Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Novice Spy Arrives!

Francesca Dumas

Francesca Dumas

Novice spy Francesca Dumas arrived this month in The The Laced Chameleon Front CoverLaced Chameleon at Internet booksellers.  Follow Francesca from elegant quadroon balls to encounters with enemy agents of the United States.  Acting also as a homicide detective, Francesca stays doggedly on the trail of the mass murderer who assassinated her lover and kidnapped Emily, her best friend.  Young Francesca is mentored by overworked veteran detective Philipe Rousseau, spymaster John Mahan, actress Sarah Butler, and New Orleans humanitarian, Venerable Mother Henriette Delille.

Order print copies today at bobrogers.biz, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.  The ebook is available now at bobrogers.biz.  The ebook will be available at the above mentioned sellers’ web sites and Apple’s iBookstore (via iTunes) within ten days.

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Extraordinary Love and Courage in the Face of Adversity

Hitting Life’s Curveballs is the love story of a young couple who come of age as members of America’s greatest

Hitting Life's Curveballs

Hitting Life’s Curveballs

generation.  Will Wallace, Jr. learns baseball from a local star catcher in the 1930s–his father.  His father’s friend, a small town judge and former catcher for the Atlanta Crackers, helps guide Will’s on-field public_htmlment.  Will’s father is his baseball and life coach.

Will’s sweetheart is Dena, whose mother disapproves of their romance.  Dena’s mother sees Will as beneath their social circle and declares he will “never amount to much.”  Dena loves Will and rejects the suitor selected by her mother.

Their story is one of love and courage in 1940s North Carolina.  Can the couple survive the turmoil confronting them from a class and caste-conscientious mother, racist norms enforced with deadly violence by the Ku Klux Klan, and the struggle against the German and Japanese war machines?  During the war, the young man first guards pilots and planes of the Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails) before he is thrust into intense combat that erodes his hope of living to see his sweetheart again.

(Previously published under the title: Will and Dena.)

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3 of 24 Heroes

Vietnam War veterans and Medal of Honor recipients, (left to right) Spc4 Santiago Erevia, Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, and Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela.

Vietnam War veterans and Medal of Honor recipients, (left to right) Spc4 Santiago Erevia, Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, and Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela.

 

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 19, 2014) — The newest Medal of Honor recipients — 24 veterans who received the honor decades after their extraordinary heroism in three wars — have been inducted into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes.

The veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War were honored at a ceremony at the Pentagon, today, one day after receiving the nation’s highest award for valor in a White House ceremony.

“We are here this morning to celebrate the heroism of 24 selfless individuals — 24 Soldiers whose acts of gallantry in battle merit our highest recognition,” said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the event in the Pentagon auditorium.

“We are also here to correct an injustice of history — to help right 24 wrongs that should have never occurred,” he said.

More than a decade ago, Congress mandated a review of Distinguished Service Cross awards to ensure that heroism wasn’t overlooked due to prejudice or discrimination.

During that review, the 24 Soldiers — who are Hispanic, Jewish, and African-American — were identified as deserving the medal.

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How do I add this pdf ebook to my…?

Kindle_5_WiFiWith more and more frequency, the question is being asked, “How do I add this pdfApple-iPhone ebook to my ereader?”  Now you can get answers clustered in one short list for iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kobo, and Nook.

Click the name of your ereader for details with pictures.

 

iPad

iPhone

Kindle

Kobo

Nook

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Do We Still Need Libraries?

by Public Libraries on March 14, 2014

CharMeck Main Library

CharMeck Main Library

Once upon a time, a library was just about the only place that someone could go to get a book or go to read for free. Librarians knew their turf inside and out. Card catalogs were an essential part of stock organization. After this became outdated, the Dewey Decimal System reigned supreme. Libraries all over the country thrived as one of the main providers of free books and education.

Then came the advent of the internet, and that changed everything. Before long, books were available on different sites on the web, and many companies and organizations strove to catalog and digitize as many books as they legally could. It was only a matter of time until Kindle, Nook, and other ereaders swept the scene. Along with them came the ebook and the ability to download pirated copies of books for free. Many believed that this would be the end of libraries. But, libraries still exist today, and many of them even thrive. So, how is it possible that they survived against the onslaught of ebooks? How did libraries and librarians adapt?

For one thing, the truth is that libraries were never just about borrowing books for free. Librarians provide many services other than those of a desk clerk or customer service agent. They often hold seminars, presentations, contests, and other events to promote free education for the people in their communities and beyond. Over the summer, many libraries hold book-reading contests for young children, with prizes for anyone who participates. These events are considered indispensable by parents and kids alike.

For others, the library is a place of respite and quiet. A place where they can go to get away from the world and

Quiet of the Library

Quiet of the Library

its rush of action, to get away from social obligations or family troubles. Many go to the library to study for projects, papers, and exams. Others simply see it as a recreational hobby, to be able to sit in a comfortable chair and read a good book without interruption.

