This Week in History: December 3, 1967

transplantOn December 3, 1967, a South African heart surgeon, Dr. Christiaan Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant operation. Leading a large team of surgeons at Groote Shuur Hospital in Cape Town, Bernard replaced the mortally diseased heart of Louis Washkansky, a 53 year old grocer, with the healthy heart of a 25 year old motor accident victim, Denise Darvall. Barnard said the main problem was not the operation itself, but persuading the patient’s immune system not to reject the new heart.

On this day : the history of the world in 366 days. New York, NY : Crescent Books. (1992.).

To find out more, visit the following databases available through the library:

Gale Virtual Reference Library:

Christiaan N. Barnard. (2004). In Encyclopedia of World Biography (2nd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 7-8). Detroit: Gale. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CCX3404700449&v=2.1&u=lcpls&it=r&p=GVRL&sw=w&asid=47ad94fd26eda74015134a2d0c65464f

Health and Wellness Resource Center:

Christiaan Barnard: his first transplants and their impact on concepts of death. (Looking back…)

Raymond Hoffenberg. British Medical Journal. Dec 22, 2001 v323 i7327 p1478(3).

Find a full list of our available online Resources and Databases by clicking here.

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Coming Soon: December New Fiction Titles

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Watch for these new fiction titles coming to our catalog in December!  Visit our website and place a hold today.

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Introducing Little Pim!

pimMeet Little Pim!  The Little Pim program supports foreign language learning for children, which multiple studies have shown improves memory and analytic abilities while strengthening problem-solving skills.  The program helps children acquire a new vocabulary and a near-native accent. Children will love following along with Little Pim, the adorable cartoon panda bear who serves as teacher. Together with Little Pim, children can learn 360 words and phrases, providing the essential building blocks for language learning. Each of the educational videos has a unique child-friendly theme, such as eating, playtime and feelings.

To access Little Pim from our website, go to our Resources page and find the Mango link under “M.”  On the Mango page you will select the “Kids” link, as shown below.

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Friends of the Irmo Branch Library 25th Anniversary Celebration with Cassandra King

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The Friends of the Irmo Branch Library celebrated their 25th anniversary in the month of September. To kick off the celebration, author Cassandra King visited the branch and spoke about her writing process, how she comes up with story ideas, and what she’s working on next.  On September 14, Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor entertained patrons all afternoon with bluegrass.  Throughout the month, the Friends also hosted an art show where works from over 20 local artists associated with the Corley Mills Artists Group and the Seven Oaks Art League were displayed. Patrons were able to vote on the works throughout the month, and a reception was held to announce the winning piece.  Carole Timmerman took home the prize as her piece, “Hanging Out,” was selected as the favorite.

United Nations Day

image012On October 23, the Irmo Branch hosted their third annual United Nations Day.  Dancers performed from the Hindu Cultural Center and Dance of Ireland.  Staff members Antonella Nardella and Jacqueline Owens read the bilingual book Pizza in Pienza by Susan Fillion with Antonella reading in Italian and Jacqueline reading in English.  Food was generously donated by Chapala’s Mexican Restaurant (chips and salsa), Travinia’s Italian Kitchen (lasagna), The Villa (garlic bread), Zorba’s Greek Restaurant (baklava), and Bhavani Kalapathy (yogurt salad and chicken biryani). We hope to make it an even bigger event next year!

Tween Food Fear Factor

tweenfoodfearfactorOn October 16, the Irmo Branch Library held their second annual Food Fear Factor for tweens.  After a discussion of international cuisines, various “scary” foods were sampled.  Roaches (prunes stuffed with cream cheese), worms (slivers of hot dog), kitty litter (crumbled cake with squirts of chocolate), dirty dish water (foamy green punch) and ear wax Q-tips (marshmallows dipped in melted butterscotch on a stick) were all enjoyed.  The tweens found they loved the flavored crickets best, which were sour cream and onion, salt and vinegar and bacon and cheddar.  After a discussion of foods that the tweens liked and disliked, broccoli was unanimously voted their least favorite!

Introducing Teen Zine + LCPL Teens on Goodreads

teenzineLCPL TeenZine is our new blog just for teens!  It features highlights from recent events, award winning books, and reviews of interest for those in grades 6 – 12.

In addition to TeenZine, check out the LCPL Teens Goodreads page where our library professionals review and recommend YA books of all genres.  This is a great resources for both teens and fans of YA at any age!