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The Library honors Black History Month

Dorothy Hargett, Head of Access Services

In honor of Black History Month, the Library has created three displays featuring both famous and little-known African American inventors. Black History Month has been celebrated in February since 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson launched Negro History month to spotlight the contributions of people of African descent in the United States.

Some African American inventors are well known, such as George Washington Carver, the inventor of peanut butter; and Wally Amos, the founder of Famous Amos Cookies. However, there are also many inventions that we use every day, like the ice cream scoop, the potato chip, and the “Super Soaker” that you may not know were invented by African Americans.

  • Ice Cream Scoop – Alfred L. Cralle (1866–1920) was an African American businessman and inventor who is credited with inventing the ice cream scoop in 1897.
  • Potato Chip – George Crum (1822-1914) is widely credited with the invention of potato chips in 1853. Crum’s birth name was George Speck; he was born in New York in 1822 to Abraham and Catherine Speck. Abraham was African American, and Catherine was a Native American belonging to the Huron tribe.
  • Super Soaker – Lonnie Johnson (b. October 6, 1949) is an American inventor and engineer who holds more than 80 patents but is best known for inventing the Super Soaker water gun, which has ranked among the world’s 20 best-selling toys every year since its release in 1990.

According to Famous Black Inventors, there are many modern conveniences directly related to, or derivative of, the inventions of black inventors, including blood banks, the refrigerator, the electric trolley, clothes dryer, refrigerator, and lawn mower.

The Library displays recognize history-making trailblazers like Dr. Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou, and President Obama. Also featured are classic books and movies to read and watch as you celebrate Black History Month. Come by the Library soon.

A photo album of the displays for Black History Month can be viewed on the Library Facebook page.

Book Discussion: Renaissance, by Os Guinness

OG_ROn Friday, November 10, at 12:00, the Library Book Club will discuss Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times, by author, scholar, and journalist, Os Guinness.
About Renaissance, author Rebecca Manley Pippert writes, “This is a profound, realistic and hopeful book that reminds us that even in the darkest times the power of the gospel can change the world…No other writer I know offers such a rich background of astute cultural analysis combined with a deep understanding of history. I finished this book feeling a deep sense of hope, which was fortified by his powerful prayers at the end of each chapter. If we heed the wisdom in this marvelous book, we could well become effective agents for Christ for such a time as this.”

The Library has several copies of Renaissance in print and e-book formats. A video of Dr. Guinness lecturing about his book at the Acton Institute is on YouTube.

Our discussion will take place in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are encouraged to join us live via Google Hangouts, Google’s free, easy-to-use videoconferencing software. Click here to request a link to the discussion.

For the complete 2017-2018 schedule of book discussions, see the Library Book Club webpage.

Library Book Club 2017-2018 Schedule

Painting by Sister Isabella Guerra (see image credit below).

The Library Book Club is excited to announce announce its tenth year of book talks and discussions, featuring works chosen to give pleasure, and just maybe, a little instruction. As always, we have tried to select a list that will appeal to a variety of interests, with both classic and contemporary fiction as well as thought-provoking works of non-fiction.

This year we begin with something truly different. As a tie-in to Regent’s Movie on the Lawn showing of Wonder Woman on September 16, the Book Club is sponsoring a discussion on approaching the film from a Christian perspective. Dr. Pete Fraser, professor of film and literature, will lead our conversation. This special event will take place on Friday, September 22

Here it the complete schedule for 2017-2018:

Month Author Title Date & Time September Patty Jenkins, director Wonder Woman Sept 22, 2:00 October Jane Austen Northanger Abbey Thur, Oct 26, 12:00 November Os Guinness Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times Nov 10, 12:00  December Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Dec 8, 12:00 January Thomas Cahill Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World Feb 15,
12:00
February Chaim Potok The Chosen Mar 22, 12:00 March-April Rod Dreher

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

May 24, 12:00
As always, it is not necessary to complete the book in order to come to a discussion. The overriding purpose of the Library Book Club is to encourage members of the Regent and CBN communities to make time in their schedules for reading. For more information about the Library Book Club, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu. If you would like to receive announcements of upcoming discussions and events, follow the Library on Facebook or Google+.Image Credit: Painting by Sister Isabella Guerra, a nun at the Cistercian monastery of Santa Lucia, Zaragoza in Spain. For information about Sister Isabella and examples of her work, see Lines and Colors (blog) at http:linesandcolors.com20111113isabel-guerra.John Marcellus Huston

 

Are you ready for the solar eclipse?

139_1951766-W Composite photograph of the phases of a total eclipse of the sun at five-minute intervals. Solar eclipses are shadows produced by the moon passing between Earth and the sun. During a total eclipse, the sun is completely obscured. The outer layer of the sun, composed of extremely hot gases, is called the solar corona (white) and is seen only during eclipses.

On August 21, the United States will witness a total solar eclipse, an event that hasn’t occurred in nearly a century.

From August 1 through September 15, Gale-Cengage, one of the leading online publishers of reference and research materials, will offer free access to three of their databases: Science in Context, Student Resources in Context, and Research in Context. Users will have access to carefully chosen general periodicals, scholarly journal articles, terrific images, and much else.

After August 21, there will not be another total eclipse in the United States until April 8, 2024, so don’t miss this astronomy appreciation event!

To take advantage of this free offer and begin using Gale’s science databases, click here.

Image Credit:  Solar Eclipse. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.comsearch139_19517661139_1951766cite. Accessed 3 Aug 2017.

New Librarian for Undergraduate Research Instruction

Vivian Washington (Photo used with permission of photographer.) Vivian Washington (Photo used with permission of photographer.)

The Library is happy to announce the appointment of our new librarian for undergraduate research instruction. Vivian Washington holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and has more than ten years of experience teaching information literacy in both public and academic libraries. In addition to her MLIS, Vivian holds a BA in History from James Madison University and a MA in Elementary Education from Hampton University.

Besides her responsibilities at Regent, Vivian also continues to serve as the branch manager of the South Norfolk Memorial Library in the Chesapeake Public Library System. Her principal research interests include libraries, information literacy and learning, and college and career success. Vivian writes that her interest in the new librarian position at Regent was a desire to work again in an academic community and to teach information literacy to the next generation of Christian leaders. “My passion is learning and helping others understand how to learn. I feel this is the most significant 21st century skill set to acquire.”

In her testament of faith Vivian writes, “I was reared to reverence and heed the Word of God. Romans 1:16 best describes my position of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My home church of Shiloh Baptist Church in Norfolk is where I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Under the stewardship of the late Dr. John H. Foster, I grew in faith and later served and fellowshipped at churches, both here in Virginia and in California. I am currently a member of First Baptist Church South Hill, where Rev. Michael R. Toliver is the Senior Pastor.”

The librarians are happy to welcome Vivian as a new colleague and are excited about the experience and enthusiasm she brings to her new post.