The Everett Cafe features thematic news displays
on a wide range of educational topics, in addition to daily postings of headlines from around the world. News posters are becoming a popular teaching aid; you may ask the library staff for any you'd like to keep, or -- first come, first serve -- just help yourself to the poster collection near the first floor services desk and enhance your classroom today!
- BlogDay, Tuesday, 8/31
BlogDay is celebrated on August 31, a time when bloggers from around the world get acquainted with fellow bloggers and share interests by recommending their top five blogs to eachother. Now in its fifth year, BlogDay is a way to discover new writing, information, and people.
To mark BlogDay, the Gottesman Libraries will post stories from major newspapers about the growth and development of blogging within the history of social media.
Also be sure to check out our own Pressible, "a network of sites that are optimized to display and share educational content," including Learning at the Library for "research tips, event recaps, how-to's and best kept secrets from TC's Gottesman Libraries."
- Delegates Sign the Declaration of Independence, Monday, 8/2
The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, although it was until August 2, 1776 that most delegates began signing the engrossed copy on parchment. John Hancock, President of the Congress, was the first, followed by the signatures of delegates from other states, from northern New Hampshire to southern Georgia.
Marking the anniversary of the 56 signatures, the Gottesman Libraries will post stories about the Declaration, including its philosophy and timeline of development.
For additional information consult The National Archives' site, Charters of Freedom-- specifically the Declaration of Independence.
- The Smithsonian Opens, Tuesday, 8/10
On August 10, 1846, Congress passed an act establishing the Smithsonian Institution, named in honor of James Smithson, a British mineralogist and chemist who unexpectedly bequeathed a fortune to the United States government for "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men." Joseph Henry was the first Secretary, intent on developing a science center, but the Smithsonian soon became a depository for various Washington and U.S. government collections.
Today the Smithsonian is a federally and privately funded educational and research institute and museum complex, with over 136 million items in its collections. It has nineteen museums, 168 affiliate museums, one zoo, and nine research centers spread throughout Washington D.C, New York, Virginia, Panama, and other many places.
Headlines will feature articles about the history of the Smithsonian and its importance as a national treasure.
Be sure to visit the Smithsonian for online exhibits and further information.
- Woodstock Concludes, Tuesday, 8/17
Woodstock, an "Aquarian exposition" of "three days of music and peace" was held in White Lake, New York from August 15 through August 17, 1969. This major event, in which some thirty-two performances took place for half a million spectators, is considered pivotal in the history of popular music. Among the musicians were Joan Baez, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Joe Cocker, Crosby Still Nash and Young, Creedance Clearwater Revival, and Jimi Hendrix.
Held during the the Vietnam War, Woodstock is remembered as a hippy musical festival. With speculations of drugs and violence and massively congested tragic upstate, it received wide coverage in newspapers, but ultimately proved a peaceful gathering.
For further reference and reflection, the Woodstock Preservation Archives are "a documented account of the efforts that pursued the historic preservation of a 20th century icon."
- The Great Moon Hoax, Wednesday, 8/25
On August 25, 1835, the first of a series of articles appeared by Andrew Grant, an apparent colleague of the astronomer Sir John Herschel. The articles about the discovery of life on the moon were printed in The New York Sun, supposedly drawn from the Edinburgh Journal of Science. According to Grant, Herschel found evidence of life forms, from unicorns and beavers to winged humanoids, who lived in a diverse geography of massive craters, amethyst caves, rivers, and lush vegetation.
As the story unfolded, Grant turned out to be a fictional character and the likely author, Richard Adams Locke, a satirist who was poking fun at other published speculations of extraterrestrial life. The Edinburgh Journal of Science has ceased publication and sales of The Sun temporarily skyrocketed; The Sun merged with New York World - Telegram over a century later and eventually collapsed in 1967, bearing no relation to the later New York Sun.
The Gottesman Libraries will post stories about the Great Moon Hoax and its impact on newspaper publishing, including people's surprising reactions.
For additional information and images see the excerpt in the Museum of Hoaxes.
Last Updated: 10:23 am, Friday, Jul 23 , 2010