In the Works: Bruce C. Clarke Library provides King, civil rights era learning resources Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 January 2018
By Joyce Waybright
Special to GUIDON

The Bruce C. Clarke Library will celebrate the Martin Luther King holiday in January and Black History Month in February with a variety of displays of books and media items. 

This year, the Martin Luther King holiday is Jan. 15. The holiday celebrates the life and work of King, who devoted his life for equality and rights in America.  

To learn more about him and his times, there are more than 300 books, DVDs and audiobooks in the library.

Also available for students and researchers are a large number of online databases and digital resources on King and the civil rights movement, provided free to users by the library and the departments of the Army and Defense.

If you are interested in genealogy, the library has online access to Ancestry and HeritageQuest databases.  

HeritageQuest has a unique section that allows you to search for individuals in Freedman’s Bank (1865-1874) which was founded to serve African Americans. The Ebsco eBook collection and eAudiobook collection has hundreds of electronic books about and by African Americans. The eBooks may be accessed  from any computer with internet connections with no special reader needed or with an app. 

The eAudiobooks may be downloaded to desktop or portable devices supporting Windows Media Player. Tumblebook/Audio Book Cloud, OneClickDigital and Overdrive libraries also have digital books by and about African Americans. The Gale Virtual Reference Library has hundreds of biographical, literature, historical and multi-cultural digital books that can be read as a whole book or searched for subjects/topics like a database.

In order to access most of the above mentioned electronic resources you will need an MWR GLIS My Library Account which is available  to all military and retirees  and family members and  can be used without a CAC card.

Many other databases resources are also available free for our military and civilian employees through AKO ( and, and .  

Visit the Bruce C. Clarke Library webpage and the webcatalog

World War I Book Club          
The World War I Book Club is scheduled at 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Participants will discuss “Storm of Steel” by Ernst Junger. This memoir is widely viewed as the best account ever written of  fighting in WW1. The next meeting is March 29 and “All Quiet on the Western Front,” by Erich Maria Remarque, will be discussed.

Book Brigade Club Meeting                  
A new kind of book club and reading challenge, the Book Brigade Club Meeting, is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1, meeting on the first Thursday of each month. Readers can pick any book they want from the theme of the month and come to the meeting and share it. There will also be a display of the books read to share with all library patrons.  

The first three monthly themes are:  Feb. 1: a book that never fails to make you smile.  March 1: a book set in your home state.  April 1: a book from an author you love but have never read yet.

 For more information, call 573.563.4113.         

(Editor’s note: Waybright is the Bruce C. Clarke Library chief of community service.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 January 2018 )