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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Honoring Those Who've Served

The month of May gives us multiple opportunities to honor and remember those who have valiantly served our country both at home and abroad.   This Saturday (May 18) is Armed Forces Day and of course, the last Monday of the month (May 27) is Memorial Day. Please take a moment to check out the related displays of books and other materials at many of our branches. If you would like to commemorate your service or that of a loved one or friend, share your story in the Veterans’ Memory Book at your local branch.
Here are some reading ideas to get you in the mood:
       A People's History of the U.S. Military    

The Impossible Patriotism Project      Pilot Mom    

Love, Lizzie                                                 

In a Time of War       Final Salute 

Take time to pay tribute by visiting one of the many local sites commemorating our troops, including the U.S. Air Force Memorial, the U.S. Navy Memorial,  the National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, the Korean War Veterans' Memorial, the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), the D.C. World War I Memorial, the "Tribute to Our Veterans" panels on Veterans' Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring, our own Rockville Memorial Library which was renamed in 2010 to the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, and, of course, Arlington National Cemetery.

Lastly, enjoy some musical tributes to our troops on Memorial Day and throughout the summer.  The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the West Lawn of the Capitol at 8pm on Sunday, May 26 and will be broadcast live on PBS.  You can also check out weekly concerts by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine, and U.S. Army Bands at various area locations all summer long.
CATEGORIES: Chris B. , Holidays , Books , Music , Military , Veterans
POSTED: 4:22:00 PM |

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June Swoon or Fly High Through July?

For the first time in many years, baseball fans throughout Maryland and the DC Metro Area are finally getting a taste of what it feels like to have a winning team.  As of this writing, the Washington Nationals lead the National League East while the Balitmore Orioles are just a game out of first in the American League East.  While many are optimistic about the prospect of October baseball in our area, those who have been here before will tell you it'll take until after the All-Star break in mid-July until playoff fever can really set in.  Plenty of other teams have been here only to hit the proverbial June swoon, sinking in the standings and never recovering.  Others have hung in there until All-Star Game only to come back afterwards, unable to regain a footing.

If you haven't been to see either team yet, treat yourself to an evening at the ballpark.  You can see both teams go head-to-head in Baltimore the weekend of June 22-24 in round two of "the Battle of the Beltways."  If you can't make it in person, check out the teams from the comfort of your own living room on MASN, MASN2, or DC50 (check your local listings).  Not quite ready for the Majors?  There is plenty of Minor League fun to be had in our area as well.  The Frederick Keys and Bowie Baysox (Class A and Class AA affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles, respectively) as well as the Hagerstown Suns (Class AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals offer tons of fun for the whole family.  Even closer to home are the local teams of the Cal Ripken Collegiate League (Bethesda Big Train, Rockville Express, and Silver Spring/Takoma Park Thunderbolts, among others).

You can also get in the mood by checking out several baseball related titles at your local MCPL branch. 


All the Stars Came Out that Night                   King of the Mound                   Calico Joe    


For some mood music, check out our newest digital music resource, Freegal, and download some selections from the album Take Me Out to the Ballgame: America's Favorite Pastime in Song.  (Freegal also has songs from current artists including Adele and Gavin DeGraw.)

Chris Chris B.

CATEGORIES: Chris B. , Sports , Baseball , Music
POSTED: 3:10:00 PM |

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Demonstrators Who Came to Stay

Wall Street collageThe recent Occupy Wall Street movement has brought scores of demonstrators into New York City and other cities throughout the country. The United States has a long tradition of protest marches, demonstrations and parades.  Who can forget the BostProtestors in front of the White House.on Tea Party? Most demonstrations are staged in a finite period; organizers chose an afternoon or evening for the rally. When the rally is over, the crowd disperses and the participants go home.  However, since at least the late 1800's when Coxey's Army arrived in Washington, some protestor's have come to stay. Economic issues are often the main the focus of these protests. 

Cover to THe Bonus ArmyCoxey's Army came to Washington, DC from all over the country to ask for financial relief for the thousands suffering during the Panic of 1893. In 1932, the Bonus Marchers or Bonus Army moved into Washington creating shanty towns or Hoovervilles to shelter their protesters.  This group was seeking financial relief from the government, too.  The Bonus Marchers were World War I Veterans.  These veterans wanted the bonuses they had been promised. If you want to know more about the Bonus Marchers, you can listen to a National Public Radio Soundprint broadcast, or read the book, The Bonus Army: an American Epic by Eric Dickson. The tradition continued, when in 1968, The Reverend Ralph Abernathy led the Poor People's March on Washington.  Many of the marchers lived for a time in Resurrection City. You can read original articles written at the time of any of these demonstrations by accessing the Historical Newspapers DatabCover Image, 33 Revolutions Per Minutease.

Chants and music were a large part of these marches, too. According to the Hoover Archives, the Bonus Marchers chanted,

Mellon pulled the whistle.

Hoover Rang the Bell.

Wall Street gave the Signal 

 And the Country went to Hell.

The protest song tradition is described in 33 Revolutions Per Minute: a History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day by Dorian Lynskey . A good companion for this book is the The Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries. The resource has a genre called, " Protest and Struggle." There are albums and tracks to download or play.

Montgomery County Public Libraries offers many historical fiction titles set in these time Cover image: Potato: A Tale from the Great Depressionperiods. Some titles include, for adults  the John Steinbeck classic, the Grapes of Wrath and The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Titles for school age children include Christopher Paul Curtis's award winning novel, Bud, Not Buddy or Rebecca, a Maryland Farm Girl by Diane Leatherman. Karen Hesse's Newbery Award winning free verse novel, Out of the Dust is a children's title adult and older children may wish to share. The picture book, Potato: a Tale from the Great Depression by Kate Lied, provides a way to explain economic depressions to younger children. To find other titles, search using the terms "fiction and depressions."

I Barbara M.

CATEGORIES: Barbara M. , History , Music
POSTED: 11:02:00 AM |
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