The City of Birmingham will present a Diversity Fair on Saturday, September 14, in and around the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex as part of Empowerment Week. The free event will include the Second Annual International Street Fair, a health fair, cooking demonstrations, and more. Inside the BJCC’s South Exhibition Hall will be the Career Boot Camp, which will feature free resume critiques, mock job interviews, a Dress for Success fashion show by Belk, and door prizes. Birmingham Public Library representatives will demonstrate how to use online library resources to secure information on careers, jobs, and tuition.
“We’ll be showing people how to find answers to their job search questions via our website, www.bplonline.org, books, and computer classes,’’ said Jim Murray, head of the Business, Science and Technology Department at Central. “Most employers today require you have an email address to even apply for a job. The library can help you set up an email account and put you on the path to a new career.’’
Presented by the Birmingham Society for Human Resource Management, the Career Boot Camp will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. The event is free.
The camp is designed to equip job seekers with the tools they'll need to make themselves more marketable in the workplace. It will also give potential employers a leg up in finding qualified applicants, said Tamika Holmes, vice president of community relations and workforce development for BSHRM.
This is not a job fair, but a platform for various businesses such as the Hilton, the Jefferson County Public Defenders' Office, the Alabama Career Center, the Jefferson County Workforce, and others to talk about potential career opportunities.
Professionals will offer tips on networking, transitioning from high school or college to the real world, how to reenter the workforce after retirement, and more. The Society for Human Resource Management chapter at UAB will take free professional head shots. Tonya Jones of Tonya Jones SalonSpa and BSHRM members will deliver inspirational messages.
The South Exhibition Hall is located on Ninth Avenue North, between Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard and 19th Street North. For more info on Empowerment Week, part of the city’s ongoing commemoration of the civil rights movement, visit www.50yearsforward.com/empowerment-week/. For more info on BSHRM, visit www.bshrm.org.
If you missed the first three weeks of popular music performances, lectures, and films, you still have time to join in. The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) System has been awarded a $2,500 grant to host a twelve-week program series featuring documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions, and performances of twentieth-century American popular music. The America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway series has already enlightened audiences about uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. With several more weeks of outstanding programming planned, upcoming performers include Cleve Eaton, Act of Congress, Cottonmouth Creek Trio, and Dr. Frank Adams.
America’s Music is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. America’s Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Programming for the series began Saturday, August 10, and runs through September 26, 2013. All programs are free, open to the public and take place at various library locations in the City. For program details or to obtain copies of program materials, please visit http://www.bplonline.org/Americas-Music.aspx or contact Sandi Lee at (205) 226-3742 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. (While the America's Music page is currently being updated, you may view a list of new programs on BPL's Press page.)
Bards & Brews, August 2013
Birmingham Public Library’s (BPL) popular Bards & Brews poetry performance/beer tasting series will return to the Central Library on Friday, September 13, 2013. The library is located at 2100 Park Place. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with live music, and poetry performances start at 7:00. The September session will be OPEN MIC. Emcee Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins will deftly guide both novice and veteran poets through an evening of verse with topics that run the gamut from romantic relationships to the local political scene. The program is free of charge and open to the public.
Craft beer will be available for sampling courtesy of The J. Clyde and light refreshments will be served. Attendees must be 18 years or older to be admitted and 21 years or older to be served. IDs will be checked.
Bards & Brews is usually held on the first Friday of the month at various locations around town. The next session will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Avondale Brewery located 201 41st Street South. That session will be a SLAM. Check out the Bards & Brews page on Facebook for more information. This program is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The First Game Arnold Friberg, 1969 The first intercollegiate football game took place on Nov. 6, 1869 between neighboring Rutgers and Princeton Universities on College Field in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Twenty-five players from each school took the field playing a game resembling a combination of football, rugby, and soccer. Over 100 animated bystanders cheered Rutgers to a 6-4 victory over Princeton. The November 1869 Rutgers Targum, the college newspaper, gave this account: “To sum up, Princeton had the most muscle, but didn't kick very well, and wanted organization. They evidently don't like to kick the ball on the ground. Our men, on the other hand, though comparatively weak, ran well, and kicked well throughout. But their great point was the organization, for which great praise is due to the captain. The right men were always in the right place.” A week later, Princeton challenged Rutgers to a rematch, under slightly different rules, and won 8-0. Although three games were originally scheduled, the third and last game of the 1869 season was never played. The teams ended their rivalry in 1979. A detailed description of that first game can be found here.
