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Jan 20 2009

Presidential Inauguration

by Heather S

Today marks a historic day for our nation.  And, it seems that everywhere I turn it’s what everyone is talking about.  As I channel surfed across the news stations on the television this weekend, one commentator mentioned a bit of interesting trivia. President-elect Obama has opted to include the phrase “so help me God” at the end of the oath of office, which every president has done since George Washington in 1789.  This made me wonder about other facts and tidbits about the inauguration. So, here’s a quiz on inaugural firsts:

  • Whose inaugural ceremony was the first to be broadcast on the radio?  Television?  Internet?
  • Who was the first president to take the oath of office in Washington, DC?
  • Who delivered the longest address?  The shortest address?
  • Who was the only unelected Vice President to become President?
  • Who was the first president inaugurated on January 20th?

To find the answers, look here.

And, if you aren’t able to make the trek to Washington, D.C. or want more information on the inauguration, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies’ website posts maps for the festivities, a program with the schedule of all the performers involved in the ceremonies, luncheon information that includes recipes from the menu, and pictures of the table settings, including the china and the flower arrangements.   If you can’t be there in person, this looks like the best site to make it seem like you really are there.  And, if you want to watch the inauguration with others in the DeKalb area, you can stop at the Chamblee, Clarkston, Redan-Trotti and Wesley Chapel – William C. Brown Libraries where the Inaugural Ceremonies will be shown on the big screen.


Jan 17 2009

King Holiday Observed

by Nolan R

All DeKalb County Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, January 19 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday.  A list of local events is available online from The King Center.

A great online resource for photos, letters, videos, and much, much more relating to Dr. King (as well as other civil rights leaders and events), is the Civil Rights Digital Library.  It’s an excellent and fascinating resource.  Click here to watch a WSB newsfilm clip from First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama on May 21, 1961, where Dr. King encourages nonviolence while a riot goes on outside.


Jul 1 2008

Unlimited Enthusiasm

by Heather S

Unlimitedenthusiasm_4 Unlimited Enthusiasm Expo ’08, aka Camp Jump and Yell for Boys and Girls and Wizards, is coming to Atlanta! On July 6, Harry and the Potters, Math the Band, Uncle Monsterface and Dumbledore D$ will be rocking at Eyedrum. The enthusiasm will be unleashed starting with an early show at 5pm and the regular show at 6pm.

According to the press release, one can “expect a show filled with kids and adults, parents and teenagers, all collectively losing their minds in a joyous outpouring of geeky summer fun. This will be the ultimate experience in participatory concerts with volunteers for each show on hand to mix Kool-aid and Tang and make peanut butter and jelly and grilled cheese sandwiches. There will be name-tags! Voter registrations! Awesome wizards! Giant monsters! Cool videos! Rock and roll aerobics! Inflatable monkeys! Dancing sock puppets! A rock and roll tour can be whatever we want, so long as we have one thing: Unlimited Enthusiasm. “

Advance tickets are available for $10 at Little Shop of Stories or at a local Ticket Alternative Outlet, which include Criminal Records, Decatur CD or Ella Guru. Advance tickets can also be purchased online from Ticket Alternative. Tickets on the day of the show or at the door will be $12.

I will see you jumping, yelling and dancing with sock puppets at the Expo!  I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it, I’m planning on losing control and letting the enthusiasm flow! *

* My apologies are given to the Pointer Sisters for mutilating their song with my silliness. I blame my unlimited enthusiasm.