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About dafennema

At work...Government Documents, Reference & Ballenger Teachers Center. Outside of work...doing stuff w/family & friends, reading, music, sewing, drawing/creating, cats, gardening, feeding the birds, movies, antique shopping.

Let Reference tell you about the birds, and the bees, and the flowers, and the trees, and the moon up above…

Can you name the official state bird of Illinois? Which bird was the runner-up? See horrifying segments of queen bee antennas in the “Scanning Electron Microscope Atlas of the Honeybee.” Can you name the official tree of the state you were born in? Did you know there’s maple tree with a chocolate colored trunk and peeling bark? Is a Rattlesnake Master a little man with a basket? Lastly, some ideas on how to get students interested in all things lunar in “Getting a Job on the Moon.” Reference has the answers to these and other questions on display in “Let Reference tell you about the birds, and the bees, and the flowers, and the trees, and the moon up above…”

Reference items are “in building use only” but Government Documents items circulate.

Stained & painted glass images by UK artist Stuart Low


  • All the Birds Of the Bible: Their Stories, Identification and Meaning
  • Parmelee, Alice.
  • BS664 .P3
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  • Annotated Check-list Of the Birds Of Illinois
  • Bohlen, H. David.
  • Q11 .I353x v. 9
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  • Audubon Bird Guide; Eastern Land Birds,
  • Pough, Richard H. (Richard Hooper), 1904-2003.
  • QL681 .P68
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  • Bird Illustrated, 1550-1900: From the Collections Of the New York Public Library
  • Kastner, Joseph.
  • QL674 .K37 1988
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  • Birding in Illinois: A Reference to Some Of the Best Birding Areas in Illinois.
  • 598.07 BIRD
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  • Birds: Alternative Names: A World Checklist
  • Lodge, Walter.
  • QL677 .L735 1991
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  • Birds Of America: Prints from the Collection Of the Illinois State Museum
  • 709.73 BIRD
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  • Birds Of Illinois
  • Bohlen, H. David.
  • QL684.I3 B64 1989
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  • Birds Of Indiana
  • Mumford, Russell E.
  • QL684.I5 M86 1984
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  • Birds Of Missouri: Their Distribution and Abundance
  • Robbins, Mark B., 1954-
  • QL684.M8 R6 1991
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  • Birds Of Ohio
  • Peterjohn, Bruce G.
  • QL684.O3 P48 1989
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  • Birds’ Eggs
  • Walters, Michael, 1942-
  • QL675 .W32 1994
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  • Coastal Waterbird Colonies: Cape Elizabeth, Maine to Virginia
  • Erwin, R. Michael.
  • I 49.2:W 291 CA
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  • Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Birds Of the World
  • Alderton, David, 1956-
  • QL672.2 .A43 2006x
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  • Guide to Bird Finding East Of the Mississippi
  • Pettingill, Olin Sewall, 1907-2001.
  • QL683.E27 P47 1977
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  • Guide to the Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings Of North American Birds
  • Baicich, Paul J.
  • QL675 .B163 1997
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  • Identify Yourself: The 50 Most Common Birding Identification Challenges
  • QL681 .I35 2005
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  • Illinois Breeding Bird Atlas
  • Kleen, Vernon M.
  • QL684.I3 K54 2004x
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  • Latin Names Explained: A Guide to the Scientific Classification Of Reptiles, Birds & Mammals
  • Gotch, A. F. (Arthur Frederick)
  • QL9 .G67 1996
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  • Migration Of Birds
  • Lincoln, Frederick Charles, 1892-1960.
  • I 49.4:16/2
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  • Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act Of 1998: Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifth Congr
  • United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Environment and Public Works.
  • Y 4.P 96/10:S.HRG.105-947
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  • Seabirds Of the World: The Complete Reference
  • Enticott, Jim.
  • QL678.52 .E58 1997
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  • State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide
  • Shearer, Benjamin F.
  • E155 .S44 2002
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  • Wild Bird Conservation Act: Joint Hearing
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. Subcommittee on Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation and the Environment.
  • Y4.M53:102-84
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  • World’s Vanishing Birds
  • Littlewood, Cyril.
  • QL676.7 .L58 1972x
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  • Annotated Catalog Of the Halictid Bees Of the Western Hemisphere (hymenoptera, Halictidae)
  • Moure, Jesus S.
  • QL568.H3 M68 1987
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  • Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees
  • Moissett, Beatriz.
  • A 13.2:B 39/7
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  • Bees Of the World
  • O’Toole, Christopher.
  • QL563 .O87 1992
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  • Bees Of the World
  • Michener, Charles Duncan, 1918-
  • QL566 .M53 2007
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  • Check-list and Bibliography on the Occurrence Of Insects in Birds’ Nests.
  • Hicks, Ellis A.
  • QL468 .H58
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  • Encyclopedia Of Natural Insect & Disease Control: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Protecting Plants–vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Trees, and Lawns–wi
  • SB974 .E53 1984
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  • Guide to Bumble Bees Of the Eastern United States
  • Colla, Sheila.
  • A 13.2:B 39/8
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  • Illinois Insects and Spiders
  • Macnamara, Peggy.
  • QL475.I3 M33 2005
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  • Insect and Spider Collections Of the World
  • Arnett, Ross H.
  • QL468.2 .A76 1993