By 1875 more schools fielded teams, including Harvard, Yale, and McGill, but rules and playing styles differed greatly. 1876 introduced the current oblong ball and the crossbar to the goal posts, 1880 the scrimmage line and a quarterback who handled the ball, and by 1884 there were over 12 teams and consistent scoring. The game continued to evolve through the mid-1890s.
1892 was the year the state of Alabama first joined college football with both the University of Alabama and Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama (now Auburn) fielding teams. The sport was brought to Alabama by law student William Little, who had become a fan of the sport while attending prep school in Massachusetts and to Auburn by Dr. George Petrie who had studied at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Both schools joined Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Sewanee, and Vanderbilt to form the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1894, a predecessor of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) which formed in 1932 (Perrin, 1987).
The Crimson Tide Elephants:
“Hugh Roberts, sports editor for the Birmingham Age-Herald, is widely credited as being the first to use “Crimson Tide” to refer to Alabama’s football team. Roberts used the term to describe crimson-and-white-clad Alabama’s surprising performance during a rain-soaked 6-6 tie with heavily favored Auburn in 1907. Henry “Zipp” Newman, who became the sports editor of the Birmingham News at the age of 25, helped popularize the nickname. Sportswriters are also to thank for the elephant that serves as Alabama’s mascot. The elephant reference dates back to the school’s 10-0 season in 1930, when sportswriters began referring to Alabama head coach Wallace Wade’s hulking linemen as the Red Elephants.” (from mentalfloss.com)
The Auburn Tigers and “War Eagle”
Auburns’s Navy and Orange colors originate at the University of Virginia, the alma mater of George Petrie- Auburn professor and its first football coach. The colors have continued to travel, as Clemson University borrowed its colors from Auburn. In 1896 when Walter Merritt Riggs established Clemson’s football program, he took the colors of his former school, Auburn, with him.
The Origins of the War Eagle cry and its association with Auburn are steeped in myth. One legend suggests that a Civil War veteran attending Auburn’s game against Georgia in 1892 brought along the now fully grown eagle that had served in a bloody battle along with the soldier, and after the win, it soared above the playing field. Another possibility is that the eagle and the triumph cry were related to the Cherokee or Creek nations, and using the feathers of golden eagles to fashion war bonnets (Hemphill,2008). Regardless, by 1930 Auburn had a live eagle on staff - and has had one continuously since 1960.
This has been illustrated in the children’s book The War Eagle Story by Francesca Adler-Baeder.
Auburn and Alabama first faced off in February of 1893 and continued their rivalry until the series was suspended in 1907.
The sport at this time was more violent than we know it today. With little protective covering, intense fighting, and a brutal play style, eighteen college football players died in 1905 alone. There was rampant sports betting and hiring of mercenary players. With calls for the abolishment of college sports, and fans as tough President Theodore Roosevelt calling for reform, the National Collegiate Athletic Association was created in 1910.
In 1948, with pressure from the state legislature, the rivalry was renewed, and took on its current name of the “Iron Bowl,” coined by Auburn coach Shug Jordan by the late 1970s. Alabama's coach, Bear Bryant, said he preferred calling the game the Brag Bowl, since the winner's fans got to brag all year long. The games were played at Legions Field in Birmingham, until each team’s home stadium became larger than Legions Field, and games were hosted at home. Although typically strong teams, Alabama's dominance really came into play in the late 1950s through 1970's, ranking as one of the winningest teams in the country in all three decades. The 1980s marked Auburn's appearance on that list. The last five years have marked strong comebacks for both schools, with both Alabama and Auburn bringing home BCS wins.
