In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.
|On this day in 1870, Maxfield Parrish was born. Parrish was a painter whose work was popular in the early 20th century. His early work is mostly drawing, much of it commercial art -- illustrating children's books, or creating advertising art. In his 40s, Parrish began to shift to painting, and mostly left commercial work behind. His paintings were filled with intense color and lush, romantic imagery. For some of his more fantastic landscapes, he would construct a three dimensional model as a reference point for the painting. Worlds of Enchantment collects a broad sampling of Parrish's work; it's available as an e-book at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1901, Ruth Krauss was born. Krauss was the author of dozens of popular children's books. Among her classic titles are The Carrot Seed (illustrated by her husband, Crockett Johnson) and A Hole Is To Dig (illustrated by Maurice Sendak). In I Can Fly, a little girl imagines herself flying, running, hopping, and crawling as a variety of animals. I Can Fly is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|
|And on this day in 1978, Louise Brown was born. Brown was the world's first "test tube baby," conceived by in vitro fertilization -- fertilization outside the mother's body. Brown was conceived in a Petri dish, not a test tube, but "test tube" was catchier, and the phrase stuck. Liza Mundy's Everything Conceivable explores the history, science, and ethics of modern reproductive technology; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|