Sunday, June 30, 2013

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” 
― C.S. Lewis

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The National Organization for Women (NOW) is an organization founded in 1966. It has a membership of 550,000 contributing members set up for the advancement of women. The organization consists of 550 chapters in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. NOW was founded on June 30, 1966, in Washington, D.C., by 28 women and men attending the Third National Conference of State Commissions on the Status of Women, the successor to the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. The founders included Betty Friedan (the author of The Feminine Mystique (1963), who was also NOW’s first president), Rev. Pauli Murray, the first African-American female Episcopal priest, and Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for president of the United States of America. In 1968 NOW issued a Bill of Rights which they had adopted at their 1967 national conference, which advocated the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, enforcement of the prohibitions against sex discrimination in employment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, maternity leave rights in employment and in Social Security benefits, tax deduction for home and child care expenses for working parents, child day care centers, equal and non-gender-segregated education, equal job training opportunities and allowances for women in poverty, and the right of women to control their reproductive lives. In 1971 NOW expanded its agenda to include lesbian rights. NOW stands against all oppression, recognizing that racism, sexism and homophobia are interrelated, that other forms of oppression such as classism and ableism work together with these three to keep power and privilege concentrated in the hands of a few.” The six core issues that NOW addresses are abortion rights/reproductive issues, violence against women, constitutional equality, promoting diversity/ending racism, lesbian rights, and economic justice. NOW also works on the issues of affirmative action, disability rights, family law, global feminism, health and body image, immigration, judicial nominations, same-sex marriage, media activism, mothers/caregivers economic rights, Title IX/education, welfare, promoting women-friendly workplaces, women in the military, young feminist programs and more. According to NOW’s bylaws, NOW’s primary focus is on domestic American issues; however, NOW does some work on other issues of importance to women and children globally. These issues include genocide in Africa. NOW is also a coalition member with other feminist groups whose mission is global feminism.

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We sure hope that the weather in your area calls for clear skies tonight. Today is Meteor Watch Day, a time to look to the skies for meteor showers. The word “meteor” stands for the vibrant visible streak of light generated by fallen debris from space—”meteoroids.” These are also termed as “shooting stars” or “falling stars.” Will you be lucky enough to see meteors streaking across the night sky? We sure hope so. Meteors are space dust and ice that enter the earth’s atmosphere. Meteors can be as small as specks of dust. As they enter the atmosphere at high speeds, they burn up, producing light as they streak across the night sky. Sometimes, you see them streak across the sky and disappear at the horizon. Other times, they end suddenly, burning out right before your eyes. With a little luck, you can see a meteor just about any night of the year. But, the best times to see meteors is during a meteor shower. There are a number of them each year. The best annual show is the Perseid Meteor shower each August. An explosion illuminated the sky on June 30, 1908, over Siberia, which is probably the origin of Meteor Day. Seen from hundreds of miles, the incident is attributed to a meteor and is termed as the “Siberian Explosion.” The incident is also considered as the “Tunguska event,” as the meteor is believed to have busted over the Tunguska River. The estimated strength is 1,000 times greater than the atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima. The Tunguska incident leveled entire trees over 40 kilometers away and trembled the ground in a tremendous earthquake as stated by NASA.

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The U.S. Congress organized the Michigan Territory on this day in 1805.

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U.S. President Abraham Lincoln granted Yosemite Valley to California for “public use, resort and recreation” on June 30, 1864.

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On this day in 1882, Charles J. Guiteau was hanged for the assassination of U.S. President James Garfield.

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On June 30, 1905, Albert Einstein published the article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he introduced special relativity.

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The United States Congress passed the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act on this day in 1906.

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The world’s first emergency telephone number, 999, was introduced in London on June 30, 1937.

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The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan sixty years ago today.

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Ohio ratified the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on June 30, 1971, reducing the voting age to 18, thereby putting the amendment into effect.

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Some of the writers born June 30th include:

John Gay (1685), Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803), Friedrich Theodor von Vischer (1807), Georges Duhamel (1884), Winston Graham (1908), Czesław Miłosz (1911), James Goldman (1927), Thomas Sowell (1930), Assia Djebar (1936), José Emilio Pacheco (1939), Saeed Akhtar Mirza (1943), Ahmed Sofa (1943), Daniel Goldhagen (1959), Julianne Regan (1962), and Fantasia Barrino (1984).

Great Sky Woman

Our special today is Great Sky Woman, a novel by Steven Barnes. This is the first edition hardcover. We are lowering our price for one week only on this so get it quick.

From Booklist:

This prehistorical novel set in Africa introduces readers to the Ibandi, a peaceful tribe living in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, or the Great Sky Mountain. When their lives are interrupted by invasions from a brutal neighboring tribe, it falls to two youngsters, Frog Hopping, the third son of a hunter, and T’Cori, an apprentice herb woman, to climb the Great Sky Mountain and seek help from Father Sky. Barnes does a magnificent job of thoroughly grounding his engaging characters in the practical and mystical details of daily life in ancient Africa. An adventure on a grand scale, this initial installment in a projected two-volume series cleverly sets the stage for further action and will leave readers craving more. Margaret Flanagan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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