Alabama and Auburn have since been joined by 16 other college football teams in the state of Alabama and are part of the 120 team strong Division I-A (FBS) NCAA, keeping what began as a northeastern dominated sport here in Alabama.
For Further reading:
Rites of autumn : the story of college football by Richard Whittingham
Football: A College History by Tom Perrin
Alabama-Auburn rivalry football vault by David Housel and Tommy Ford
The Crimson Tide : the official illustrated history of Alabama football by Winston Groom.
A tiger walk through history : the complete story of Auburn football from 1892 to the Tuberville era by Paul Hemphill.
SEC football : 75 years of pride and passion by Richard Scott.
The last coach : a life of Paul "Bear" Bryant by Allen Barra.
Also available for viewing:
The history of SEC football [videorecording] : celebrating 75 years of SEC football.
Roll Tide/War Eagle [videorecording] / ESPN presents ; written by Wright Thompson, Martin Khodabakhshian
2010 Citi BCS National Championship game [videorecording] : Rose Bowl Stadium
2011 Tostitos BCS national championship [videorecording] : Glendale, Arizona
Submitted by Allie Graham
Arts, Literature, Sports
John Paul Taylor of Real Life Poets, Inc. is the coordinator. For more information, call Taylor at 585-8271 or email him at email@example.com.
The class will cover how to get your thoughts down on paper, overcoming writer's block, copyright issues, self-publishing, how to perform, and more. The Friends of the Birmingham Public Library funds the workshops.
The workshops will be led by Atiya Robertson, a local writer, poet, and agent of change from Birmingham Alabama. She is also the founder of It Doesn’t Have 2 Be This Way, a local nonprofit program dealing with suicide prevention and abuse counseling debuting Spring of 2014. “I believe that we each have the power to create change in our world, and when we use that power to empower others, we change the world.” For more information on Robertson, visit her website www.AtiyaRobertsonWriter.com and blog www.SavingSomeForYourself.blogspot.com.
The workshop is coordinated by Real Life Poets. For more information on the adult poetry class, contact Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-585-8271. The Real Life Poets website is www.reallifepoets.org. The BPL contact is Haruyo Miyagawa, 205-226-3670. Her email address is email@example.com.
Consummate musicians and storytellers Kim and Reggie Harris are a mini festival of diversity. Combining traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs with original folk, they sing of life, love, the quest for freedom, and care for the environment. In celebration of its Annual Author Visit, and as part of Birmingham’s 50th Commemoration of the civil rights movement, the Birmingham Public Library presents Kim and Reggie Harris and their presentation Dream Alive: A Celebration of African American History. The performers will make thirteen appearances at public library locations throughout Birmingham from September 9-13. All performances are free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Kim and Reggie Harris have been affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program for over two decades, offering multimedia performances for students and community, and in-depth workshops for educators at all grade levels. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a city rich in cultural and musical heritage, Kim and Reggie’s early exposure to the diversity of musical styles and genres was nurtured in the schools and churches of their youth, from gospel and classical, to jazz and pop. Over the years, they have interacted with performers such as Pete Seeger, Ysaye Barnwell, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Harry Belafonte. The experiences have led them to produce music that entertains and inspires.
September 9 Central Library - 10:30 a.m. Ensley Branch- 3:30 p.m. Five Points West Branch - 6:30 p.m.
September 10 Wylam Branch - 9:00 a.m. West End Branch - 3:30 p.m. Avondale Branch - 6:30 p.m.
September 11 Springville Road Branch - 10:00 a.m. North Avondale Branch - 1:30 p.m. East Ensley Branch - 4:00 p.m.
September 12 Powderly Branch - 10:00 a.m. North Birmingham Branch - 4:00 p.m.
September 13 Smithfield Branch - 10:00 a.m. Woodlawn Branch - 4:00 p.m.
