Calling all individuals! That’s people who are not like anybody else, and that’s you! Never fear, there’s a place for you here in the library during Children’s Storytime on Wednesday, April 12th from 9:00-10:00 a.m. We’ll have good stories, good rhymes and good times.
In the Circulation Desk exhibit area, you will find books related to the 325th anniversary of the beginning of the Salem Witch Hysteria in March of 1692, which resulted in the infamous trials and executions that have become so much a part of American history and myth.
The whole thing began with the unusually odd behavior of a few teenage girls in the town of Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, a town of about 550 people, which progressed to the girls’ accusations that they were under the manipulative supernatural power an old slave nurse, Tituba, to placing the blame on Martha Corey, a less marginal member of the community. Corey became the first member of the community tried, condemned and hanged as a witch during a wave of fear, dissension and religious fervor that resulted in the executions of “fourteen women, five men, and two dogs for witchcraft.” That episode continues a constant source of inspiration for movies and other creative works as well as books.
March 12, 2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Russian Revolution of 1917, “two revolutions, the first of which, in February (March, New Style), overthrew the imperial government and the second of which, in October (November), placed the Bolsheviks in power.” Books now on display in the library’s Reference exhibit area help to make sense of this protracted and often quite violent period in Russian history, during which the Romanov dynasty’s rule was ended by the deposition, and later assassination of Czar Nicholas and his family.
Having become embroiled in the tangled web of alliances that drew the Russians into World War I, the Russian army was poorly led and suffered ghastly losses, while civilians at home faced unendurable poverty and famine. Even after Russia withdrew from the war on the Eastern Front following the Bolsheviks’ rise to power in October 1917, Russia continued fighting at home in a civil war, the “Whites vs. Reds.” In Russian, however, at least officially, there will be no celebrations of the Revolution of 1917, according to a New York Times article, the idea of people taking to the streets to protest a current political “ruler” apparently not seeming desirable.
The spring of 1917 also heralded the decision by the United States to officially enter World War I, a conflict that had fragmented Europe, and promised to continue grinding out casualties for years to come. Having been reelected to the U.S. Presidency in 1916 under the slogan “He kept us out of war” Woodrow Wilson finally felt, with the escalation of unrestricted German submarine warfare in the Atlantic, affecting all shipping, that he had to ask the the Congress for a declaration of war on April 2, 1917. Books also on exhibit in the Reference Area are there for you to check out and perhaps find some explanations as to how the U.S. and the rest of the world ended up at war again just twenty years later.
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.