Tuesday, August 27, 2013
In April of this year a historic moment happened in my home country, the Netherlands, and it was even mentioned in the American media. As of April 30 the world has one king more and one queen less. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated her throne in favor of her son Willem-Alexander, who was inaugurated the same day in the Royal Palace and the Nieuwe Kerk at the Dam Square in Amsterdam. At this moment there are only two reigning queens left of the 26 kingdoms or monarchies in the world, Queen Elizabeth II of England and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
On July 21 a similar historic moment happened in Belgium, where King Albert handed over his reign to his son and Prince Philippe took the oath before the nation’s legislators at the Parliament building in Brussels. This event received little international media attention since at the same time the media was in a frenzy over another historic moment, this time a British one, the highly-anticipated birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first born. Finally after days of endless waiting and speculation, the third heir to the English throne, Prince George of Cambridge, was born on July 22.
Now you wonder what kind of info is this. Well, the above information could be the answers to $10,000 or higher questions in “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” or any other game with high stakes. Just for the record, if you are winning using this information I hope you think of the library and me.
In general, information concerning the smaller, not so well known kingdoms is sparse. However, the library has a nice collection that covers the members of the British monarchy past and present, such as “The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy,” by John Cannon and Ralph Griffiths, “Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy,” by Paul Thomas Murphy, “Royal Affairs: A Lusty Romp Through the Extramarital Adventures that Rocked the British Monarchy,” by Leslie Carroll, “The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy,” by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi and “William & Catherine,” by Andrew Morton.
Adults and Teens
Afterschool Movie (all ages)
Friday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m.
“Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension” (Rated G; 78 minutes)
Mount Pleasant Reel Club – A book/movie discussion group (adults)
Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m.
Read the book, come watch the movie with us, and then participate in a lively discussion.
Book: “Push” by Sapphire
Movie: “Precious” starring Mo’Nique, Gabourey Sidibe and Sherri Shepherd (rated R, 109 minutes)
Savvy Social Security Seminar: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income (adults)
Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Join financial advisor John Williams for this free seminar to learn about strategies to maximize your Social Security benefits.
Monday Book Discussion (adults)
Monday, Sept. 9 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
“The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain
“A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway (optional)
PLAY: DIY Arts and Crafts with Ms. Grace (all ages)
Saturday, Sept. 7 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Being crafty and creative is easier than you think with Ms. Grace’s help.
Babygarten (0 – 18 months with adult)
Mount Pleasant Regional Library
Registration requested; call branch for details.
Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m.
Mount Pleasant Regional Library
Thursday, Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Mirjam Veldkamp works in the reference department at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch (843-849-6161, MTPReference@ccpl.org, www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com, www.ccpl.org. and like us on Facebook).