September 9Central Library - 10:30 a.m.Ensley Branch- 3:30 p.m.Five Points West Branch - 6:30 p.m.
September 10Wylam Branch - 9:00 a.m.West End Branch - 3:30 p.m.Avondale Branch - 6:30 p.m.
September 11Springville Road Branch - 10:00 a.m.North Avondale Branch - 1:30 p.m.East Ensley Branch - 4:00 p.m.
September 12Powderly Branch - 10:00 a.m.North Birmingham Branch - 4:00 p.m.
September 13Smithfield Branch - 10:00 a.m.Woodlawn Branch - 4:00 p.m.
For information on Kim and Reggie, visit http://www.artistsofnote.com/kr.html.
C-SPAN to Film Library’s Civil Rights Program Focusing on Wallace and the Birmingham Freedom Struggle, September 9
In support of Birmingham’s 50th Commemoration of the civil rights movement, the Birmingham Public Library has provided more than 60 public programs and special exhibitions at its 19 library locations around the City. “Our staff began planning many of our programs in January of 2012 in order to make certain that we took advantage of our Summer Reading opportunities this year,” stated Library Director Renee Blalock. “Actually, our public programs focusing on the 50th Commemoration began in September of 2012 when we hosted a number of viewings of a documentary about Mr. James Armstrong. The programs have all been engaging and well attended—and there are more to come.”
For more information, contact Jim Baggett by phone at (205) 226-3631 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Dan T. Carter has served as a professor and visiting scholar at Emory University, the University of Maryland, the University of Wisconsin, London's Westminster University, Cambridge University, the University of Genoa and the University of South Carolina. His book Scottsboro: a Tragedy of the American South won the Bancroft Prize and the Lillian Smith Award. He is the author of the highly regarded biography The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics.
Dr. Glenn T. Eskew is professor of history at Georgia State University. He is author of the book But For Birmingham: The Local and National Movements in the Civil Rights Struggle, which received the Francis Butler Simkins Prize of the Southern Historical Association, and the forthcoming book Johnny Mercer: Southern Songwriter for the World.
Dr. Angela K. Lewis is professor of political science in the Department of Government at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is author of the new book Conservatism in the Black Community: To the Right and Misunderstood.
This is the story of George (the “s” is silent). Like many middle grade protagonists he is a seventh grader trying to navigate through the dark, murky waters of middle school. He’s struggling to deal with the bullies, P.E., the lunchroom, making friends, fitting in….. and on top of all the standard problems, he also has to deal with his father losing his job. Now his mom has to take on double shifts at the hospital and his family has to move from their beloved New York apartment to an unfamiliar place just a few blocks away. Poor Georges is friendless and out of sorts when he stumbles across a Spy Club sign in the basement of his new apartment building. He becomes an apprentice spy under the tutelage of Safer, a twelve year old, self-proclaimed professional spy. Together, the two try and unravel the mystery of a sinister, all-black wearing, mystery man dubbed Mr. X.
The story is packed full of humorous, mysterious, and surprising twists and turns as the two friends investigate the sinister stranger. It’s a great read for boys and the ending where Georges figures out the mystery was a genuine surprise. Kids and adults can appreciate Georges’s point of view throughout the story. I couldn’t help but sympathize with the guy as he tried to make sense out of everything. I was impressed at Georges’s clever solution to help his misfit classmates band together to deal with bullies.
Submitted by Mollie Harrison
Springville Road Library
Even though I work at BPL, I don’t read nearly as much as my coworkers which they hold over my head as a source of shame. Despite my aversion to bow to peer pressure, I decided to pick out some books to read this summer. One coworker commented, “how dare you start reading?” Another coworker asked one day if I knew about a particular book. When I told him I had read it, he thought I meant I read a review of it. “No, I read the book.” His face awakened in shock at the very thought of it. I feel pretty good about myself, so I thought I would share a little information about the books that helped me overcome my reading slump.
