The United States Government Printing Office (the GPO) is the world’s largest printer and you have access to much of that here at Booth Library’s Federal & State Depository. Government Documents (GovDocs) are not just legislation, statistics, taxes or HealthCare.gov: GovDocs can enrich your day-to-day existence in all kinds of ways!
With all the great weather this season you may want to check out the following links to help you get back-to-nature; learn about plants; listen to music; and visit parks, museums or other libraries.
- A fun site to visit with items from different libraries, archives, and museums across the nation: Digital Public Library of America
- It’s still great weather to get outside to hike, bike, sight-see, drive a scenic route, take in a museum…There’s lots of nature see and experience at National Park Service’s “Illinois Highlights”
- Ahhhh, spring…(and summer and autumn!) You can look up all kinds of plants and trees at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Database
- Carolus Linnaeus–botanist, naturalist, physician and zoologist from 18th century Sweden. Later known as the father of modern ecology, he laid the foundations for a modern biological naming scheme/binomial nomenclature into a taxonomic classification system, published as Systema Naturae. His second book, Philosophia Botanica, expands on this system-how to keep a travel journal and maintain a botanical garden. His third publication, Species Planatarum, describes over 7,300 species. Online HathiTrust titles Linnaeus and Jussieu: or the Rise and Progress of Systematic Botany and Thirty-eight plates, with explanations: intended to illustrate Linnaeus’s System of vegetables, and particularly adapted to the letters on the elements of botany (38 color and black & white plates) might well get you into the garden (or bring out the artist in you).
- Feel like singing in the rain? You’ll find all types music recordings–whether you are into blues, folk, jazz, gospel, and more–as well as speeches and oral history at the Library of Congress’ site American Memory
- The National Jukebox, also at the Library of Congress, has over 10,000 recordings for your aural pleasure (Includes yodeling and whistling music!)
- U.S. Veterans will be allowed to seek outside, non-VA care–see the latest press releases at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs