Monday, August 26, 2013

Off the Shelf: Late August/Early September, 2013‏

Off the Shelf:
An e-mail newsletter from the Prince William Public Library System
Late August/Early September, 2013
The Beatles may have sung “It was 20 years ago today…” in one of their well-known songs, but it has been 50 years ago that they really burst onto the music scene.  If you want to listen to the Beatles – whether for the first time or the 50th – the library branches are stocked with Beatles CD’s for checkout.  Other popular artists of 1963 are also well-represented – from Roy Orbison to Buddy Holly to Stevie Wonder.  Of course, 1963 was more than just music.  It was a watershed year in politics, in civil rights and in popular culture. Two of the most popular films of the year were “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Mutiny on the Bounty” – both can be found at the libraries as books or DVDs.  In fact, the “To Kill a Mockingbird” film version most recently acquired is the 50th anniversary edition, with special features related to this anniversary. The March on Washington anniversary also has inspired many new books, in particular two wonderful collections of photos.  “Let Freedom Ring”, is a compilation of photojournalist Stanley Tretick’s images, and the other, “This is the Day”, is yet another photo collection, featuring photojournalist Leonard Freed’s pictures.  Both books are full of well-known iconic photos, but also feature some that will be unfamiliar to most readers. And speaking of images, in 1963, there were 21,000 advisors and Special Forces from the United States involved in Vietnam when another photojournalist, Larry Burrows, captured the conflict in his photos.  Collected in the book “Vietnam”, this Life Magazine photographer’s images depict that tumultuous year, as well as those that followed, exceedingly well.  And, of course, 1963 marked the year the world changed as President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.  Hundreds of books, audiobooks, and movies have analyzed that watershed event.  You, however, need only one resource to help you understand the impact of President Kennedy’s death on our country and to understand what America was like fifty years ago, and that one resource is your library card.
The coming of autumn is in the air, and that means the National Book Festival, held annually in September since it was created by First Lady Laura Bush and the Library of Congress in 2001, will once again take place on the National Mall.  Authors in attendance will range from children’s authors Kevin Henkes and Phyllis Naylor Reynolds to best-selling novelists Brad Meltzer and Khaled Hosseini. Authors of nonfiction, such as Kay Bailey Hutchison and Taylor Branch will appear, and numerous activities for all ages take place during both days.  This year’s Festival takes place Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd, and admission is free.
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