My favorite new author is Ben Coes. His books feature an ex-Army Ranger Special Forces Delta soldier named Dewey Andreas. I wrote a review of his first book, Power Down, last spring. I finished reading his second and third books, Coup d’Etat and The Last Refuge, this summer. If you decide to read the series, be sure to start with Power Down. These books need to be read in order because each new title closely follows the action of the last title.
In Coup d’Etat, Dewey has been targeted for assassination by a powerful Islamic terrorist due to his actions in Power Down. He is living on a ranch in Australia and has no idea that kill teams are searching the globe to find him. Meanwhile, India and Pakistan are at war and any escalation has serious repercussions for both the United States and the rest of the world. Dewey is notified by the National Security Advisor that terrorists have discovered his location in Australia. He is later asked to lead a black ops team into Pakistan to try to prevent the conflict from getting further out of control.
The Last Refuge finds Dewey safely back home in the United States. I guess that makes it obvious that terrorists didn’t take him out in the last book. Dewey is trying to settle back into civilian life and interviews with a hedge fund manager to head his security division. No chance of that with the dangerous world we live in, right? Before long, Dewey learns that an Israeli soldier who helped save his life in Coup d’Etat has been kidnapped in the United States and put on trial for murder in Iran. Furthermore, Dewey discovers that Iran has a nuclear bomb which they plan to detonate in Israel. Despite admonitions from his friends in Washington, Dewey refuses to sit on the sidelines with the soldier's life and the State of Israel at risk.
I read two other good books also, but those will have to wait for another blog post. I tend not to write book reviews because my prose is more utilitarian than literary. I'm more likely to refer to "the Earth" versus saying "the azure orb danced in the heavens illuminated by a brilliant sun which fluted a melody in perfect rhythm for the dance." That is to say, if this "review" didn't meet your expectations, there are better ones coming. Smile and enjoy the rest of the summer.
What it Was Like
Like the narrator of his first novel, Kevin Powers fought in Iraq as a very young man. In an interview with the newspaper The Guardian he explains, “One of the reasons I wrote this book was the idea that people kept saying ‘What was it like over there?’ It seemed that it was not an information-based problem. There was lots of information around. But what people really wanted was to know what it felt like, physically, emotionally and psychologically. So that’s why I wrote it.”
“Perhaps that’s how it was: a field full of hyacinth. It was not like that when we stormed the building, not like that four days after Malik died. The green grasses that waved in the breeze were burned by fire and the summer sun. The festival of people on the market street with their long white shifts and loud voices were gone. Some of them were lying dead in the courtyards of the city or in its lace of alleys. The rest walked or rode in sluggish caravans, on foot or in orange and white jalopies, in mule drawn carts or in huddled groups of twos or threes, women and men, the old and the young, the whole and the wounded. All the life of Al Tafar left in a drab parade out of the city.”
A finalist for the 2012 National Book Award, The Yellow Birds, was honored with The Guardian’s First Book Award in 2012 and named as one of The New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani’s ten favorite books of that year. In The Observer, writer Dave Eggers said “Powers is a poet first, so the book is spare, incredibly precise, unimprovable. And it’s easily the saddest book I’ve read in many years. But sad in an important way.”
“I have stopped worrying about those inches to the left and right of my head, the three miles an hour difference that would have put us directly over an IED. It never happened. I didn’t die. Murph did. And, though I wasn’t there when it happened, I believe unswervingly that when Murph died, the dirty knives that stabbed him were addressed ‘To whom it may concern.’ Nothing made us special. Not living. Not dying. Not even being ordinary. Still, I like to think there was a ghost of compassion in me then, and that if I had a chance to see those hyacinths, I would have noticed.”
Sad indeed. Early on we know that the first person narrator, Private Bartles, is shattered and tortured by the war, that he does terrible things, that his buddy Murph is killed and that he made a terrible promise he could not keep. And we know that it will get worse.
