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Engage the Enemy More Closely III

Location: Main Library
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Battles of Coronel and the Falklands were the first two major naval engagements of the First World War.  The defeat of Admiral Craddock's British squadron in November 1914 at the Battle of Coronel by Admiral von Spee's Asiatic Squadron was Britain's first defeat at sea in over a century.  The British got revenge one month later at the Battle of the Falklands that ended the German threat to British maritime trade in the Atlantic and Pacific.  The events are thrilling and a little known campaign from the early days of modern navel warfare.

Views of Alabama Historic Lodgings

Location: Main Library
Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:30am

In the late 19th century most Alabama towns, no matter how small, usually had an inn or hotel for weary travelers.  These early buildings were usually simple wooden structures with inviting verandas.  For the more affluent traveler there were also fancy resorts and spas that offered an escape from the heat and miasmas that blanketed Alabama in the summer.  This program provides a visual tour of many of the early accommodations from the Colonial Inn at Fairhope to the Mentone Inn in the northeast corner of the state.

Hollywood Rock & Roll

Location: Main Library
Date: Monday, September 8, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:30pmMonday, September 15, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:30pmMonday, September 22, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:30pmMonday, September 29, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Hollywood Rock & Roll is a film/lecture series exploring the history of how rock & roll performers and their music have been portrayed in film.  The series will begin with the rise of rock & roll in the mid-50s with Elvis and other artists and track the growing popularity of popular music in films from the 1960s onwards.  Four complete films will be shown, as well as short film segments to highlight major performers and performances.  Documentaries and feature films will also be shown.  Each film will be introduced with a short lecture about its place in film

Monte Sano Views

Location: Main Library
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Experience Monte Sano Mountain as never before with rarely seen photos and maps from a private collection.  Go on a "Monte Sano Ramble" with late 19th century Judd photos, explore life at the CCC camp in mid-1930, visit early summer houses, and of course enjoy views of Monte Sano.

Honeybees and Beekeeping

Location: Main Library
Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:45am - 1:00pm

Learn interesting and mostly unknown facts about honeybees - what they do, how they do it and their most unusual physical characteristics.  For instance, did you know they depend heavily on odors and sound, yet have no nose or ears?  Also, pollination by honeybees and its value to humankind will be discussed. 

Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty

Location: Main Library
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:45am - 1:00pm

Emma Lazarus wrote the famous sonnet "The New Colossus" which graces the Statue of Liberty, holding aloft the beacon of light and democracy, welcoming all to our nation.  Who was she and what influenced her to compose those famous lines?  This presentation will highlight her as a gifted woman whose ideas spanned the past, encompassed her present and heralded the future.

American Red Cross Preparedness

Location: Main Library
Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:45am - 1:00pm

Alabama is the second most disaster prone state in the United States next to Oklahoma, and Madison County is the most disaster prone county in Alabama. The American Red Cross is engaged inproviding Community Disaster Education, a program in which trained volunteers and/or staff meet with agencies, churches and organizations to present information on what disasters are, how to prepare for disasters, and how to cope with a disaster when we are confronted with one.

Meet the Author: Mark McCarter

Location: Main Library
Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Sports columnist Mark McCarter discusses his new book, Never a Bad Game – an inside look at Southern League baseball.  Mark takes the reader through the dugout, clubhouses, and buses – introducing us to the events, teams, players, managers and accomplishments that make up the League’s 50-year history.

4-3-2-1 Leadership with Major General Vincent Boles (Ret)

Location: Main Library
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Retired Major General Vincent E. Boles discusses lessons he learned from leading American men and women into combat and coordinating the nation’s ammunition supply.  He’ll also share his journey to becoming a speaker and author about his own philosophy, “4-3-2-1 Leadership.”  General Boles hasn’t just read a book or two on Leadership; it has been his life’s work, conducted in the toughest crucibles of national service. 

100 Years of World War I on Film: Beneath Hill 60

Location: Second Floor Meeting Room
Date: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

As part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War II, we are showing five films released over the past century with the war as the setting and backdrop.

August 25 – Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

True account of Australian miner Oliver Woodward enlisted to lead a platoon tunneling and detonating high explosives beneath a German bunker in Belgium in 1916.

The film will be shown in the Second Floor Events Room at the Main Library at 6:00 PM.

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