Category Archives: Featured Materials

November’s Commemorations

The month of November seems especially rich in historical commemorations, starting on November 1st when Christians celebrate All Saints Day. Guy Fawkes Day on November 5th recalls England’s struggle for religious freedom, and November 19th is the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address during the American Civil War. During this month we honor our Native American heritage, especially on Thanksgiving; hold elections; and honor our veterans. The Library of Congress has many resources for students of all ages to explore these topics.

A newly digitized collection of 14 historical newspapers published in Native communities is gathered in the database Chronicling America. These range from coast to coast and cover nearly a century: 1828 to 1922. Many include transcriptions in Native languages along with English language articles that reveal the points of view and concerns of their communities. Try reading the Cherokee writing that Sequoya invented!

Veterans’ Day was originally Armistice Day, celebrating the end of the Great War, which later became known as World War I. November 11th, 2018 will mark 100 years since the cessation of hostilities.  Several divisions of the Library of Congress have contributed short introductions highlighting items from their collections relevant to this occasion.

One of the most moving eulogies to veterans is President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. View an autograph manuscript copy from the Library of Congress collections.

We have books on all these topics available for checkout. This month we are displaying children’s books on Native American heritage and Thanksgiving. As you enter the library, look over our showcase of Agriculture resources in the hallway. We hope to see you soon!

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Black Poetry Day

October 17th is Black Poetry Day, a celebration of the voices of African-American poets.

 

 

100BestThis date was chosen to honor Jupiter Hammon, the first African-American to have a poem published (in 1760): he was born on this day. You can find more literary milestones in the encyclopedia Black Firsts.

 

 

AAPoets In 1773 an entire book of poems by Phillis Wheatley was published in Philadelphia – a reprint of the edition she had published in London. You can read the second American edition online from our Ebooks collection. Wheatley was a celebrity on both sides of the Atlantic, but died young.

 

 

Tupac We have quite a few books, ebooks, and audio books of poetry by African-American authors.  Here is a list from our catalog to start off with.

 

 

WordsWings Several of our books are for children, and some are song lyrics. My favorite way to absorb a poem is to listen to it read, or read it aloud myself. What is yours?

 

 

Manufacturing Week, October 1st-5th

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Your United States Census Bureau is celebrating Manufacturing Week! On their website they are showcasing lots of great infographics and the data products they offer to support manufacturing research and development.

Manufacturers contribute the data, so this is a very cool kind of ROI. It is all free, open-access, and will be of interest to anyone working in or studying this sector.

Did you know Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin have the highest percentage of employees in the manufacturing sector? Did you know that manufacturing contributes 6 of every 10 U.S. export dollars?

Read more …

Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States

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The Guide to Creating a Sustainable Landscape

Call number: QK 115 .D68 2018  View Record in IvyCat

The organization of this book is praised as uniquely useful; your reviewer agrees! While providing a wealth of details based on extensive trials and natural settings, the entries in this guide allow for at-a-glance assessment of species. Sustainable landscaping is a hot topic, and this book will assist professionals or amateurs to choose major plantings with confidence. Includes sources and index.

How to Roast Everything

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A Game-Changing Guide to Building Flavor in Meat, Vegetables, and More. 

Call number: TX 690 .H69 2018  View record in IvyCat

“The first cookbook devoted to the art and science of roasting from America’s Test Kitchen, pulling together decades of test kitchen experience and knowledge in one place” (publisher). Designed as a master class in roasting, each of the 175+ recipes includes a “Why this recipe works” feature explaining the cooking process. Wholesale cuts of meat and their attributes are explained, along with safe handling and storage practices. An extensive section on roasting vegetables and fruits is included, and many dressings as well. A chapter on using charcoal or gas grills extends the versatility of this book. Includes metric conversions and index.

Motivation and Success: Two Books from Daniel H. Pink

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money– the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink. In this provocative and persuasive book, Pink asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction–at work, at school, and at home–is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does– and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation– autonomy, mastery, and purpose– and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

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Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of “when” decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Daniel Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married? Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

Learn Philosophy Through Jokes

Philosophy becomes a little more entertaining – and perhaps a bit more approachable – with these books by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein.

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar…

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Call Number: BD31 .C38 2008
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Lively, original, and powerfully informative, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar is a not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions, from Existentialism (What do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?) to Logic (Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything). Philosophy 101 for those who like to take the heavy stuff lightly, this is a joy to read—and finally, it all makes sense!

Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates

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Call Number: BD444 .C38 2009
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Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein now turn their attention to the Big “D” and share the timeless wisdom of the great philosophers, theologians, psychotherapists, and wiseguys. From angels to zombies and everything in between, Cathcart and Klein offer a fearless and irreverent history of how we approach death, why we embrace life, and whether there really is a hereafter. As hilarious as it is enlightening, Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates is a must-read for anyone and everyone who ever expects to die.