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Entries from June 2013
Friday, June 28. 2013
On June 28, 1888, Robert Louis Stevenson, along with various family members, sailed from San Francisco aboard the two-masted schooner Casco. The library has many books about Stevenson and his time in the South Pacific. And, of course, we have books written by Stevenson.
Wednesday, June 26. 2013
On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in West Berlin. It was less than 2 years since the Berlin Wall was erected and President Kennedy wanted to show his support for the people of West Berlin during the Cold War. The library has books, audio, and video that include or mention the Ich bin ein Berliner speech, books and video about the Berlin Wall, and books about Kennedy and the Berlin crisis.
Monday, June 24. 2013
Henry Ward Beecher was a famous pastor, abolitionist, and social reformer of the 19th century. In her book, Debby Applegate called Henry Ward Beecher The Most Famous Man in America. While he may have been among the most famous people of the 1800s, we are probably much more familiar with his sister — Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote the book Uncle Tom's Cabin. The library has a few books about Henry Ward Beecher and we have access to several books written by Henry Ward Beecher through the Making of America database.
Friday, June 21. 2013
On this date 225 years ago, the Constitution of the United States was ratified. However, it did not go into effect until the following March. The Bill of Rights was proposed in 1789, but wasn't ratified until 1791. The library has hundreds of books that discuss Constitutional history and Constitutional law. For example, check out America's Constitution: A Biography or Civil Rights and Liberties: Provocative Questions and Evolving Answers. I've also heard that the U.S. Constitution is the shortest of all national constitutions. Are you interested in verifying that or just seeing what's in other countries' constitutions? Take a look at Constitutions of the World.
Thursday, June 20. 2013
On June 20, 1863 (150 years ago), West Virginia became the 35th state. It was one of only 2 states admitted to the United States during the Civil War (Nevada was the other) and was the only state that was created by seceding from a Confederate state. Some of the names suggested for the new state were Kanawha and Allegheny.
We have a lot of books that mention West Virginia or have some kind of connection to West Virginia. Check out West Virginia: A History if you are interested in events that led up to West Virginia's quest for separation from Virginia. If you are interested in the arts of the region, you might be more interested in Play of a Fiddle: Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in West Virginia. And, for something lighter, how about taking a look at The Adventures of Sir Givret the Short, a children's book that won the West Virginia Children's Choice Book Award.
Wednesday, June 19. 2013
Looking for some light summer reading? Check out some of the new titles in our Browsing Collection.
Robert Langdon, the lead character in The Da Vinci Code, is back in Dan Brown’s new blockbuster, Inferno. Langdon fights a diabolical adversary while trying to solve an ingenious puzzle. Amnesia, codes, science running amok, it’s got it all! See if Langdon is able to save the world!
Were you a fan of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini? If so, you might enjoy his new book And the Mountains Echoed. Hosseini tells a tale about family relationships and how people support, betray, honor, and sacrifice for each other. NPR recently spoke with Hosseini about his latest book; you can listen to the interview online.
Do you prefer to listen to a good book? How about The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell? Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta investigates the mysterious disappearance of a paleontologist who vanished while digging in a bed of dinosaur bones.
Friday, June 14. 2013
I was just looking through articles in an 1888 issue of the "Detroit Free Press" (available through ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Detroit Free Press (1831-1922)) when I saw an article about Detroit's baseball team losing to the New York Giants! No that wasn't interleague play back in 1888; Detroit's baseball team played in the National League in the 1880s. But, it wasn't the Tigers playing that game. It was the Detroit Wolverines, who had won the equivalent of the World Series in 1887. Indianapolis also had a team in 1888 -- the Indianapolis Hoosiers. As of the June 14th game, Detroit was in second place in the NL standings, the New York Giants were in fourth, and the Hoosiers were in seventh. The standings only showed wins, losses, and percentage. I wonder when games behind was added? If you know, please share with us!
The library has many books about baseball history, including Baseball: The Early Years, which mentions the Detroit Wolverines as "the Detroit club," and Minor League Baseball Towns of Michigan: Adrian to Ypsilanti: The Teams & The Ballparks of the Wolverine State from the 1880s to the Present. We also have access to two scholarly journals about baseball history: Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game and NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.
Thursday, June 13. 2013
The list of new books and other materials added to the library’s collection in May has been posted. Click on “…more New Arrivals” on the library’s home page. Or, go directly to http://library.umd.umich.edu/newbooks/.
Examples from the May list include:
Wednesday, June 12. 2013
On June 12, 1963, African-American civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson, Mississippi. He was only 37 years old. Because Evers served honorably in the U.S. Army in World War II, he was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Read more about Medgar Evers and the cause he championed. You can also read about the man who assassinated him, Byron de la Beckwith.
Are you a movie fan? "Ghosts of Mississippi" was made into a 1996 movie. The Mardigian Library doesn't have a copy, but you can get a copy to view through MeLCat (the Michigan Electronic Library Catalog). The Mardigian Library does have film scripts to many movies, including "Ghosts of Mississippi" in the American Film Scripts Online database.
Tuesday, June 11. 2013
On June 11, 1913, Vince Lombardi was born. Lombardi is probably one of the most well-known coaches in NFL history. He accepted the head coaching job of the Green Bay Packers in 1959, after the Packers had their worst season in history (1-10). In Lombardi's first season, the Packers finished 7-5. As a head coach, Lombardi never had a losing season. He had an impressive 9-1 record in post season games, including winning 5 league championships and winning the first 2 Super Bowls.
Read about That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory. Find inspiration from Vince Lombardi — and others — in The Leader's Mentor: Inspiration from the World's Most Effective Leaders. Finally, learn about the historical significance of famous sports figures, including Vince Lombardi, in The Meaning of Sports.
Friday, June 7. 2013
You have probably seen wildlife on campus. Birds, squirrels, and chipmunks can often be seen near classroom buildings. Once in a while, you might see deer strolling across campus. But, what was that small dark mammal you saw by the pony barn? Or, what is that little blue bird that rattles as it flies up and down the Rouge River? Maybe you want to know what those blue flowers are that bloom in the spring along the path between the pony barn and the parking lot for the Henry Ford Estate. How do you find out? Use a field guide. The library has all kinds of field guides. No matter what your animal or plant interest, we most likely have one for you to check out and use. We even have Birds of North America and JSTOR Global Plants, which are available online.
On June 7, 1863, French forces captured Mexico City. The only thing most of us recognize that came out of this French-Mexican conflict is Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo, however, commemorates the Mexican army's victory over French troops at the Battle of Puebla a year earlier, on May 5, 1862.
Do you want to know more about the French in Mexico and why Napolean III sent them there? See books in the library's collection. And, see newspaper accounts in the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times (search for "French Invasion of Mexico).