Bessie Coleman was the first black woman ever to fly an airplane and the first African American to earn an international pilot's license. She accomplished this in spite of prejudice against her race and gender. Bessie wanted to learn to fly, but since she could not gain admission to American flight schools because she was black and a woman, she traveled abroad to France to learn her skills as a pilot.
The glamour, romance, and high adventure of the legend of the Scarlett Pimpernel has always fascinated me. First presented as a play in 1903, the story tells of a British nobleman who, with his band of fellow bored bluebloods, secretly plans the rescue of French aristocrats endangered by the Reign of Terror in France. Baroness Emuska Orczy adapted the play to a novel in 1905. The legend grew, and to this day fires the imagination of adventure-loving readers.
I am not a winter person. If I could stay inside and hibernate until May, I would be happy. But since I have a job (that I love) and since I do drink milk and make sandwiches once in a while, it’s best that I suck it up and travel.
One of my biggest fears is getting stuck in a snow storm, ice storm, or anywhere unpleasant . So, I have decided to be proactive and keep items in my car that will help keep me safe.
List of Emergency Items to keep in vehicle during cold bad weather.
The North Platte High School Teen Book Club recently discussed Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway. The group was somewhat divided in their opinions of the book, but we had a lot of fun discussing it either way.
Here is a short description of the novel, found here:
Back in September, the Nominees for the Building Block Award were sent out – and the voting began! In the beginning, the clear favorite seemed to be Duck! Rabbit!. But, that's only because it seemed to be the one that was always checked out here at the Red Bridge Branch.
I have children, grandchildren, neighborhood children, and children I do not even really know who come to the library and stare at me with wide, wonderful smiles – just waiting for me to introduce them to an amazing, comforting, inspiring world of entertainment or wisdom or insight or knowledge or adventure or mystery or humor - perspicacity - or just plain simple answers or…
In her most recent novel, The Good Daughters, Joyce Maynard tells the story of two girls born on the same day to completely opposite families, but these "birthday sisters" are destined to live parallel lives. Ruth is born into a farm family that lives a meager life, but is close knit.
I have tried various crafts over the years such as cross stitch, quilting, and scrapbooking. The library is always a good place to look for books giving ideas, patterns, and instructions for a variety of crafts. If you don't want to purchase a book of quilt patterns for over $20, just visit your local library. I first started scrapbooking after we took a trip to Maine several years ago. Instead of just a collection of pictures, I now have a permanent record of our vacation with photos, menus, and journal entries that describe the areas we visited. I sometimes n
Comic Book Superheroes at the Movies: Rise, Fall, Reboot
I am old enough to remember the buzz surrounding the first really serious big-budget movie based on a comic book. That movie was Superman (1978), and it was a smash hit, both critically and at the box office. This was great news for a comic book aficionado like me. Alas, much to my dismay, the fortunes of superheroes on the silver screen have been mixed.
I can't get enough of designer Amy Butler's style. She started drawing frogs and flowers as a young girl, and now, her colorful floral prints can be found on everything from cushion covers to handbags.