Worms for Lunch? Well, to a bird, that sounds like pretty good eating. Find out more about all kinds of different creature menus during our story picnic at Children’s Storytime in the library on Wednesday, September 28th from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Oh, and be prepared for ants, at least imaginary ones!
September 13, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, British writer of novels, plays, screenplays, and children’s stories. Although we know him now as the creator of that most excellent owner of a chocolate factory, Willy Wonka, his first published work in 1946 was about his true-life experience as a fighter pilot in World War II. His career writing children’s books took off in the 1960s, but he also wrote movie scripts for two Ian Fleming works, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “You Only Live Twice” (yes, that James Bond!). A creative and perhaps darkly quirky personality shines in all of Dahl’s writings, as you may discover for yourself by reading some of the books now on display in the Erwin Library Circulation Desk exhibit area. We do agree with Mr. Wonka, who is quoted as saying “So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall…”
It has been over twenty-five years since the wall was finally torn down, as much with a whimper as a shout, and the Soviet Union itself fallen as a government. In many ways, however, Germany remains divided as a result of all the years spent under such widely different regimes and lifestyles. Books now on display in the Erwin Library Circulation Desk area will help you understand this once terrifying barrier, a symbol of Cold War fear politics.
The nationalistic and political divisions that led to the rising of the Berlin Wall and settling in of the Cold War can probably be traced back to the beginning of the human population of planet Earth, but perhaps the defining catastrophe occurred in Europe during 1914-1918, as the endless battles over a few yards of muddy territory in France, Belgium and Germany reached an uncertain, bitter and impermanent peace settlement which finally ended World War I (July 28, 1914-November 11, 1918). That discontent simmered until the rise of Hitler in an impoverished post-war Germany, and the rise at the end of World War II of Stalin’s Soviet Union, the legacy of the Russian Revolution in 1918, and the most determined enemy Germany never knew it had, being so long focused on the west and not the east.
Books on display in the Erwin Library’s Reference area highlight the 100th anniversary of 1916’s two most influential and costly battles of World War I, Verdun and the Somme. You’ll also find books about Woodrow Wilson the U.S. President who, though he won his re-election in 1916 based on the slogan “he kept us out of the war,” nevertheless, after the depredations of 1916 in Europe, saw no way to keep the U.S. in isolation any longer, and asked for a declaration of war on Germany in 1917.
Representative of the American men and women who had already joined various European military units, ambulance and nursing services to fight before the U.S. entered the war, is Ernest Hemingway, whose writings later encapsulated the bewildering experience of many lost survivors of that war.
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.