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  • Nectar & Ambrosia: An Encyclopedia Of Food in World Mythology
  • Andrews, Tamra, 1959-
  • GR498 .A53 2000
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  • Rodale’s Color Handbook Of Garden Insects
  • Carr, Anna, 1955-
  • SB931 .C34
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  • Scanning Electron Microscope Atlas Of the Honey Bee
  • Erickson, Eric H., 1940-
  • QL568.A6 E75 1986
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  • Dictionary Of the Flowering Plants and Ferns.
  • Willis, J. C. (John Christopher), 1868-1958.
  • QK11 .W53 1973x
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  • English Names Of Wild Flowers;
  • Dony, John G.
  • QK13 .D66
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  • Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants Of Eastern and Central North America
  • Peterson, Lee.
  • QK98.5.U6 P47
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  • How to Know Wildflowers Near Your Camp.
  • A 13.36/2:W 64/4/999
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  • Identification Of Flowering Plant Families: Including a Key to Those Native and Cultivated in North Temperate Regions
  • Cullen, J. (James)
  • QK495.A1 C85 1997
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  • Life and Lore Of Illinois Wildflowers
  • Werner, William E. (William Ernest), 1925-
  • QK157 .W47 1988
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  • Medicinal Plants Of the Bible
  • Duke, James A., 1929-
  • QK99.A1 D84 1983
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  • Modern Roses Xi: The World Encyclopedia Of Roses: The Most Comprehensive Listing Of Roses in the World, over 24,000 Roses Described, Includes a Comp
  • SB411 .M62x 2000
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  • Nature’s Palette: A Guide to Wildflower Color in Illinois
  • Schwegman, John.
  • 582.13 NATU
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  • Poisonous Plants: A Color Field Guide
  • Woodward, Lucia.
  • QK100 .W66 1985x
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  • Scientific and Common Names Of 7,000 Vascular Plants in the United States
  • Brako, Lois.
  • QK96 .B68 1995
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  • Sedges
  • Mohlenbrock, Robert H., 1931-
  • QK495.C997 M63
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  • Stearn’s Dictionary Of Plant Names for Gardeners: A Handbook on the Origin and Meaning Of the Botanical Names Of Some Cultivated Plants
  • Stearn, William T. (William Thomas), 1911-2001.
  • QK11 .S56 2002
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  • Wild Flowers Of North America
  • Forey, Pamela.
  • QK112 .F67x 1998
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  • Wildflowers Of the Eastern United States
  • Duncan, Wilbur H. (Wilbur Howard), 1910-2005.
  • QK115 .D86 1999
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  • Allergy Plants: That Cause Sneezing and Wheezing
  • Jelks, Mary.
  • QK100 .J45x
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  • America’s Famous and Historic Trees: From George Washington’s Tulip Poplar to Elvis Presley’s Pin Oak
  • Meyer, Jeffrey G.
  • E159 .M53 2001
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  • Complete Encyclopedia Of Trees and Shrubs
  • QK474.87 .C66 2003
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  • Dirr’s Encyclopedia Of Trees and Shrubs
  • Dirr, Michael.
  • SB435 .D57 2011
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  • Forest Trees Of Illinois
  • Mohlenbrock, Robert H., 1931-
  • QK484.I3 M62
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  • Forest Trees Of Illinois ; How to Know Them.
  • Illinois. Department of Conservation.
  • QK157 .F67
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  • Illinois Tree City Usa Conference/awards Ceremony: Emerald Ash Borer Exclusive.
  • 635.977 ILLI 2007
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  • Illinois-grown Christmas Trees, 1987.
  • 634.975 ILLI 1987
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  • Muenscher’s Keys to Woody Plants: An Expanded Guide to Native and Cultivated Species
  • Cope, Edward A., 1948-
  • QK115 .C69 2001
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  • National Geographic Field Guide to the Trees Of North America
  • Rushforth, Keith.
  • QK110 .R78 2006
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  • Tree Key: A Guide to Identification in Garden, Field, and Forest: 77 Genera Including 235 Species
  • Edlin, Herbert L. (Herbert Leeson), 1913-1976.
  • QK477.2.I4 E34 1978
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  • Trees Are the Answer– to America’s Growing Environmental Concerns.
  • A1.68:1442
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  • Which Tree Is This?: A Key to Some Of the Unique or Commonly Found Trees Of Southeastern Arizona, Coronado National Forest.
  • A 13.2:T 71/60
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  • Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?
  • Burzynski, Roberta,
  • A 13.2:T 71/65
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  • Agreement Governing the Activities Of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies
  • Y 4.C 73/7:M 77/
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  • Geologic Map Of the Central Far Side Of the Moon
  • Stuart-Alexander, Désirée E. (Désirée Elizabeth), 1930-
  • I 19.91:I-1047
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  • Goldmanns Mondatlas: Astronomie, Astronautik.
  • Callataÿ, Vincent de.
  • QB595.C3x G6
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  • Lunar Atlas.
  • North American Aviation. Space Sciences Laboratory.
  • QB595 .N63 1968
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  • Lunar Science: Activities for the Elementary Student
  • Hartsfield, John W.
  • NAS1.2:L97
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  • Moon: Man’s Greatest Adventure.
  • Thomas, Davis.
  • Ref. Oversize Flat TL799.M6 T47
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  • Nasa: An Investment in America’s Future.
  • NAS 1.83:1999-05-247-HQ
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  • Next Steps for Mankind–the Future in Space: A Symposium …
  • Y 4.C 73/7:M 31
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  • We Have a Sporting Chance: The Decision to Go to the Moon: An Exhibition at the Library Of Congress, July 16-september 16, 1979
  • Bruno, Leonard C.
  • LC 33.2:C 36
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Wonder Women! In Comics and Other Media

