The Corinth Public library celebrated “Star Wars Day” on May 4th with a display of materials about the long running franchise.
The display centered around a clock counting down the days until the release of the new movie, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, on December 18. Book titles in the display included art books, best-selling spin-off novels and the set of Ian Doescher’s ground-breaking series that rewrites the films into the Elizabethan language of Shakespeare such as Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope and The Jedi Doth Return.
Assistant Librarian Cody Daniel dons a Cat in the Hat hat for story time at the Corinth Library.
by Cody Daniel, Assistant Corinth Librarian
The Four Seasons Garden Club of Corinth has recently donated educational films to the library. Marte Shearin and Jean Redders were the representatives of the club who made the donation, and the Corinth Library got a chance to speak with them about it. According to Redders, the club’s president, the Four Seasons Garden Club seeks to increase awareness and enjoyment of various horticultural topics; this year, their primary focus has been on topics of an agricultural nature.
Shearin was a recent program presenter for the club, and she chose to focus on honeybees—specifically “Colony Collapse Disorder,” a recent phenomenon in which honeybees are mysteriously disappearing from their hives. According to researchers, this disappearance could profoundly affect the abilities of bees to pollinate, which could have adverse effects on food crops.
The films that the Garden Club donated explore the possible reasons for Colony Collapse Disorder, the potential problems it could cause for the environment, as well as corrective measures that people can take to help solve the issue.
The three documentaries include Vanishing of the Bees (narrated by Ellen Page), Queen of the Sun, and Silence of the Bees, produced by PBS.
Shearin mentioned that Albert Einstein once said of bees: “If the bee disappears off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more man.”
For those interested in learning more about this phenomenon, come to the Corinth Library and check out the documentaries!
by Cody Daniel, Assistant Librarian, Corinth Public Library
Jeannette Rodriguez has recently donated several of Ben Carson’s books to the library. She considers him to be an inspiration not only for herself, but also for young people of today. As the author of America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, he is widely respected as a leader and medical expert.
Carson can attribute his success in large part to his mother’s insistence on education. Despite her own lack of formal schooling, she would force Ben and his brothers to read two library books a week and then write reports on them. This was in addition to his daily homework. Only after completing these tasks could they play outside or watch TV. Although loathing it at first, the young Carson soon realized the joy of reading and learning. His grades improved and, with the encouragement of teachers and friends, he soon developed the habits that would lead to his professional success.
Carson is a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who attracted international attention in 1987 after successfully performing the first operation that separated twins joined at the head. A graduate of Yale and the University of Michigan Medical School, Carson grew up financially insecure in Detroit. He went on to become the youngest major division director at Johns Hopkins University at the age of 33, two years before his acclaimed 22-hour surgery.
He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2008 from George W. Bush. He has written several other books, including his autobiography Gifted Hands, which was made into a TV-movie in 2009 starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. He is also the author of Taking the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk, as well as The Big Picture: Getting Perspective on What’s Really Important in Life.
For twenty-four years, Carolyn McClean has worked as an assistant librarian at the Corinth Library. May 30th, 2013 was her final day at the library as she officially began her retirement.
Ms. McClean divided her career between the library and the public school system where she worked as an in-school suspension teacher. She retired from the school system in the fall of 2012.
The Corinth and Northeast Regional Library Headquarters staff treated Ms. McClean to a farewell luncheon at the General’s Quarters on May 30th. She received cards, gifts, and a certificate of appreciation from the Mississippi Library Commission for her many years of service to the library.
James Meredith signs copies of his book A Mission from God at the Corinth Library. On February 21st Meredith spoke at the George E. Allen Library in Booneville and at the Corinth Library. He emphasized the important role that religious organizations can play in educating children, stating that the community should be active in child rearing, and that cooperation between religious and social groups was the key factor in preserving community values.
Writer, political advisor, and civil rights legend James Meredith will speak and answer questions on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 in the Marion Smith room of the George E. Allen Library and in the auditorium of the Corinth Library at 3:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Signed copies of his book, a memoir of his life, entitled A Mission from God, will be available for purchase.
Meredith is most remembered for becoming the first African American admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi in 1962, an occurrence that became a pivotal event in the civil rights movement. Escorted by U.S. Marshals by the order of Attorney General Robert Kennedy, the ensuing riots were eventually quelled by additional troops sent in by President John F. Kennedy from the U.S. Army military police, the U. S. Border Patrol and the Mississippi Army National Guard.
Meredith would go on to graduate with a degree in political science from the university. He also holds a law degree from Columbia University and a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.
Born in Kosciusko, Meredith currently resides in Jackson, Mississippi.
For more information about the program, please call the George E. Allen Library 728-6553 or the Corinth Library at 287-2441.