Monday, August 24, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

Food for Fines



It's that time of the semester!  Bring in a canned food item and get up to $2.50 per item in fines waived!  (Repair/replacement costs cannot be waived, however).

All canned items will be donated to a local charity, the Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Image courtesy of nyclovesnyc.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Today in History: Rodney King Verdict



On this day in 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, CA found three of the four arresting officers innocent of use of excessive force during the arrest of Rodney King. The trial brought to close a year-long investigation of King's arrest during a traffic stop.

After the announcement of the verdict, rioting and looting broke out across Los Angeles, causing fifty-four deaths, thousands of injuries, over 7000 arrests, and close to $1 billion in property damage.

The National Guard was mobilized by then Governor Pete Wilson to quell the violence and restore order. President George H.W. Bush hinted at a federal prosecution, which would end in April 1993 with a split verdict between the four officers.

“20 Years Ago, the Rodney King Traffic Stop Changed L.A. Forever.”      
ContraCostaTimes.com. N.p., 2 Mar. 2011. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

"King, Rodney (1965--2012)." Culture Wars in America: An Encyclopedia of Issues, 
Viewpoints, and VoicesEds. Roger Chapman and James Ciment. London: Routledge, 
2013. Credo Reference. Web. 29 Apr 2015.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Birthday, Samuel Morse!


On this day in 1791, the inventor of the telegraph and the standardized code used to transmit messages (later called Morse code) was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts. A Yale graduate, Morse was also a renown historical style and portrait painter.

The burgeoning field of electricity became a hobby, and began working on the telegraph in 1830s. The first message, sent from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. in 1844, was "What hath God wrought!"

For more information:

"Morse, Samuel Finley Breese." The Columbia Encyclopedia. New York: Columbia 

     University Press, 2015. Credo Reference. Web. 27 Apr 2015.

"Samuel F.B. Morse." Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online 

     Academic Edition. Encyclop√¶dia Britannica Inc., 2015. Web. 27 Apr. 2015. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Board Games and Pizza Tonight!


Come join us from 6-9 tonight for classic board games, pizza, and free drinks!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Food for Fines 2014


It's that time of the semester!  Bring in a canned food item and get up to $2.50 per item in fines waived!  (Repair/replacement costs cannot be waived, however).

All canned items will be donated to a local charity, the Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Image courtesy of nyclovesnyc.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November is Native American Heritage Month


November is Native American Heritage Month, created in 1990 and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.  From the National Congress of American Indian's Heritage Month website:

November is Native American Heritage Month and it’s an important time to celebrate the current and historic role the Native American voice has played in the United States. It’s a time to celebrate the modern and traditional cultures, people, and societies of Native American peoples. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the important contributions of Native peoples and the shared histories between tribal nations and other communities.
Today, Native American cultures, people, and communities are strong and vibrant. According to the 2010 Census, there are over 5.2 million American Indian and Alaska Native people (in combination or alone) and there are 566 federally recognized tribal nations - that exist as sovereign nations within 33 states of the United States.
The strength of culture and community comes from a myriad of voices. Like many American citizens we too, are doctors, athletes, artists, leaders of nations, leaders of businesses, active duty soldiers and military veterans, elders, teachers, government employees, women and men, children and young adults.
We have a history of story and our voice remains. In the past many tried to quiet our voices, we could not be silenced. Today we celebrate; to remember and recognize our past, to bear witness to what our people face today; to give voice to great work and contributions we make; and to share our promise for the future generations.