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What We're Reading: May 2015

150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

Abraham Lincoln was shot on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 while watching a play at Ford's Theatre in the closing days of the Civil War. The assassination was carried out by a popular actor of the time, John Wilkes Booth, as part of a conspiracy to revive the Confederacy.

The day Lincoln was shot by Jim Bishop

The darkest dawn: Lincoln, Booth, and the great American tragedy by Thomas Goodrich

Manhunt: the twelve-day chase for Lincoln's killer by James L. Swanson

American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman

150th Anniversary of U.S. Civil War's End

The Battle of Appomattox Courthouse was fought on the morning of April 9, 1865, and was the final engagement of the Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia  with Ulysses S. Grant's forces. The surrender documents were signed that afternoon.

A stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton

The Civil War, a narrative: Red River to Appomatox by Shelby Foote

Witness to Appomattox by Richard Wheeler

What We're Reading: April 2015

Nonfiction Picture Books for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, try one of these great picture books featuring the true stories of strong, smart women throughout history. 

America's champion swimmer: Gertrude Ederle by written by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Terry Widener
Describes the life and accomplishments of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel and a figure in the early women's rights movement

Eleanor quiet no more: the life of Eleanor Roosevelt by written by Doreen Rappaport ; illustrated by Gary Kelley
Explores the life of Eleanor Roosevelt from her upbringing, education, and marriage to Franklin Delano.

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Docu Watch – "Never a Bystander"

Join us in watching this short documentary film titled Never A Bystander, featuring an inspiring Holocaust survivor, Irene Butter, who shows viewers how empowered choices — forgiveness included — enables lives of joy, purpose, and compassion. This film was filmed partially at Discovery Middle school in Canton.  Both the films subject, Irene Butter and the film’s director, Evelyn Neuhaus, will be in attendance for an engaging Q&A. All ages welcome on Wednesday, April 15 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

It Was 50 Years Ago Today ...

To learn about some of the historic events of 1965 check out some of these resources from the Library's collection:

The eve of destruction: how 1965 transformed America by James T. Patterson

1965: the most revolutionary year in music by Andrew Grant Jackson

We were soldiers once— and young: Ia Drang, the battle that changed the war in Vietnam by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway

Tomorrow-land: the 1964-65 World's Fair and the transformation of America by Joseph Tirella

Even More Biographies for Women's History Month

Ambition and desire: the dangerous life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams

 

 

The woman I wanted to be by Diane von Furstenberg

 

 

 

Eleanor of Aquitaine: the mother queen of the Middle Ages by Desmond Seward

 

 

 

The woman who would be king by Kara Cooney

 

 

 

Pioneer girl: the annotated autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder ; Pamela Smith Hill, editor

 

 

 

Look What's In Large Print: History

“To me, history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me, it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is."

― David McCullough[The Title Always Comes Last; NEH 2003 Jefferson Lecturer interview profile]

Children's Biographies for Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, read the fascinating true stories of some of the many women who have shaped our world.

I am Malala: how one girl stood up for education and changed the world by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause. --Provided by publisher.

Bon appétit!: the delicious life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland
Follow Julia Child-chef, author, and television personality-from her childhood in Pasadena, California, to her life as a spy in WWII, to the cooking classes she took in Paris, to publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to the funny moments of being a chef on TV. -- Provided by publisher.

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