There are two great things to look forward to this February, involving two of my favorite things: PBS programming & Books. First off, Season 6 of Doc Martin will be shown on most (some?) PBS Stations this month. Check your local PBS station for listing dates & times. This one seems to vary widely, unlike Downton which we can depend on for Sunday nights.
And second, it’s African-American History Month (aka Black History Month, as it’s known in the UK). History is a subject near and dear to my heart. It was always one of my favorite classes in school, because at its core it’s not dates and battles and world leaders, but stories about people’s lives and how our lives connect to what has come before us. Our history classes in public schools have always been sorely lacking in information on women and minorities and their roles in history, so why not take this month to fill in some of the gaps in your own knowledge bank? I have stocked the Little Free Library with biographies and history books about African-American History and prominent African-American leaders for all reading levels.
If you want a little something about history in general that will rock your world, pick up a copy of Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen at your local library. History is the only subject taught in our schools (elementary, middle school/jr. high, high school) that has to be untaught in college and corrected, instead of built on. If you didn’t take college-level history classes, I encourage you to read Lies My Teacher Told Me. It’s startling the amount of misinformation and mythology that is passed off as historical fact in our textbooks. This is probably a non-fiction book that will hold your interest if you’re accustomed to only reading fiction. I highly recommend it.
And, just one more book related note here. If you live in Solano County or will happen to be in Vacaville this weekend, the Vacaville Friends of the Library Book Sale started yesterday. The sale is ongoing through Monday, February 3rd. They’re open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, and 10 am to 9 pm on Monday. Sunday and Monday are $5 bag day (always my favorite!). The FOTL in Vacaville are very organized, helpful and efficient with check-out and keeping things moving. Stop on by the main branch of the Vacaville Library at 1020 Ulatis Drive this weekend and stock up.
Happy February, everyone!