Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February 2017                    


Celebrating Black History 2017!
Book  Discussions

An Activity from...
"Tapping the Power Within"  
by  Iyanla Vanzant

MMC Story - Fest 2017

Benedict Students Finger Playing With CDC

Clifford, the Big Red Dog Visits


    Richland Library Does a Puppet Show

The Black History theme for 2017 focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans addressing especially the needs of black urban youth in public schools who lack resources.

Library Activities:

Friday, February 17                                                                                                                          Little Tikes Black History Month Story-fest
Little Tikes Black History Month Story-fest is a library literacy program offered by the Benedict College Library for the Child Development Center.  It is devoted to reading, literacy and storytelling. For more information, contact Louise Smith 803-705-4499
Learning Resources Center Mobile Media Center (LRC lower level Room 104)  10:00 A.M.

Wednesday, February 22
Book Discussion (Read and discuss African American History)
A discussion of popular African American contemporary novels as well as non-fiction historical works will be covered.  A description of each book, questions, discussion topics, and author biographies will assist the group in having a stimulating and interesting discussion. For more information, contact Bridget Sledge 809-705-4690 or 803-705-4793
N.A. Jenkins Board Room  12 Noon

2017 Black History Library Displays

"The Crisis In Black Education"

Addressing the crisis in black education should be considered one of
 the most important goals in America's past, present, and future.
  • ACT Scores
  • SAT Scores
  • Children's School Readiness Skills
  • High School Dropout Rate
  • Educational Attainment - All Levels of Education

Mobile Multimedia Center



Esther Jones was the real Betty Boop!


                             The first licensed African American Female pilot was named                                       Bessie Coleman.

Black History Links
Black History Month 2017
10 Little Known Black History Facts

 Hot Topics from Access World News

  • CIVICS, GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: U.S. Refugee and Immigration Policies 
    Topic: President Donald Trump has signed an executive order temporarily barring citizens from 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. What has been the public reaction to this order and why? What countries are the ones barring citizens in the executive order, what Muslim-majority countries are not and why? Which politicians have opposed this ban and which have supported it? What are the most compelling reasons on either side?
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  • CIVICS, GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: First Days of the Trump Presidency 
    Topic: Donald Trump has taken the oath of office and became the 45th president of the United States. What is his vision for the United States and what are the key actions he has taken thus far as president? What have been some of the reactions to his election and inauguration? What policies and actions of his have been the most popular and which have caused concern? Which nominees for his cabinet positions have been confirmed and what are their backgrounds?
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  • HISTORY: John Lewis
    Topic: February is Black History Month and U.S. Representative for Georgia's fifth congressional district John Lewis played a major role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. What were his main contributions to this movement? What were some of the most harrowing experiences he endured during his civil rights work?
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  • BUSINESS: Ringling Brothers Circus Closes                                                                     Topic: The Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus has announced it will close in May 2017 after 146 years. How and when was this circus founded and why is it closing now? What criticisms has there been from animal rights groups and how has the circus responded? What other popular attractions did P.T. Barnum offer the public during his lifetime?                                                  Search Terms: Ringling AND Barnum AND circus                                                                                           
  • SOCIAL ISSUES: A 45 Minute Long Test
    Topic: A long range study that followed children from before they were school age until they were 38 has shown that a test administered to them at age three was a good predictor of whether they would have troubled lives or not. The study was meant to determine if the Pareto Principle was accurate. That principle holds that 20% of a group will consume 80% of the goods of services required by the group as a whole. About 20% of those followed became obese, were involved with the social services or the criminal justice system, which seems to bear out the principle. If this is so, would it be ethical to test everyone at age three in order to intervene in the lives of those whose scores might predict problems later in life? Could this be a cost-effective way to begin to solve some of society's ills?
    Search Terms: Pareto Principle
  • SOCIAL ISSUES: Women's Marches
    Topic: On the day after President Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, masses of women, men and children around the United States and overseas protested in what has become known globally as the Women's March. What are the key issues that these protesters are concerned about and what do they hope to achieve by making their case public in these marches? What has been the response around the world to the protests? What were some of the unprecedented aspects of the marches? What other massive protests have taken place since this March and what are the themes of them?
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  • SPORTS: History of Basketball
    Topic: It was 125 years ago, in 1891 that the game of basketball was invented by Springfield, Massachusetts gym teacher Dr. James Naismith. Why did he invent this new game and how was the first crude basketball court made? How did he advance the game after creating it? How did the early college basketball leagues develop and grow?
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  • LITERATURE: Language at the Speed of Sight
    Topic: Psychology professor and specialist in psycholinguistics Mark Seidenberg has written a book called Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't and What Can be Done About It. How does he analyze the process of reading and what does he advocate for improving how American schools teach reading? How does the U.S. rate in reading and why? How is this book being promoted and sold and what impact is it having on the public?
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