We recently celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a program on Saturday, March 1st at the Firestone Park Library. Here are some pictures from the fun-filled event!
You can find more materials by and about Dr. Seuss in our library. Enjoy!
Happy 140th Birthday to the Akron-Summit County Public Library
We LOVE our Patrons, and they love us too! They like our library so well, that they request lots and lots of great books, magazines, CD’s, DVD’s and more to borrow! Sometimes our shelves for our patron requests get a little too full, like they are in the pictures above. It becomes challenging to fit all of the items in. However, we always find a way to make it work. We encourage everyone to request their favorite items, and to pick them up to enjoy!
Today is National Wear Red Day!!
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. For more than 10 years, the American Heart Association has sponsored National Wear Red Day® to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.
Celebrate National Wear Red Day® with Go Red For Women on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 to help fight women’s No. 1 killer—heart disease. Join the movement nationwide and learn how you can honor women like you on this important day in the information below.
You can also find great resources on heart healthy meals and lifestyles here in our library. Enjoy!
Happy Birthday President William McKinley!
William McKinley (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term. McKinley led the nation to victory in the Spanish–American War, raised protective tariffs to promote American industry, and maintained the nation on the gold standard in a rejection of inflationary proposals.
McKinley was the last President to have served in the American Civil War, beginning as a private in the Union Army and ending as a brevet major. After the war, he settled in Canton, Ohio, where he practiced law and married Ida Saxton. In 1876, he was elected to Congress, where he became the Republican Party’s expert on the protective tariff, which he promised would bring prosperity. His 1890 McKinley Tariff was highly controversial; which together with a Democratic redistricting aimed at gerrymandering him out of office, led to his defeat in the Democratic landslide of 1890. He was elected Ohio’s governor in 1891 and 1893, steering a moderate course between capital and labor interests. With the aid of his close adviser Mark Hanna, he secured the Republican nomination for president in 1896, amid a deep economic depression. He defeated his Democratic rival, William Jennings Bryan, after a front-porch campaign in which he advocated “sound money” (the gold standard unless altered by international agreement) and promised that high tariffs would restore prosperity.
Rapid economic growth marked McKinley’s presidency. He promoted the 1897 Dingley Tariff to protect manufacturers and factory workers from foreign competition, and in 1900, he secured the passage of the Gold Standard Act. McKinley hoped to persuade Spain to grant independence to rebellious Cuba without conflict, but when negotiation failed, he led the nation in the Spanish–American War of 1898; the U.S. victory was quick and decisive. As part of the peace settlement, Spain turned over to the United States its main overseas colonies of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines; Cuba was promised independence, but at that time remained under the control of the U.S. Army. The United States annexed the independent Republic of Hawaii in 1898 and it became a U.S. territory.
McKinley defeated Bryan again in the 1900 presidential election, in a campaign focused on imperialism, prosperity, and free silver. President McKinley was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz, a second-generation Polish-American with anarchist leanings, in September 1901, and was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. Historians regard McKinley’s 1896 victory as a realigning election, in which the political stalemate of the post-Civil War era gave way to the Republican-dominated Fourth Party System, which began with the Progressive Era. He is generally placed near the middle in rankings of American presidents.
There are several monuments in Northeast Ohio, dedicated to the life and service of President McKinley:
The William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, in Canton, Ohio.
The McKinley Monument, also in Canton, Ohio.
Niles, Ohio, was the birthplace of President McKinley. There are several locations dedicated to his memory:
The McKinley Memorial Library
The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial & the McKinley Museum
The McKinley Birthplace Home & Research Center
There are also resources to be found at the National First Ladies’ Library and Museum, also known as the Saxton- McKinley House, located in Canton, Ohio, about President McKinley and his wife, Ida Saxton McKinley.
More information and resources can also be found here in our library. Enjoy!