June signifies the anniversary of when AIDS was first noted. On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control first described the new illness in a newsletter. About a year later, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome was adopted as the offical name for the new disease by the CDC. The actual virus that causes AIDS was identified in 1983 and named in 1985 as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The first person to die from this disease in the developed world was in 1959. More than 524,000 Americans have died of AIDS while more than 22 million people worldwide. At the present time, about 40 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS. To bring more knowledge and understanding of AIDS/HIV, the Todd Library will have a book display focusing on this subject. Come in and check out items or use our online resources to find our electronic books.
May is recognized by Congress as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This year’s theme is “Lighting the Past, Present, and Future.” Come check out some of our many books related to the heritage of the various countries represented and find out information on their contributions to the United States.
You have probably heard of “911” or the Chicago “Heat Wave”, possibly the Hindenburg Explosion, the Dust Bowl or the Great Mississippi Flood of 1993 – but have you heard of the Texas City Disaster of 1947 known to be the worst industrial disaster in U.S. history, the Halifax Explosion of 1917 or the “Great Tri-State Tornado” of 1925 that struck Illinois? April’s library theme will be Disasters – Natural and Man-Made. Come in and learn about the fortitude of mankind and share some new knowledge with others.
Think Spring! After the long, cold winter, hearts and minds turn to warmer weather and what better way to think Sping then to think of planting a garden. Whether it be flowers or herbs and vegetables that you have in mind, Todd Library is the place to go to check out information to help you get started. Have you thought of organic gardening or composting? We have information on that too.
January is the month that we celebrate the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. A Presidential Proclamation has been issued every year since 1986 designating the third Monday in January as being a Federal Holiday in memory of him. Come celebrate with us and check out a good book or video concerning his life and times.