Go ahead. Make a fish, the biggest fish you can dream up, and it will come true … at least it will during Children’s Storytime in the library on Wednesday, July 13th from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Have we got you hooked? Every story we tell that day will have a school of fins swimming through it!
Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jean Baker on June 1, 1926, would be celebrating her 90th birthday this month, if she had not died in August 1962 at the age of 36 of a still mysterious suicide by overdose of prescription drugs, probably unintentional by many accounts. Her platinum blonde beauty, breathless vulnerability, and tragic rise from broken home to Hollywood glamour still fascinates and informs our fashions, entertainment and curiosity.
As the feminist icon Gloria Steinem remarked in her 1986 essay, “When the past dies there is mourning, but when the future dies, our imaginations are compelled to carry it on … Would Marilyn Monroe have become the serious actress she aspired to be? Could she had survived the transition from sex goddess to mortal woman that aging would impose? … Could she have kicked the life-wasting habits of addiction and procrastination?” Come by the Erwin Library book exhibit in the Circulation Desk area to learn more about this long-ago American idol.
On June 30, 1936, when Marilyn Monroe was ten years old, another flawed, but eternally vibrant female character entered our American consciousness when Gone with the Wind was published, and Scarlett O’Hara first flashed her green eyes. Her creator, Margaret Mitchell, came from an Atlanta, Georgia family, steeped in history and lore about the American Civil War, which both destroyed by fire and created the foundation for a newly built Atlanta, representative of the “New South.”
Outwardly fulfilling the nineteenth-century image of a proper girl, but inwardly fighting against it, first to just have her own way with beaux (hers and everyone else’s), but finally to survive and triumph over the horrors of a war turned with full force onto the women left behind, Scarlett O’Hara flipped vulnerability on its ear. Find more about this book, its author, the subsequent move version, and the history behind them all in the Erwin Library’s Reference Area book exhibit.
As PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness Month, this June is a time for us to consider human vulnerability and survival of war, not just in terms of the physical wounds and scars, but those of the mind, which follow survivors home as insidiously as ghosts, the wounds and scars remaining invisible. Books also on display in the Reference Area will help us all learn more about the signs and treatments of this disorder.
What did WCC students do in 1972? How about those hairdos .. and that’s the faculty! You’ll see it was a slightly different world, but still Goldsboro and still our school as you flip through thirteen newly digitized WCC Yearbooks (Yearbooks link) published between 1964 and 1985, now part of the WCC Historical Archives. You’ll also find the WCC Campus Voice newspaper (See: Newspapers) published between 1968 and 2008, and the WCC Renaissance literary magazine (See: Campus Publications) for 1985 through the present.
As well as browsing among, or checking out, books from the Erwin Library exhibits and collections to read about these topics, you may wish to discover more on the internet from relevant links found in the Erwin Library’s Blog.