June is the official start of summer and, this year, the Erwin Library bulletin board exhibit area presents some good reads for your beach trip or other summer trip. Check out books about the beach, books that take place at the beach or during the summer, as well as books about other summer activities. For those of you that don’t have a trip to the beach or any where else planned, these books will remind you of past vacations and help you look forward to future trips.
May is celebrated in the United States as Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month. This month, in the Erwin Library bulletin board exhibit area, you will find books about specific countries and states that are considered part of the Asian and Pacific-American cultures, as well as books about Asian Americans.
May is also the month when we commemorate Memorial Day. Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the American military. First known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War, and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
in the Erwin Library newspaper exhibit area for this month are books about the men and women who have served our country during the American Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War, Korean War, and other more recent wars.
There are many memorials that celebrate the people who gave their lives in military service to the United States. Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial website, the National World War II Memorial website, Korean War Veterans Memorial website and the Arlington National Cemetery website. All of these memorials and cemeteries are located in Washington D.C.
Every year, libraries and librarians are celebrated during National Library Week (April 8-14, 2012).
During this April the Erwin Library’s newspaper exhibit area highlights a few titles about librarians and becoming a librarian, as well as children’s books about libraries and reading.
For some interesting stories about the impact of libraries and ways you can help show the value of libraries, visit I Love Libraries.
April is National Poetry Month, sponsored since its inception in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. To celebrate, discover the Erwin Library’s collection of books of poetry as well as biographies about poets, a sample of which you can find in the library’s bulletin board exhibit area. Come check one of these books out and learn more about poetry and the memorable power of the written word. For more information about individual poets, or poetry in general, visit the Academy’s website at Poets.org.
Teen Tech Week (March 4-10) is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults.
Its purpose is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of various technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, and streaming videos. All this month the Erwin Library bulletin board exhbit area will showcase books from our growing Science Fiction collection. These books often feature stories which present once well-balanced societies where misused technology has become the challenge to overcome.
For more Science Fiction books available at the Erwin Library, consult our new Science Fiction bibliography to find many more titles with their call numbers.
Erwin Library now hosts a Beekeeping DVD collection. These materials have been purchased and donated as a collection by the N.C. State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA), and are available for loan to any affiliate of the NCSBA, as well as to WCC faculty.
To see which items are available in this collection as well as Erwin Library’s small collection of beekeeping books, visit the Beekeeping bibliography.
On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wayne Community College will host an International Day. This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Diversity/Global Education Committee and Wayne Community College Student Activities Department. During the two hours of events, you’ll be able to see displays from different countries and cultures, enjoy musicians and dancers, as well as challenge your knowledge with a geography quiz.
To complement this upcoming event, the Erwin Library’s newspaper exhibit area currently offers books that celebrate cultural diversity and global education. Pick up a book about Japan, Spain, Mexico or another country that you may learn more about during International Day. Or learn something about the history of a country you may not know anything about.
For more information about countries all over the world, visit the online version of the CIA World Factbook.
President’s Day is celebrated during the month of February. The other part of the newspaper exhibit is dedicated to biographies about some of the lesser known presidents of the United States as well as the current president, Barack Obama.
To learn more about the presidents, visit the White House’s Presidents website.
Every year during the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month. This year’s theme is Black Women in American Culture and History. On the bulletin board exhibit, we have books about famous African American women as well as famous African American men and some overview books.
To learn more about Black History, visit the Library of Congress’ African American History Month website.