Come join us on Wednesday, April 15th at 2pm as we view the movie and discuss the book "Into the Wild", a true story about a college graduate who hitchhiked the U.S., culminating in his Alaskan experience. Copies of the book are available for signout on the "From Page to Stage" bookshelf. Ask a librarian for a copy and register online to come!
To know more about St. Patrick, try "Patrick, the Pilgrim Apostle of Ireland" or "The Steadfast Man, a Biography of St. Patrick". To know more about his influence on Ireland, see "The Voice of the Irish: the Story of Christian Ireland". For a DVD, try "Patrick" narrated by Liam Neeson. For interests in famous Irish, try "The Irish 100: A Ranking..".
Lent is a season of fasting, spiritual and mental cleansing, and discipline. But how orthodox do the orthodox fast in these parts? Read this article from the Detroit Free Press to find out how. For a broader view of lenten festivities, see The Encyclopedia of Easter, Carnival and Lent in our library collection.
The Faith of Barack Obama explores the religious background of Barack Obama, examines his relationship with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, and discusses how his beliefs shape his personal and political life. Read this book for an insight into our new president's ideals.
Tu B'Shevat (Tu from "tet vav," the Hebrew numeral for 15; b' (of); and Shevat (the month), is a minor Jewish holiday that focuses on ecology and connections to the natural world. Almonds along with dried fruits such as dates, figs, raisins and carob are eaten at a Tu B'Shevat seder. Other activities include the planting of trees and the drinking of wine. For more, see this article.
President Barack Obama has chosen Joshua DuBois to lead his White House-based effort to steer federal social service dollars to religious charities and get them more involved in government anti-poverty efforts.
Facts.com database has many cartoons that can be used to illustrate a point in papers or presentations. Here is one from the past (2003) that is definitely partisan:
"The Namesake" is our choice for the February movie/book discussion, known as "From Page to Stage." Click on the link to find a copy of the book. A sound recording of the book might also be available. Register online to be able to attend.
"The Kite Runner" is the story of two boys growing up in Afghanistan, their unique friendship, how it is tried by sibling rivalry, torn apart by the Soviet Afghan War, and later by the Taliban. It is also about the redemptive courage and power to make things right once they have gone horribly wrong in a terrible world. Come join us as we view and discuss it in our meeting room at 2 o'clock on January 21st.
Facts.com database has lots of humorous cartoons that reflect the situation in this country. Here is one from 2003 that depicts the burgeoning corporate profits in stark contrast to a family's income or wages! Some of this may ring true today.