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June, 2003

Happy June!
June: Ben Franklin flies a kite (1752) June 2: Queen Elizabeth II crowned (1953) June 14: Flag Day June 15: Father's Day June 17: Battle of Bunker Hill (1775) June 21: First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice) June 25: St. Christopher's Day June 27: Helen Keller's Birthday (1880) June 28: Henry VIII's Birthday (1491)


"Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none." -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790). Franklin was a writer, printer, newsman, publisher, editor, civic leader, inventor, scientist, philosopher, musician, patriot, statesman, and diplomat.

Ben Franklin

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The IMA Hero™ Bears visit a public community library. The bears excite the children to read books about their favorite heroes. What books have you read lately?

Henry Hudson (Watts Library)
Excellent book from the Watts Library Explorer Series. Introduces young readers to Henry Hudson and his explorations near the North Pole and North America. Great photos and maps. This book is highlighted in our Explorers Reading Program featuring Juan Ponce de León, Francisco Coronado, Henry Hudson, and Lewis and Clark.

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Question:
When did Ben Franklin perform his kite and key experiment which proved lightning is electricity?
a) January, 1706
b) June, 1752
c) July, 1776
d) April, 1790


Ben Franklin and his son, William, flying a kite and key during a thunderstorm to prove lightning is electricity.

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Did you know Anne Sullivan was Helen Keller's teacher?

Yes. Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on June 27, 1880. She was born with full sight and hearing. When Helen was about 1-1/2 years old, she became sick with meningitis. Although Helen recovered from her illness, she lost her sight and hearing.

In 1887, Anne Sullivan became Helen's teacher. Anne taught Helen words using a finger alphabet. Anne passed Helen's hand under a water pump and spelled out the word "w-a-t-e-r." Helen understood and wanted to learn more. Helen then learned the word "teacher" which is what Helen called Anne. Helen continued to learn thousands of words.

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My brother. My brother is in the Air Force and is about to go overseas. We just found out that his wife of 3 years (who was also in the military) is pregnant. She is due in 5 months but my brother will still be away. I think he is a brave guy who is loved by many! He risks his life for the good and well-being of our country. He IS my hero! And I love him SO much!

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Question:
What is a cloture vote?

U.S. Capitol

Answer:
According to
C-SPAN, a cloture is the formal procedure used to end a filibuster. It can take up to three days and requires 60 votes. Cloture can also be used to ban non-germane amendments even if there is no filibuster underway. If cloture wins, 30 additional hours of debate are allowed prior to voting, but they are rarely used. If cloture fails, debate would continue without limits. Instead, the bill is usually set aside.

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Question:
When did Ben Franklin perform his kite and key experiment which proved lightning is electricity?
a) January, 1706
b) June, 1752
c) July, 1776
d) April, 1790


In 1752, Ben Franklin and his son, William, flying a kite and key during a thunderstorm to prove lightning is electricity.

Answer:
b) June, 1752.

Ben had a theory that lightning is electricity, and he performed an experiment to prove this theory in June, 1752. Ben made a special kite made out of silk. He flew this kite during a storm. Ben noticed parts of the string standing up (like our hair stands up when there is static electricity in the air). When Ben touched the kite, he got a shock. This shock proved lightning is electricity. Luckily, the shock did not harm Ben.

Do the other dates sound familiar? If so, here is why:
Ben was born in January, 1706.
The Declaration of Independence was adopted by all the colonies in July, 1776.
Ben died in April, 1790.

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