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Staff members from the Greenfield Public Library will write about recent developments at the library, staff book recommendations, new materials, updates on the new library, upcoming events and programs, and highlights of specific collections. For more information about the Greenfield Public Library, check out our web site.

Thankful for the Library - Week of November 19

bake sale, Facebook, Holidays, Mini-Subject, Mr. Mark, Storytime

Hello Greenfield Library Patrons

The library has been busy lately and we are happy that more people are coming to our library and “liking” our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/greenfieldpubliclibrary). We hope you tell others about what is going on here and the Facebook page is excellent exposure and we are grateful for your interest. Here is what is coming up at GPL.

LIBRARY CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

The library will be closed November 22 for Thanksgiving. We wish you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings and we are thankful for your patronage all year.

A CIVIL DISCOURSE: RELIGION & GOVERNMENT

 The Greenfield Listening Debates Alliance invites you to join us for an engaging dialogue on Monday, November 19. This forum will address the topic “Religion and Government” and will feature a moderator, several expert panel members representing a breadth of views, and a lively but civil public debate.  The forum will be governed by several “listening & debating” rules designed to move beyond the heat to find common ground.  People with all points of view are welcome.  This forum will be held in the Greenfield Library Community Room at from 7:00 – 8:15 pm.  Admission is free and registration is not required.

 

FALL STORY HOURS

Fall story hours have begun with the theme Animals on Parade.  Join Mr. Mark as each week a new animal is featured in the stories.  This coming week’s stories will involve DINOSAURS.  Story-times will take place in the story corner of the Children’s Library.  The program runs through the end of November. 

The story times for this coming week are:

Monday, November 19 @ 6:30 PM

Tuesday, November 20 @ 10:30 AM

NO STORY-TIME ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 DUE TO THANKSGIVING AND LIBRARY CLOSURE

Register with a librarian at a reference desk a time you and yours would like to come or register at the following link: http://www.greenfieldlibrary.org/index.asp?Type=DYNAFORM&SEC={9B11F369-BDB0-4B0A-B2FE-BAF908A38E05}

 

ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAKE COMING UP!

Do you have a sweet tooth?  Do you love helping the community?  The Annual Greenfield Library Holiday and Cookie and Bake Sale is December 1 from 10:00-3:00.  We look forward to seeing the culinary creations of our community in this great cause that benefits Greenfield Public Library.  There will be raffles and music to keep the holiday cheer alive.  Start planning those recipes and we look forward to the Bake Sale in a few weeks.  Thanks.


FINALLY…

As a special feature for the blog, we will be highlighting a themed mini-collection to show the vastness of Greenfield Public Library’s collection, relevant to the time of year it is posted.  This week, we draw attention to some of the lesser known United States Presidents.

 

Forgotten Men - Our Nineteenth to Twenty-Fourth Presidents of the United States

Despite his death nearly 150 years, Abraham Lincoln’s popularity is sky high in the 21st century.  The upcoming biopic Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly’s bestseller Killing Lincoln, and the fictional Seth Grahame-Smith tale and film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter shows how our 16th President is still in the public spotlight and admired, even if he is killing vampires.

But what about those that followed him? After the unready Andrew Johnson and two terms of scandal, yet civil-rights encouraging Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant, most people forget that there were presidents between Grant and William McKinley, the last president of the 19th century.  Despite their awesome beards, moustaches, and huge sideburns, these men (Presidents 19-24) are unfortunately forgotten by American history even though they ruled in the racially-charged and vastly important Reconstruction period following the Civil War.

Let’s specifically learn a little bit more about one of them and go from there.   November 19 marks the 181st anniversary of the birth of 20th President James Garfield.  After completing nine terms in the US House of Representatives, Garfield won the presidency in 1880, defeating Democrat Winfield Hancock.  Garfield stressed the importance of education for African Americans, and was an avid reader himself, having a 3000 book library.  Unfortunately, Garfield is best known for his assassination. Garfield’s presidency lasted only 200 days as a result of being shot by Charles Guiteau on July 2, 1881.  A mentally deranged Federal office seeker, Guiteau believed that after killing Garfield he would be exonerated of the crime and made President. Garfield survived until September 19, 80 days after the initial shooting of a massive heart attack, spleen complications and pneumonia.  Many say with modern medicine, Garfield would have survived, especially the use of sterilization and simple hand washing.  Regardless, Garfield is the second youngest president to die in office (49) and one of four assassinated presidents (Lincoln, McKinley, and Kennedy).

While there is not much attention paid to these men in the long course of American history, Greenfield Public Library has some books, especially in our Children’s Library that can be a start in your knowledge of all United States Presidents. Feel free to ask about them and see what we have to offer.


RUTHERFORD B. HAYES – 19TH PRESIDENT – 1877-1881 – REPUBLICAN (OHIO)

-Rutherford B. Hayes – BreAnn Rumsch J BIO HAYES, Rutherford B.
-Rutherford B. Hayes – Zachary Kent J BIO HAYES, Rutherford B. (Ask a librarian for this book)
-Rutherford B. Hayes: Our Nineteenth President – Sandra Francis J BIO HAYES, Rutherford

JAMES A. GARFIELD – 20th PRESIDENT – 1881 – REPUBLICAN (OHIO)

-The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President – Candice Millard 973.8 MIL
-James A. Garfield – Ira Rutkow BIO GARFIELD, James
-James A. Garfield – Megan M. Gunderson J BIO GARFIELD, James A.
-James A. Garfield: Our Twentieth President – Carol Brunelli J BIO GARFIELD, James A.
-James A. Garfield: Twentieth President of the United States – Dee Lillegard J BIO GARFIELD, James A. (Ask a librarian for this book)

CHESTER A. ARTHUR – 21st PRESIDENT – 1881-1885 – REPUBLICAN (NEW YORK)

-Chester A. Arthur: Our Twenty-First President – Carol Brunelli J BIO ARTHUR, Chester
-Chester Arthur – Heidi M.D. Elston J BIO ARTHUR, Chester

GROVER CLEVELAND – 22nd & 24th PRESIDENT – 1885-1889, 1893-1897 – DEMOCRAT (NEW YORK)

-The President is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth – Matthew Algeo 973.8 ALG
-Grover Cleveland – BreAnn Rumsch J BIO CLEVELAND, Grover
-Grover Cleveland: Our Twenty-Second and Twenty-Fourth President – Ann Graham Gaines J BIO CLEVELAND, Grover

BENJAMIN HARRISON – 23rd PRESDIENT – 1889-1893 – REPUBLICAN (INDIANA)

-Benjamin Harrison – Megan M. Gunderson J BIO HARRISON, Benjamin
-Benjamin Harrison – Susan Clinton J BIO HARRISON, Benjamin (Ask a librarian for this book)
-Benjamin Harrison – Sandra Francis J BIO HARRISON, Benjamin

  

Thank you for reading our blog.  We once again wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and we hope to see you at Greenfield Public Library soon.

 

Greenfield Public Library Team.

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