Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Amelia Earhart Day

Amelia Earhart Day is celebrated every year on July 24 and honors a famous aviation pioneer. Amelia Earhart broke many early aviation records.

Legend and mystery surrounds the final flight and disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. They were on a record setting attempt to fly around the world, when they became lost in the Pacific Ocean. On July 2, 1937, they headed on a difficult leg of the journey towards Howell Island in the Pacific. Weather conditions were less than ideal. While still in radio communication, ships on the ground confirmed that Earhart was having difficulty finding the island. Ultimately, radio communications faded and died. The plane was never heard from again.

The disappearance of Amelia Earhart's plane resulted in the largest search and rescue operation to date. It also sparked rumors as to what caused the disappearance. To this day, theories and speculation still exists about the cause of the disappearance. Some theories involve conspiracies, and even alien abductions.

Check out these books (and DVD) about Amelia Earhart:

Amelia (Motion picture : 2009) (Clemens Library TL540.E3 B37 2010)
Amelia Earhart’s shoes: is the mystery solved? (Clemens Library TL540.E3 A74 2001)
Amelia Earhart: the final story byVincent V. Loomis with Jeffrey L. Ethell (Clemens Library TL540.E3 L66 1985)
Letters from Amelia, 1901-1937 Edited by Jean L. Backus (Clemens Library TL540.E3 A4 1982)

More online sites about her can be found at:

Amelia Earhart Day
The Official Website of Amelia Earhart


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July is...

the month of Ice Cream! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

Check these books (and video) out at the library while enjoying a scoop of your favorite flavor:

Ice cream: the delicious history  by Marilyn Powell (Clemens Library TX795 .P69 2006)
Ice Creams (Clemens Library TX795 .I334 2001)
Ben & Jerry’s double-dip: lead with your values and make money, too by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, with Meredith Maran (Clemens Library HD9281.U54 B463 1997)
The ice cream wars [videorecording] (Alcuin Library HD9281.E82 I3 1998)

Learn more at the International Dairy Foods Association


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Trial: Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an

We have a trial to the Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an through August 16, 2012.

The Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān Online is an encyclopaedic dictionary of qur’ānic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur’ānic studies.

Please visit the Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an and let us know what you think!