Following up on the success of the summer 2017 movie, Wonder Woman, Booth Library offers a display of some of its books and graphic novels on the history of women in comics and other media. Learn about the origins of not only Wonder Woman, but Batgirl, Catwoman, Madame Strange, Miss Fury, The Invisible Woman, Sheena, Black Canary, Nyoka the Jungle Girl, Ms. Marvel, Miss Masque, and the incomparable Betty Bates Lady-at-Law as well as many others…
Curated by Pam Farrell (assisted by Deb Fennema)
  • Action Chicks: New Images Of Tough Women in Popular Culture
  • P94.5.W652 U614 2004
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  • Comics As History, Comics As Literature: Roles Of the Comic Book in Scholarship, Society, and Entertainment
  • PN6714 .C653 2014
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  • Dangerous Curves: Action Heroines, Gender, Fetishism, and Popular Culture
  • Brown, Jeffrey A., 1966-
  • PN1995.9.W6 B76 2011
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  • Girls and Their Comics: Finding a Female Voice in Comic Book Narrative
  • Danziger-Russell, Jacqueline, 1979-
  • PN6725 .D196 2013
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  • Great Women Superheroes
  • Robbins, Trina.
  • PN6725 .R59 1996
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  • Heroines Of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture
  • PN1995.9.W6 H465 2016x
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  • Secret History Of Wonder Woman
  • Lepore, Jill, 1966-
  • PN6728.W6 L48 2014
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  • Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation Of Comic Book Culture
  • Maslon, Laurence,
  • PN6714 .M345 2013x
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  • Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation
  • Cocca, Carolyn, 1971-
  • PN6725 .C585 2016
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  • Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture
  • P94.5.W65 W615 2016
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  • Women in the Comics
  • Horn, Maurice.
  • PN6725 .H6 2001
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  • Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals
  • Pérez, George, 1954-
  • PS3566.E69132x W6 2004
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  • Wonder Woman: The Life and Times Of the Amazon Princess: The Complete History
  • Daniels, Les, 1943-2011,
  • PN6728.W6 D36 2000
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  • Wonder Woman Archives
  • Marston, William Moulton, 1893-1947.
  • PN6728.W6 M38 1998
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  • Wonder Woman Archives
  • Marston, William Moulton, 1893-1947.
  • PN6728.W6 M38 1998
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Summer books in the BTC

Hot reading fun in the summertime…

A special summer collection of titles are featured in the Ballenger Teachers center ranging from “bees, snails, & peacock tails,” “Cool Jobs for Yard-working Kids,” “Sleeping in a Sack: Camping activities for kids,” and “Kids Gone Fishin,'” to “Blueberry Summer,” “How I Survived My Summer vacation,” and “Heat Wave.” We’ve got lots of fun books for your summer reading. Leveled Readers titles are included, too!

These books are on display in area #10 to the right of the BTC desk.


  • Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails: Patterns & Shapes– Naturally
  • Franco, Betsy.
  • 811.54 F848be
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  • Blueberry Summer.
  • Ogilvie, Elisabeth, 1917-2006.
  • 813 Og4b
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  • Carl’s Summer Vacation
  • Day, Alexandra.
  • 800 D33cs
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  • Couple Of Boys Have the Best Week Ever
  • Frazee, Marla.
  • 800 F869co
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  • Firefly July: A Year Of Very Short Poems
  • 811.008 F5146
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  • Go Outside!: Over 130 Activities for Outdoor Adventures
  • Blakey, Nancy.
  • GV191.63 .B59 2002
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  • How T́́ía Lola Saved the Summer
  • Alvarez, Julia.
  • 813 AL86hts
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  • Lemonade Sun: And Other Summer Poems
  • Dotlich, Rebecca Kai.
  • 811.54 D742lem
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  • Minn and Jake’s Almost Terrible Summer
  • Wong, Janet S.
  • 813 W486mi
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  • One Crazy Summer
  • Williams-Garcia, Rita.
  • King 2011a
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  • Secrets Of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard
  • Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner.
  • 800 Z72se
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  • Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play
  • Singer, Marilyn.
  • 811.54 Si643st
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  • Summer Is Fun.
  • Davis, Lavinia R. (Lavinia Riker), 1909-1961.
  • 800 D294sf
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  • Summer Of the Gypsy Moths
  • Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-
  • 813 P385su
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Parks & Recreation logoBetter weather is FINALLY here–so we can finally enjoy the great outdoors…Whether you’re planning a trip to a new and exotic location, swimming at the municipal pool, revisiting your favorite haunts or prefer armchair traveling on your porch with an iced tea, chances are we have what you’re looking for (as well as a few surprises).

The Parks and Recreation display in Reference has maps, pamphlets, guides, books, and videos–most of which are available for check-out–on places like St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the U.S.A.; the Northwest’s famous Pacific Crest Trail where one can hike or backpack all or parts of the trail from Mexico to Canada; pedal along your favorite Illinois bike path; camp, surf, swim, or beach-comb along the Pacific coastline of Mexico, California, Oregon, Washington, Canada or Alaska; follow in the footsteps of Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark who trekked 8000 miles in 28 months; sign-up for the rafting-ride-of-a-lifetime along the Snake River; or read Aldo Leopold’s classic A Sand County Almanac whose book begins with “There are those who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.”

This display highlights only a fraction of what’s available to you in our collection. Happy trails and happy summer!


Book Stacks E 158 .C827 2001 America’s national scenic trails / by Kathleen Ann Cordes.
Book Stacks F 532.I5 S35 2013 Dreams of duneland: a pictorial history of the Indiana Dunes Region / Kenneth J. Schoon.
Book Stacks F 536 .D49x Directory of Illinois museums: including historical, cultural and scientific agencies.
Book Stacks F 539.3 .P64 2012 Oddball Illinois: a guide to 450 really strange places / Jerome Pohlen.
Book Stacks F 547.J2 M637 1954x Flowering plants and ferns of Giant City State Park / by Robert H. Mohlenbrock.
Book Stacks F 547.L3 C74 2002x Starved Rock State Park: the work of the CCC along the I & M Canal / Dennis H. Cremin, Charlene Giardina.
Book Stacks F 547.L3 S25 Starved Rock State Park and its environs / by Carl O. Sauer, Gilbert H. Cady and Henry C. Cowles.
Book Stacks F 548.18 .F57 1987 Country walks near Chicago / by Alan Fisher.
Book Stacks F 548.18 .F7625 Frommer’s Chicago with kids.
Book Stacks F 548.18 .T47 2004x Chicago : off the beaten path / Cliff Terry.
Book Stacks F 548.37 .C495 2007x Chicago / edited by Suzanne Lander.
Book Stacks F 782.R59 F73 2013 Making Rocky Mountain National Park: the environmental history of an American treasure / Jerry J. Frank.
Book Stacks F 852.3 .D47 2000 Guide to America’s outdoors. Pacific Northwest / by Bob Devine.



