Saturday, June 20, 2015

Book of the Month - The Wright Brothers

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.

Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?

David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading.

When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed.
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Hurricane season is here!

Access the latest hurricane news, find out what to do before and after a hurricane, learn about hurricanes and how they work, get hurricane apps for android and iOS or access our historical hurricane guides on Ike, Katrina, and the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. Go to the Guide!
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Get great advice for preparing before a hurricane and what do after on the Before & After a Hurricane page.
Watch a video on how hurricanes work on the About Hurricanes page.

Monday, June 8, 2015

It all started in Galveston, Texas

Access the best resources on Juneteenth and Emancipation in COM Library. Go to the Guide!

"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer." --Major General Gordon Granger, Galveston, June 19th, 1865
Read the eBook Juneteenth Texas : Essays in African-American Folklore on the Books & eBooks page.
Listen to Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., Dean Kurt Schmoke and Professor Emeritus Roger Wilkins, discuss the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation or "Lift Every Voice" mp3 on the Media page.
Use an interactive Emancipation Timeline or watch a video of Bill Moyers on Juneteenth from the Internet page