Admirers of Tim O'Brien’s Vietnam piece, The Things They Carried, will want to read The Yellow Birds.
Playing with your baby is not only important for bonding but it is also an educational experience for your child. We are providing a special time and place for you to come to the public library and spend one-on-one time playing with your child. 1-2-3 Play with Me, a five-week program, is for children birth through age 3 and their parents/caregivers. We will have toys, books, and art activities just for you and your child. Also, we have invited special guests from the community to join us each week to answer your questions about parenting.
Remember—you are your child’s first teacher. 1-2-3 Play with Me is an opportunity for you and your child to play and learn together. Visit Birmingham365 for the 1-2-3 Play with Me schedule for these Birmingham Public Library locations: Avondale, Central, Five Points West, North Birmingham, and Springville Road.
Here is a list of the individual sessions in case you need it as well.
Avondale Branch Library – September 11-October 9 – every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Central Library – October 15-November 12 – every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
Five Points West Library – September 10-October 8 – every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
North Birmingham Library – October 16-November 13 – every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Springville Road Library – October 10-November 14 – every Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
The Birmingham Public Library: Family Place Library is funded in part by a Community Project Grant from the Junior League of Birmingham in the impact area of education.
The short documentary Mr. Todd's Fancy had its premiere at this year's Sidewalk Film Festival. Avondale Library has been given permission to host a special screening of the11-minute film at the Forest Park/South Avondale Neighborhood Association community meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 6:30 p.m. The film will be first up on the agenda. Popcorn will be served.
For those not familiar with Miss Fancy the alcohol-loving elephant, she was the star attraction at the Avondale Zoo from 1913-1943. She formed a special bond with her handler, John Todd, and was kept busy entertaining local children—who would save their pennies to buy her treats—by giving them rides.
If you are interested in getting your financial life in order this fall, then the Central Library is the place to be! Dr. Andreas Rauterkus, Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance at UAB, will be leading a series of programs that will focus on a variety of issues related to personal finance and investing. The series begins on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at noon in the Arrington Auditorium and will continue at the same time and place on the second Tuesday of the month, October thru December.
The individual programs are:
Budgeting and Beyond
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
This program will cover setting financial goals, tracking daily spending, creating a personal spending plan, and estimating monthly income and expenses. An emphasis will be placed on identifying ways to increase income and decrease spending.
Banking and Credit
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Information will be provided in this session to help you determine your banking needs, manage a personal checking account, obtain and interpret your credit score, and make wise choices about credit cards.
Saving and Investing
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
This session will help you understand the various financial markets, evaluate different saving and investment options, find and utilize investment information, and develop ways to make better investment decisions.
Paying for College
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
A college education is a good investment, but is also a very expensive one. In this program, Dr. Rauterkus will discuss ways to make this process more manageable. Among the topics to be covered are evaluating college affordability, utilizing personal savings, and assessing the different forms of financial aid.
These programs are part of the MakingCents: Resources to make your money grow and Smart investing@your library® series, a partnership between the American Library Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
There’s a great event on September 7 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Railroad Park called Read and Romp-Birmingham. It’s an exciting, innovative, and FREE family literacy event for children 3-5 years old and their families.
At Read and Romp-Birmingham kids will be engaged in fun, learning-based activities themed around children's books. They will leave the event with goodies that they have created from an activity at each station, along with a stamped passport, and some FREE books! By associating fun-filled activities with reading, parents will learn about how to engage with their child on the life-long journey of learning at an early age, which will help increase their children's success in school.
While centered around books, each station will be staffed by organizations and businesses that are child-focused, providing families an opportunity to learn about activities that will enhance the development of their young children. This year, we have 12 organizations that are manning the 10 stations. Among those are the Birmingham Zoo, The McWane Center, Birmingham Museum of Art, and of course, the Birmingham Public Library! Also, there will be representatives from Children’s of Alabama and Cory, Watson, Crowder & DeGaris who will be providing and fitting FREE bicycle helmets for children, and FREE storm preparedness kits, while supplies last.
