CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Public Library is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal with a family program highlighting some of the past winners with stories and art activities.
Awarded annually by the American Library Association, the Caldecott Medal is presented to the artist of the year's most distinguished American picture book for children. The program schedule is:
St. Albans Branch Library, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5.
Clendenin Branch Library: 3 p.m. Feb. 6.
Elk Valley Branch Library: 6 p.m. Feb. 7.
Main Library: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12.
Riverside Public Library: 6 p.m. Feb. 21.
Civil War diary
OLD FIELDS, W.Va. -- A Civil War diary from 1855 to 1865 kept by a middle-aged woman living in Hardy County has been printed as a true copy, including spelling and punctuation.
Editors have added pictures, maps and genealogy to "Old Fields in Peace and War: Rebecca Van Meter's Diary 1855-1865."
"There are usually two entries each week, and she generally writes about who visited, illness and treatment of illness, deaths, current events and always items of a farm interest," according to a news release.
When the Civil War erupts, she writes about her neighbor Hanson McNeill and his McNeill's Rangers. Six of her nephews fought for the South. She and her neighbors were often pressed to supply food, grain and horses for both sides.
All profits from sales of the book will go to the Old Fields Church, where many Van Meters are buried.
To order a book, send a check for $40 (includes shipping and tax) to Old Fields in Peace and War, P.O. Box 963, Old Fields, WV 26845. For more information, visit www.rebeccavanmeterdiary.com.