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:
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.
Celebrate by reading one of these stories about how women have changed history.
Girls think of everything: stories of ingenious inventions by women by Catherine Thimmesh ; illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Tells the story of how women throughout the ages have responded to situations confronting them in daily life by inventing such items as correction fluid, space helmets, and disposable diapers.
Almost astronauts: 13 women who dared to dream by Tanya Lee Stone ; [foreword by Margaret A. Weitekamp]
Even though the Mercury 13 women did not make it into space, they did not lose, for their example empowered young women to take their place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. -- Provided by publisher.
Amelia Earhart's daughters: the wild and glorious story of American women aviators from World War II to the dawn of the space age by Leslie Haynsworth and David Toomey
American women in World War I: they also served by Lettie Gavin
Florence Nightingale: the making of an icon by Mark Bostridge
'Jacqueline': pioneer heroine of the Resistance by Stella King
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
The Italians by John Hooper
Life on Mars. Series 1, discs 1 & 2 [videodisc] by a Kudos Film and Television Production for BBC Wales
Crimson angel: a Benjamin January novel by Barbara Hambly
Elizabeth and Mary: cousins, rivals, queens by Jane Dunn
Female pharaohs [videodisc] by Discovery Communications
Five empresses: court life in eighteenth-century Russia by Evgenii V. Anisimov ; translated by Kathleen Carroll
Livia, Empress of Rome: a biography by Matthew Dennison
My life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
Daughter of empire: my life as a Mountbatten by Lady Pamela Hicks
The Cooked Seed: A Memoir by Min, Anchee
Book of ages: the life and opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
Flappers: six women of a dangerous generation by Judith Mackrell
Elizabeth of York: a Tudor queen and her world by Alison Weir
Dancing in the wings by Debbie Allen ; pictures by Kadir Nelson
Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival in Washington, D.C., despite the other girls' taunts that she is much too tall.
The dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.
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
Hell and good company: the Spanish Civil War and the world it made by Richard Rhodes
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
Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride by story by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; pictures by Brian Selznick
Knit your bit: a World War I story by Deborah Hopkinson ; illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia
Desmond and the very mean word: a story of forgiveness by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams ; illustrated by A.G. Ford
Unspoken: a story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming ; pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen
Need more suggestions? See this list of Historical Fiction for Kindergarteners.
Death of a king: the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year by Tavis Smiley with David Ritz
The half has never been told: slavery and the making of American capitalism by Edward E. Baptist
Children of fire: a history of African Americans by Thomas C. Holt
Say it loud: great speeches on civil rights and African American identity by edited by Catherine Ellis and Stephen Drury Smith
Stokely: a life by Peniel E. Joseph
Across that bridge: life lessons and a vision for change by John Lewis ; with Brenda Jones
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.
The butler: a witness to history by Wil Haygood
The rebellious life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis
Crusader for justice: federal judge Damon J. Keith by compiled, written, and edited by Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman ; forward by Mitch Albom
Dave Bing: a life of challenge by Drew Sharp
A gentleman of color: the life of James Forten by Julie Winch
Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; foreword by Steve McQueen
Mr. and Mrs. Prince: how an extraordinary eighteenth- century family moved out of slavery and into legend by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina; researched with Anthony Gerzina
Black mutiny: the revolt on the schooner Amistad by William A. Owens
On her own ground: the life and times of Madam C.J. Walker by A'Lelia Bundles
The slaves' war: the Civil War in the words of former slaves by Andrew Ward
Equiano, the African: biography of a self-made man by Vincent Carretta
Black horizon by James Grippando
Canada by Richard Ford
The teacher wars: a history of America's most embattled profession by Dana Goldstein
Elizabeth is missing by Emma Healey
Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune by John Merriman
Chasing Gold: The Incredible Story of How the Nazis Stole Europe's Bullion by George M. Taber
Digging for Richard III: the search for the lost king by Mike Pitts
Sophia: princess, suffragette, revolutionary by Anita Anand
Glow: the autobiography of Rick James by Rick James with David Ritz
Chaucer's tale: 1386 and the road to Canterbury by Paul Strohm
A royal experiment: the private life of King George III by Janice Hadlow
On my own two feet: from losing my legs to learning the dance of life by Amy Purdy with Michelle Burford
Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.
April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson
At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch