November 21, 2019 | Patton
Ernest J. Gaines was born outside of Baton Rouge, LA in 1933. At age 15, Gaines moved with his family to California, where he encountered greater equal access to education. After attending San Francisco State University, he was awarded fellowship at Stanford. Gaines returned to Louisiana in 1963 and garnered critical acclaim with his 1971 book The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. That book and his 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, were both made into feature films. You may find these titles and other powerful works by Gaines in our collection.
February 8, 2019 | Patton
From the Royal Shakespeare Company and on the big screen, British actor Albert Finney delighted audiences on both sides of the pond. His lovable gruffness was perfect for roles like Daddy Warbucks in "Annie" and the indomitable Winston Churchill in "The Gathering Storm." Check out the range of his work with DVDs from our collection.
January 17, 2019 | jonesw
Mary Oliver was widely known as one of the most prolific, established, and best-selling American poets of all time. Oliver began writing poetry as a teenager and eventually published over thirty volumes of poetry. Her work was heavily influenced by nature and was often deeply introspective. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for American Primitive and the National Book Award in 1992 for New and Selected Poems. Join us in celebrating her life with some materials from our library collection.
December 18, 2018 | Patton
Penny Marshall brought joy and tears to American screens big and small over the past 40 years. Marshall first broke out as Laverne on "Laverne & Shirley" and went on to direct "BIG" and "A League of Their Own" to name a few. Join us in celebrating her life with some materials from our library collection.
December 1, 2018 | Patton
Mr. Bush served from 1989 to 1993, "capping a career of more than 40 years in public service. A decorated Navy pilot, he was the last of the World War II generation to occupy the Oval Office. He had been a two-term congressman from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, United States envoy to China, director of the Central Intelligence Agency and vice president, under Ronald Reagan. And he achieved what no one had since Martin Van Buren in 1836: winning election to the presidency while serving as vice president." (NY Times)
Click here to see pictures of Mr. Bush's visit to the library in 1992
November 12, 2018 | Patton
Suffice it to say that Stan Lee was the Godfather of modern comic books. He had a hand in the creation or proliferation of almost every popular Marvel Comics series since the 1960s, and on into the blockbuster film successes of the 21st Century. Lee's co-creation credits include the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and Marvel's most successful character, Spider-Man, all of whom lived in a thoroughly shared universe. He also gathered several of their newly created characters together into the team title The Avengers and would revive characters from the 1940s such as the Sub-Mariner and Captain America.
He has left an indelible impression on hardcore fans and popular culture. He will be missed, though his legend will clearly live on for decades to come. 'Nuff Said!