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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Erin go Bragh! The celebration of St. Patrick's Day outside of Ireland is a clear indication of the Irish influence throughout the world. In the United States many cities and towns recognize March 17th with parades and parties to mark the holiday of Ireland's patron saint. Ireland has made a significant contribution to literature and the arts both in the United States and throughout the world. Celebrate the day by sampling a wee bit of Irish culture and history from some of the many titles available in the Library's collection:

Books

Atlas of the Celtic world by John Haywood ; foreword by Barry Cunliffe — A historical, cultural and linguistic survey of the Celtic peoples from prehistoric times to the modern era, presented in a series of 54 full-color maps with accompanying text and 160 illustrations.

Black potatoes: the story of the great Irish famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti — The story of the Great Irish Famine of the late 1840s through the voices of the Irish people.

25 More Extraordinary Women from Past & Present

Celebrate Women's History Month by reading about one of the fascinating women below:

Bella Abzug: how one tough broad from the Bronx fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, pissed off Jimmy Carter, battled for the rights of women and workers, rallied against war and for the planet, and shook up politics along the way: an oral history by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom — Bella Abzug, lawyer, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and leader of the Women's Movement

Queen Anne: the politics of passion by Anne Somerset — Queen Anne, monarch of Great Britain, 1702-1707

To the heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and the exploration of Central Africa by Richard Hall — Florence Baker, explorer

Eleanor of Aquitaine: a life by Alison Weir — Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and England

Selma to Montgomery, March 7-25, 1965

Three marches in 1965, from  Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, were part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement and led to the passage that year of the Voting Rights Act, considered a landmark federal achievement of the Civil Rights Movement.

Across that bridge: life lessons and a vision for change by John Lewis ; with Brenda Jones


Controversy and hope: the civil rights photographs of James Karales by Julian Cox with Rebekah Jacob and Monica Karales ; foreword by Andrew Young


Eyes on the prize: America's civil rights years, 1954- 1965 by Juan Williams, with the Eyes on the prize production team ; introduction by Julian Bond


Pillar of fire: America in the King years, 1963-65 by Taylor Branch

Celebrating Extraordinary Women Throughout History

Marie Curie. Eleanor Roosevelt. Susan B. Anthony. Elizabeth I of England. Florence Nightingale. These remarkable women are well known to most of us, but there are many others in history just as remarkable whose names may not be as recognizable. In honor of Women's History Month we should all make some time to learn about them by reading some of the many biographies to found in the library's collection:

Bella Abzug: how one tough broad from the Bronx fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, pissed off Jimmy Carter, battled for the rights of women and workers, rallied against war and for the planet, and shook up politics along the way: an oral history by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom — Bella Abzug, American lawyer, congresswoman and social activist

Jane Addams and the dream of American democracy: a life by Jean Bethke Elshtain — Jane Addams, American social reformer, suffrage leader and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Anna of all the Russias: the life of Anna Akhmatova by Elaine Feinstein — Anna Akhmatova, Influential Russian poet

New Books on the Biography Shelf

Van Gogh: a power seething by Julian Bell


Russian tattoo: a memoir by Elena Gorokhova


De Niro: a life by Shawn Levy


Rumours of glory: a memoir by Bruce Cockburn and Greg King


Becoming Richard Pryor by Scott Saul


The undertaker's daughter by Kate Mayfield

Even More Movies for Black History Month

Akeelah and the bee [videodisc] by Lionsgate, 2929 Productions and Starbucks Entertainment present ; an Out of the Blue Entertainment and Reactor Films production ; in association with Cinema Gypsy Productions, Inc. ; produced by Nancy Hult Ganis, Sid Ganis, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Romersa, Danny Llewelyn ; written and directed by Doug Atchison


Crooklyn [videodisc] by a Spike Lee joint ; Universal Pictures presents a 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production in association with Child Hoods Productions


Cry freedom [videodisc] Universal Pictures presents a March Arch production


The express [videodisc]: the Ernie Davis story by produced by John Davis ; written by Charles Leavitt ; directed by Gary Fleder


Lincoln [videodisc] by Dreamworks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Reliance Entertainment present ; in association with Participant Media ; an Amblin Entertainment/Kennedy/Marshall Company production ; produced by Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy ; screenplay by Tony Kushner ; directed by Steven Spielberg

Valentine's Day

Originally a feast day of two Christian martyrs named Valentine, Valentine's Day has changed over time into a more general celebration of love in which cards, flowers and chocolates are often exchanged. If the day puts you in the mood for love, check out this collection. It highlights love letters, famous couples and classic novels. But there's also plenty of love in the movies. For these we've listed some favorite Classic Romantic Comedies, Offbeat Romances and Romantic Dramas. Last but not least, there is a selection of Romantic Music for your listening pleasure.

Books: Love Letters

The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time edited by David H. Lowenherz: A collector of letters chooses his favorites.

Beloved Prophet by Kahlil Gibran: The correspondence of the poet Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell.

Dear Scott, dearest Zelda: the love letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy W. Barks: This collection of letters by the Fitzgeralds to each other covers their entire relationship, from their courtship in 1918 to Scott's death in 1940.

More Movies for Black History Month

Betty & Coretta [videodisc] by produced by Yves Simoneau and Jacqueline Lavoie ; written by Shem Bitterman and Ron Hutchinson ; directed by Yves Simoneau


The butler by a Weinstein Company release and presentation of a Lura Ziskin production in association with Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, and Pam Williams Productions ; produced by Pam Williams, Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, Buddy Patrick, Cassian Elwes ; directed by Lee Daniels ; screenplay, Danny Strong


42 [videodisc]: the Jackie Robinson story by Warner Bors. Pictures ; Legendary Picture Funding ; director and writer, Brian Helgeland ; producer, Thomas Tull


Fruitvale Station by produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker ; written and directed by Ryan Coogler


Ghosts of Mississippi [videodisc] by Castle Rock Entertainment


Invictus [videodisc]

Documentaries for Black History Month

American Experience: The Abolitionists by Artist Not Provided — Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought  in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. Part of the PBS series American Experience.


Africans in America [videodisc]: America's journey through slavery by produced for PBS by WGBH Boston — The story of slavery's birth in the early 1660s through the onset of thr Civil War. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett.


4 little girls [videodisc] by an HBO documentary film in association with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production ; a Spike Lee Joint — When a bomb tore through the basement of a black Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963, it took the lives of four young girls. This powerful documentary captures a time, a place, and a way of life that would be forever altered by their deaths. Directed by Spike Lee.