Friday, March 28, 2014

Caldecott Medal

Do you love children's books?  The American Library Association has been awarding the Newbery Award since 1922 for distinguished American children's book published the previous year.  It was realized that the illustrators and illustrations of children's books were deserving of honor as well.  In 1937 the Caldecott Award was established to be given to the artist who had created the most distinguished picture book of the year.  The award was named in honor of Randolph J. Caldecott, an English illustrator born March 22, 1846.  Each year there is a winner announced as well as other books considered as runner-ups, called Caldecott Honor Books.  Click here for a complete listing of Caldecott Medal Award and Honor winners.

 As you might imagine, Waggoner Library has many of these celebrated books.  You can find them by searching "Caldecott" on the library website.  See the links below for some of the more recent winners.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Monday we held our annual Dr. Seuss Day celebration just a bit later than usual.  March 4th we experienced a rare 'snow day' in Nashville which necessitated the rescheduling! Students in a Children's literature class shared their favorite Seuss books and even read excerpts from some of them. Titles included, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; Green Eggs and Ham; How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and There's a Wocket in my Pocket.   Our library director, Ruth Kinnersley, read one of her favorites, I am not going to get up today! Students, staff and children enjoyed yummy seussical style refreshments such as 'red fish' and rainbow Goldfish crackers.  Click here to view a list of Waggoner library books by Dr. Seuss. Check out our Flickr sets of Dr. Seuss Celebration photos too!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

St. Patrick's Backstory

Excerpt from the article St. Patrick's Backstory written by Andrea Murdock and located in the Waggoner Library resource
...supporting Christian ministry with resources, community and inspiration.

 The Feast of St. Patrick is centered on the life and ministry of a British man named Patrick who lived in the 5th century.  When he was sixteen years old, Irishmen kidnapped him when they raided his country (the dislike between the Irish and the British goes waaaaaay back). They took him back to Ireland to be a slave. He was able to escape and return home, but after studying to become a priest and taking his orders, he felt God calling him back to Ireland to preach the gospel to the Irish—who were, at the time, mostly a pagan and polytheistic (believing in many gods together) people.

To make learning about God easier for people who’d always been taught there were different gods for different things, Patrick used the ever-present shamrock. A typical three-leafed shamrock represented the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—but was tied together. Three-in-one, just like God. Patrick was able to preach and teach in Ireland for almost thirty years before he died. He may not have converted as many people as others who went to Ireland for the sake of Christ, but the Catholic Church honored him by declaring him a saint. He still is held in the highest regard by the Irish Catholic Church.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The Center for Disease Control states that among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.

How Can You Reduce Your Risk?

The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. More than 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened according to national guidelines.
If you're 50 years old or older or have a family history of colon cancer, getting a screening test for colorectal cancer could save your life. Here's how—
  • Colorectal cancer screening helps find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented.

  • Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment often leads to a cure.
Read more about prevention, symptoms, and treatment from these sites:
Preventable. Treatable. Beatable.