Octavius Valentine Catto was a second baseman on Philadelphia’s best black base-ball team, a teacher at the city’s finest black school, an activist who fought in the state capital and on the streets for equal rights, and an orator who shared the stage with Frederick Douglass. In the face of organized white violence, Catto and his allies marched for racial justice a century before their modern counterparts in places like Selma and Birmingham.
Tasting Freedom presents the little-known stories of Catto and the men and women who struggled to change America. This book will change your understanding of civil rights history.
Murray Dubin, author of South Philadelphia: Mummers, Memories and the Melrose Diner, was a reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 34 years before leaving the newspaper in 2005. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Libby Rosof.
Daniel R. Biddle, teaches journalism at the University of Pennsylvania and at the University of Delaware. Formerly the Philadelphia Inquirer investigations editor, he has worked in nearly every phase of reporting and editing. His investigative stories on the courts won a Pulitzer Prize and other national awards.
#CherylsCorner - Australian Author Anna Romer’s latest novel UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SKY reflects her fascination with forgotten diaries/letters, dark family secrets, rambling old houses, and love in its many guises. “When an injured teenager goes missing at a remote bushland campground, local journalist Abby Bardot is determined to expose the area’s dark history.
But the newspaper Abby works for wants to suppress the story for fear it will scare off tourists to the struggling township. Haunted by her own turbulent memories, Abby is desperate to learn the truth and enlists the help of Tom Gabriel, a reclusive crime writer. At first resentful of Abby’s intrusion, Tom’s reluctance varnishes when they discover a hidden attic room in his house that shows evidence of imprisonment from half a century before.
As Abby and Tom sift through the attic room and discover its tragic history, they become convinced it holds the key to solving the bush land murders and finding the missing girl alive.
But their quest has drawn out a killer, someone with a shocking secret who will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.”
BOOKS AND DOORS ARE THE SAME THING. YOU OPEN THEM, AND YOU GO THROUGH INTO ANOTHER WORLD - Jeanette Winterson 📖📖📖📖📖📖🌏🌍🌎📖📖📖📖📖📖
Happy Throw Back Thursday! The top photo was taken five years ago, of Noah reading to Sam, our wonderful therapy dog. Here they are today, recreating this special photo. 😭📚 @nhclibrary 📸 Top photo by @maxnphoto
Wow, look at all those book reviews! Prizes will be randomly drawn on August 7th at 9 pm.
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We’ve had a summer FULL of space-themed programs in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing! (Swipe to see more!) Join us for more lunar fun this Saturday, July 20 from 11 am to 4 pm at George Memorial Library in Richmond. We have several activities planned to commemorate the occasion, including a countdown of the actual events and moments that led up to the landing on the moon!
The day will begin with a showing of a newly-released documentary about the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, followed by a behind-the-scenes account from one of the NASA scientists, F. Don Cooper, that helped make the dream of space travel a reality!
At 3:00 pm, watch the original moon-landing footage that led up to the lunar landing at 3:18 pm CST.
Popular snacks from the summer of 1969 will be served, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the George Memorial Library.
The event is free and open to the public! .
So when you’re at a conference where your grandfather went to law school, you sleuth him up in the special collections department of the law library. What treasures I found today about E. Dean Gerwig (the “original”), who came to law school in the first class after WW II’s end (in his class, the student body expanded from 137 to 652) and managed to graduate in just two and a half years.
Though he’s not listed by name, we’re sure that’s him on the right in the first photo, no doubt studying in the library for peace and quiet with two young kids and talkative MJ- Gigi- at home). #uva#greatestgeneration#librariesofinstagram
Youth Services Librarian Sarah Rehborg is setting out books for tomorrow's book fair, the Reading Space Station #2. Dont forgot your reading log when you come to choose a new book and get entered for a chance to win a new bike co-sponsored by #forestrobertstheatre and @down_wind_sports
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