Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Jackie Robinson Born Today


Today is the birthday of hall of fame baseball player Jackie Robinson. He was the first African-American to play Major League Baseball in the modern era.  He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, and was named Rookie of the Year that year, National League MVP in 1949 and World Series champ in 1955.
If you want to learn more about him why not watch the film: The Jackie Robinson Story.
And  you can also learn about other African-American athletic pioneers by reading the eBook Before Jackie Robinson: the transcendent role of Black sporting pioneers. This book places the athletes within the context of the broader civil rights and "black liberation " movements from 1890-1940.
See bellow for more information about both of these library resources. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Happy Birthday Mozart! The Life and Works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [streaming audio]

Mozart was born on this day in 1756. Students can learn about his life and key selections from his musical works by listening to the streaming audio: the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

Summary:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the most astonishing child prodigy in the history of music, is felt by many people to be the greatest composer who ever lived. Dominated and shaped by a highly intelligent but frustrated and ambitious father, his story sees the development of a unique genius, from precocious and often endearing childhood to liberated fulfillment, unexpected poverty, and a tragically early death. Generously illustrated by Mozart's music, from his fifth to his final year, this portrait-in-sound reveals a fascinating yet elusive character, drawing richly on the words of the composer himself and those who knew him.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Presidential Inauguration Day

President Theodore Roosevelt delivering his inaugural address, Washington, D.C.

Today the United States of America held its 58th inauguration when  it swore in Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States of America. To learn more about the history of the Presidential Inaugurations the Library of Congress has created a web site entitled “I Do Solemnly Swear...”: Presidential Inaugurations. The web site includes diaries and letters written by presidents and those who witnessed the inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.

For more information about the office of the President check out The Presidency A to Z