Good Reads

Recently added titles for the Browsing Collection:
U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Ford Country by John Grisham
Red Velvet Turnshoe by Cassandra Clark
Liberating Atlantis by Harry Turtledove
Breathless by Dean Koontz
Remarkable Creatures by Tracey Chevalier
Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler
Sizzle by Julie Garwood
A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh
Days of Gold by Jude Deveraux
Fired Up by Jane Ann Krentz
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
Death of a Valentine by M.C. Beaton
Come by the second floor of the Library and browse these and other good reads.
Happy Reading!

National Staying Healthy Month

January is National Staying Healthy Month, and the AUM Library has a great collection of books, articles, and government documents to guide you in your journey to a healthier you in 2010. Check out the links below for helpful information regarding diet and exercise.
Tips for Adults: Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Across Your Lifespan : Better Health and You.

A Healthier You

Weighing the Evidence in Diet Ads

Exercise: Getting Fit for Life

Remembering Dr. King

This week the AUM Library is commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Stop by the 2nd floor of the Library Tower and check out our display case, or take a ride on the elevators to find out more about Dr. King through our flyers that highlight holdings in our collection.
This week’s selections include:
A Testament of Hope:The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edited by James Melvin Washington, located on the 3rd floor: E185.97.K5 A25 1991
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
By Russell Freedman, located on the 6th floor: 323.1196 F853fr
Going down Jericho Road : The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign
By Michael K. Honey, located on the 4th floor: HD5325 .S2572 1968 M465 2007

The History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
Did you know?
It took 15 years to create the federal Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Congressman John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, first introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968. After the bill became stalled, petitions endorsing the holiday containing six million names were submitted to Congress.
Conyers and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, Democrat of New York, resubmitted King holiday legislation each subsequent legislative session. Public pressure for the holiday mounted during the 1982 and 1983 civil rights marches in Washington.
Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983, which was then signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. A compromise moving the holiday from Jan. 15, King’s birthday, which was considered too close to Christmas and New Year’s, to the third Monday in January helped overcome opposition to the law.
National Consensus on the Holiday
A number of states resisted celebrating the holiday. Some opponents said King did not deserve his own holiday—contending that the entire civil rights movement rather than one individual, however instrumental, should be honored. Several southern states include celebrations for various Confederate generals on that day. Arizona voters approved the holiday in 1992 after a tourist boycott. In 1999, New Hampshire changed the name of Civil Rights Day to Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

Have a “Day On”, not a “Day Off” on January 18th

On January 18th, 2010 the AUM Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is hosting the Inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Reflections Breakfast and Service Day. The breakfast begins at 8am in room 230 of the Taylor Center, the speaker will be Father Manuel Williams of Resurrection Parish. There will also be an opportunity to partcipate in various community service activities beginning at 10:30am. To attend the breakfast or volunteer contact the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at 244-3904 or
The 2010 King Day of Service will Bring Americans Together to Serve their Communities at a Time of Growing Social Need.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is: what are you doing for others?” On January 18, Americans will answer that question by joining with their neighbors to serve their communities on the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
As part of the United We Serve initiative, we are calling on Americans to make the King Holiday ‘a day on, not a day off,’ and to make an ongoing commitment to serve throughout the year.
Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the King Center, the King Day of Service will include thousands of projects spread across all 50 states.
Projects include delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, reading to children, promoting nonviolence, and more, with many projects starting on King Day and lasting throughout the year.
America faces tough challenges, many made worse by the economic downturn. The needs are great, millions of Americans are hurting, and government can’t do it alone.
Volunteer service – starting on the King Holiday and continuing throughout the year – is a powerful way to tackle tough problems and advance social justice.
What Is the King Day of Service?
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the King Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The King Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, addresses social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

Happy New Year!

The AUM Library would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We will be open the week of January 4th, Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:00pm. We will resume normal hours on Jan 11th. In the meantime, check out some interesting facts about New Year traditions and celebrations from around the world!
Did you know?
Hogmanay (Scotland)
The birthplace of “Auld Lang Syne” is also the home of Hogmanay (hog-mah-NAY), the rousing Scottish New Year’s celebration (the origins of the name are obscure). One of the traditions is “first-footing.” Shortly after midnight on New Year’s eve, neighbors pay visits to each other and impart New Year’s wishes. Traditionally, First foots used to bring along a gift of coal for the fire, or shortbread. It is considered especially lucky if a tall, dark, and handsome man is the first to enter your house after the new year is rung in. The Edinburgh Hogmanay celebration is the largest in the country, and consists of an all-night street party (visit their Hagmanay website here).
Oshogatsu (Japan)
The new year is the most important holiday in Japan, and is a symbol of renewal. In December, various Bonenkai or “forget-the-year parties” are held to bid farewell to the problems and concerns of the past year and prepare for a new beginning. Misunderstandings and grudges are forgiven and houses are scrubbed. At midnight on Dec. 31, Buddhist temples strike their gongs 108 times, in a effort to expel 108 types of human weakness. New Year’s day itself is a day of joy and no work is to be done. Children receive otoshidamas, small gifts with money inside. Sending New Year’s cards is a popular tradition—if postmarked by a certain date, the Japanese post office guarantees delivery of all New Year’s cards on Jan. 1.
The Spanish ritual on New Year’s eve is to eat twelve grapes at midnight. The tradition is meant to secure twelve happy months in the coming year.
The Netherlands
The Dutch burn bonfires of Christmas trees on the street and launch fireworks. The fires are meant to purge the old and welcome the new.
In Greece, New Year’s day is also the Festival of St. Basil, one of the founders of the Greek Orthodox Church. One of the traditional foods served is Vassilopitta, or St Basil’s cake. A silver or gold coin is baked inside the cake. Whoever finds the coin in their piece of cake will be especially lucky during the coming year.
United States
Probably the most famous tradition in the United States is the dropping of the New Year ball in Times Square, New York City, at 11:59 P.M. Thousands gather to watch the ball make its one-minute descent, arriving exactly at midnight. The tradition first began in 1907. The original ball was made of iron and wood; the current ball is made of Waterford Crystal, weighs 1,070 pounds, and is six feet in diameter.
A traditional southern New Year’s dish is Hoppin’ John—black eyed peas and ham hocks. An old saying goes, “Eat peas on New Year’s day to have plenty of everything the rest of the year.”
Another American tradition is the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Tournament of Roses parade that precedes the football game on New Year’s day is made up of elaborate and inventive floats. The first parade was held in 1886.
Widely Observed New Year Symbols and Traditions
Resolutions: It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions, and people all over the world have been breaking them ever since. The early Christians believed the first day of the new year should be spent reflecting on past mistakes and resolving to improve oneself in the new year.
Noisemaking and fireworks on New Year’s eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck. The Chinese are credited with inventing fireworks and use them to spectacular effect in their New Year’s celebrations.