Category Archives: For Fun

June 20th

On this day, June 20th in 1975 the movie Jaws was released in theaters!

“The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s Star Wars. Jaws was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category and took home three Oscars, for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound. The film, a breakthrough for director Spielberg, then 27 years old, spawned three sequels.” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jaws-released-2

You can borrow Jaws from the library, or learn more about sharks with books from the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j597.3.

June 16th

On June 16th, 1963 Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel into space. She spent 71 hours in space and completed 48 orbits before returning to earth. History.com notes that:

“The United States screened a group of female pilots in 1959 and 1960 for possible astronaut training but later decided to restrict astronaut qualification to men. The first American woman in space was astronaut and physicist Sally Ride, who served as mission specialist on a flight of the space shuttle Challenger in 1983.” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-woman-in-space

 

almost astronautsYou can learn more about the women who almost became astronauts in Almost Astronauts: the Story of the Mercury 13 Women by Tanya Lee Stone. You can find this book in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j629.45 STO.

Ghostbusters!

On June 8th in 1984 (33 years ago!) Ghostbusters was released in theaters! History.com reports that it was a huge hit:

Despite its hefty $30 million production budget–an unprecedented amount for a comedy–Ghostbusters was a box-office hit by any standards, beating out Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to become the second-highest-grossing movie of the year with $229 million, behind only Beverly Hills Cop ($235 million). It was equally well-received by critics; Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, for one,called it “an exception to the general rule that big special effects can wreck a comedy…one of those rare movies where the original, fragile comic vision has survived a multimillion-dollar production.” (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ghostbusters-released)

You can celebrate this accomplishment by borrowing the original Ghostbusters movie or the rebooted version from the library!

On This Day: Skylab 1

skylabOn this day, May 14th, in 1973 the unmanned Skylab 1, America’s first space station,  was launched from the Kennedy Space Center. Immediately there were problems with the launch as a meteor ripped off one of the solar panels and part of the shield. The next Skylab mission would be launched on May 25th with crew members who were trained to make the workshop safe for them to work in.

You can learn more about the Skylab missions at NASA’s website: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/history/skylab.html

Image Credit: NASA

 

On this Day: May 10th

On this day in 1869 the transcontinental railroad was completed. Two railroad companies, Union Pacific and Central Pacific, connected their railways in Promontory, Utah. This made it possible to travel by train across the United States!

You can learn more about the transcontinental railroad at http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/transcontinental-railroad-completed or by checking out books at the library such as:

iron men iron railsIron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation by Martin W. Sandler: (Juvenile Nonfiction j385.097 SANDLER) In one great race between iron men with iron wills, tens of thousands of workers blasted the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, built the highest bridges that had ever been created, and finally linked the nation by two bands of steel, changing America forever.

Free Comic Book Day!

May 6th is Free Comic Book Day! What is Free Comic Book Day? This day is a celebration of comics and is meant to encourage people to give comic books a try. You can check out the video below from the organizers of Free Comic Book Day and you can locate the nearest participating comic book shop at http://www.freecomicbookday.com/StoreLocator You can also check out the comics available for borrowing here at the Bartlett Public Library!

Star Wars Day!

May the 4th Be With You! In celebration of Star Wars Day, here is a round up of some of our favorite Star Wars books:

Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy by Vesa Lehtimaki (Juvenile Nonfiction  j688.725 LEHTIMAKI): A really neat book where they use Lego Star Wars pieces to re-create famous scenes from the Star Wars movies!

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger (Juvenile Fiction J STAR): This original retelling of the Return of the Jedi is an enjoyable read!

Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by Adam Bray (Juvenile Nonfiction j791.437 BRAY): For those who want to know even more trivia and strange but true facts this is the book for you!

What’re your favorite Star Wars books?

Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! April 22nd is Earth Day, a day for raising awareness about the environment. The first Earth Day was in 1970, and History.com reports that the increased public support for protecting the environment led to the passing of ” the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. Another key development was the establishment in December 1970 of the Environmental Protection Agency, which was tasked with protecting human health and safeguarding the natural environment—air, water and land.”

You can learn more about the history of Earth at History.com, and you can celebrate by coming into the library and borrowing seeds from our Seed Library to grow at home!

How does your garden grow?

With the weather finally warming up we have started to think about gardening! Have you ever wanted to start a vegetable garden? The University of Illinois created a chart with suggested times to plant vegetable gardens:

Planting Dates for Chicago

Vegetable Plant Seeds Indoors Transplant Into Garden
Broccoli March 10 – March 25 April 15 – May 10
Cabbage March 25 – April 5 May 1 – May 25
Cauliflower March 25 – April 5 May 1 – May 25
Eggplant April 5 – April 20 May 20 – June 10
Herbs April 1 – April 15 May 1 – June 10
Lettuce March 25 – April 5 May 1 – May 25
Muskmelon April 25 – May 5 May 20 – June 15
Pepper April 5 – April 20 May 20 – June 10
Tomato April 20 – May 1 May 20 – June 15
Watermelon April 25 – May 5 May 20 – June 15

For more tips and tricks for planting a vegetable garden check out the University of Illinois’ gardening website or books available at the library!