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Nonfiction explores African culture from African perspective PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Author House   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:32

Papers on Language and Culture: An African Perspective’ gathers academic writings into one volume

UPLAND, Ind. – Drawn from years of presentations and publications, “Papers on Language and Culture: An African Perspective” (published by AuthorHouse), by Mary Nyambura Muchiri, Ph.D., collects documents that explore African culture from a non-Western perspective.


“Papers on Language and Culture: An African Perspective” is about main African concepts like Ubuntu, Bantu rhetoric, African proverbs and naming systems. It deals with other issues such as women and land, African-initiated churches, academic writing and university examinations. The last section is on semantic domains of one of the Bantu languages.


An excerpt from “Papers on Language and Culture: An African Perspective”:


You are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others the permission to do the same.

Muchiri knows the need for her book is present. “We are living in a global society,” she says,
“and hence the need to understand the culture of others, if we are to respect and understand our differences, rather than fear them.”

“Papers on Language and Culture: An African Perspective”

By Mary Nyambura Muchiri, Ph.D.

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 292 pages | ISBN 9781438912363

E-Book | 292 pages | ISBN 9781468527353

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Mary Nyambura Muchiri is an associate professor of English at Taylor University. She has a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom. Her other books are “Communication Skills: A Self-Study Course for Universities and Colleges” and “Saved Through Fire: A Family Experiences Kenya's War of Independence.” Her interests include research in college writing, colonial and post-colonial literature and women's issues.

Muchiri is also the author of “The Power of Story: Global Myths on the Origins and Character of Black People” and “His Banner Over Me Is Love: The dreams of An African Woman.”

Rock Island Library Lines - Go Green PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:11
fuzzy green plantSpring will be here (soon, we promise!), so why not get in the mood for all things green with a new program series from your library? Liven Up Your Landscape will help your garden and yard bloom with new ideas. March programs include:


Go Wild-Go Native, Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library 2nd floor. Looking for some new ideas for your garden? Head to the Library for an evening with Marilyn Andress from the Interstate RC&D-RiverBend Wildland Stewards. Marilyn will present benefits, tips and recommendations for adding wild and native plants to your garden.


Putting Some Herbs in Your Life, Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library 2nd floor. Herbs add flavor and color to your garden and your home. Peg Christensen, from QC Herbs, will share her knowledge about herbs and how easily you can add them to your most areas of your life - kitchen, bathroom, closets and more.


There's more in April: Check our library website for dates!

RED IS FOR RAGE - Second novel in THE COLOR OF EVIL series. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Connie Wilson   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:27
Check for more information on Connie (Corcoran) Wilson's new E-book release, second in THE COLOR OF EVIL series, which will be out in paperback at the end of March with a book signing at The Book Rack in Moline, Illinois, on April 27th.
A book signing was held in Sydney, Australia at the Galaxy Bookstore (131 York Street) on February 7th and another will be held at the Book Cellar in Chicago on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m.
THE COLOR OF EVIL ( won the E-Lit Gold Medal (Jenkins group), the Silver Feather from the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Women's Press Association, and is on the Preliminary Ballot (10 finalists) for the Bram Stoker (R) Award in the Young Adult Novel category.
Read more about Connie (Corcoran) Wilson's other published works at her website ( and at the links above. The book is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

KennethWayne Thompson Named Director of the Davenport Public Library PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 February 2013 14:14

The Davenport Public Library is proud to announce KennethWayne Thompson as its new director.   Mr. Thompson is from Georgia and is honored to be selected as the library’s new director.  Mr. Thompson says, "I am excited about my role as Library Director of the Davenport Public Library and look forward to becoming actively involved in the community. The citizens of Davenport deserve the best library system possible and that will always be my focus. Leading such a great library system is a dream come true!" 

KennethWayne is expected to start as the library’s director the beginning of April, until that time, Amy Groskopf, Associate Director for Resource Services will continue as interim director.

The library staff and board were very happy to have three strong candidates interview for the position in January and are eager to have KennethWayne as their new director.  The candidates were chosen by the search firm Keister & Associates, after the announcement of LaWanda Roudebush’s retirement.  LaWanda’s last day was January 31, 2013.

For more information you may contact Steve Hart, PR & Marketing Coordinator at the Davenport Public Library.


Iowa Wedding Crashers on Katie Couric Valentine's Day Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Narcisse   
Friday, 15 February 2013 12:59

Former Des Moines School Board Director and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Narcisse and his wife, Kerin Narcisse will be guests on "The Katie Show's" annual "Unforgettable Weddings" show to air February 14th - Valentine's Day.

"The Katie Show" hosted by Katie Couric will feature a segment with three couples and their "unforgettable weddings" including a couple's wedding caught in a sandstorm, a couple's wedding ending with the entire wedding party falling into water after the pier crashed during photos, and the Narcisses who were married in a hot air balloon in San Diego prior to the balloon crashing.

After watching the videos and hearing from the newlyweds the all bride audience will select America's most unforgettable wedding.

Jonathan Narcisse served on the Des Moines School Board from 2007-2009 and has been a longtime education and government reform advocate. He finished third out of six candidates in the 2010 gubernatorial contest behind Governor Terry Branstad and Governor Chet Culver earning support in all 99 counties and nearly every Iowa precinct. Narcisse is also Editor-in-Chief of the Iowa Bystander Newspaper founded in 1894.

Kerin (Lang) Narcisse is an Iowa native and graduate of Humboldt High School. She is an ordained Presbyterian Pastor and educator. She has been a resident of San Diego, California and has served the last decade as a Chaplain with San Diego Hospice. She also served as a Pastor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and will join Iowa Health System next month as a Hospice Chaplain.

It was always Kerin's dream to get married in a hot air balloon. 

After the friends reconnected late November the six week romance ended with the couple taking their vows in a hot air balloon overlooking the pacific ocean, the sun setting with clouds as their witness.

Following the ceremony the landing went bad with the balloon just missing traffic, buzzing homes and trees, hitting a tree, missing powerlines and the powergrid by about six feet prior to crashing to the earth where they bounced twice and were then dragged into a steel fence and giant thorn bushes. The balloon covered a house and the basket came to rest on a cliff.

Kerin suffered a concussion and the wedding party suffered minor injuries but the near death experience could have been much worse.

Mark Carlile, a resident who observed the crash and assisted the wedding party, alerted the local media. The couple was interviewed at their wedding dinner by local media and within hours video and story went viral being featured on every major news network in the U.S. and media throughout the world.

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