New Book Titles at Odom Branch

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Wrangled and Tangled by Lorelei James Knock 'em Dead by Martin Yate The Complete Poetry by Maya Angelou

The Cool in You by Mike Warren The Bone Tree by Greg Iles COPD Answers to your Questions by Donald Mahler

African Holistic Health by Llaila Afrika UnderCover by Laurinda Brown The Wedding Circle by Ashton Lee

Memory Man by David Baldacci Suprise by Tania Luna One Night by Eric Jerome Dickey

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Happy Birthday, Nancy Drew

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Nancy Drew

Click the image above to find the film, Nancy Drew, in our online catalog.

Saturday, April 25, 1-2:30 pm

Join us for a mysterious birthday celebration for the mystery  book character Nancy Drew who is turning 85 years old this year! You can get your photograph taken with our standup cardboard Nancy Drew. Join us for games, stories, and more.

Please register in advance.

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Button Embroidery Hoops

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Buttons

 Friday, April 24, 3:30 -4:30 pm 

This is a colorful, easy and fun craft. We’ll be sewing buttons on a small piece of cloth framed by an embroidery hoop. This makes a very cute wall hanging. Basic hand sewing skills are needed.

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Earth Day 2015

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There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more.” — Gaylord Nelson

A Climate of Crisis by Patrick Allitt

A Climate of Crisis by Patrick Allitt

The quote above by Gaylord Nelson, the brainchild of Earth Day, describes today’s purpose perfectly. Earth Day is an event intended to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems. Today is a chance for many all over the world to make personal efforts towards preserving the Earth.

As stated before, Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin in 1970. Around this time the term “environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on evening news. No one was worried about the state of our planet; people were instead channeling their energy into war protests against the Vietnam War. Nelson wanted to take this drive in people and channel it towards environmental efforts. Nelson’s objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy. Ultimately, Gaylord Nelson wanted to force this environmental issue permanently onto the national public agenda.

Make It a Green Peace by Frank Zelko

Make It a Green Peace by Frank Zelko

In an effort to bring public consciousness about air and water pollution, Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media. After his announcement, Nelson created a team (the Earth Day Network) that would promote environmental events across the land. As a result, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums on April 22, 1970, to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. The Earth day of 1970 received so much support that it led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, an agency of the United Stated federal government which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. In addition, the 1970 Earth Day efforts lead to the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Arming Mother Nature by Jacob Hamblin

Arming Mother Nature by Jacob Hamblin

Since the initial Earth Day of 1970, many strides have been taken to make a clean environment an urgency for all. In 1990, the holiday went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Then in 2000, Earth Day focused on global warming and clean energy, using the Internet to organize activists. Then finally, for Earth Day 2010 the Earth Day Network brought 225,000 people to the National Mall for a Climate Rally, amassed 40 million environmental service actions toward its 2012 goal of a Billion Acts of Green®, launched an international, 1 million tree planting initiative with Avatar director James Cameron and tripled its online base to over 900,000 community members.

Although Earth Day and the Earth Day Network have received much success over the holidays 45 years of existence, the fight for a clean environment continues in a climate of increasing urgency. So below are a few ways we can help to protect our environment as well as a few materials from our online catalog related to Earth Day. Click any image to view reserve the title in our online catalog.

  • Get a tune-up and keep your car maintained.
  • Don’t top off your gas tank.
  • Walk, bike, or use mass-transit whenever you can.
  • Water your lawn in the early morning.
  • Don’t do dishes until you have a full load.
  • Wash a full load of laundry or adjust the water level to the size of your load.
  • Don’t let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Recycle.
  • Use canvas bags when shopping.
  • Set your copier to make double sided copies.
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Donate wearable clothing and gently used household items rather than throwing them away.

The Visual Handbook of Energy Conservation by Charles Wing Green Wizardry by John Greer Running Dry by Stuart Kallen The Water Wise Home by Laura Allen

 

Find more Earth Day information by clicking one of the following links:

Ohio EPA

Earth Day History (EDN)

Earth Day (1970)

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Preschool Storytime

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Hardcover book gutter and pages

Thursday, April 23, 10:30 am 

For ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Join us for stories, movement, rhyme, and a craft.

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New Book Titles at Odom

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Click any image to view/ reserve the title in our online catalog:

One Night Rodeo by Lorelei James Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson Hot Pursuit by Stuart Woods

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies by David Fisher Pure Heroine by Keisha Ervin The Ultimate Sacrifice IV by Anthony Fields

Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury Stunt by Jet Black Sir Yes Sir by Mike Warren

Sweet Swagger by Mike Warren Love All of Me by Mike Warren Life Letters by Alyshia Ochse

Blood of My Brother 3 by Zoe Woods Both Sides of the Fence 3 by M T Pope Acts of Faith by Iyanla Vanzant

The Internet for Dummies by John R Levine The Liar by Nora Roberts Louis Armstrong by David Stricklin

Montana by Debbie Macomber Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline The Enticement by Tara Sue Me

How to Read the Tarot for Fun, Profit and Psychic Development by Angela Kaelin Weapons of Fitness by Avital Zeisler O's Little Book of Happiness

Tales from the Cleveland Cavaliers Locker Room by Roger Gordon The Prosperous Soul by Cindy Trimm Kingdom Man by Tony Evans

No Excuses Fitness by Donovan Green Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown Beyond Dead End by Joseph Fusco

Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott

 

 

 

 

 

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Friends of the Library Sale

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Empty bookshelves with a sign on it that reads " Book Sale"

Saturday, April 18, 10 am – 3 pm 

Stop by the Odom Branch library and find some exciting reading treasures. There are lots of children and teen materials from which to select.

