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Celebrating "Flying Saucer Day" in our Universe of Stories

With a theme like “A Universe of Stories,” MidPointe Library’s current Summer Reading Program for all ages is THE place to learn about Space -- you know, things like astronauts, the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Moon landing this year, planets, stars, UFOs... 

Yes, UFOs. 

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According to the book, “2019 Chase’s Calendar of Events,” today, June 24, Is “Flying Saucer Day.”  

Seventy-two years ago today, June 24, 1947, a Boise, Idaho, pilot “reported seeing pie-plate-shaped unidentified flying objects (UFOs) over Mount Ranier, Washington. Flying at more than 9,000 feet, [Kenneth] Arnold saw flashes of light and then nine ‘saucer-like’ objects flying at incredible speeds. The term ‘flying saucer’ came into currency soon after to describe a UFO.” (1) 

To many Earthlings, UFO sightings are baseless reports from highly imaginative, overly medicated or very intoxicated Earthlings. 

But skeptics may be convinced otherwise after reading a riveting January 15, 2019, New York Times article about “Project Blue Book.” That was “the code name for an Air Force program set up in 1952 after numerous U.F.O. sightings during the Cold War era...”  

Although the “Blue Book” was closed in 1969, the article reported, the U.S. Air Force “didn’t actually stop investigating” U.F.O.s. 

The reporters’ startling yet fascinating findings include: 

1)Project Blue Book’s purpose was to “explain away or debunk as many reports as possible in order to mitigate possible panic and shield the public from a genuine national security problem: an apparently technological phenomenon that was beyond human control and was not Russian, yet represented an unfathomable potential threat...” 

2) “Blue Book compiled reports of 12,618 sightings of unidentified flying objects, of which 701 remain unexplained to this day...” 

3)That “...Despite government statements to the contrary, once-secret official documents include detailed reports of dramatic U.F.O. events abroad...” 

Their article concludes with the following: 

“Scientists may know more about the behavior and characteristics of U.F.O.s and are closer to understanding the physics of how the technology operates, according to A.A.T.I.P. documents and interviews..."  The initials stand for the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which began in 2007. 

“...But the government still makes every attempt to keep investigations and conclusions secret, while denying any involvement to American citizens...” 

So what’s an Earthling to do?  

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According to “The Big Book of UFO Facts, Figures & Truth – A Comprehensive Examination,’ (available for checkout at MidPointe LIbrary) there are steps to follow if you see or experience an Unidentified Flying Object. 

In the section titled “...4 Things to Do If You See a UFO” you’ll find the following : 

1) Find other witnesses  

2) Take photos  

3) Make notes, and   

4) Photograph, but don’t disrupt, the area involved. 

“Most importantly, report your UFO sighting,” the book continues. “Call the Center for UFO Studies any day of the week, any time of the day or night...An investigator will contact you as soon as possible.” 

According to Wikipedia, the Center for UFO Studies was “founded in 1973 by J. Allen Hynek, who at the time was Chair of the Department of Astronomy at Northwestern University in Illinois...” 

So keep those binoculars and telescopes handy! There’s a real “Universe of Stories” overhead! 

Accompanying images: 

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Book cover, “The Big Book of UFO Facts, Figures 

 If you love all-things-Space, then you’ll love MidPointe Library’s “Summer Reading Program” for all ages! The theme, appropriately, is “A Universe of Stories.”  

It’s happening now through July 31 at all MidPointe locations: Middletown, West Chester, Trenton, Monroe, Liberty Township (2nd floor, Liberty Center) and onboard our traveling Library On Wheels, formerly known as the Bookmobile. 

 During your visit check out our “universe” of Space-themed materials available to MidPointe Library cardholders!  

Go to: www.midpointelibrary.org > Catalog Search > Outer Space 

Or, blast off into the vast world of e-knowledge at: 

www.midpointelibrary.org > eLibrary > eAudiobooks > eBooks > eMagazines > Movies and TV shows > Music > Research bases > Digital Archives. 

 No library card? No problem! Sign up for your free card at any MidPointe location!  

Sources: 

“2019 Chase’s Calendar of Events” available for checkout at MidPointe Library.  

(2) “’Project Blue Book’ Is Based On a True U.F.O. Story. Here It is” by Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean. New York Times online edition dated January 15, 2019. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/15/arts/television/project-blue-book-history-true-story.html 

Paper copies of the New York Times are available for reading at MidPointe’s Middletown, West Chester and Monroe branches. Go to :  www.midpointelibrary.org > Catalog Search > New York Times 

#tbt - Celebrating a first: Mae Jemison, first African American woman in space

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It was a flight of firsts – human milestones, positive international relations -- and a little bit of Noah’s Ark all in one. 

Indeed, to a fascinated public, the launch of America’s Space Shuttle Endeavor (aka STS-47) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on September 12, 1992, yielded many memorable achievements...and luminaries. 

Among its precious load of human genius and animal cargo were the following “firsts”: 

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A First for African-Americans 

As “the first black woman in space,” Mae Jemison “wanted to use her platform...to help inspire women of all races to be involved with science, helping to shape the development of the world...” * 

 “...Inspired by the Apollo missions and science fiction such as Star Trek, she always assumed she would go into space one day...” * 

Her assumption was correct. After studying medicine and becoming a doctor, Jemison applied to be an American astronaut. Her dream became reality when NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) welcomed her into its illustrious orbit, making African-American and American history in the process. * 

Onboard Space Shuttle “STS-47” Jemison pursued her love of science, conducting experiments including “producing the first non-insect babies conceived and hatched in space...” such as tadpoles (which grew and returned to Earth with the crew). * 

Also serving onboard STS-47 were distinguished space pioneers : Commander Robert L. Gibson, Pilot Curtis L. Brown Jr., Missions Specialists Mark C. Lee and N.Jan Davis (married couple), Jay Apt, and Payload Specialist Mamoru Mohri of Japan. (From NASA): 

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/archives/sts-47.html 

During her shuttle adventure, Jemison paid homage to “one of her great inspirations” :  the actress and activist Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed “Lieutenant Uhura” on the popular 1960s TV space show, “Star Trek.” Jemison began her work shifts aboard the shuttle uttering Lt. Uhura’s famous line: * “Hailing frequencies open.”  * 

Jemison’s love of science and the popular culture that promoted it led to her appearance in an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” The event was a ground-breaker, earning her the distinction of being “the only real-life astronaut to have also served on the Starship Enterprise...” * 

After leaving NASA, Jemison established a foundation in honor of her mother, Dorothy, to “promote science and technology.” She also “set up an initiative called 100 Year Starship” which encouraged citizens “to think big, and to nurture the giant leaps in knowledge that will enable humans to travel beyond our solar system to another star within the next hundred years....” * 

Lt. Uhura would be proud. 

(*) With the exception of the NASA.gov website, all other information in this blog was found in the 2017 book, “Galaxy Girls—50 Amazing Stories of Women in Space” by Libby Jackson. It’s available for checkout at MidPointe Library. 

Images of Astronaut Mae Jemison and “Lt. Uhura” of “Star Trek” are from Google Images.

If you love all-things-Space, visit any MidPointe Library location during its popular “Summer Reading Program” now through July 31! 

This year’s theme -- “A Universe of Stories” --celebrates America’s missions in Outer Space including the 50th anniversary of United States astronauts landing on the moon on July 20, 1969. 

Check our website for more information on Summer Reading as well as our vast on-shelf and e-libraries for your favorite Space-related materials.  

For Summer Reading info, go to www.midpointelibrary.org > Services > Summer Reading 

A calendar of all MidPointe programs is available at: www.midpointelibrary.org > Events 

To peruse our extensive catalogs, go to: 

www.midpointelibrary.org > Catalog Search (for on-shelf and electronic items) 

www.midpointelibrary.org > eLibrary > Audiobooks > eBooks > Magazines > Movies and TV shows > Music > Research Databases > Digital Archives.  You won’t believe the depth, breadth and number of items available to library cardholders!  

No library card? No problem! Sign up for your free card at any MidPointe location: 

Middletown, West Chester, Trenton, Monroe, Liberty Township (2nd floor, Liberty Center) and onboard our roving Library On Wheels, formerly known as The Bookmobile.

Dads are fantastic!—Happy Father's Day  

Dads are fantastic!  

That’s why we celebrate all of them (including TV dads) today, Sunday, June 16 -- “Father’s Day”! 

According to World Book Online, “Father’s Day” was the brainchild of a Spokane, Washington, daughter. 

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, who had raised his six children after his wife died in 1898.  

She conceived the notion of Father’s Day in 1909 after listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day. With local support, she petitioned for a national day to honor fathers. Her dream became reality when Spokane celebrated the first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed Father’s Day into law. * 

The rest, as they say, is paternal history.  

Most of us have our own personal Dad stories and memories.  

So today let’s remember a few of the TV fathers we’ve all shared through the years! They are many in number so we’ll start with a few... Then share the name of your favorite TV dad! 

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Andy Griffith, aka widower Sheriff Andy Taylor on the “The Andy Griffith Show.” Sheriff Andy’s adorable son was “Opie.”  

(Note of interestNow an esteemed movie director, Ron Howard (Opie) has been seen in Middletown this year working on a movie about former Middletonian J.D. Vance, author of the bestselling book, “Hillbilly Elegy.”)** 

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Fred MacMurray as Stephen Douglas on “My Three Sons.” 

Fred Flintstone of “The Flintstones,” the “modern Stone Age family...” (he’s still a dad, after all...) 

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Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker, the cantankerous husband/father on the often-controversial “All In The Family.” 

Homer Simpson. Need we say more? 

Now it’s your turn! 

  

Want to enjoy some golden oldie (and more recent) TV shows? Look to MidPointe Library! 

Go to: www.midpointelibrary.org > Catalog Search > DVDs 

For downloadable items only, check out our vast e-Library: 

www.midpointelibrary.org > eLibrary > Movies and TV shows 

This site includes “Hoopla” which offers “hundreds of thousands of free movies, TV shows, full music albums, audiobooks, eBooks, comics and more...” 

And don’t forget to say “Thank you” to the Dad in your life! 

*Information on Sonora Louise Smart Dodd and Father’s Day is from World Book Online/Student available via MidPointe Library: 

https://www.worldbookonline.com/student-new/#/article/home/ar192440/father's%20day 

**“Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture In Crisis” by J.D. Vance is available for checkout at MidPointe Library. 

Happy Flag Day!

Today is “Flag Day,” when we honor the American flag. 

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Also known as “Old Glory” and the “Stars and Stripes,” the United States flag has witnessed a lot lo these many years yet it remains the beacon of freedom to the world. 

In fact, the flag is so revered that a “flag etiquette” exists to inform the public the correct ways to handle and display the flag, among many other topics. 

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A simplified version of the list is available in the children’s book, “Who Was Betsy Ross?” by James Buckley Jr. 

In addition to a biography of Betsy Ross, who’s been credited throughout history for creating the first American flag, the author has included a brief list of “shoulds” when displaying it. They are a simplification of the much longer and very detailed “United States Flag Code” that is available online.* 

The rules in Buckley’s book include: 

“Flags should be flown only during daylight hours and never in the rain. 

When displayed with state flags, the US flag should be highest. 

A flag is flown at half-staff, or only halfway up a pole, to honor the passing of an important person. 

When the flag is hung on a wall, the blue field should always be on the left.” 

*The entire U.S. Flag Code is available at: http://www.usflag.org/uscode36.html 

Some historians are skeptical of the Betsy Ross-as-creator-of-the-American flag legend. In “Who Was Betsy Ross” quoted above, author Buckley addresses the issue on page 40: 

“There’s a great American legend that Betsy Ross sewed the very first American flag. Is it true? Her family says so! It’s a story that’s become a part of the country’s early history...” 

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In another children’s book, “The American Flag” by Patricia Ryon Quiri, you’ll find the following: 

“...The well-known story about Betsy Ross meeting with George Washington to make the first official flag is very popular among schoolchildren. Although Betsy Ross was a flagmaker, most historians doubt the truth of this story... 

“Another person who claimed he made the first Star and Stripes was a New Jersey man named Francis Hopkinson. He had signed the Declaration of Independence. Hopkinson sent a letter to Congress asking to be paid for his flag design. But Congress did not pay him. They felt that many other people had helped design the new flag... 

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“We will probably never know who created the first official flag of the United States. The important thing is that Americans honor their flag.  

“One special way to do this is on Flag Day, celebrated every year on June 14.” 

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Let’s do what Author Quiri suggests. 

Fly your American flag today!      Remember, it is yours!  

If you’re interested in American history and the story of the American flag, look to MidPointe Library for all your needs. 

On-shelf or online, MidPointe offers a vast amount of history items for adults and youth. Go to: www.midpointelibrary.org > Catalog Search  (for on-shelf and electronic items) 

For a total e-experience, go to: www.midpointelibrary.org > eLibrary > Audiobooks > Books > Magazines > Movies and TV shows > Music > Research Databases > Digital Archives. 

 The complete United States Code/Flag Code is available at: http://www.usflag.org/uscode36.html 

Accompanying images are: 

Astronaut David R. Scott giving a military salute to the flag on the Moon during the Apollo 15 mission August 1, 1971. Credit: NASA/JSC 

Photo of the famous painting, “Washington Crossing the Delaware” from Wikipedia. 

The American flag flying high at MidPointe Library, 125 S. Broad St., Middletown, Ohio 

Firefighters with American flag at the scene of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City. From Google Images. 

 Covers of  “Who was Betsy Ross?” and “The American Flag,” both available at MidPointe Library. 

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#tbt Local History Blog - "Godspeed, John Glenn"

On today’s “ThrowBackThursday” blog we honor one of Ohio’s Space pioneers, the late John Glenn. 

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Ohio is a state of Space pioneers.  

After all, the Wright Brothers, whose technical genius led to the “first successful powered airplane in 1903...,” hailed from Dayton, our neighbor to the north.  (1) 

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No wonder, then, that in 1962 the “first American to orbit the Earth” was a Buckeye.  Cambridge, Ohio, native John Glenn “named his spacecraft Friendship 7...made three orbits around Earth...[and] spent about five hours in space...,” according to NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). His historic feat “helped NASA learn more” about the effects of being in Space. (2) 

As Glenn ascended in his craft that day the mission’s back-up astronaut, Scott Carpenter, uttered the now-famous send-off : 

“Godspeed, John Glenn.” (3) 

When Glenn returned to Earth, honors poured in from around the world. 

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Back on Terra Firma Glenn never lost the appetite for an adventure in Space. His philosophy seemed to be “once a Space traveler always a Space traveler.” 

He proved that years later. The “first American to orbit the Earth” made history again on October 29, 1998, when he “became the oldest man to fly in space by serving as a payload specialist … aboard the space shuttle Discovery.” (4) 

Glenn’s presence in the shuttle helped NASA study the effects of space travel on the aging process. (5) 

Back on Terra Firma, John Glenn maintained his tradition of distinguished service to country. For 25 years he represented his fellow Buckeyes in Washington, D.C., as their United States Senator. (6) 

Senator Glenn died December 8, 2016, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus — a Buckeye to the end. (7) The headline in the New York Times announced: 

“John Glenn, American Hero of the Space Age, Dies at 95.” (*) 

His contributions, those of many other brave astronauts and an Earthbound army of masterminds led to America’s landing on the Moon. Those first human steps (“one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”) belonged to Neil Armstrong. The date was July 20, 1969. (8) 

Guess what state Armstrong called home. 

Newspaper images are from the February 20, 1962 Middletown Journal and Cambridge, Ohio, Daily Jeffersonian.

(1)From the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/wright-brothers/online/fly/ 

(2)John Glenn information from  

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/who-is-john-glenn-k4.html 

(3) Oral history of Astronaut Scott Carpenter 

https://historycollection.jsc.nasa.gov/JSCHistoryPortal/history/oral_histories/CarpenterMS/CarpenterMS_1-27-99.htm 

(4) “NASA History : October 29, 1998 : “John Glenn Returns to Space” 

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/about/bios/shuttle_mission.html 

(5) “Oct. 29, 1998 : John Glenn Returns to Space” 

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/about/bios/shuttle_mission.html 

 (6) “Who was John Glenn?” 

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/who-is-john-glenn-k4.html 

(7)******* “Profile of John Glenn” 

https://www.nasa.gov/content/profile-of-john-glenn 

(8) Biography of Neil Armstrong 

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/about/bios/neilabio.html 

 (*)https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/08/us/john-glenn-dies.html 


At MidPointe Library, we’re all about Space! 

Stop by our popular Summer Reading Program for all ages going on now through July 31 at each MidPointe location. It’s themed “A Universe of Stories!” 

Read books for prizes and enjoy special guests! 

While you’re here browse our collection of Space-related material via our catalog: 

www.midpointelibrary.org > Catalog Search  

Or... 

On our vast eLibrary via: www.midpointelibrary.org > eLibrary 

You’ll find MidPointe locations in Middletown, West Chester, Trenton, Monroe, Liberty Township (2nd floor, Liberty Center) and onboard our roving “Library On Wheels” formerly known as the Bookmobile. 

