News Display: Christopher Robin's Birthday, Monday, 8/21Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check the news postings on Learning at the Library, where you can delve into history.
Did you know that Christopher Robin, beloved character in A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928), was inspired by a real boy? Born August 21, 1920, Christopher Robin Milne was born to Daphne and Alan Alexander Milne in Chelsea, London, and he was given a stuffed bear around the age of one, and subsequent stuffed animals. Their imaginary lives grew into cherished stories illustrated by Ernest Shepherd.
A mathematician, graduate of Cambridge University, officer of the Royal Corps of Engineers (WW2), bookshop owner, and author of three autobiographies, Christopher died at the age of 75 in 1996. The original stuffed animals -- Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, and Kanga -- were given to New York Public Library where they have been long on display. Sadly Roo was lost a long time back....
Hurricane Katrina, a storm that began forming in the central Bahamas on August 24, 2005 and deepened to Category 5 in the Gulf of Mexico, caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast, from central Florida to Texas. Due largely to the storm surge and failure of the levees and flood walls to block the water, major death and destruction occurred in New Orleans on August 29th. In all, 1,273 people died, with another 564 missing, and property damage was estimated at 108 billion dollars, overall, despite the lessening of the storm to Category 3. Katrina was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States -- among them, Great Galveston Hurricane (1900, Category 4); Okeechobee Hurricane (1949, Category 4); Louisiana Hurricane (1893, Category 4) ; and S. Carolina/Georgia ( (1893, Category 4).
Hurricane Katrina inspired Teaching The Levees: A Curriculum for Democratic Dialogue and Civic Engagement, a joint project of Teachers College, the Rockefeller Foundation, and HBO Documentary Films.
On August 4, 1792, Percy Bysshe Shelley was born near Horsham, Sussex, England to a wealthy aristocratic family. Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets, radical in writing and his social-political views, and part of the influential circle of poets and writers that included Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, his second wife. Shelley's work included Prometheus Unbound (published 1820), "Ozymandias" “Ode to the West Wind,” and “To a Skylark". He was widely admired by generations of writers and his work continues to be read in schools today.
Be sure to check out Everett Cafe Book Display, Unbound: Remixing the Classics, which includes and/or references work of Percy and Mary Shelley, as well as Robert Southey, who was similarly expelled from school for his radical views, and whom Shelley once visited in the Lake District.