Friday, November 01, 2013

Off The Shelf: November 1, 2013‏

Off the Shelf:
An e-mail newsletter from the Prince William Public Library System
November 1, 2013
If you were alive 50 years ago this November, you still remember the day President Kennedy was assassinated, and most of all, where you were when you heard the news that changed your world forever.  This signal event in the life of our country is being remembered this anniversary year in many ways, but most significantly, in printed and audio form.  Check out:
·         Top Down by Jim Lehrer – One half of the TV duo, McNeil and Lehrer, Jim Lehrer was in Dallas that fateful day, and he has spun one small piece of the drama (who took the bubble top off JFK’s limo and why?) into an engrossing work of fiction.
·        Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek – As a follow-up to his 2003 biography of JFK, historian Dallek analyzes the White House brain trust and how they influenced (or were ignored by) Kennedy during crucial moments such as the Cuban Missile Crisis.
·         The Kennedy Half-Century: the Presidency, Assassination and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy by Larry Sabato – A political historian and commentator, Sabato is familiar to Northern Virginia residents as a regular on many radio and TV shows.  In this new book, he uncovers some heretofore unseen documentation and speculates about the Kennedy assassination.
·         JFK 50 Years: a Commemorative Collection  - Available in two formats – audiobook on CD and as a documentary on 5 DVDs -- this collection of sound and images comes from the rich resources of the Kennedy Library and the National Archives.
·         The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter – Another fictional spin-off about the assassination, this one features Hunter’s usual character, sniper Bob Lee Swagger, who is drawn into investigating the assassination theories years after the tragic event.
·         Five Days in November by Clint Hill -- Everyone who has ever seen footage from the assassination has seen Clint Hill.  He was the Secret Service Agent who climbed on the back of the moving limousine after JFK was shot, and now he tells the story of the days leading up to the assassination and beyond.
And these are just the latest of what has become a huge library of information about that terrible day in November.  Search “Kennedy, John” as a subject in the library’s catalog for much, much more. 
While this may not be “National Learn More at Your Library” month, it could indeed become that when you realize how many opportunities are available this November to take advantage of knowledgeable guidance.  For instance, Bull Run will be offering “Your Library for Dummies (and Others with Questions)” on Thursday, November 21st at 7 p.m.   You can learn how to download books and magazines, how to navigate the website to find information, and basically anything else you ever wanted to know about library resources.  You are even invited to bring your electronic device for hands-on assistance.  And speaking of “hands-on”, Chinn Park is offering “One-on-One eReader Help” on Monday, November 18th from 3 to 4 p.m.  If you are finding that downloading our free ebooks or audiobooks from Overdrive has you baffled, come and get your questions answered by a library expert.  Or maybe you want to know about something far older than ebooks – such as genealogical records?   Bull Run will present “Using National Archives Military Records Online” on Tuesday, November 19th at 7 p.m.  A military records specialist will show you how to use modern technology – as in, websites and databases – to dig into your family’s past.  These are just a few of the many opportunities coming in November – check out the Calendar of Events on our website for more.
c) 2013 Prince William Public Library System
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