The Second Air Division Memorial Library welcomes two new American Scholars! Julie Pachico and Linda McCarthy are both PhD students at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and will be working in the Memorial Library all year to provide services and support.
Julie grew up in Colombia, with an American father from California and an English mother from Cambridge. She lived in Portland, Oregon for six years, where she studied Latin American literature and worked in various after-school programs. In 2012 she moved to Norwich, where she is completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. Some of her favorite American authors include Flannery O’Connor, Philip K. Dick and William Faulkner.
Linda was born in New York City, and has lived in various places throughout the United States including New York, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and San Diego, California. She came to Norfolk two years ago and is currently studying Film, Television and Media at the University of East Anglia. Her areas of interest include horror films, religious studies and popular culture.
Now for a few words on our most recent display…
Halloween is a popular holiday celebrated in many countries throughout the world, including the United States. The word Halloween itself, meaning hallowed or holy evening, dates back to the 1700s and is of Christian origin. The observance of Halloween is, in fact, based upon an ancient Christian festival known as All Hallows Eve, part of the three day festival, Allhallowtide, which is dedicated to remembering and honouring saints, martyrs and all loved ones who have passed on. Like many Christian traditions, many believe that Allhallowtide may have pagan origins, in this case the Gaelic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the darker times of winter. Samhain was also believed to be a time when the boundaries between this world and the spiritual realm were at their weakest, and offerings of food and drink were left to please and in some cases appease those crossing over from the other side.
Today, in the United States, Halloween is celebrated with the carving of festive pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, and with children dressing up in costumes representing both the frightening and the fun in the attempt to earn treats or dole out tricks. Here at the Second Air Division Memorial Library, we have been preparing for this holiday by carving our own jack-o-lanterns, and organising a display of books that celebrate the mood of the season. Drop in… if you dare….
Top 5 Things to Do on Halloween
1) Create a costume out of old clothes found in the attic.
2) Carve a pumpkin into a ghoulish grinning ghost. Don’t forget to keep the seeds for roasting!
3) Host a fancy dress party with scrumptious scary snacks like blood soup with bones (tomato bisque with bread sticks).
4) Go trick or treating. Knock on a neighbor’s door, but only if they are displaying Halloween decorations of their own. You are never too old for sweeties after all!
5) Watch a scary movie, but remember to check the bulbs on your night light before turning in.
Suggested Halloween Reads