A new kind of Storytime! We already have some participants!
Take a selfie while reading a book with the Little Brown Bear statue in front of the Dorsch Memorial Branch Library. Post your picture on the Monroe County Library System’s Facebook page at facebook.com/mymcls by August 18, 2014 to be entered in a drawing for great prizes! Multiple posts are welcome!
Then join us Tuesday, August 19th at 1:00pm to hear a story read aloud to you next to the Little Brown Bear statue. Winners of the Facebook drawing will be announced at this program, but you do not need to be present to win.
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela
Today is Nelson Mandela Day, marked by his birthday. This is the first Mandela Day since his death last December.
Paying Tribute to Madiba on Mandela Day
Nelson Mandela was only 33 years old when a speech he gave incited a protest in Durban and first landed him in jail. Over the next 10 years, Mandela would be arrested three more times for his work fighting South Africa’s oppressive apartheid regime until a 1962 conviction for sedition sent him to prison for the next 27 years.
“I was hoping to capture some sense of the hardships he suffered,” retired Johannesburg math lecturer Vivien Budge (@vivbudge) says of the young Mandela portrait she painted, “the anger he must have felt at the injustices he witnessed and the relentless tenacity, determination and courage with which he fought for his beliefs.”
After his release in 1990, Mandela helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa and became the country’s first black democratically elected President. Mandela, who died last December but would have been 96 today, continues to inspire South Africans and others around the world to this day.