014

In recognition of 2014 Armed Forces Day and Older Americans Month, Edward J. Talbert will talk about his military service and his career as a librarian. 

airmen4Armed Forces Day began on May 20, 1950 thanks to the persistence of President Harry S. Truman.  In l949,  he led the effort to have citizens honor the service of U.S. military men and women.  On this occasion, the nation recognizes their patriotic service through parades, air shows and other events.  

oldamericanSince 1963, May has also been the month to acknowledge the contributions of older adults to their communities.  President John F. Kennedy initiated the occasion as "Senior Citizens Month." In 1980, President Jimmy Carter designated the tradition as Older Americans Month.

On Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m., Capitol View Neighborhood Library will celebrate the two occasions by featuring retired Major Edward J. Talbert, who will be joined by his daughter Patricia E. Talbert Smith. 

The 91-year-old Talbert served his country as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-black aircraft fighter unit that overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly decorated fighter groups during World War II. The name refers to the 1,000 combat pilots, navigators, instructors and 14,000 maintenance staff that took part in the Army Air Corps Program that started in Tuskegee, Ala. in 1940 and lasted until 1946. Mr. Talbert was stationed at Lockbourne Army Air Base in Columbus, Ohio, in 1946.

Following a distinguished military career, Mr. Talbert would ultimately find his calling in the library profession. In 1962, he earned his Masters in Library Science Degree from Catholic University. When the Capitol View library opened on Jan. 23, 1965, Mr. Talbert served as the first branch manager. He supervised a staff of 11, a collection of 24,000 volumes and a materials budget of $19,000.

You do not want to miss this event for an enlightening stroll down memory lane!

In Recognition of Older Americans Month 2014

Published on Thursday, May 1, 2014

Arseniorlogoe you 60 years of age or older with an interest in fitness? If that is you, come out in May on Wednesday mornings during Older Americans Month for Zumba Gold for Seniors. 

Each year since President John F. Kennedy in April 1963 issued a presidential proclamation designating May as Senior Citizens Month, the nation has recognized the achievements and contributions of older adults through ceremonies, fairs and other events.  In 1980, President Jimmy Carter renamed the month-long observance Older Americans Month. 

Published on Monday, April 7, 2014

oam logoMay is Older Americans Month. Since 1963, our nation has designated this month as a time to celebrate the many contributions of older Americans and to focus attention on staying healthy and active.

From 1963 until 1973, May was referred to as Senior Citizens Month. In May 1974, President Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans Month. 

Each year, the Administration for Community Living, an organization of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, selects a theme for Older Americans Month. This year’s theme, “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow,” focuses on injury prevention.

Published on Thursday, March 13, 2014

law1Many people do not hire lawyers because they are unable to afford them or believe that their situation is a simple one.  If you are a District resident with an interest in the areas of landlord-tenant, trust and estates (wills) and bankruptcy law, there are informational sessions available for you!

Local attorney Lesie O. Perry will provide basic information designed to assist self-help individuals. Presentations will be targeted at free online resources, free legal services, selection of appropriate legal forms and how to complete them. 

Published on Thursday, March 6, 2014

grantproposal1Grant writing is often necessary for people that undertake community projects or engage in funding-required activities.  Unless they're wealthy, many people must seek financial support from government, corporations or foundations. When and how should grant-seekers apply for funds?

Experts concede that grants are not easy to win because of the competitive process.  However, applicants can learn and gain skills that lead to successful proposals.

Published on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In recognition of Black History Month, The Gospel Kids and Teens Group will provide a gospel-filled concert. 

Affiliated with Zoe Missionary Church, The Gospel Kids and Teens Group is a outreach component of Zoe Life Ministries, Inc.  The mission of the Capitol Heights (Md.) organization is to mentor children, youth and teens by giving them an opportunity to express their artistic abilities through singing, dancing, skits and other activities. Since 2003, the group has performed original plays at shelters for homeless families and the Publick Playhouse in Cheverly, Md. 

Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

clark2Despite 50 years of hard-fought civil rights gains, three out of ten African American males today will serve time in prison. What is the score on racial progress in the criminal justice arena? 

Published on Sunday, February 2, 2014

g1In celebration of 2014 African American History Month, distinguished historian C.R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation at the Capitol View, Parklands-Turner and Francis Gregory neighborhood libraries in February, beginning at 7 p.m.

The award-winning historian, humanities scholar and exhibitor of artifacts has appeared at D.C. public libraries since 1989. He has spoken at the Smithsonian' Anacostia Museum, Arena Stage, colleges and universities and other venues locally, nationally and internationally.

Published on Saturday, February 1, 2014

contee1Safe neighborhoods represent a major concern for residents of the Metropolitan Police Department's (MPD) Sixth District. Among the seven police districts, as reported in MPD’s Crime Totals by Districts, the Sixth District has one of the highest number of homicides.

Published on Friday, January 31, 2014

In recognition of African American History Month, come out, sit back, relax and enjoy the smooth gospel music of Outreach 24/7 on Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Published on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DC Public Library will open at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.