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Week of September 10, 2001

Quote of the Week

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood." Marie Curie (1867-1934). Curie was a Polish Scientist and Chemist who specialized in radiation. She worked with her husband, Pierre Curie, and they discovered radium and polonium. In 1903, Marie and Pierre Curie and A.H. Becquerel won the Nobel Prize for physics. Marie Curie won another Nobel Prize for chemistry 1935. Did you know Marie Curie was the first person to be awarded a second Nobel Prize?

Photo: Marie Curie

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A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin

This book is featured in Ben's Books. GREAT INTRODUCTION to Ben Franklin, a Founding Father. Easy text, big pictures, and lots of fun. The Picture Book Series by David Adler is a great way to read biographies. For more fun, join our Back-to-School Reading Program featuring Frederick Douglass, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Trivia Question

This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: Name the
thirteen orginial American colonies?

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: Which of the following Documents begins with the words, "Four score and seven years ago"?
a) Articles of Confederation; b) U.S. Constitution; c) Emancipation Proclamation; d) Gettysburg Address

Answer: Gettysburg Address. On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address in the dedication ceremony of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This National Cemetery was established to honor the brave men who had fought and died at the Battle of Gettysburg from July 1 - 3, 1863. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address ends with the words, "that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Read a book about Abe.

Photo: Abe visits the Gettysburg Address Memorial during the PAPA WAS A BOY IN GRAY Book Tour.

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Did You Know…

Did you know Galileo discovered the moon reflects light from the sun?

Yes, in December, 1609, Galileo looked at the earth's moon through his telescope. He observed many things regarding the moon that could not have been known by looking at the moon with the human eye. First, the moon does not create light itself. It shines because it reflects light from the sun. Second, the moon's surface is not smooth and perfect. It has mountains, craters, and valleys just like the earth. Read a book about Galileo.

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Your Question

Q: Who was Marco Polo? (Alexis from Atlanta, Georgia)

A: Marco Polo was a traveler from Venice. He lived from 1254 to 1324. From 1271 to 1274, Marco Polo traveled with his father and uncle to Asia and established a trade route over land from Europe to the Far East. The Far East is made up of the countries of India, China, and Japan. Did you know this trade route was thousands of miles long and took months to travel? Read more about Marco Polo or read a book about Marco Polo.

Photo: Marco Polo

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