Thursday, October 31, 2013

Profiles In Courage High School $10,000 Essay Contest Announed

Complete contest information for the Profile in Courage Essay Contest for high school students is available at 

 High school teachers are encouraged to invite their students  to write an original essay on an act of political courage by a U.S elected official who served during or after 1956.

 The 35th President of the United States wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning book as a Senator in 1957. He himself was awarded the the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his courageous conduct as commanding officer of the PT 109 torpedo boat in World War II in the Pacific after the boat's collision with a Japanese destroyer in the Solomon Islands on  August 1, 1943.

The book is available at the Niles Public Library and its availability  can be ascertained by checking the library's catalog .

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Book Sentry October, 2013

The newly ordered titles listed below  provide context for the library's ongoing Veterans History Project. The Niles Public Library is a founding partner with the Library of Congress in the national effort to preserve the memoirs of those who served.

Patrons can check the current availability of these books by checking the library's catalog where they can also place holds on books.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rest in Peace, Walter Beusse, Boatswain 2/C

World War II veteran Walter Beusse passed away last month at age 92. Mr. Beusse was an early participant in the Veterans History Project at the Niles. His transcript of his 2 and 1/2 years of service in the US Navy
as a Navy Seabee in the Pacific can be read in the library and online via the library's web site  .

The cover of Mr. Beusse's transcript appears below.

An excellent local obituary, reviewing his many contributions to the civic life in Niles and written by Pam DeFiglio, appeared in the Niles-Morton Grove Patch on September 29.

Monday, October 7, 2013

New Home for Veterans History Project Collection at the Niles Public Library

The library's ongoing, exciting renovation has made it possible for the repackaging and new placement of the 52 interview sets out on the 3rd floor in the Adult Reference Collection within sight of the service counter.

The VHP Collection now enjoys more visibility and easier access for  public.

The interviews can also be read and listened to and searched on the  library's new website at  . They are organized and accessed by the search tabs on the left: World War II  – Europe, World War II  - Pacific, Homefront, Korea, Cold War and Viet Nam.