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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Lincoln at the Central Library

   Lincoln is back in the movie theaters with Steven Spielberg's movie "Lincoln" which opened in the theaters yesterday.  President Obama even got a first look at the movie at the White House on Thursday with Spielberg and many of the cast members in attendance.  The movie follows Lincoln the last four months of his life as he tries to get the 14th amendment to the Constitution passed.  This amendment was the first to pass after the Civil War and gave citizenship to members of all races.  Lincoln of course didn't live to see it passed.
   At the Central Library is a traveling display on Lincoln and the Civil War.  This paneled display give a background to the issues being addressed in the United States that led to the Civil War and Lincoln's efforts to keep the Union together.
   As we enter the 150th anniversary of many of the significant battles of that was this exhibit at Central is a great way to bring this history to life for young people.
   The library also has many books on Lincoln and the Civil War to check out.

From the Columbia Association:

Volunteers and donations needed as Howard County helps those still in need after Hurricane Sandy
Columbia Association (CA), Food on the 15th and the Young Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County will be joining together to assist those still in need after Hurricane Sandy — and help from local residents is key.
The organizations will be collecting donations on Saturday, Nov. 17, from noon to 3 p.m. at Clarksville Middle School, located at 6535 Trotter Road. In addition, volunteers will be needed to help load the donations into the truck (which is being provided and driven by CA’s Open Space Division staff), to direct traffic at the site and then to help unload the truck once it arrives at the Civil Air Patrol, Maryland Wing in Glen Burnie. Those able to assist should contact Julie Rosenthal of Food on the 15th at Students can receive community service hours for volunteering.
The items needed are: bottled water, easy-to-open non-perishable food (please make sure any cans have pop-top lids), plastic dining utensils, paper plates, trash bags, warm clothing of all sizes (including coats, hats, scarves, gloves and shoes), blankets, sleeping bags, diapers, baby food, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cat and dog food, buckets, brooms, work gloves, face masks, shovels, trash bins, 5-gallon totes, tool belts, tape measures, large heavy-duty contractor trash bags, work boots, new heavy work socks and safety goggles. Donations will not be accepted before noon or after 3 p.m.
Please bring items in boxes, not bags. Also needed are empty boxes to help the volunteers sort donations, particularly the large, flat boxes that vegetables come in and that can be picked up from stores such as BJ’s and Costco.

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