Monday, January 28, 2013

Bernardsville Library: A Drum Major For Justice

Bernardsville Library was honored as a "drum major for justice" by Raritan Valley Community College at its annual MLK Community Partner Breakfast on Friday, January 25, 2013.  Madelyn English, Bernardsville Library's Adult Program Manager, represented the library at this occasion and was recognized for providing "service learning opportunities for the students of RVCC."
A "drum major for justice" distinction refers to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assertion that the greatest leaders serve others, putting justice above personal gain.  In the year before he was assassinated, Dr. King stated his hope that he would be remembered as a drum major for justice.  Raritan Valley Community College celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. annually with this recognition breakfast for its community partners.  Thank you, RVCC!

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Good Girls Revolt

Memoirs and Coffee, one of Bernardsville Library's book groups, will discuss Lynn Povich's  The Good Girls Revolt, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  Copies of the book are now available and new members are invited to attend.
The Good Girls Revolt recounts the story of a movement for female workers' rights at Newsweek in the 1960's when women were deemed suitable only for the mail room and fact checking.  Newsweek's female workforce wanted more, specifically that a third of the reporters and writers be women, and they sued Newsweek twice for a more equitable distribution of jobs.
What seems like a reasonable demand now was revolutionary at the time.  Author Lynn Povich was part of this movement and became the first female senior editor at Newsweek as a result of the "good girls revolt."