Book Stacks G 1105 .N4 2000 National geographic atlas of natural America.
Book Stacks GV 1045.5.M55 S44 1995 Mountain biker’s guide to the Midwest: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois / Dave Shepherd.
Book Stacks GV 174 .D87 1999x Wilderness within: reflections on leisure and life / Daniel L. Dustin.
Book Stacks GV 182 .J66 2005x Invention of the park: recreational landscapes from the Garden of Eden to Disney’s Magic Kingdom / Karen R. Jones and John Wills.
Book Stacks GV 191.4 .J46 1995 Outdoor recreation in America / Clayne R. Jensen.
Book Stacks GV 199.42.I3 P67 2009 Hiking Illinois / Susan L. Post.
Book Stacks GV 199.42.I32 I454 1998 Hiking & biking the I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor / by Jim Hochgesang.
Book Stacks GV 199.42.I6 M34 2000 Hiking Indiana / Sally McKinney.
Book Stacks GV 199.42.M82 S757 2012 Best hikes near St. Louis / JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner.
Book Stacks GV 53 .L54 2006 America’s boardwalks: from Coney Island to California / James Lilliefors.


Book Stacks QE 105 .W6 1997 Geology underfoot in Illinois / Raymond Wiggers.
Book Stacks QE 106.I34 G85 2004x Guide to the Illinois Caverns State Natural Area / Samuel V. Panno [and others].
Book Stacks QH 105.F6 B66 2002 Book of the Everglades / edited by Susan Cerulean.
Book Stacks QH 105.I3 A53 1997 Nature of Chicago / Isabel S. Abrams.
Book Stacks QH 105.M55 S48 2996 Smithsonian guides to natural America. The Northern Plains– Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota / text, Lansing Shepard.
Book Stacks QH 105.N7 D39 2007 Field guide to the natural world of New York City / Leslie Day.
Book Stacks QH 75 .D83 2011 Authenticity in nature: making choices about the naturalness of ecosystems / Nigel Dudley.
Book Stacks QH 76 .M53 2009 Wilderness in national parks: playground or preserve / John C. Miles.
Book Stacks QH 76.5.I5 Z98 2002 Guide to Illinois nature centers & interpretive trails / Walter G. Zyznieuski and George S. Zyznieuski.
Book Stacks QH 81 .L56 1989x Sand County almanac, and sketches here and there / by Aldo Leopold.
Book Stacks QH 81 .N67 2002 Norton book of nature writing / edited by Robert Finch and John Elder.


Book Stacks S 916.I3 N47x Nature of Illinois.
Book Stacks S 932.E22 D74 2010 America’s natural places. East and Northeast / Donelle Nicole Dreese.
Book Stacks S 932.P33 S27 2010 America’s natural places. Pacific and West / Methea Sapp.
Book Stacks S 932.R63 E57 2010 America’s natural places. Rocky Mountains and Great Plains / Kelly Enright.
Book Stacks S 932.S84 K69 2010 America’s natural places. South and Southeast / Stacy S. Kowtko.
Book Stacks SB 486.P76 O97 1994 Our endangered parks: what you can do to protect our national heritage / National Parks and Conservation Association; with profiles by Jeffrey Davis.


Book Stacks TX 1110 .F74 2005 Complete RV handbook: a guide to getting the most out of life on the road / Jayne Freeman.
Book Stacks Y 4.R 31/3:110-26 No child left inside: reconnecting kids with the outdoors / joint oversight hearing before the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans, joint with the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands of the Committee on Natural Resources
Book Stacks Y 4.R 31/3:110-7 Yellowstone National Park bison: oversight hearing before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands of the Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, first session, March 20, 2007.


BTC 333.78 G259ma Managing green spaces: careers in wilderness and wildlife management / Suzy Gazlay.
BTC 590 R727ark Ark in the park: the story of Lincoln Park Zoo / Mark Rosenthal, Carol Tauber, and Edward Uhlir.
BTC 796.01 B882in In the park / Nikki Bundey.


Docs 582.13 NATU Nature’s palette: a guide to wildflower color in Illinois / by John Schwegman.
Docs 597.176 COMM Common freshwater fish of Illinois.
Docs 597.8 ILLI 2 Illinois landowner’s guide to amphibian conservation / R.E. Szafoni, et al.
Docs 598.34 NAVO Illinois lakeshore birds / prepared by Jason Navota.


Docs 917.73 I29ip Illinois prairie heritage.
Docs 917.73 ILLI26 Illinois Amtrak calendar of events: fun guide.
Docs 917.73 TIME2 Time traveler: a guide to historic Illinois.
Docs 917.7304929 ILLI3 Illinois weekend adventure guide.
Docs 917.7356 WELC 2008 Welcome to the Illinois State Capitol.
Docs 917.773 FIRS4 First official goodtimes guide to southern Illinois.


