Library Creates Thanksgiving Baskets for Foster Grandparents

Once again CML received a request for donations to the Thanksgiving Food Basket program for the Senior Programs Office of Western Indiana Community Action Agency. 

The Thanksgiving baskets will be given to the Foster Grandparent volunteers who otherwise might not have a Thanksgiving meal.

 “The Foster Grandparent Program involves seniors age 55 or older volunteering at daycares and elementary schools in the Terre Haute community where they are able to provide a positive influence with our local children.  They are role models and support to children who need them.  They directly help more than 300 children annually by tutoring them in reading and math, assisting them to develop improved learning skills, befriending and mentoring them.” 

 “Our volunteers serve between 12 – 40 hours per week and are beneath 200% of the poverty level.” (from the donation letter).

Dara Middleton, Library Events Coordinator, took over the coordination of the project from our dear colleague, Ginger Garvey, who died unexpectedly last December, and who was involved in this and numerous other charitable events on behalf of the library.

Library staff were asked to contribute money and/or to donate numerous Thanksgiving-suitable staples, including rolls / bread; potatoes (5 lb. bag); boxed dressing; green beans; corn; peas; cranberry sauce (canned); gravy packets (turkey); jello cheesecake; carrots; rice; mac & cheese; dry noodles; and  chicken broth. In slightly less than 3 weeks from the invitation, we collected enough to assemble 8 baskets.

Dara arranged for the purchase of 8 12-lb. turkeys from Baesler’s Market, bought 8 laundry baskets, assembled and delivered the baskets to WICCA on December 15.

Two boxes with 4 turkeys each [approx. 12 lbs. each]. Dara Middleton, Library Events Coordinator filled up her car and managed to only make 1 trip to deliver!

If you’re interested in donating to this agency, click on this link.

Special Collections Highlights Debs Collection (September 28)

Special Collections staffer, Dennis Vetrovec, and visitor, Cathy McGuire

On Saturday September 28, the Debs Foundation sponsored numerous events leading up to the Debs Award Dinner. This included special Saturday access to Special Collections’ Debs Collection.  Special Collections staffer Dennis Vetrovec chose many unique items from the Collection to display and staffed the open hours from 1pm – 4pm. Based on the reaction of the many people who took advantage of this opportunity, he chose well. People from all around the U.S. (California, North Dakota, Illinois, etc.) spent time poring over materials that included:

  • Photographs
  • Editorial Cartoons
  • Records from the National Archives, including court cases
  • Postcards
  • Correspondence
  • Proceedings of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen
  • Magazine of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen (Debs was a contributor and editor)
  • Manuscript of BLF membership written by Debs in part
  • Journals contemporary with the creation of the Debs Foundation
  • Leftist newspapers like the Appeal to Reason and clippings

middle: Michelle Morahn, Kate Debs researcher and Debs Foundation Secretary

In addition, two cases focused on Seymour Stedman, Debs’ lawyer and running mate, and David Karsner, Debs’ contemporary biographer.

Debs Collection materials displayed in the Cordell Dictionary Room

“Fight for $15” featured at Debs Foundation event (September 28)

Neal Bisno at the podium; Foundation President Noel Beasley and Betty Douglas at the table

On Saturday September 28, the Debs Foundation sponsored numerous events leading up to the Debs Award Dinner. One event was held in the Library Events Area: the Debs Award winner, Mary Kay Edwards, International President of the Service Employees International Union {SEIU}, was scheduled to speak about the “Fight for $15” movement (to raise minimum wage to $15). Unfortunately due to illness, she was unable to travel to Terre Haute. In her place, speakers from the movement presented information, a short video, and hosted a q/a session: Betty Douglas, a 61-year-old mother of three and McDonald’s employee and now activist and Neal Bisno, Executive Vice-President of the SEIU, along with Debs Foundation President Noel Beasley

Neal Bisno at the podium
Audience attending “Fight for $15”; Foundation President, Noel Beasley at the podium
Audience watching video on “Fight for $15”

July 15: Come to webcast celebrating Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

Celebrate Humanity’s First Step Onto Another World

 Many media events are scheduled this week to commemorate the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. On July 15, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. the Library will host a Live Webcast Event from the American Museum of Natural History and STAR Library Network. Watch the 4pm – 5pm webcast from our 3 screens in the Library Events Area (light refreshments), then linger to chat (event ends at 6pm). Our guides will help answer these questions: What was the sequence of this incredible mission? Where on the Moon did they land? And how did they return safely to Earth?

 It is hard to overstate the impact of Apollo 11’s first landing on the Moon.  It was humanity’s first step onto another world, an exciting climax to the space race, and the world’s largest rocket at the time.  It was a classic story of American ingenuity — leaving our home planet a mere one hundred years after connecting the transcontinental railroad, and only sixty-six years after the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight.

 The featured presenter is Dr. Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at  the American Museum of Natural History, where he directs  the award winning space show productions based in data  visualization that play in the Hayden Planetarium, and  around the world.  Since 1998 he has overseen the development of the interactive Digital Universe 3D Atlas. Starting in 2002, he began a collaboration with Sweden’s Linkoping  University hosting a series of masters thesis projects that  lead to the NASA supported freely available OpenSpace  software at openspaceproject.com. Carter’s career began as  a space artist, with an academic background in astronomy  and geophysics, and comes from a family tradition in the arts.