#triviatuesday - What popular and appropriate song was performed in the “first musical recording in Space”? 

With a nod to the 50th anniversary of man’s first landing upon the Moon in July 1969 and MidPointe Library’s Summer Reading Program (appropriately themed “A Universe of Stories”), we ask today’s TriviaTuesday question: 

What popular – and appropriate -- song was performed in the “first musical recording in Space”? 

According to the website, QZ.com (Quartz):  

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“One of the best tributes to [David] Bowie … is Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s stirring rendition of the singer’s 1969 single ‘Space Oddity,’ recorded onboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2013. Hadfield’s video of the performance made history as the first musical recording in space and has been viewed on YouTube almost 28 million times..." (1) 

“Space Oddity, which would become [Bowie’s] first hit single,” was released on July 11, 1969, according to a biography of the legendary singer. (2) 

Five days later – on July 16, 1969 – NASA's Apollo 11 was launched, sending Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins to the Moon. (3)  

On July 20,1969, Armstrong became the first human to step foot upon the lunar surface, followed by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Astronaut Michael Collins remained aloft in the command vehicle Columbia... (3) 

Upon touching the lunar surface Armstrong announced to Planet Earth : "...that’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."  

Although Armstrong and Bowie have departed this Earth, each will be remembered for having achieved a “first” in the vastness of Space. 

(1)“The perfect Bowie tribute is astronaut Chris Hadfield singing ‘Space Oddity’”  

https://qz.com/591115/the-perfect-david-bowie-tribute-is-astronaut-chris-hadfield-singing-space-oddity/ 

(2) “David Bowie – A Life” by Dylan Jones. Published in 2017 by Crown Archetype, New York. Available for checkout at MidPointe Library. 

(3) From “The 2019 Chase’s Calendar of Events” available for checkout at MidPointe Library 

The YouTube presentation of Chris Hadfield singing “Space Oddity” is available at: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR5G5keqVt4 

“Space Oddity” by David Bowie is available on Hoopla via MidPointe Library’s eLibrary : 

www.midpointelibrary.org > eLibrary > Music > Hoopla > David Bowie > Space Oddity  

If you’re a fan of all-things-Space, stop by any MidPointe Library location now through July 31 to take part in its popular “Summer Reading Program” for all ages!  

This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.” Read books for prizes and enjoy visits by special guests! 

For more information on Summer Reading, visit 

www.midpointelibrary.org > Services > Summer Reading 

You’ll find MidPointe libraries in Middletown, West Chester, Trenton, Monroe, Liberty Township (2nd floor of Liberty Center) and within our roving “Library On Wheels” formerly known as The Bookmobile. 

Remembering intuitive children's author Maurice Sendak, born this day in 1928

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His children’s books challenged conventional publishing, raised eyebrows, worried librarians and parents...and earned the favor of children around the world. 

Perhaps his most memorable contribution to children’s literature is the 1963 classic, “Where the Wild Things Are,” for which he won the prestigious 1964 Caldecott Medal from the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. (*) 

Indeed, to author Maurice Sendak, born on this date, June 10, in 1928, (**) children were intuitive, realistic and deserving of books that reflected those innate qualities. Janet B. Pascal, author of the juvenile biography, “Who Was -- Maurice Sendak?,” wrote:  

“Maurice Sendak knew that it wouldn’t hurt children to read about his scary Wild Things. Even as a small child, he knew that the world was full of monsters. The only way to deal with them was to do what Max (the main character) did – stare them in the eyes and show them who was boss.” 

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A Brooklyn, New York, native and son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, Sendak became aware of scary things at a young age, Pascal continued. 

She recounted the early 1930s, when Sendak was a small child and one of the most notorious crimes ever committed in America captured headlines : the kidnapping of the baby son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne. The baby’s body was found in woods a few months later. 

 “Even though Maurice was not yet four years old, the story terrified him,” Pascal wrote. “The Lindbergh baby was a perfect little American with blond curls and dimples. If a little boy like this wasn’t safe, how could the sick child of a poor Polish couple in Brooklyn be safe?”  

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In addition, the future children’s author “grew up during the time when Europe was moving toward World War II. Both of Maurice’s parents had many Jewish relatives in Poland...The Nazi Party in Germany was taking power. The Nazis wanted to get rid of all the Jews in Europe...” 

Maurice’s parents “tried to help family members in Poland escape. They were able to bring some relatives to the United States. But many others did not make it out,” Pascal wrote.  