The main sponsoring organizations this year are Reach Out and Read-Alabama, United Way Success By 6, Alabama Public Television, Infinity Insurance Company and Books-A-Million. Come and join us for a morning of family fun!
As many know, the Inglenook Library is housed in the Inglenook Recreation Center until the renovation is completed. Though the renovation may seem like an inconvenience, it has given the Inglenook Library staff an opportunity to build lasting relationships that will hopefully continue when the Inglenook Library re-opens.
As the people of the Inglenook community become more acquainted with the library’s existence in the Inglenook Recreation Center, they will discover services that they weren’t aware of and provide the Inglenook Library staff the opportunity to promote these services. Sandra Womack, the Director of the Inglenook Recreation Center, has been wonderful in welcoming the Inglenook Library staff and directing existing and prospective patrons our way.
The staff is excited to about the renovation and though the Inglenook Library’s services are limited, the staff’s zeal to serve the community and build lasting relationships is limitless!
Submitted by Karnecia Williams
Erwin Schrödinger was born August 12, 1887, in Vienna. In modern parlance, he was home schooled until the age of 12 at which point his parents hired tutors. Although he excelled in mathematics and the sciences, he also showed a keen interest in poetry and the humanities. Perhaps this latter interest explains the …quirkier aspects of his most famous thought experiment. In the course of his career he worked on a variety of physics problems including general relativity and radiation theory, but he is considered the father of Wave Mechanics. Just as Einstein had his annus mirabilis, Schrödinger experienced a two miraculous months, December and January 1925-1926, in which he wrote the first of four earth-shaking papers on wave equations and mechanics. But Schrödinger didn’t imprison a cat, until 1935.
An existing theory proposed by a group called the Copenhagen School stated that a radioactive sample could be in a superpositional state, that is, both decayed and not decayed at the same time. Schrödinger found this implausible, if not ridiculous, and set out to create a thought experiment to disprove the Copenhagen School. In December of 1935 he wrote a paper with the following gedankenexperiment, or thought experiment. He imagined a box in which a scientist places a cat, a sealed vessel of cyanide gas, a radioactive isotope, and a radiation monitor with a hammer attached. There is a fifty percent chance the isotope will decay in one hour. If the monitor detects decay, the hammer will drop onto the vessel of cyanide, breaking it, releasing the gas, and killing the cat. If the isotope does not decay, the cat lives. If the superpositional theory was correct, until the box was opened the cat was both dead and alive.
According to some physicist, after considering his own thought experiment, he began to question his earlier conclusion. Perhaps the cat could be both alive and dead! After all, he reasoned, there is no way to objectively know without opening the box, but once you open the box there are no longer two possibilities. Thus was born the paradox, or wave function, known as Schrödinger’s cat.
In science circles, this thought experiment was like a modern Internet video that goes viral. The paradox spread and other scientists modified it, trying to break it mathematically or logically. Eugene Wigner even suggested placing a human in the box, but others pointed out that although the human might recognize his or her state there would be no empirical evidence for observers outside the box. The wave function would remain intact until you opened the box; the human could be both alive and dead. (Remember, this was just a thought experiment.)
Schrödinger’s cat has remained a standard of quantum mechanics since 1935 with physicists arguing both for and against. Subsequent quantum experiments in our own time seem to have provided proof that atoms at the quantum level are, in fact, unpredictable enough to be spinning both counter clockwise and clockwise. The wave continues to wash over us.
For a more scientific explanation of the cat in the box paradox try the following video:
For a more detailed, academic discussion watch this video:
And by the way, it was only a thought experiment. No cat, or cats, were harmed in the filming of these videos.
Submitted by David Ryan
Business, Science & Technology Department
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End Back Pain Forever : A Groundbreaking Approach to Eliminate Your Suffering
Essential Back Care
End Back & Neck Pain
Foundation : Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain, and Move with Confidence
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Submitted by Maya Jones
West End Library