05 20, 2020

Revisit the Battle of Midway during special online program

By |2020-05-20T13:47:21-04:00May 20, 2020|

Rediscover the Battle of Midway during a special program to commemorate its 78th anniversary.

Rediscover the Battle of Midway during a special program to commemorate its 78th anniversary.

Commemorate the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Midway by revisiting one of the pivotal moments in United States history during a special online program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4.

On June 4, 1942, the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy fought one of the key battles of World War II near Midway Island. The result would decide the fate of the war in the Pacific. Dr. John Foster, will tell the story of the battle and of the incredible heroism of the sailors and naval aviators who achieved victory that day.

Foster’s talk will be hosted on Zoom and is free to attend. However, registration is required on our event calendar. You can also call the library’s reference desk for assistance registering: 440-255-8811 ext. 216.

Once you register, details on how you can view the program will be emailed to you a day before the program is scheduled to begin. (If you don’t find the email in your inbox, please check your spam folder.)

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II, US Presidents of the 20th Century, and the Revolutionary War at our library.

07 8, 2019

Akron during World War II

By |2019-07-08T06:00:10-04:00July 8, 2019|

Goodyear blimps had a very different role during World War II.

Goodyear blimps had a very different role during World War II.

The city of Akron, Ohio, had an outsized impact during World War II.

Its citizens served in Europe and the South Pacific. Goodyear built blimps that hunted Nazi submarines. And some of the city’s most renowned residents had a personal tie to the war.

Celebrated Beacon Journal artist Web Brown created cartoons that boosted morale. And Newspaper magnate John S. Knight lost a son in Germany. Five month later, he watched the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri.

You can learn more about Akron’s role in World War II when author and historian Tim Carroll visits at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22, at our Main Branch.

Carroll is an Akron native, and both of his grandfathers were drafted before Pearl Harbor. He wrote World War II Akron, which explains the city and its people’s role in the war. If you want to read the book before Carroll’s talk, you can borrow a copy from us or on Hoopla.

This program is free to attend and open to all. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, if you’re interested in history, we’ve hosted several programs and lectures about World War II — many of which you can watch online. This includes WWII veteran and Purple Heart recipient Bob Zonneville sharing his experiences from the front line.

Zonneville and local historian Thom Matowitz also spoke at the library to discuss what life was like for WWII veterans when they returned home.

Furthermore, our own Dr. John Foster — who, in addition to being a reference librarian, has a doctorate degree in history with a specialization in Modern German History — has given several lectures on WWII and the Holocaust that you can watch online.

Finally, we have hundreds — not an exaggeration — of books and documentaries about World War II that are free to borrow with your library card.

10 25, 2017

MPL Talks: Winston Churchill & the Battle of Britain

By |2017-10-25T06:00:33-04:00October 25, 2017|

Our Major Leaders of World War II series concludes with a closer look at Winston Churchill.

Our speaker, John Foster—who, in addition to being a librarian, also has a doctorate degree in history—discussed:

  • Churchill’s acumen as a leader, speaker, soldier, writer, war correspondent, and drinker.
  • Churchill’s relationship with Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Stalin.

For those who want a deeper dive into Churchill’s life, Foster recommends the William Manchester biographies.

Other historical talks by Foster can be watched on our YouTube page, including:

08 29, 2017

MPL Talks: The Life of Josef Stalin

By |2017-08-29T06:00:26-04:00August 29, 2017|

Our Major Leaders of World War II series continued with a program about Josef Stalin, our ally during the war and greatest threat afterward.

Our speaker, John Foster—who, in addition to being a librarian, also has a doctorate degree in history—discussed:

  • Stalin’s rise through the ranks of his party
  • his misdeeds, from armed robbery to mass murder
  • the difference between Stalinism, Leninism, and Marxism
  • how Stalin would “erase” his opponents from history

For those who want a deeper dive into Stalin’s life, Foster recommends Stephen Kotkin’s, Stalin Vol. I: Paradoxes of Power.

If you enjoy history, the next talk in our WWII series will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at our Main Branch. The subject will be Winston Churchill.

Other historical talks by Foster can be watched on our YouTube page, including:

07 13, 2017

MPL Talks: Franklin Delano Roosevelt & WWII

By |2017-07-13T06:00:42-04:00July 13, 2017|

Our Major Leaders of World War II series continued with a program about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the longest-serving president in the country’s history.

Our speaker, John Foster—who, in addition to being a librarian, also has a doctorate degree in history—discussed:

• how his Roosevelt’s father’s illness contributed to his personality
• why someone tried to assassinate Roosevelt shortly after he was elected president
• his troubled marriage with Eleanor Roosevelt
• how he interacted with other world leaders like Churchill and Stalin
• the two biggest mistakes he made while in office.

If you enjoy history, the next talk in our WWII series will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, at our Main Branch. The subject will be Joseph Stalin.

Other historical talks by Foster can be watched on our YouTube page, including:

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