Celebrating 200 Years of Frankenstein!

Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley was first published in 1818.  We are still intrigued by this story of a scientist who brings dead matter back to life.

How It All Began

“On June 16, 1816, a 19-year-old woman sat quietly listening as her lover (the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley) and a small group of friends (including celebrated poet Lord Byron) discussed conducting a ghost-story contest … As the conversation about ghost stories heated up, a discussion arose about the principle of life. Not surprisingly, the ensuing talk of graves and corpses led to a sleepless night filled with horrific nightmares for Mary Shelley. Later, she recalled her own contest entry began with eight words: “It was on a dreary night in November…”  Just two years later … Mary Shelley, published her expanded submission as the novel Frankenstein …”  Source: The Frankenstein Bicentennial – The Monster Challenge. Washington University in St. Louis. http://www.frankenstein200.wustl.edu/

Want to read the book or watch a film version or learn more about the author and all things Frankenstein? Find the info you need at the BSC Library!

FRANKENSTEIN – Directed by James Whale – 1931

October Is National Arts & Humanities Month

October is National Arts & Humanities** Month  — “A coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America.”

One way to celebrate is by attending the North Dakota Humanities Council GameChanger ideas festival on Saturday, October 13, at the Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck. This year’s focus is:


Find out what really matters in the end.

GameChanger is “a rock concert for your mind.” It is awesome!

Click here for all the details.

**What do we mean when we say Arts & Humanities?

Most people understand what the Arts are about — things like painting, sculpture, music, theater, and dance — but they are less sure about the Humanities. According to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities are “disciplines of memory and imagination, telling us where we have been and helping us envision where we are going.” Basically, the humanities deal with what it means to be human and include things like philosophy, religion, history, literature, languages, and writing.

Happy Birthday, Yosemite National Park!

October 1, 1890

On this day in 1890, an act of Congress created Yosemite National Park. Environmental trailblazer John Muir (1838-1914) and others campaigned for the congressional action, which was signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison.

Interested in seeing Yosemite, but not able to swing a trip to California right now? Do the next best thing … take an armchair trip to Yosemite via Films on Demand.

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park. Photo by George Ranalli.