Docs A 13.13:D 54 Diamond Fork Youth Forest, Utah
Docs A 13.13:H 94/5/999 River Road Scenic Byway-Huron National Forest .
Docs A 13.13:L 58/3 Discovering the legacy of Lewis and Clark: bicentennial commemoration 2003-2006 / Frank Muhly, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.
Docs A 13.13:SH 7/8 Shoshone National Forest visitor guide: America’s first national forest / Wyoming / US Forest Service.
Docs A 13.13:W15/20 Wild & scenic Snake River guide.
Docs A 13.2:F53/9 Fishing your national forests.
Docs A 13.2:F61/6 Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway: a national forest and state of Colorado scenic byway.
Docs A 13.2:T 62/2009 Toquima Cave rock art site, Utah
Docs A 13.36/2:C 71/2/2011 Southwestern Colorado public lands campground guide.
Docs A 13.36/2:N21/21/996 Guide to your national forests and other lands administered by the Forest Service
Docs A 13.36/2:N42M/2 New Mexico recreation and heritage guide /  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [et al.].
Docs A 13.36/2:R 5-RG-172 Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit: 7.5  quadrangle / US Forest Service; Pacific Southwest Region.
Docs A 13.36/2:W 64/10 Winter wildlife viewing guide: Garden Valley, Idaho.
Docs A 13.36/2:W75/995 Wisconsin’s national forests: pocket guide / US Forest Service.
Docs A 13.36/2-6:R 10-RG-158 Tongass National Forest: Juneau area trails guide / US Forest Service.
Docs A 13.36/2-6:R 5-RG-152 Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, California series–central Sierra: Le Conte Canyon to Barker Pass / US Forest Service.
Docs A 13.36/2-6:R8-RG167 Jefferson National Forest, Virginia / US Forest Service.


Docs G 4101.E63 1987 .I4 Illinois canoeing guide.
Docs I 28.2:ST2/5 Minerals in the 50 states / U.S. Department of the Interior.
Docs I 29.2:AR 4/4 Arkansas Post National Memorial, Arkansas / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.2:C 99 Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.2:G29/3/DRAFT/SUM. Georgetown-Silver Plume Historic District, Colorado /Summary: study of alternatives.
Docs I 29.2:R 59/20 Ancient native Americans in Rock Creek Park: District of Columbia / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.2:SA 2 A St. Augustine at 450 years.
Docs I 29.2:SCI 2/2 National Park Service science in the 21st century: a National Parks Science Committee report / Sylvia A. Earle [et al.].
Docs I 29.21:EF4/2/995 Effigy mounds National Monument, Iowa: official map and guide.
Docs I 29.21:EL 5/4 Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: New York-New Jersey / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.21:ER 4 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (N.Y.)
Docs I 29.21:H 82/2/998 Hovenweep National Monument Colorado/Utah: official map and guide.
Docs I 29.21:J 61/3/2010 John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.21:N 22/2/2012 Navajo National Monument, Arizona / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.21:OR 3/6 Oregon Caves National Monument, Oregon / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.21:W 58/6/2013/SPAN.-ENG. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.39:G 56/2014 Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.39:M 46  Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona/Nevada.
Docs I 29.39:M 69 I/2001 Mississippi National River and Recreation Area / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.39:W 57/2/2000 Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.6/5:P 76/2 Potomac heritage: Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Northumberland, Westmoreland, Lancaster, and Richmond counties, Virginia; explore Virginia’s Nothern Neck by bicycle.
Docs I 29.6/6:K 12 Kalaupapa: Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.6/6:P 18/2 Palo Alto Battlefield.
Docs I 29.8:B 48/2009 Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Kentucky and Tennessee / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.8:P 23/4/2000 National park system map and guide: [United States] / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.8:P 44/2009 Petersburg National Battlefield, Virginia / National Park Service.
Docs I 29.86/4:L 63 Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic site: cultural landscape report / prepared by Lucy Lawliss and Susan Hitchcock.


Docs I 53.2:OR 3/25 National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center: junior pioneer book / U.S. Department of the Interior.
Docs I 53.2:P 95/2000 Pryor Mountain National Wild Horse Range / U.S. Department of the Interior.
Docs I 53.2:R 52/3/999 Alaska river adventures.
Docs I 53.7/2:AR 4 I/7 La Posa off-highway vehicle guide map (Yuma, Arizona)  / U.S. Department of the Interior.
Docs I 53.7/2:M 69 O/3 Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument: boaters’ guide, Fort Benton to Coal Banks Landing / BLM; Fort Benton River Management Station.


Docs Maps  A 13.36/2-6:R 8-RG 26/2002 Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
Docs Maps A 13.36/2-6:R 5-RG-167 Sequoia National Forest atlas, including Giant Sequoia National Monument: 7.5  quadrangle topographic maps / US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region.
Docs A 13.36/2-6:R 5-RG-177 Sierra National Forest, California / US Forest Service.
Docs Maps A 13.36/2-6:R 8-RG-348/2011 Kisatchie National Forest, Caney Ranger District, Louisiana / US Forest Service


Docs Maps G 4101.E63 2007 .N4x Illinois, official bicycle map, east central Illinois, map 5 / Northern Illinois University through the Cartography Laboratory.
Docs Maps G 4101.E63 2007 .N52x Illinois, official bicycle map, northwestern Illinois, map 2 / Northern Illinois University through the Cartography Laboratory.
Docs Maps G 4101.E63 2007 .N5x Illinois, official bicycle map, southeastern Illinois, map 7 / Northern Illinois University through the Cartography Laboratory.
Docs Maps G 4101.E63 2007 .N6x Illinois official bicycle map, Shawnee region, map 9 / Northern Illinois University through the Cartography Laboratory.
Docs Maps G 4101.E63 2008 .N61x Illinois, official bicycle map, I & M Canal to Iroquois, map 3 / Northern Illinois University through the Cartography Laboratory.
Docs Maps G 4101.E63 2008 .N62x Illinois, official bicycle map, southwestern Illinois, map 8 / Northern Illinois University through the Cartography Laboratory.
Docs Maps G 4101.E63 2008 .N63x Illinois, official bicycle map, Springfield and westernmost Illinois, map 6 / Northern Illinois University through the Cartography Laboratory.
Docs Maps G 4101.E63 2009 .N61x Illinois, official bicycle map, Chicago/northeastern Illinois, map 1 / Northern Illinois University through the Cartography Laboratory.