In time, their worst fears were confirmed. “On the morning of his bar mitzvah..., Maurice learned that his father’s entire village back in Poland had been destroyed by Nazis. Every one of his relatives in Europe had been killed,” the biographer wrote. 

“From an early age, Maurice knew that terrible things happened in the real world. But most children’s books showed the world as a cozy, secure place,” Pascal continued. “When he started to write his own children’s books, he decided not to do that. ‘You learn very quickly that parents can’t protect you,’ he said. ‘You never feel safe. It’s the way I know I felt as a child.” 

Pascal explained that before “Where the Wild Things Are” was published, “most children’s books only talked about nice feelings.” After it was released, she wrote, “people started to realize that it was good for a picture book to deal with other feelings, like anger and fear...” 

She reported that Sendak was “happy to receive such a great honor” as the Caldecott Medal. “But it pleased him more that children liked his book...” 

Maurice Sendak died May 8, 2012 in Danbury, Connecticut. (*) 

 
Sources: 
(*) From the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a Division of the American Library Association  

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal 

 (**) From Chase’s 2019 Calendar of Events” available for checkout at MidPointe Library. 

All other information for this article can be found in the book by Janet B. Pascal : “Who Was – Maurice Sendak?” available for checkout at MidPointe Library. It is one of the popular “Who Was---?” series.  
 

Images: 
The cover of “Who Was Maurice Sendak?” by Janet B. Pascal. Sendak’s likeness was illustrated by Stephen Marchesi. 

The cover of “Where the Wild Things Are” from MidPointe Library’s eLibrary, accessible via www.midpointelibrary.org > eLibrary > eBooks > Hoopla 

Or directly at: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/10741121 

The color photo of Maurice Sendak is from the cover of another biography, “Maurice Sendak,” by Chris Bowman. It’s available for checkout via: 

www.midpointelibrary.org > eLibrary > eBooks > Hoopla > Maurice Sendak 

Look to MidPointe Library’s on-shelf catalog and vast eLibrary for literally thousands of children’s material, fiction and non-fiction!  www.midpointelibrary.org  

Then join us at MidPointe Library for our ever-popular “Summer Reading Program” for all ages and interests! It’s being observed now through July 31 at all five locations: Middletown, West Chester, Trenton, Monroe, Liberty Township (2nd floor, Liberty Center) and onboard our roving “Library On Wheels,” formerly known as The Bookmobile. 

Read books for prizes, see special guests and more at “Summer Reading”! 

Here's to Donald Duck - 85 Years Young Today!

Today, Sunday, June 9, that irascible fowl in naval garb, Donald Duck, turns 85 years old!

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Yes, Walt Disney’s fine-feathered creation “made his screen debut on this date [June 9, 1934] with the release of ‘The Wise Little Hen,’ a short film in the Disney series of ‘Silly Symphonies.’” (*) 

Ever since, DD’s fame has been flowing like water off a duck’s back -- TV, movies, cartoons, books, a soft drink that bore his name... 

Bad puns aside, did you know that in the 1960s Middletown, Ohio, was chosen as a test market for a new beverage called “Donald Duck”?

According to the July 16, 1962, Middletown Journal, The Factor-Brewer Advertising Agency in Los Angeles, Calif., has chosen Middletown as the test town for Ohio in the marketing of ‘Donald Duck’ beverages and is introducing this new soft drink with an advertising campaign in the Middletown Journal...

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The soft drink, which came in many flavors, was being distributed locally by the Carter Beverage Company, the article reported. Donald’s image appeared “on every bottle and bottle cap,” it said.

The news article was accompanied by a photo of Donald and two human friends sipping the ducky new beverage. They weren’t just any thirsty humans, but celebrities in their own right:

Clarence “Ducky” Nash, who was “the voice of Walt Disney’s Donald Duck,” and British actress Kathy Beaumont, who supplied the voice of Wendy in Disney’s all-cartoon (and future classic) “Peter Pan” which was due for release the following spring.

Sure enough, at the bottom of the very same newspaper page was a big advertisement for “Donald Duck Beverages.” 

Did you enjoy a bottle of Donald Duck beverage in the ‘60s? If so, let us know!

Sources:

(*) From “Chase’s Calendar of Events.” Available for checkout at MidPointe Library.

The July 16, 1962, edition of the Middletown Journal is available online through MidPointe Library’s Newspaper Archive, accessible via:

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