Born this day at Bombay, India in 1865, Kipling was an English poet, novelist, short-story writer, and Nobel Prize laureate. After working as a journalist in India, he traveled around the world. Kipling is best known for his children's stories, such as The Jungle Book and Just So Stories, and poems such as "The Ballad of East and West" and "If." He died at London, England on January 18, 1936.
Born Thomas Woodrow Wilson at Staunton, Virginia on this day in 1856, Woodrow Wilson was twice elected as president of the U.S. (1912 and 1916). He asked Congress to declare war on Germany, April 2, 1917, proclaiming, "The world must be made safe for democracy." His second term of office ended March 3, 1921. He died at Washington, D.C. on February 3, 1924.
Kwanzaa, an African-American family observance, was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga in recognition of traditional African harvest festivals. This seven-day festival stresses unity of the black family, with a harvest feast (karamu) on the first day and a day of meditation on the final one. Kwanzaa means "first fruit" in Swahili.
Click here to view the library's holdings of materials about Kwanzaa and ideas for celebrating it.
2014 is right around the corner! Drop in to the Children's Room any time today from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., or any time the library is open through Tuesday, December 31st, to make a custom calendar. Bring pictures from home or use our craft supplies.
On this day in 1997, the most expensive film made (up to that time) at $200 million was released in theaters. Titanic, written and directed by James Cameron, featured the drama of star-crossed lovers (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) paired with the amazing special-effects re-creation of the doomed 1912 ocean liner's first and last voyage. The film won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, which tied it with 1959's Ben Hur.
Click here to view our holdings of this film as well as materials about the Titanic. For numbers regarding the Titanic movie, along with its cast, production and technical crew, click here.
Born on this day in 1886 at Narrows, Georgia, Tyrus Raymond Cobb became known as one of the all-time great baseball players. Cobb had a lifetime batting average of .367 compiled over 24 years, during which he played in more than 3,000 games - mostly for the Detroit Tigers. His runs scored record was not broken until 2001, and his stolen bases record stood until 1979. Cobb was among the first five players inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. Ty Cobb died at Atlanta, Georgia on July 17, 1961.
On this day in 1843, this holiday classic by Charles Dickens was published in a print run of 6,000 copies that sold out in one week. By January 6, 1844, 2,000 more were sold. This story of a bitter old miser's transformation has remained immensely popular.
Click here to view the original manuscript and here for the library's many non-print and print adaptations of A Christmas Carol.
For interesting details and other external links regarding this famous story, visit David Perdue's Charles Dickens Page.
Our theme for December is "Winter Wonderland." Work with a team, with a buddy, with your family, or on your own to create a winter masterpiece. Your wintery creations will be displayed in the library lobby throughout the month of December.
Build your creations in the Children's Room today from 4-6 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate! No registration is required!
Now through January 5, 2014, join tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas to take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind or rain to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.
Click here for more information about the Christmas Bird Count. To view the library's holdings on bird watching, click here.
Born at Loten, Norway on this day in 1863, Munch was a painter and printmaker whose work influenced the development of German Expressionism. His most famous work, The Scream (1893), has become an icon of the anxiety inherent in modern consciousness. In 2012, at $120 million, it became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. Munch died at Ekely, Norway, on January 23, 1944.
Click here to view the library's holdings of books about Edvard Munch and his work. To view Edvard Munch's works online at museums and galleries worldwide, click here.
Born at London, England on this day in 1608, John Milton, considered one of the greatest poets of the English language, was also known as a historian, civil servant and defender of freedom of the press. He died from gout on November 8, 1674 at London.
Born at Winchester, Virginia on this day in 1873, Willa Cather became best known for her novels about the development of early 20th-century American life, such as O Pioneers! and My Antonia. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1922 for her book One of Ours.
Born at Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1901, Walt Disney was an animator, filmmaker, theme park developer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, known internationally for his contributions to the entertainment field. He died at Los Angeles, California on December 15, 1966.
Click here to view our vast collection of materials by and about Walt Disney, including travel books to Disney theme parks.
Born near Narragansett, Rhode Island on this day in 1755, American portrait painter Gilbert Charles Stuart, best known for his famous painting of George Washington, also painted portraits of Madison, Monroe, Jefferson and other important Americans. He died on July 9, 1828 at Boston, Massachusetts.
Join us in the Meeting Room at 7:30 p.m. for a screening of Meet John Doe (1940).
Directed by Frank Capra. With Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan and Edward Arnold. The search for the forgotten average man as a publicity stunt by a newspaper and how it backfired. Excellent and elaborate comedy production. (135 minutes)