For another thing, most libraries and librarians do not reject outright the changing tides of technology. And neither does the world, for that matter. In the US, the graduate degree program to become a librarian is often called a Library Science program. This is a relatively recent change, and it reflects the fact that the country believes its librarians should keep up with the latest in information technology. Many librarians agree, and therefore have become experts in the field.

Library science includes learning the latest cataloging, archiving, record-keeping, and information management technologies. They not only curate physical books, they also curate digital media and other technological assets. They are extremely well-versed in anything that has to do with books, education, research and technology. They know the ins and outs of ereaders as well, and more and more libraries are even offering them as items to check out.

Librarians have by and large embraced the changing tides with open arms. After all, public libraries have always maintained a goal of free education and access to books for all people; not just those privileged enough to have the means to pay for it. It is with this attitude that libraries and librarians have willingly educated themselves in the technology needed to keep up with the fast-paced digital world of technology today.

So consider a visit to your local library to see all the recent changes. If you haven’t been to one in a while you might not recognize the place. But don’t worry. Your librarian will be happy to bring you up to speed.

http://www.publiclibraries.com/

Guest author PublicLibraries.com strives to promote the use and support of local public libraries in every city across the United States. We strongly feel that the most important tool in our children’s public_htmlment is the availability of quality education and access to educational materials regardless of class or location.

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Remembering the Sacrifices of the World War II Generation

Remembering the Sacrifices of the World War II Generation

Rosedale Plantation House

Rosedale Plantation House

Rosedale Hero

Rosedale Hero

Rosedale Hero

Rosedale Hero

by Beth Harris

World War II spanned the globe and created more American casualties than any war save the Civil War. The generation that fought the war has been called “The Greatest Generation.”  Join Rosedale Plantation as we honor this generation of heroes and their sacrifices on both the battlefield and the home front. You will step back in time to the 1940’s, when N. Tryon Street was newly paved, North Charlotte hummed with textile mills and Rosedale was a large working farm. Experience this unique exhibit covering all four floors of the 200 year old restored plantation house. Offered during regular tour times Thurs. –Sunday 1:30 and 3:00 PM through Saturday March 29, 2014.

Additional events:

Weekends only: Spectator interaction with Millie Hodge, who was a teenager in Washington, D. C. during the war. She will share what the city was like after the Pearl Harbor attack. Millie also appeared with Eleanor Roosevelt for an interview which was broadcast on the radio. Spectator interaction with June McKinney, who will share her experiences as a child when Wilmington became a boomtown and U-boats lurked off NC’s coast.

March 8 & 15: Book signing: Bob Rogers

March 22: Military re-enactors on site for demonstrations and Q&A.

 

Guest contributor Beth Harris is the Curator of Education at Charlotte’s Historic Rosedale Plantation.  Reach Beth at 704.335.0325 or [email protected].

 

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Mid-twentieth Century Love Story

Hitting Life's Curveballs

Hitting Life’s Curveballs

Mid-twentieth Century Love Story

Apartheid, class, and a rigid caste system is the backdrop for a couple’s mid-twentieth century love story set in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina.  The turmoil around their romance reveals insight into divisive and uniting forces of a small community in a rural county.  Their lives are touched and forever shaped by exclusion and the Ku Klux Klan; as well as by baseball bringing ethnic cooperation and the irony of a World War to fight racism.  During the war, the young man first guards pilots and planes of the Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails) before he is thrust into intense combat that erodes his hope of living to see his sweetheart again. 

The story of the sweethearts is told in the historically accurate novel Hitting Life’s Curveballs by Bob Rogers.

As recently as 1970 in a small North Carolina town, a young African American veteran was chased and beaten to death in public by white men as he pleaded for his life.  His story is told in the non-fiction book, Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy B. Tyson.  Further context is found in North Carolina: Change and Tradition in a Southern State (non-fiction) by William A. Link, as Link  examines the fascinating history of North Carolina through the lens of strong but contradictory historical patterns: powerful forces of traditionalism punctuated by hierarchies of race relations, class, and gender that clashed, especially during the last century.

Meet Bob Rogers as he signs Hitting Life’s Curveballs at historic Rosedale Plantation (3427 North Tryon Street in Charlotte, NC) between 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Saturdays, March 8 and March 15, 2014.  

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Rookie Sleuth

The Laced Chameleon book cover

The Laced Chameleon

Francesca Dumas

Francesca Dumas

Rookie Sleuth

Coming next month, rookie homicide detective Francesca of New Orleans is coached in her first case by a silver-haired police veteran.  Detective Philipe Rousseau mentors Francesca in her stumbling attempt to track down a perpetrator who has murdered three men and kidnaped a woman.  Learn more

 

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