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Alien invasion. Unlikely? As unlikely as Pearl Harbor? The extinction of the dinosaurs? A meteor strike that levels whole forests in Siberia? You get the drift. Some events produce such a massive setback to life, the Earth and to humanity that we must understand and prepare for them, even if the chances are low that they’ll come about. In fact, it will be criminal and abrogation of our duty to future generations if we do not get ready! But where to begin?
Drs. Travis S. Taylor and Bob Boan have the answers. Both are experienced scientists, physicists with expertise in both defense and military signal intelligence and experience working with both the Department of Defense and NASA. These are intellectual heavyweights who have a clear idea of the possibilities of alien contact, the calculations of whether or not that contact will be friendly…and what to do if it’s not. Summary: amazon.com
Colonel Philip J. Corso (Ret.), a member of President Eisenhower's National Security Council and former head of the Foreign Technology Desk at the U.S. Army's Research & Development department, has come forward to tell the whole explosive story. Backed by documents newly declassified through the Freedom of Information Act, Colonel Corso reveals for the first time his personal stewardship of alien artifacts from the crash, and discloses the U.S. government's astonishing role in the Roswell incident: what was found, the cover-up, and how these alien artifacts changed the course of 20th century history. Summary: amazon.com
More than half of all Americans believe UFOs and aliens exist. How did extraterrestrials come to be so real for so many? Toby Smith tracks down our fascination with extraterrestrials, showing how Roswell became the fiber out of which all flying saucer and alien stories were woven in science fiction films and television programs, especially in the late 1940s and the 1950s. It all began outside Roswell on a July night in 1947. A nearby military base's official announcement of the recovery of a crashed flying saucer went out to radio stations and newspapers nationwide--including The New York Times. The military's quick retraction came too late. The government had already said extraterrestrials existed.
Today visitors are taken to the crash site in a vehicle with license plates reading Believe. And believe people do. But why? Statements of belief in extraterrestrials from such diverse and noteworthy people as General Douglas MacArthur, Carl Jung, and Elvis Presley firmly fixed the place of aliens in modern American culture. Summary: amazon.com
Smith not only examines movies and the media to understand the prominence of aliens in our contemporary culture, he also shows how New Mexico and Wright Field in Ohio, where the bodies of the aliens were reportedly taken, remain particularly fertile spawning grounds for UFO stories. Once extraterrestrial visitors landed (or didn't land) in Roswell, the notion we're not alone in the universe quickly became part of American popular culture.
If you are enjoying the press coverage of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, come to the library to learn more about her.
The summer reading season begins with these June best sellers. Place your holds now.
Bloodline / James Rollins
Sign up for the adult summer reading program for a chance to win prizes for doing what you enjoy…reading books or listening to audiobooks. Finish 5 books by July 31st to win a paperback book of your choice. When you complete the program you will automatically be entered into the grand prize drawing where you might win a Nook e-reader or gift cards from local restaurant. Stop by the Adult Reference Desk for more details.
Sarah Joynt will discuss major tourist destinations in Japan as well as many areas off the beaten path using her own dramatic photos on Wednesday, June 6 from 7-8 P.M. Additional topics include culture, customs, and food. Japanese refreshments will be served. The program is FREE and open to the public. Walk-Ins are welcome! - MA
See Adult Services to sign up or call 630-260-1550 for any questions or register online at www.glensidepld.org.
The program is canceled due to presenter illness. - MA
If your dog or cat is an important part of your life, you'll enjoy these light mysteries featuring pet sidekicks. Sometimes the dog or cat solves the mystery, sometimes he just helps.
You've probably heard about TIME magazine's controversial May 21st cover regarding attachment parenting. But what does it really involve? Find out more about the theory developed by pediatrician William Sears and how it is practiced.
There's nothing like a little romance and a little danger to get your heart plumping. What better way to honor Daphne du Maurier's May birthday than to check out a romantic suspense book or movie. Her novel Rebecca is a real classic romantic suspense novel and Alfred Hitchcock turned the book into a wonderful movie. Once you have re-read the book or watched the movie again, pick up one of these romantic suspense favorites.
Iron house / John Hart
National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month — and help get more people in your community out riding too!