National Volunteer Week…an opportunity to give back, to devote time, energy and emotion to helping others. And what an ideal opportunity to show students the multitude of benefits–tangible and intangible–of working together to help make the world around them a better place.
The concept of National Volunteer Week was born in 1974 when President Richard Nixon established, with an executive order, an effort to encourage people of all ages to contribute to the betterment of their communities.
The list of ways to volunteer in your area is endless. And absolutely anyone can do it: students, retirees, folks with plenty of free time, and even those with very busy life schedules.
Many companies, like ProQuest, offer Volunteer Days to their employees. Whether it’s organizing and boxing up goods at a local food bank, or mulching and raking a trail at a nature preserve, no feeling quite equals the satisfaction of helping others.
“Volunteers help drive our country’s progress, and day in and day out, they make extraordinary sacrifices to expand promise and possibility. During National Volunteer Week, let us shed the cynicism that says one person cannot make a difference in the lives of others by embracing each of our individual responsibilities to serve and shape a brighter future for all.”
President Barack Obama (2016)
In January 1977, a miniseries aired on ABC, and it would essentially change the face of television.
“Roots,” based on Alex Haley’s novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” won nine Emmy Awards, as well as a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award.
It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an African adolescent who was brought to Colonial America and forced into slavery.
The story was based on what Haley claims to have discovered after conducting research to trace his ancestry.
eLibrary offers a multitude of additional information related to the subject matter of “Roots,” including these Related Topics:
In the malls. At the restaurant table. On your car radio.
This time of year, you can practically hear Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” EVERYwhere! That’s because it is one of the world’s favorite holiday songs, and it was first performed 75 years ago, on Christmas Day in 1941.
Want to find out more about the man with the smooth voice singing this famous tune?
eLibrary also offers lots more information about Christmas Day itself, including its origins and traditions.
Here are other Related Topics you might find interesting:
This week (July 28, to be exact) marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of famed author Beatrix Potter. In addition to her writing, Potter was also known for her fascination and work with nature and science.
The year 2016, though not even halfway completed, has been an especially harsh one on musical pioneers. Several gifted singers and instrumental geniuses have passed away this year. Let’s put a final spotlight on three of them.
David Bowie, who died January 10 at the age of 69, was a singer, songwriter, actor and record producer, renowned for his innovative style and his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust.
Country music legend Merle Haggard passed away on April 6–his birthday–at the age of 79. Haggard rose from a rocky, difficult childhood to become one of the most beloved country performers of all time.
Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, died unexpectedly at the age of 57 on April 21. He had a flamboyant stage presence, became an expert at multiple instruments, and was perhaps best known for his classic album (and movie), Purple Rain.
The music and memories that these three created will live on in the hearts of millions of fans.
Here is just a partial list of additional musicians, actors, athletes, etc. who have left us in 2016:
This month marks the 50th anniversary of a movement set forth in the People’s Republic of China. This 1966 campaign was called the Cultural Revolution.
This revolution, which utilized violent means to re-establish the Communist ideology, lasted until 1976. It was spearheaded by Mao Zedong, the Chairman of the Communist Party of China.
After Mao’s death (in 1976), reformers led by Deng Xiaoping slowly began to remove the oppressive policies set forth by the former leader.
Learn more about the Cultural Revolution in eLibrary by searching the aforementioned Related Topics and articles, as well as others associated with this movement, including:
Today, April 5, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of actor Gregory Peck (he passed away in 2003).
But perhaps his most famous portrayal was that of lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, the legendary film based on the novel by Harper Lee. In fact, in 2003 the American Film Institute deemed Atticus Finch to be the greatest hero in the history of American movies.
In addition to his acting talents, Peck was also a lifetime humanitarian, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969.
Sixty years ago today, on Dec 1, 1955, an African American woman named Rosa Parks was arrested on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her crime? Refusing to surrender her seat to a white man.
Her arrest as a result of this incident sparked a 381-day boycott of Montgomery buses by African Americans.
Even before the incident, Rosa Parks was an activist for civil rights, influenced by her husband, Raymond, and her grandfather. But her courageous stance on that bus in 1955 cemented her legacy as being the “mother of the civil rights movement.”
eLibrary has an abundance of information on this and other historic events in the civil rights movement, including these:
Hurricanes are one of the most destructive and dangerous forces Mother Nature can dish out.
Hurricanes, large rotating storms that center around an area of very low pressure, have winds blowing at an average speed of more than 74 mph.
Ten years ago, two of the costliest hurricanes in the history of the United States occurred.
Which are the top five? eLibrary offers you a detailed look at each:
Links to other devastating hurricanes to hit the U.S.:
June 18, 1815 marked the end of an era…what many would say was a tyrannical era. On this day, the Battle of Waterloo took place.
In this decisive battle, which effectively ended the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon Bonaparte and his French Imperial Guard were defeated at the hands of the British army and its allies, led by the Duke of Wellington. This force was aided by Gebhard von Blucher’s Prussian army.
To better understand the significance of this battle, perhaps it is best to know the background of this defeated French commander, and his reign leading up to this fight.
After Waterloo, Napoleon gave up the throne and later died while in exile.