Friday, January 20, 2017

Tax Help and Forms at the Library


Another year, another season for gathering up the forms and pulling out your hair to figure out where all your money went. Yes, it's tax season again and the library can help!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

'Day of Infamy' Speech


On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The following day 75 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the above speech to Congress, asking for a declaration of war. The speech was titled the 'Day of Infamy Speech' or 'Infamy Speech' from the first line.

To see the history and variations of the speech, click here for the National Archives. Below is the speech as it was delivered.

Monday, December 5, 2016

5 Interesting Things About James Lee Burke



Houston born and Louisiana raised author James Lee Burke was born on December 5th, 1936. The author of 35 novels, Burke has lead an interesting life. We celebrate him and his literary achievements with a few facts.

Monday, November 28, 2016

7 Mark Twain Quotes for His Birthday


Samuel Clemons, AKA Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835. In honor of this great man's 181st birthday, here are a baker's half-dozen of his quotes on a variety of topics taken from Mark Twain : his words, wit, and wisdom.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Five Tips From How to Win Friends and Influence People



Today, November 24th, is the birthday of Dale Carnegie. Carnegie was the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, published in 1936 and arguably the first self-help book. The book contains many tips on how to live your life to be more popular. Here are six lessons you can take away from the book.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Truth About Black Friday May Shock You



While some of us will be sleeping away a turkey overdose, many Americans will be out in the world shopping this Friday. The unofficial holiday, also known as "Black Friday," is supposed to be the busiest shopping day of the year. While many legends have arisen as to how the day got its name, the truth is very much against the shoppers.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

5 Martin Scorses Films at the Library


Acclaimed film director Martin Scorses turns 74 on November 17 so we decided to look and see what of his we had in the library. A mix of narrative and nonfiction, Scorses's career covers many diverse and interesting topics. Here are a few, in no particular order: