Monday, May 28, 2007


Although many Americans regard Memorial Day as a day to remember anyone who has died, especially family members, the holiday actually was created as a day for remembering war casualties, particularly those of the American Civil War. More on the history and rituals associated with this holiday can be found at:
U.S. Memorial Day.Org
Library of Congress

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Long-time favorite children's author and Newbery Award winner (for The High King in 1969) Lloyd Alexander died earlier this week. Primarily remembered for his 5-volume Prydian Chronicles, he wrote other fantasy and historical novels for children and adults. A display of those of his works available at the Elk Grove Village Library can be found in Youth Services.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


Some interesting quotations about mothers for Mother's Day can be found at:
Quote Garden
Bella Online
Brainy Quote
Some poems about mothers can be found at:
Poets.Org and Poem of Quotes.
Some Momisms (universal sayings by moms) can be found at New-Life.Net [warning: annoying music], Mother's Day Celebration, WTV-Zone, Brain Candy, and The Elk Grove Village Library has a recent book that contains many of these called Momilies: As My Mother Used to Say (2006) by Michele Slung (306.874 SLU).

Some trivia about mothers can be found at Brain Candy, Chiff.Com, and Mother's Day Celebration.

Some Mother's Day games and color pages for kids can be found at:
A Kid's Heart
Kids Domain
Billy Bear
Alphabet Soup
Apples 4 the Teacher

Friday, May 04, 2007


On April 16 the 2007 winners of the various Pulitzer Prizes were announced. The winners in the category of Letters, Drama, and Music included:
Fiction--The Road by Cormac McCarthy (FIC MCCARTHY, C.)
Drama--The Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
History--The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
Biography--The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate (BIO BEECHER, H.)
Poetry--Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey
General Nonfiction--The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright (973.931 WRI)
Music--Sound Grammar by Ornette Coleman

Special Citations were given to Ray Bradbury and John Coltrane (posthumously) for their body of work.