Thirty years in Washington

In honor of George Washington’s Birthday and President’s Day, we’d like to highlight this charming little history of our Nation’s Capital, which pays special attention to the White House.

Happy Birthday, Barbie!

Barbie was first introduced on March, 9, 1959. Since then she has been the subject of little kids' fantasies, role-play, feminist studies, and all-out consumerism.  She has been everything from a teen model to an ancient Greek princess, fictional character Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, astronaut, and as of 2000, even President of the United States.  As much as some criticize her sometimes unrealistic proportions (depends on the doll—lately Barbie's waist seems to have thickened a bit and her bust reduced somewhat on some editions), Barbie is a blank slate upon which children and even adults, (especially the collectors that have formed around the doll in the past 50 years) can project their aspirations.  With kids playing with President Barbie, the dream becomes reality, and maybe the first female President of the United States is not so far away. Not a bad image for Women's History Month. Rock on, Barbie! —Elizabeth Periale The Libraries has many items in its collections relating to the history, collectibility, and possible voodoo connections of more »

New notable additions to AA/PG library in September

Bobrick, Benson.  Master of War: The Life of General George H. Thomas.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009. Although during his time he was considered by some to be the greatest Civil War Union general, George H. Thomas' reputation faded in contrast to those of Ulysses S. Grant and William Sherman and as a result, Thomas is much less famous than the other two today. The author tries to correct this. Among his many accomplishments, Thomas gave the Union its first major victory at Mill Springs, Tennessee, helped secure Middle Tennesee, saved the day at Chickamauga, destroyed Hood's army in Nashville to end the war in the West, and used his spy network to help capture Jefferson Davis in Georgia. He was also the only Union general to destroy two Confederate armies. Bobrick's book traces the life of Thomas and his many accomplishments in order to reestablish the fame and distinction of the general. Chana, Leonard F., Susan Lobo, and Barbara Chana.  The Sweet Smell of Home: The Life and more »

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