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Preschool Storytimes

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Hardcover book gutter and pages

Thursdays, 10:30 am 

April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21

For ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Join us for stories, movement, rhyme, and a craft.

Please register in advance.

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Fresh Starts on April 15

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42

42: The Jackie Robinson Story

April showers not only bring May flowers, but the month also brings the start of a brand new baseball season. Opening day, which began on April 6th, is the day on which professional baseball leagues begin their regular season. Just like the spring season, this day marks a new beginning or fresh start for the 30 major league clubs.

Pride and Perseverance

Pride and Perseverance:The Story of the Negro Leagues

Sixty-eight years ago the month of April not only began a fresh start for Major League Baseball teams, but African American baseball players as well. On this day, Jack Roosevelt Robinson also known as Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball by becoming the first African American to play in a Major League Baseball game. This was a huge accomplishment as this particular sport had been segregated more than 50 years prior to Jackie’s first game at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.

Despite achieving such a great accomplishment, it did not come without some adversity. Jackie Robinson faced tremendous racial discrimination throughout his career, from not only baseball fans but fellow players as well. In addition, Jim Crow laws prevented Robinson from using the same hotels and restaurants as his teammates while playing in the South. Nevertheless, Jackie remained strong and continued playing the game that he loved. According to Brooklyn Dodgers general manager, Branch Rickey, one of the main reasons he picked Jackie as the first African American to play for his league was because he was strong, able to stand up to intense public observation and also able to avoid confrontation even when  met with insults and hostility.

Jackie’s persistence eventually paid off. First, he won the Rookie of the year award in 1947 and two years later was awarded as the National League’s Most Valuable Player, in 1949. Then, from 1949 through 1954 Robinson was given the opportunity to play on the National League All Star team. Lastly, he helped lead the Dodgers to the World Series in 1955 in addition to six National League pennants.

Branch Rickey  by Jimmy Breslin

Branch Rickey: A Penguin Life by Jimmy Breslin

After ten years of playing Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson retired from the league in 1957.  Five years later, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.  Then exactly 50 years after his first game at Ebberts Field, Robinson’s groundbreaking career was honored and his uniform number, 42, was retired from Major League Baseball. Robinson’s number was the first- ever number retired by all teams in the league.

Sadly, Jackie Robinson passed away on October 24, 1972, but his legacy continues. Jackie Robinson’s efforts in Major League Baseball have made opportunities for many African American baseball players, including Derek Jeter (who retired in 2014 after playing 20 years in the league), Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and CC Sabathia, just to name a few.

 

 

 

Below are a few baseball related materials. Click any image to view/ reserve the title in our online catalog.

Shades of Glory by Lawrence Hogan Jackie Robinson Rickey and Robinson by Roger Kahn

Brooklyn's Dodgers by Carl E Prince Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame Jackie Robinson A Biography

 

Find more information by clicking here.

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National Siblings Day

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National Siblings Day

National Siblings Day

Fun Fact: Did you know that the longest relationship that someone will have in their lifetime is with their siblings?

According to the Siblings Day Foundation, the sibling bond is usually the longest relationship of a person’s life. The bond between siblings is said to last longer than the relationship with either of your parents. This is hard to believe right? But it is true! The sibling relationship is already in place long before we meet a spouse and it continues long after our parents have passed away. In addition, this relationship has many advantages. For example, the sibling relationship creates shared memories and many learning opportunities. Our siblings help us learn how to socialize with others. They help us learn how to communicate in difficult interactions in addition to teaching us the art of negotiation. All these lessons ultimately become a vital part of our identities. Siblings help us realize where we have come from and help shape who we are today.

National Siblings Day

National Siblings Day

So, with our siblings having such a great importance in our lives, there is no doubt that they deserve their own holiday. So today, we celebrate our siblings on National Siblings day, a day to honor and celebrate all brothers and sisters, living and deceased. This holiday was created by Claudia Evart through her nonprofit charity, Siblings Day Foundation, to honor the memories of her sister Lisette and brother Alan, who both died from accidents early in their lives.

National Siblings Day

National Siblings Day

National Siblings day is not yet an established holiday, but through the efforts of the Siblings Day Foundation it’s goal is to soon become a recognized holiday. In order for the holiday to become established it first needs to receive a Presidential Proclamation, a written document stating Siblings day as a national holiday. Nonetheless, the Siblings Day Foundation has achieved many successes since its incorporation in 1997. Some of the Foundations successes include Presidents, Bill Clinton (2000) and George Bush (2008) signing Presidential Messages recognizing April 10 as Siblings day. In addition, 85 governors have signed gubernational proclamations in 49 states recognizing Siblings day as a holiday.

So today, support the efforts of the Siblings Day Foundation by celebrating your siblings. Show your siblings how much you love them by sending a card or gift, do a good deed for your sibling, or just simply call them to say how much you appreciate them. However you decide to show your siblings you love them, just remember that your bond with your siblings is forever a special gift.

Below are a few popular siblings from literature, music, and movies. Click any image below to find the item in our online catalog.

Frozen Spy Kids The Blues Brothers

The Bee Gees The Biography by David Meyer Jackson 5ive Pioneer by the Band Perry

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary The Definitive Collection - DeBarge The Brothers Grimm

Little Women by Louisa Alcott We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers by Bridget Hurst The Definitive Collection - Isley Brothers

To find out more on National Siblings day click here.

 

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