February 2012 Archives

2-29-2012 5-12-52 PM.pngMarch 2nd's the first Friday of that month. Which means our monthly Chess Club program will be held that Friday evening at 7pm in the Meeting Room.  (Click here for details.)  National Master Rich Jackson provides instruction, supervises play and may even challenge you to a game or two. All ages welcome.  No registration required.  Wheelchair accessible.  So grab a friend or loved one and join us this Friday (and the first Friday of every month after)*.  For more info, call Margaret at (203) 622-7915 or Everett at (203) 625-6507.  See you there!

*(Except on April 6th, when we're closed for Good Friday.)

African American History Month

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myers.png"Reading is Not Optional" - This is a quote from our national Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Walter Dean Myers, who leads the campaign to raise awareness of the importance of reading for young people.  Mr. Myers is a prolific author for young adults who address the problems faced by urban kids head on in his writing.  Some of his notable works for teens include Monster,  Autobiography of My Dead Brother and Slam.  Read this article from the New York Times and view the video below to learn more about Walter Dean Myers and why he was chosen for this honor.

Visit Fact Monster , the Library of Congress and History.com to learn about the achievements and contributions of African Americans to our country.

 

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Vacation Week Program

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winterchess_sm.jpgOn Friday February 17 from 1:00 - 4:00 in the 2nd floor meeting room, drop in to our Chess Workshop led by National Master Rich Jackson.  Learn how to play, sharpen your skills or enjoy the friendly competition at this vacation week program.  All ages welcome.

"Red Tails"

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2-3-2012 10-18-18 AM.pngJust in time for African American History Month, the recently released "Red Tails" is a terrific film based, somewhat loosely, on the exploits of the Tuskegee pilots  who fought the Nazi Luftwaffe (air force) during World War II.  The film, which uses John B. Holway's book "Red Tails Black Wings" as it's source, is about the 332nd Fighter Group, African American USAAF pilots stationed in Italy during 1944, as they, under the command of Colonel Bullard (Terence Howard) and Major Stance (Cuba Gooding Jr.), try to overcome such trials as outdated aircraft and racism from other squadrons, and see some actual combat. 

The film main focus is on the pilots, especially their squadron leader, Captain "Easy" Julian (Nate Parker), who has to cope with both his personal demons and the reckless behavior of his best friend and fellow flyer "Lightning" Little (David Oyelowo).  Meanwhile, Colonel Bullard has to deal with ignorant generals back in Washington who don't think "negro" pilots are competent.  Things look up when the squadron finally gets new aircraft and is ordered to support American bomber planes on their runs, but will internal conflicts (including one pilot's possible eye injury) tear the men apart?

Historical content aside, "Red Tails" has some genuinely exciting and suspenseful aerial battles that'll keep you on the edge of your seat.  There's a sappy romantic subplot between Lightning and an Italian woman (Daniela Ruah) that kind of slows down the narrative, but the main story of how the 332nd overcame the obstacles they faced is much more compelling, not just because it's true, but also because it highlights the actual bravery and heroism of these brave pilots.  Director Anthony Hemingway, screenwriters John Ridley and Aaron McGruder, and especially exec producer George Lucas (who may have reshot several scenes during post-production) are to be commended for bringing this inspiring story to the screen.

"Red Tails" (the title refers to the tails of the 332nd's planes, which they had painted red, to stand out) is still playing in Stamford and other areas.  Check it out if you get a chance. 

2-3-2012 9-37-06 AM.pngStop by the library's Meeting Room on the second floor this Friday night (February 3) at 7pm for our monthly Chess Club program.  The Chess Club meets on the first Friday of every month.  National Master Rich Jackson provides instruction, supervises play and may even challenge you to a game or two. All ages welcome.  No registration required.  Wheelchair accessible.  So grab a friend or loved one and join us tonight (and the first Friday of every month after)*.  For more info, call Margaret at (203) 622-7915 or Everett at (203) 625-6507.  See you there!  And click here for info about tonight's program.

*(Except on April 6th, when we're closed for Good Friday.) 

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