This Wednesday the Memorial Library hosted the second of three Record Breaker Summer Reading Challenge events – The Magic of Flight. We learned about the first powered man-carrying flight by the Wright brothers Orville and Wilbur in 1903 that took place on a beach in North Carolina. We also learned about the aerodynamic forces that allow planes to fly and facts about Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. One of the most interesting questions asked was ‘Could you build a plane out of wool?’
We then introduced the kids to the runway!
This would be where they would test and compete with their amazing paper planes. There was a short training session to get the folds down first.
Many of the kids came up with very creative planes.
Then they flew them down the runway…
And there were prizes for farthest distance flown, longest sustained flight and most creative plane. Thanks to the kids and parents who came, we at the Memorial Library had a great time and hope that you all did too!
We are occasionally visited by individuals seeking work experience in libraries….and we love it! Our recent visitor, Carrie-Anne Elsden, was particularly interested in our travel books section, and wrote a great endorsement for the collection. Read on! …
From politics and history, to movies and fiction, the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library at the N&N Millennium Library is home to a fascinating array of all things American. As I explored shelves filled with numerous items of fancy, one collection seized my attention in particular: American Travel. It has everything a would-be traveller might need for a trip of a lifetime: city guides and state histories, local knowledge and Disney World. A vast section for a very vast destination.
As for me, I’ve been plotting a voyage to the centre of jazz, New Orleans, Louisiana. No problem. A city guide book tells me all I need to know and do to experience the best of the swinging-est town in the South. The best drinks, the best bars, where to stay and a very long list of exciting things to do and see. It tells me all about the city’s exotic past and how it has coped with the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Katrina.
The travel section is a treasure chest of fantastic information and handy hints, and it really is a must see for anyone planning a voyage to America!
… Thank you, Carrie-Anne! It was lovely having you with us, and we wish you many exciting and well-informed travels!
in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, Tuesday 16 April, 6.30-7.30pm
Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems…
Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”
We’re happy to say that our American poetry collection is growing significantly this spring! To celebrate, we are planning an evening event celebrating great American poems. We hope to recruit 6 or 7 doctoral students and Faculty members from UEA working in (or near) the field of American poetry to participate. Each will give a reading of a poem of his or her choice accompanied by a brief speech—aimed at a general audience—illustrating the selection.
Please contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to voice your interest in participating. If possible, please provide a short-list of poems you might choose. Anyone interested in “chairing” the evening by providing a rousing introduction and/or a reflective conclusion should also contact Kate.