March is National Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).”
The National Women’s History Project website, http://www.nwhp.org, is dedicated to the many women that have made major contributions in these and other fields throughout history. Louisa May Alcott, author of “Little Women;” Dr. Mae Jamison, first African-American woman in Space; Jane Addams co-founded Hull House and established juvenile courts; Rosa Parks; Amelia Earhart; and Sallie Ride are just a few of the names you are probably already familiar with.
The library has a wide selection of biographies and autobiographies about famous women in both print and online. Books about these amazing women include “Louisa May Alcott” by Ruth K. MacDonald; “Portraits of African-American Heroes” by Tonya Bolden; “Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy” by Judith Bloom Fradin; “Lost Star: The Search for Amelia Earhart” by Randall Brink; “Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space” by Carole Ann Camp; and “Rosa Parks: My Story” by Rosa Parks.
One of the most recognized images in U.S. history, Rosie the Riveter, was created during World War II, when more than six million women joined the workforce to support the war effort. It forever changed the way they were viewed as homemakers and now breadwinners. (http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/wwii/ahf/reilly/intro.htm)
Louisiana is proud to have representatives in this esteemed group of women. Margrett “Gretta” Boley, Forest Supervisor, Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana and Robin Roberts (1960-) Athlete, Co-host for Good Morning America, TV Sports Journalist, Star of the Southern Louisiana University Lions basketball team.
Because Bossier City is home to Barksdale Air Force Base it is important to recognize Wilma Vaught (1930- ) Retired Brigadier General as one of the most-decorated military women in U.S. history and the Air Force’s first female general.
To learn more about famous women in history, go to the library website at www.bossierlibrary.org.
Make a note:
- Thursday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m., the second Physical Science Unit for Homeschoolers will be held at the Aulds Library. Call (318) 742-2337 for more information.
- Monday, March 4, at 6 p.m. is the last RELIC program at the Aulds Library conducted by LSUS English professor Kathleen Smith. She will discuss the book “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, which is about the Vietnam War and experiences during and after the war.
- Bossier Central Children’s Services presents Pre-School Storytime on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3-5 years.
- East-80 Library offers Pre-School Storytime on Mondays at 10 a.m. for ages 3-5 years.
- To reserve the History Center meeting room call (318) 746-7717. The Historical Center closes at 8 p.m. year-round.
“The Aylesford Skull” by James Blaylock
“Farside” by Ben Bova
“Daylight War” by Peter V. Brett
“Anything He Wants” by Sara Fawkes
“Too Bright to Hear, Too Loud to See” by Juliann Garey
“The Force of Wind” by Elizabeth Hunter
“The Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End” by Manel Loureiro
“A Study in Revenge” by Kieran Shields
“The Tin Horse” by Janice Steinberg
“Second-act Careers” by Nancy Collamer
“The Crowdfunding Revolution: How to Raise Venture Capital Using Social Media” by Kevin Lawton & Dan Marom
“The Accessible Home” by Deborah Pierce
“Advanced Style” by Ari Seth Cohen
“Katharine & R. J. Reynolds” by Michele Gillespie
“iPad Apps for Kids for Dummies” by Jinny Gudmundsen
“Blender Production” by Roland Hess
“Nook HD for Dummies” by Corey Sandler
“Illustrator CS6: For Windows and Macintosh” by Elaine Weinmann
“Who’s the Fairest of Them All?” by Stephen Moore