Like people, machines come in all sizes, ages and colors; they live in the city and in the country, in every country! But they all work … well, most of the time. Find out about all kinds of machines and what they do during Children’s Storytime in the library on Wednesday, August 10th from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
This July marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, author and illustrator of the Peter Rabbit series of books. Born in 1866 to a wealthy English family in Kensington, London, as a well-to-do girl in nineteenth century society, Beatrix could only direct her scientific interest in plants and animals to work as an amateur, though her investigative nature and keen skills in observation and illustration could have led her to a career as a botanist or biologist. Even the Peter Rabbit stories were originally based on first-hand observation of her pet rabbit Peter Piper, and many other small animals that had been regularly brought by her and her brother into their childhood schoolroom.
In 1900 Ms. Potter sent an illustrated letter to the five-year-old son of her friend and former governess, Annie Moore, to entertain him as he was recovering from scarlet fever. The letter began: “I don’t know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits, whose names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter.” These stores began life as a self-published book in 1901, with black and white illustrations, and, after their popularity grew, were published in 1902 with the color illustrations we know and love by Frederick Warne and Co. See copies of these stores and other books about Beatrix Potter in the book exhibit now on display in the Erwin Library Circulation Desk area.
On June 30, 1936, a 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.