DVDs – 4000 Level F1017 .C36 2005x .DVD Canada [videorecording] / Pilot Film and TV Productions Ltd.
DVDs – 4000 Level F597 .M54 2006x .DVD Midwest USA [videorecording] / DVD Masters.
DVDs – 4000 Level F782.M52 M47 2007x .DVD Mesa Verde National Park [videorecording].
DVDs – 4000 Level F788 .G73 2001x .DVD Grand Canyon [videorecording]: the world’s great natural wonder / producer/director Dale Johnson.
DVDs – 4000 Level F912.M23 D363 2005x .DVD Denali, Alaska’s great wilderness [videorecording] / a co-production of ABC/Kane Productions and BBC in association with Trebitsch Produktion International GmbH and PBS.
DVDs – 4000 Level PN1997 .P865x .DVD Punishment park [videorecording] / a Francoise Films production; directed by Peter Watkins.


Doc Maps G4102.M5 2006 .I4x Mississippi Palisades State Park.
Doc Maps G4102.P9 2007 .I4x Pyramid State Park.
Doc Maps G4102.W57 2006 .I4x Wolf Creek State Park.
Doc Maps I 19.79:W 64 Celebrating America’s national wilderness preservation system
Doc Maps I 29.8:C16/2 Historical map & guide to the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor : America’s first national heritage corridor. / produced by Canal Corridor Association.


Docs I 53.2:OU8/4 Unlimited outdoor adventure: something for everyone.
Doc Maps I 53.7/2:K66 Klamath Falls Resource Area, Lakeview District, Oregon/ United States Department of the Interior.
Doc Maps I 53.7/2:SA3/995 Lower Salmon River boater’s guide : Hammer Creek to Heller Bar, Idaho / [edited by Luverne Grussing and Jennifer Jones].
Doc Maps I 53.7/2:W99/47 Wyoming, “unlimited outdoor adventure.”
Book Stacks QH 105.I3 J44 2014 Exploring nature in Illinois: a field guide to the Prairie State / Michael Jeffords and Susan Post.
Book Stacks QL 1 .F4 N.S. num.115 Fieldiana. Zoology.
Book Stacks QL 1 .F4 N.S. num.115 Fishes of Will County, Illinois / Philip W. Willink, Francis M. Veraldi.



Reference & Book Stacks QL 684.I3 B64 1989 Birds of Illinois / H. David Bohlen.
Reference GV 1045.5.I3 S76 2003x Chicago mountain bike trails guide / by P.L. Strazz.
Reference GV 53 .E53 2004 vol 1 Encyclopedia of recreation and leisure in America / Gary S. Cross, editor.
Reference GV 53 .E53 2004 vol 2 Encyclopedia of recreation and leisure in America / Gary S. Cross, editor.

A Little Romance–it’s not just for Valentines Day!

luvAhhhh…Spring! It’s finally here and like Lord Alfred Tennyson penned: In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.

Or, as John Dryden proclaimed: Pains of love be sweeter far | Than all other pleasures are.

Lastly, Emily Dickinson wrote: That love is all there is, is all we know of love.

Below are a few titles revealing all kinds of love and affection, pulsing within each cover: from Edith Wharton’s “Ethan Frome” the classic tale of the hiss of an old love grown cold as well as the promise, thrill and redemption of a new lover; to an unlikely, but growing friendship and attachment between two prison cellmates in “The Kiss of the Spider-Woman;” to the hilarious daily journal of a young woman, Bridget, describing her none-too-suave exploits (think blue soup, trying to shed stones, and an inappropriate interest in her bad-boy boss) in “Bridget Jones’s Diary.”

flowerbuttonsEverything Leads to You by Nina LaCour — Call #  e-book via Booth Library & MyMediaMall

Rusty’s Surprise by Zach Sweets — Call #  e-book via Booth Library & MyMediaMall

Homemade Love by California Cooper — Call #  PS 3553 .O5874 H66 1986

The Necessity of Certain Behaviors by Shannon Cain — Call #  PS 3603 .A389 N43 2011

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud — Call #  Coming soon! Ordered 2-6-15 for GraFX in the Atrium

Someday, Someday, Maybe: a Novel by Lauren Graham — Call #  e-book via Booth Library & MyMediaMall

flowerbuttonsTrust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz — Call #  e-book via Booth Library & MyMediaMall

Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig —  Call #  book, CD, e-book, movie, musical

Plum Lovin
by Janet Evanovich — Call #  PS3555.V2126 P56 2007b & e-book via Booth Library & MyMediaMall

Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding — Call #  PR 6056 .I4588 B75 1998 & e-book via Booth Library & MyMediaMall

The Arrow by Monica McCarty — Call #  e-book via Booth Library online catalog &

flowerbuttonsWhen the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath — Call # e-book via Booth Library online catalog & MyMediaMall

The Paying Guests 
by Sarah Waters — Call # e-book via Booth Library online catalog & MyMediaMall

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen — Call # PR 4034 .P7 2006x & e-book via Booth Library & MyMediaMall (and…lots of other versions)

Oryx and Crake: a Novel by Margaret Atwood — Call # PR 9199.3 .A8 O79 2003 & e-book via Booth Library & MyMediaMall

Every Day 
by David Levithan — Call # Ballenger Teachers Center 813 L579ev  &  e-book via Booth Library online catalog & MyMediaMall
Annie on My Mind
by Nancy Garden — Call # Ballenger Teachers Center 813 G167a

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy — Call # PR 4745 .A1 1958x  &  read it online via Hathitrust

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare — Call # PR PR2831.A2 W35 2012   &  Graphic Novel, GraFX-Atrium PR2831.A2 P33x 2005   &  Movie PN1997 .R73x .DVD  &  music, opera, monologues  &  Hathitrust online book

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte — Call # PR 4167 .J3 1996  /  e-book  /   movie PR 4167 .J32 1999x .DVD / read it online via Hathitrust

flowerbuttonsThe Awakening by Kate Chopin — Call #  Complete stories PS 1294 .C63 v.1, v.2  &  e-book via Booth Library and MyMediaMall & screenplay PS1294.C63 A6434 1992

Ethan Frome 
by Edith Wharton Call #  PS 3545 .H16 E7 1968  &  read it online via Hathitrust  &  movie PN1997 .E87x .DVD  &  Ballenger Teachers Center 813 W55E3

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway — Call #  PS 3515 .E37 F3 1997  &  movie PN 1997 .F3896x .DVD  &  audio sound recording (in storage): introduction, excerpts, and study guide PS3515.E37 F355 2006x .CD

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough — Call #  PR 9619.3 .M32 T46x


Tribute to P.D. James – 1920-2014 – The Baroness of Mystery


P.D. James honing her craft as crime writer extraordinaire.


