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(MOSTLY NOT CREEPY) BOOKS SET IN CEMETERIES

Our upcoming program, CSI: Cemetery Search and Investigation, scheduled for Wednesday November 8, 2017, is perfect for history and genealogy buffs. Tina Beaird, a popular presenter and member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, will lead us through the history of American cemeteries. She will help us learn how to find our ancestors’ burial places, and how to decipher historical symbols on headstones.

Reformation Reads: 500 Years Later

This October 31st marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses on the door of the church in Wittenburg to protest of the sale of indulgences.  Though earlier movements for reform within the Church had existed before Luther, such as the Hussites in Bohemia, the posting of his 95 Theses traditionally mark the start of what historians consider the Reformation, lasting from 1517 unti

John Ashbery: 1927-2017

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John Ashbery, arguably the dominant voice in American poetry for the last half-century, passed away on September 3, 2017. He was 90 years old. News of his passing brought to mind these closing words from his 1977 poem “Blue Sonata”:

I Used to Think These Topics Were Boring

Economics, tax policy, campaign finance reform, voting rights… I used to think these topics were boring. Books on these subjects always seemed to have many pages and many footnotes, and no connection with my real life.

Now, I know these topics matter. So if you also want to understand more about any of these subjects, these titles might be a good place to start.

If You Want to Understand What’s Happening in Syria

With Syria in the news, I thought it would be useful to post a blog highlighting books about the experiences of ordinary people in that country. These titles are intended for a general audience and don’t require any background knowledge. Alternatively, our consortium has three DVDs available, previously featured on PBS, that provide an accessible overview of Syria’s ongoing civil war.

Nonfiction eBooks in Gale Virtual Reference Library

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Are you looking for nonfiction titles in eBook format? Do you have a project due and you have to have some books as part of your resources? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is the right database for you! GVRL contains over 3,500 full-text, nonfiction and reference eBooks. They cover a wide range of topics, including: biography, business, education, history, medicine, and technology. Take a look below for a brief overview of how to access GVRL, how to find content, and for a peek at some other helpful features.

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