Friday, May 25, 2018

Quick Memorial Day History!

In commemoration of Memorial Day, Lila D. Bunch’s Ashley Layhew has compiled this quick history of the Memorial Day holiday.

The Civil War changed so many things about the country and its history, and created Memorial Day.  The holiday began as Decoration Day, and was celebrated in the South by communities.  It wasn't a widely recognized holiday until 1868.  Families across the country faced the realities of the war in their daily lives, and mourned as they could.  In places where battles had been fought, the brutalities of the war were even more obvious.  Places that once had been farms were now unmarked cemeteries.  In total, about 2% of the country's population died in just four years.  Roughly 620,000 soldiers died in just four years of fighting.  In comparison, American deaths in every other war from the Revolution to the Korean War totaled just over 600,000- combined. 

Early Decoration Day ceremonies were private and local, and citizens would remember their lost loved ones either privately or in grave marking ceremonies.  In 1868, General John Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), called for the first widespread celebration of Decoration Day, and asked participants to decorate graves with flowers.  He did this at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 people marked 20,000 graves.  The GAR was a Union veteran organization that dissolved in 1956 after the death of its last member.

It remained a Civil War holiday until after World War I, when people began celebrating all war dead.  In 1971, Congress declared it a federal holiday.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

It's Almost Time for Overnight Hours! Be Safe!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Notice Regarding Library Book Return

The library's exterior book return box has temporarily been moved for much-needed repairs.  Repairs to the return box are anticipated to take approximately two weeks. During this time, we ask that any library materials be returned inside the building during regular operating hours. Our hours are posted on the front page of the library website and can also be accessed directly here:

Any fines accrued during this period will be waived. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your patience as we make this much-needed improvement.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bunch Library Summer Session Hours

GIG Special Event Notice

The GIG will close at 4:30 today, June 5, 2017.

Monday, May 8, 2017

GIG Special Event Notice

The GIG will be closed for a private event at 3pm on Wednesday, May 10

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bunch Library and Bridges to Belmont Host Read Across America Event

Bunch Library, Bridges to Belmont and the Office of Multicultural Learning & Experience recently hosted 42 sixth graders from Jere Baxter Middle School for Read Across America Day. Dr. Amy Hodges-Hamilton, Department of English, started the day off with a presentation on “The Power of Words” using examples and inspiration from Dr. Maya Angelou.
Students wrote about their own experiences when the power of words helped them and when they were able to use words to help and encourage others by “being a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.” Students were then able to design a graphic novel cover based on the importance of words and reading.
This was followed by a book fair where 87 books were given to participants. At the end, Jere Baxter students asked engaging questions to a panel of Bridges to Belmont students about their college experience and what it took to get to college.