January 31, 2008
Black History Month
The Origin of Black History Month:
What we now call Black History Month was originated in 1926 by Carter Godwin Woodson as Negro History Week. The month of February was selected in deference to Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln who were both born in that month.To read the complete entry go to: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blblackhistorymonth.htm
Be sure to check out the GSU Library's Black History Month display located outside the library. Janis also created a Word Search and Brochure that go with the display. For a sneak peek, click on the links to the photos provided below:
January 30, 2008
The GSU Library currently has a display on Origami, it can be found in the display case located by the Reference Desk. For this display Erin created many beautiful Cranes, Stars and Fish. If you are interested in Origami there is a handout that shows you how to make a Crane and a list of resources.
Here are links to photos of the display:
There are a few stories and legends that are about creating 1000 Cranes. Here is one:
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy beasts (others include the dragon and tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years.
Read the complete entry.
Sadako Sasaki (Japanese:佐々木 禎子 Sasaki Sadako, January 7, 1943 – October 25, 1955) was a Japanese girl who lived near Misasa Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan. Sadako was only two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. At the time of the explosion she was at home, about 1 mile from ground zero.
In November 1954, as a result of radiation sickness, she developed a cold and lumps developed on her neck and behind her ears that slowly moved toward her face. In January 1955, purple spots started to form on her legs. On February 18, 1955 she was diagnosed with leukemia. She was hospitalized on February 21, 1955 and given, at the most, a year to live.
On August 3, 1955, Sadako saw a gift of 1,000 origami paper cranes that were donated to the hospital from the people of Nagoya as a "Get Well" gift. Inspired by the cranes, she started folding them herself spurred on by the Japanese saying that one who folded 1,000 cranes was granted a wish. A popular version of the story is that she fell short of her goal of folding 1,000 cranes, having folded only 644 before her death, and that her friends completed the 1,000 and buried them all with her. This comes from the book Sadako Sasaki and the Thousand Paper Cranes, which incorrectly states the number of cranes folded by Sadako.Read the complete entry.
Here are links to photos of Erin's Cranes.
February Schedule of Events for the Friends of the GSU Library
Are you interested in the Friends of the GSU Library but your not sure what they do? Then check out the Friends of the GSU Library website. For a list of events for the month of February, Download file
Maybe you would like to explore the historical perspectives of GSU, then attend a meeting
January 15, 2008
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
The Governors State University Library will be closed Saturday, January 19th, 2008 - Monday, January 21st, 2008. We will reopen Tuesday, January 22nd at 8:30 a.m.
The Friends of the GSU Library will be meeting Wednesday, January 16th at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the Library Balcony. Everyone is welcome! Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and join us.