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Book Lovers Day: Books Record History

Book Lovers Day is celebrated on August 9th in order to inspire all walks of life to adopt a love of reading. In the ever-changing, fast-paced society that is continuously reliant on technology, it is a rarity to see someone stooped over to read a book. Let's put an end to tech-neck, and make reading great again. 

Female Book Lover Art Print

Print by Samantha Almon Adeluwoye 

Spotlight on Diversity: The Youth is Our Future: International Youth Day

In an increasingly connected world of human beings, diversity celebrates the inclusion of ALL. All races, genders, cultures, ages, physical disabilities, religions, political beliefs, economic levels, ethnicities, and sexual orientations should be freely celebrated without fear or judgment. 


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International Youth Day was created to inspire world-wide change through the young women and men, by raising awareness in society of the adversity that is so prevalent in youth culture today. This year's theme is Education, as there are so many in the world that go without it. This is celebrated on August 12th.


A Book Review From An Old Friend

Lee Carr, retired HFU Library Assistant and friend, has thought of the idea to review books from our collection so as to encourage readership within the realm of older titles and unusual topics. We are grateful for your enthusiasm, Lee! Take the time to read this month's pick.

"I said I'll do it, and I've done it." This is how Grandma Emma Gatewood ended her first journey on the Appalachian Trail in 1955. But this book is not just an adventure story about a 67-year-old woman completing the entire Appalachian Trail alone. This story is her biography and how she was inspired and determined to do all that she accomplished.

Her life begins on a farm and the work she learned prepared her with more life skills than anyone ever gets to survive an adventure like this. She also learned to survive an abusive marriage and raised 11 children that would give many women reasons to end it all, but not Emma. She was a survivor from the start. So, when she read the story in the August 1949 National Geographic about the Appalachian Trail while sitting in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, she thought it sounded simple enough and she decided to do it. Once she starts a trail, she sticks to it.

Not many people had hiked the AT before Emma, and many who have since her would say that they never would do it the way she did. She expected a simple walk along a trail going through woods and up some mountains. She had no sleeping bag, only a blanket. She had no backpack, only a drawstring bag that she made from a yard of denim cloth. The items she carried in this bag included Vienna sausage, raisins, peanuts, bouillon cubes, some iodine, hairpins and Vicks salve. She also packed a gingham dress and a pair of slippers incase she needed to look “nice” along the trail. She had a Swiss army knife, a flashlight, some candy mints, a pen and notepad and some drinking water.

She had no hiking boots just a simple pair of canvas Keds sneakers that she wore with her dungarees and a cotton shirt. She packed a coat to keep her warm and a shower curtain to keep off the rain. She had no map or tent either. A modern hiker today would say that she would never make it like this but her determination and dedication to the trail would prove them wrong. It was luck and the kindness of strangers that helped her accomplish this goal alone.

When she ended the trail, she became a celebrity and was invited to different places to talk about her adventure. She continued to hike this trail again and others. Her story has inspired many to complete the Appalachian Trail and reading this book will inspire you to complete journey’s in your life as well.

Raise Your Voice on Infinity Day

In 2019, many people fear that self-expression will result in arguments, but Infinity Day hopes to change that. The goal of this day is to strengthen the voices of individuals through art, philosophy, science and life skills so that they can enter into meaningful discourse about every day issues without inspiring reactive behavior. 

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