Splash, splash .. all of our stories next time will be about taking a bath! Elephants love them, but, what about pirates?! I’ve heard a lot of them can’t even swim, much less want to jump into a tub. Have some bubbly fun with us during Children’s Storytime in the library on Wednesday, January 25th from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Books now on display in the Erwin Library Circulation Desk exhibit area highlight January 3, 2017, the 125th Anniversary of the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) who “was a major scholar of the English language, specialising in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of our world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth.” Tolkien was both astonished and made quite rich when his stories were later adopted by the “hippie” counterculture in the 1960s, from which time his works have become fantasy staples of not only the bookshelf, but the movie theatre and gaming sites.
Find books on display in the Erwin Library this December about Basketball, that game so dear to the hearts and sports rivalries of North Carolinians, which was invented in the United States in 1891, 125 years ago this year. Yet, did you know that its creator, Dr. James Naismith, was from Canada, and his original equipment was a soccer ball and two peach baskets? True. Qualified as a physician and Presbyterian minister, when he took a job in the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, Naismith realized that he needed a sport that could be played inside during very cold winters, as well as in a pretty small space.
Dr. Naismith also decided that he wanted a non-violent game that required more skill than brawn. To those ends he also set up the “thirteen rules” of the game, the original pages of which, “bought by KU alumnus David Booth in 2010 for $3.8 million,” have “been installed in a protective case and are now on display to the general public at the DeBruce Center, next to Allen Fieldhouse, on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence.” Dr. Naismith eventually moved to the University of Kansas (KU), where he founded that school’s basketball program.
Ironically, basketball, become so All-American a sport, envisioned as a non-violent game of skill, was first played as an official Olympic sport 80 years ago this year, on the eve of World War II, at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, designed to as an international propaganda event for Hitler’s new vision of a Nazi Germany. Attending the games himself, Dr. Naismith is reported to have presented the medals to the winners, Gold for the United States team, Silver for the Canadian team, and Bronze for the Mexican team.
Also on display in the library’s Reference exhibit area this December are books focused on the 75th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941), which resulted in the U.S. declaring war not only on Japan, but Nazi Germany. Now, on December 6-7. 2016, to commemorate the loss of so many to that attack, a basketball tournament is being held in Bloch Arena on Hickam Field, one of the few buildings that survived the bombing that day in December 1941.
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.