Young student P.D. James, second from left.

Young student P.D. James, second from left.

British author P.D. James (aka Phyllis Dorothy James White and Baroness James of Holland Park) passed away this past Thanksgiving at her home in London. She was born in Oxford the eldest of three children to Sidney, a tax inspector, and Dorothy James. At 16 she was forced to leave school in order to supplement the family income, as her father did not believe in higher education for women. In 1941 James met and married her husband, army doctor Ernest White. When her husband returned from the war suffering from mental illness until his death in 1964, Ms James, again, became the sole provider in her family. Before life as an author, she worked as a stage manager, a Red Cross Nurse, and as an administrator for a hospital, police and criminal policy departments. Ms James served on the Governor’s Board of the BBC and sat in the House of Lords as a conservative. James did not start writing until later on in life, in her mid-forties, after the death of her husband. In 1983 she was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a national order of merit, and was bestowed Baroness James in 1991.

For over 50 years, P.D. James has been one of the most popular British “Crime Storytellers”–as opposed to the traditional “Mystery”–with the genre’s exploration of motivations, relationships and the meanings of justice. Among her 22 titles she also wrote an unusual memoir as well as a best-selling instructional on how to write detective fiction.

Below is a list of her titles, many of which are available for free download via MyMediaMall in our E.I.U. online catalog.

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1962-Cover Her Face (E-book)

1963-A Mind to Murder (E-book)

1967-Unnatural Causes (E-book)

1971-Shroud for a Nightingale (E-book)

1972-An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (E-book)

1975-The Black Tower (E-book)

1977-Death of an Expert Witness (E-book)

1980-Innocent Blood Call # PR6060.A467 I3x

1982-The Skull Beneath the Skin (E-book)

1995-Original Sin (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 O75 1995)

1997-A Certain Justice (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 C45 1997b

2001-Death in Holy Orders (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 D35 2001b)

2004-Devices and Desires (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 D4 1990)

2004-The Murder Room (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 M87 2003x )

2005-A Taste for Death (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 T3 1986)

2006-The Children of Men (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 C48 1993)

2006-The Lighthouse (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 L54 2005)

2009-The Private Patient (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 P75 2008

2013-Death Comes to Pemberley (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 D33 2011)


1971-The Maul and the Pear Tree (co-author T.A. Critchley) Call # HV6535.G6 L634 1986

2000-Time to be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography Call # PR6060.A467 Z468 2000

2011-Talking About Detective Fiction Call # PR830.D4 J36 2009






If you are looking for more 60’s bestselling fiction, here they are: from the romantic adventure in “The Explorer,” to the political drama of the first black President in “The Man,” and the sexy exploits of a female student’s tell-all, “Candy.” There’s something for everyone!

                                       1964 WORLD ALMANAC                                        —Best Selling Fiction—


1. The Rector of Justin by Louis Auchincloss  / Drama / PS3501.U25 R4x

Frank Prescott’s life—the founder of prestigious Episcopal school for boys—is told through the eyes of six interweaving points of view, chronicling the 80-year evolution of the man; his successes, failings, virtues, and his crisis in faith.

2. You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming / Spy PR6056.L4 Y68 1964x

Bond is taken (shaken, but not stirred) to the exotic Orient, Dr. Shatterhands & his suicide gardens, as well as the lovely, enticing, and delightful Kissy Suzuki.

3. Herzog by Saul Bellow  / Drama / PS3503.E4488 H5x

The story of a tragically confused intellectual, Moses E. Herzog, who sends out a series of letters to all kinds of people after suffering from a sort of midlife crisis: The letters are thoughtful ruminations on the break-up of his second marriage; growing up Jewish; and the perceived general failure of his life.

4. Hurry Sundown by K.B. Gilden / Drama / PS3557.I3427 H8x

With its themes of race, gender and inequality, this story centers on black and white Southern sharecroppers. Although a popular bestseller–it quickly garnered the husband and wife co-writing team of Katya and Bert Gilden movie rights to their book–critics panned the 1100 page book. The 1967 movie version stars Michael Caine and a saxophone-playing Jane Fonda, directed by Otto Preminger.

5. Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman /
Drama / PS3561.A83x U6

An optimistic and idealistic first-year teacher in a large metropolitan high school is beset by red-tape, inadequate facilities and memorable students.

6. The Explorer by Frances Parkinson Keyes / Adventure drama / PS3521.E86 E9x

Adventurer Nicolas Hale needs a son to inherit his name and carry on his life’s work on a lost city in the Andes. When he marries a woman he deems suitable to mother his child, Margaret bordersectionPorterfield, she soon finds herself left behind and never able share in his passionate life’s work…

7. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre / Spy thriller / PR6062.E33 S64x 1964

English spy Leamas is put on the shelf and now a paid defector in order to find out how Mundt, a double-agent in Germany, is able to dispose of so many English agents. In the process, Leamas finds himself attracted to a Communist woman. A whole host of victims, belligerence and revenge ensues…

8. The Horse Knows the Way by John O’Hara / Short Stories / PS3529.H29 H67 1964x

“The latest volume of 28 short stories in O’Hara’s Comedie Humaine, from one the most penetrating observers of the contemporary scene. So much sheer life, so many stunning portraits, so much shrewdness paislyborderand raw power” (from the critics, back in the day…).

