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Upcoming Events and Displays at Muntz Library

Muntz Library Staff are excited about existing and upcoming displays and events! The highlight for the month of April is National Library Week (April 13-19) and we are celebrating in style! Look for our poster display featuring your Muntz Library Librarians!

The Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide Exhibit continues. This exhibit will be housed at the library until April 7th.

Another event, that promises to be a world of fun is, World Book Night. On April 23rd, library staff will be giving out books at random!

You will not want to miss the "Peeps" Diorama Contest in honor of William Shakespeare's birthday. Participants will be able to represent their favorite work of Shakespeare - or any other literary favorite using Peeps as their art medium. The first 10 participants to sign up will receive a free box of peeps! Please resist the urge to eat them! Four prizes will be given! We have shoe boxes available on a "first come, first served" basis.

April is also poetry month. There will be a display on the 3rd floor table with related books and information.

A display featuring Pulitzer' Prize Winners will be presented on the second floor of the library.

A display featuring the Red River Campaign will be showcased on the 3rd floor of the library. The Red River Campaign or Red River Expedition was a Union initiative involving a series of battles fought along the Red River in Louisiana during the American Civil War from March 10 to May 22, 1864.

Preservation Week is a special library event celebrated on a national level. This event will take place from April 27th through May 3rd. More details will be given at a later date.

We hope you will be able to view or participate in some of the really great things that are happening at the library this month.

30 March 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 31 Mar

From the Black History Files: Otis F. Boykin


Otis Boykin, electronic scientist and inventor, patented the electrical resistor (Patent #2,972,726) . The electrical resistor is used in many computers, radios, television sets and other electronically controlled devices. Products made from his discoveries are manufactured in Paris and throughout Western Europe. With 26 patents to his name, Boykin was best known for the invention of the pacemaker, a device inserted into the body that delivers small regular shocks to stimulate the heart to beat in a normal rhythm. Born in Dallas in 1920, he graduated from Fisk University and went to the Illinois Institute of Technology for two years before he dropped out due to lack of money. Boykin died in 1982 in Chicago.

This information was taken from: “Middle Search Plus” (A UT Tyler database). Follow this link to learn more!

24 February 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 25 Feb

From the Black History Files:Jean Baptiste Point du Sable

Jean Baptiste Point du Sable (1745?-1818)

William Loren Katz in Black Indians says that Jean Baptiste Point du Sable -- founder of Chicago -- was "born somewhere in the Caribbean." The Encyclopedia of Black America says "his place of birth has been listed as Santo Domingo, Haiti, and French Canada," while the Encyclopaedia Britannica says he was "said to have been born in Haiti." Haiti and the Dominican Republic are the two independent nations sharing the island Columbus called Hispaniola, and since du Sable was born before either country gained its independence, both of them claim bragging rights to being the birthplace of the man who founded "the City of the Big Shoulders," as poet Carl Sandburg called Chicago -- the city el Nelson Al gren, Studs Terkel, Big Bill Broonzy, and the Bulls.

This information was taken from: “Academic Search Complete” (A UT Tyler database). Follow this link to learn more!

16 February 2014 (All day)

From the Black History Files: Mary Ellen Pleasant

Called "the Mother of Civil Rights in California" from work begun in the 1860s, her achievements went unsurpassed until the 1960s. Pleasant was once the most talked-about woman in San Francisco. When other African Americans were rarely mentioned, she claimed full-page articles in the press. Her dramatic life was part of the story of slavery, abolition, the gold rush, and the Civil War; she helped shape early San Francisco, and covertly amassed a joint fortune once assessed at $30,000,000! Americans today deserve to know her because she could love across boundaries of race and class without losing sight of her goal -- equality for herself and her people.

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10 February 2014 (All day)

Word of the Week: "advent"

1. The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important: the advent of the computer.
2. Advent
a. The liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and in Eastern churches in mid-November, and observed by many Christians as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence.
b. Christianity The coming of Jesus at the Incarnation.
c. Christianity See Second Coming.

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18 December 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 19 Dec

Word of the Week: "festive"

: cheerful and exciting : suited to a celebration or holiday
: of or relating to Christmas

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11 December 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 12 Dec

Word of the Week: "ebullient"

: characterized by ebullience : having or showing liveliness and enthusiasm
— ebul·lient·ly adverb

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4 December 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 05 Dec

Word of the Week: "forbearance"

: the quality of someone who is patient and able to deal with a difficult person or situation without becoming angry

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18 November 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 19 Nov

Word of the Week: "Spunk"

spirit, courage, and determination

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11 November 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 12 Nov

Word of the Week: jubilant

feeling or expressing great joy : very happy

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4 November 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 05 Nov