Black History Month

What is the origin of Black History Month? It began with a man named Carter G. Woodson, whose was the son of former slaves. Dr. Woodson was an African American who received his PHD from Harvard. He also founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History which is today called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (  In 1926, Woodson promoted the idea of a Negro History Week”, this was to be held the second week of February. It was chosen because it marked the birthdays of two important men: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  The year of 1976 marked the  50th anniversary of the beginning of “Negro History Week” and the United States’ Independence and the week was expanded to Black History Month.

This Year in 2011, the theme is “African Americans and the Civil War”. The Monroe County Library is participating in this event and our Division has posted a list of new books on the topic for our  special topic series. Take a look at the following selection:


Carter Woodson


With the economy the way it is, many vulnerable people fell victim to scam artists. According to the Better Business Bureau’s website scams of 2010 usually targeted job hunters, financially strapped families. Senior citizens are particulary vulnerable and call us asking about lottery checks they received in the mail. Listed Below are the Top Ten Scams of 2010. Knowledge is power, so hopefully this information will prevent you from being scammed.

The Better Business Bureau today released a list of the top 10 scams, rip-offs and complaint types of 2010 for Upstate New York. Job hunters and those struggling to make money and get out of debt were common targets of fraudsters, hackers and deceptive businesses in this tough economy.


“Scammers had a field day even though the economy is showing signs of a mend, targeting struggling families who were looking for work and trying to make ends meet,” said David Polino, Better Business Bureau President. “While some of the most popular scams are persistent problems that continue to plague consumers, some new additions to the list are signs of our tough economic times.”–scams-rip-offs-and-complaints-of-2010-24683

Time management

Happy New Year. 

When thinking about the New Year, we often think about how to manage our time more wisely. The library can help us out with this. Our Division has several books on Time Management and I have pulled together a selection of books that focus on the topic. Take a look and come to check them out. Every month, I put a new topic of our books on our webpage. In the past, we have had topics such as
weddings, mothers and daughters, elections, best books of the year etc.