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Published on Friday, March 14, 2014

Throughout the ages, women have always fought beside, behind, with men and alone when the need arose. In the United States, women fought in the Wild West, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

Native American and African American women also made great contributions on the battle front.

Molly PitcherOne of the women who engaged in combat during the Revolutionary War was Mary Ludwig-Hays, who became known as Molly Pitcher. Mary followed her husband, an artilleryman, to Valley Forge and the Battle of Monmouth in 1778. Mary's job was to carry pitchers of water to help cool the cannons.  When Mary's husband was wounded in battle, she took his place.

Book spine poetry challenge

Published on Thursday, March 13, 2014
Book Spine Poetry
Image by covs97/ Flickr

If your looking for inspiration or feeling creative, then join us as we pay tribute to National Poetry Month. We’ll start with a short read aloud session - share a favorite poem or sample one of the library’s anthologies for fun.

Later, learn how to develop your inner muse through our book spine poetry challenge; arrange books to create a haiku-like poem. If you’ve never written a poem but always wanted to, then is the event is for you. Be it fanciful free verse or a simple rhyme, poetry is a pleasure that everyone can enjoy!

Published on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ancestor HuntAre you planning a family reunion this year?  Do you have photos of family members that you can't identify or you know little about the people in those photos? 

Use the next family gathering at a funeral, wedding or holiday celebration to begin your search for your family history. 

Motivate your children to learn about their ancestors by teaching them basic genealogy skills.  Teach them to create a family tree that can be passed on to the next generation. A book that may be of interest to you is Ancestor Hunt: Finding Your Family Online by Nancy Shepherdson.

Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Cinderella book cover

Not every Cinderella goes to a ball dressed in glass slippers. Some girls don’t even have a fairy godmother to give them a ride in a pumpkin carriage! Can you imagine?

Variants of the Cinderella folk tale are told all over the world. In honor of World Folk Tales and Fables week, come join us on as we retell versions of this classic tale. In the latter portion of our program you can create your own paper doll version of Cinderella or her prince. Learn how to create a moveable paper doll that you can color in by hand.

Celebrating Women's History Month

Published on Monday, March 10, 2014
Zora Neale Hurston

Come join us on Monday, March 24 and Saturday, March 29 as we host a talk on the enigmatic author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-9160) in honor of Women’s History Month. Sadly, Hurston’s legacy as an writer and early folklorist remained in ambiguity until author Alice Walker brought her literary contributions to light. Today, Hurston is recognized as an acclaimed African-American author who wrote several texts, plays, etc., including the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. The program will include:

Valentine's Day Event in the Library

Published on Friday, February 21, 2014
Valentine's Day Display
Valentine's Day is over. Did you enjoy your day like we did? Dare I say that there is a feeling of love left over in the air?

All month, our patrons filled out special notes to their beloved book, author or character. While some patrons were a little shy about showing their heart, others came right out with their devotion.

Published on Thursday, February 20, 2014
Social Media picture
 Image by Yoel Ben-Avaraham / Flickr

What do sites like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn have in common? As forms of social media, both job seekers and employers are using technology such as this more and more. If you have ever been hesitant to join an online site but are interested to learn, then this workshop is for you!

In this program, we will explore the following topics:

Published on Friday, February 14, 2014

AtonementThis film is based on the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, D. C., in which 1 million African American men marched peacefully in a bid for greater unity and understanding.

The story follows men on a charter bus from Los Angeles to D.C. Their issues, personalities and concerns begin to erupt on the long trip.  

Photo exhibit at the library

Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2014


The month of February, come view a photo exhibit of theaters, restaurants, hotels and other places of recreation for African Americans during the era of segregation in Washington, D. C. 

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Black History Facts

Published on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Light in the Darkness

Did you know about the "Pit Schools" that existed during the period of American slavery? "Pit Schools" were holes dug in the ground and covered with branches. Some slaves were determined to learn to read even though it meant they would receive a severe whipping or be killed for defying their masters. Reading lessons were conducted in the woods late at night by candlelight.