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Mythology Quest

PANDORA'S BOX

According to ancient Greek mythology, Pandora, the first woman, was given a box from Zeus as a wedding gift.  Pandora was instructed to never open it.  But she was very curious and one day, when no one was looking, she snuck a peek inside.  As she lifted the lid, all of the evil, we know today, was released into the world. 

During the Mythology Quest program (8/7), the participants were asked, "If you could put any evil back into Pandora's Box, what would it be?"  Here are their answers: 

thunder, fire, mean-ness!, all bad things, Hydra, hunger, cancer, breaking books, breaking stuff, greed (2xs), spiders, bugs, failure, pirates, murdering people, bacteria, Algebra, stealing, homework, war

August Birthday

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Annie Oakley

Happy Birthday, Satch!

Leroy "Satchel" Paige was born on July 7, 1906 in Mobile, Alabama.  He started his baseball career in the Negro Baseball League.  In 1948, at the age of forty-two, he became the first African American pitcher in the major league.  Paige was such a phenomenal player that Joe DiMaggio described him as, "the best and fastest pitcher I've ever faced".  He played for Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City Royals.  After retirement, he coached the Atlanta Braves.  Paige was inducted into the Major League Hall of Fame in 1971.  Today, he is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

Interested in learning more?  Check out these titles when you visit the library:

Something to prove by Robert Skead (J796.357 SKE)

Satchel Paige by Julie Schmidt (JB Paige)

Jacques Cousteau's June Birthday

 Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac, France on June 11, 1910.  He learned to swim at the age of four and quickly developed a fascination with the water.  After a boarding school education, Cousteau attended the French Naval Academy and served as an officer in the Indian and South Pacific Oceans.  In the 1940’s, he developed the first aqua lung along with French engineer, Emile Gagnan.  This technology allowed divers to spend extended amounts of time underwater.  In 1948, Cousteau took his first expedition.  His work included producing documentaries and television specials, as well as writing books that “brought more attention to the mysteries and attractions [in] the underwater world.” 

Sensory Storytime

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  As a school boy, he told stories to entertain his fellow students.  He later attended the University of Edinburgh with future authors James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson.  During medical school, he wrote his first short story called The Mystery of Sasassa Valley.  Doyle then became a foreign correspondent in Egypt and a doctor in Africa.  He settled in England, eventually giving up his medical career to write full time.  In 1887, Sherlock Holmes first appeared in the book A Study in Scarlet.  Doyle ultimately wrote sixty stories about Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Watson.

In honor of this May birthday, explore the library's mystery collection.  Some favorite series include:

Cam Jansen by David Adler

History Mysteries by American Girl

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

THE PONY EXPRESS

The Pony Express was created to expedite communication with the American West.  It consisted of a 2000 mile trail, which started in St. Joseph, Missouri and ended in Sacrament, California.  Men rode horseback for 75 to 100 miles and then passed on their letters to the next rider.  This formed a kind of relay team of postal workers. 

The first ride took place on April 3, 1860.  The Pony Express quickly grew to "100 stations, 80 riders, and 400-500 horses."  Although the trail ride was very dangerous, only one delivery was ever lost.  After ninteen months, The Pony Express closed on October 24, 1861 when the Pacific Telegraph Line was completed.

Want to learn more about these brave and adventurous men?  Look for these titles the next time you visit the library:

Hoofbeats of Danger by Holly Hughes (J AMERICAN GIRL)

Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express by Debbie Dadey (J DADEY)

Presidents' Day

Presidents' Day was originally established to celebrate the birth of George Washington on February 22nd.  But since the 1960's, this holiday honors all past and present U.S. Presidents on the third Monday in February.  If you would like to learn more about our country's leaders, look for some of these titles the next time you visit the library:

Presidents' Day (J394.261 PRE MAR)

If I were the President (J352.23 TRO)

Who works at the White House? (J975.3 KEN)

If the walls could talk: Family life at the White House (J973 OCO)

George Washington's teeth (J973.4 CHA)

The impossible patriotism project (JP Skeers)

Mr. President goes to school (JP Walton)

Arthur meets the President (JP Brown)

Madame President (JP Smith)

Making History in January

Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi.  He is known as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" or simply Elvis.  This legendary performer became an international sensation in 1956.  Since then, his music has been enjoyed by generations of fans and over one billion of his records have been sold.  Whether you already love Elvis or haven't yet discovered his amazing talent, come to the library and check out these books, cds, and movies:

Elvis Presley (J 920 DOL)

Elvis Presley by Rupert Matthews (JB Presley)

All shook up by Barry Denenberg (JB Presley)

Shake, rattle, and roll by Holly George-Warren (J781.66 GEO)

Ten little Elvi by Laura J. Henson (JP Henson)

Elvis, the great performances (DVD)

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

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