Thursday, January 26, 2017
As we lean into a new presidency, it's good to look back on the old. Seeing how past leaders dealt with the pressing matters of their day can help us as a nation put into perspective the challenges of today. No better place can be found to start this journey into history than the biography section of the library.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, December 8, 2016
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
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
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
Monday, November 21, 2016
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.