9. Candy by Terry Southern / Sex / (I-Share)

All about Candy’s thesis which is based on her experiences: “to give of one’s self…is a thrilling privilege.” Simultaneously described, back in 1964, as pornography, burlesque, farce, satire… and just plain funny. Candy’s “no, no” to a psychiatrist, a hunchback, a yogi…just might mean “yes, yes.”

10. This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart / Suspense / (I-Share)

Lucy Waring is on holiday in the Greek Island of Corfu–believed to be the real scene of the Tempest–with her married sister. The two sisters stumble upon a goofy Shakespearean actor (with handsome son in tow), a beached dolphin, Albanian money smugglers, and wild motorcycle rides.

11. Armageddon: A novel of Berlin by Leon Uris / War / PS3541.R46 A8x

After World War II, Sean O’Sullivan—who hates Germans—of course, falls in love with a German girl while the Russians and the Americans clash over Berlin.

12. Julian by Gore Vidal / Historical Fiction / PS3543.I26 J8x 1964

The story of Julian, the short-lived but brilliant Roman emperor and philosopher who dedicated himself to the restoration of Hellenism whilst attempting to halt the spread of Christianity.

13. The Man / by Irving Wallace / American Politics / PS3573.A426 M3x

It’s 1964 in the Cabinet Room of the White House where an unexpected accident has made Douglass Dilman the first Black President of the United States. Amid domestic and international scandals, violence, dissension and hostility, President Dilman must shoulder the burdens of his office, his race, and his private life—all in the harsh glare of publicity. Sound familiar?


New York Times Bestsellers of the 1960s

nytimes 60s fiction The New York Times bestselling fiction lists reflect the diverse tastes of the reading public–whether it is a Sci-Fi medical thriller where a deadly virus from a satellite is brought back to earth in The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton; Gore Vidal’s dark, gender bending comedy Myra Breckinridge; the nosy, creepy neighbors who come bearing bitter chocolate mousse in Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin; a Christian romance in Christy who is torn between two suitors by Catherine Marshall; a burned out womanizer and world famous artist seeks escape in the Congo in A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Green;  or eight female friends from Vassar, 30 years after graduation–their marriages, their work, their lives–in Mary McCarthy’s social satire, The Group. Currently on display in the Atrium, 1st floor, above the Read & Relax paperbacks.

January 17, 1960

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  1. Hawaii by James Michener—9 weeks
  2. Advise and Consent by Allen Drury—23 weeks
  3. Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell—42 weeks
  4. Poor No More by Robert Ruark—10 weeks
  5. The War Lover by John Hersey—13 weeks
  6. Exodus by Leon Uris—67 weeks
  7. The Darkness and the Dawn by Thomas B. Costain—12 weeks
  8. The Devil’s Advocate by Morris L. West—16 weeks
  9. The Ugly American by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick—65 weeks
  10. The Mansion by William Faulkner—8 weeks

April 23, 1961


  1. The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone—4 weeks
  2. The Last of the Just by Andre Schwarz-Bart —23 weeks
  3. A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Greene—9 weeks
  4. Hawaii by James Michener—75 weeks
  5. Advise and Consent by Allen Drury—89 weeks
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee—38 weeks
  7. Midcentury by John Dos Passos—6 weeks
  8. China Court by Rumer Godden—5 weeks
  9. Winnie Ille Pu by A.A. Milne—9 weeks
  10. Manila Galleon by F. Van Wyck Mason—5 weeks

October 28, 1962

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  1. A Shade of Difference by Allen Drury—4 weeks
  2. Seven Days in May by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey, II—6 weeks
  3. Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter—29 weeks
  4. The Prize by Irvin Wallace—19 weeks
  5. Dearly Beloved by Anne Morrow Lindbergh—20 weeks
  6. The Thin Red Line by James Jones—5 weeks
  7. The Reivers by William Faulkner—19 weeks
  8. Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk—23 weeks
  9. Act of Anger by Bart Spicer—9 weeks
  10. Another Country by James Baldwin—17 weeks

May 19, 1963


  1. The Glass Blowers by Daphne du Maurier—7 weeks
  2. Seven Days in May by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey, II—23 weeks
  3. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters by J.D. Salinger—14 weeks
  4. Grandmother and the Priests by Taylor Caldwell—7 weeks
  5. The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna—18 weeks
  6. The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton—13 weeks
  7. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass—4 weeks
  8. The Centaur by John Updike—10 weeks
  9. The Bedford Incident by Mark Rascovich—1 weeks
  10. Fail-Safe by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler —29 weeks

February 23, 1964


  1. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre—6 weeks
  2. The Group by Mary McCarthy—25 weeks
  3. The Venetian Affair by Helen MacInnes—18 weeks
  4. The Hat on the Bed by John O’Hara—12 weeks
  5. The Wapshot Scandal by John Cheever—5 weeks
  6. The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris L. West—38 weeks
  7. Caravans by James Michener—29 weeks
  8. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming—24 weeks
  9. The Living Reed by Pearl S. Buck—20 weeks
  10. Von Ryan’s Express by David Westheimer—1 week


July 11, 1965

  1. The Source by James Michener—7 weekscaldwell
  2. Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman—18 weeks
  3. The Ambassador by Morris West—11 weeks
  4. Hotel by Arthur Hailey—19 weeks
  5. Night of Camp David by Fletcher Knebel—5 weeks
  6. Don’t Stop the Carnival by Herman Wouk—15 weeks
  7. The Green Berets by Robin Moore—2 weeks
  8. The Looking Glass War by John le Carre—1 weeks
  9. A Pillar of Iron by Taylor Caldwell—8 weeks
  10. The Flight of the Falcon by Daphne du Maurier—10 weeks

November 20, 1966


  1. The Secret of Santa Vittoria by Robert Crichton—10 weeks
  2. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann—37 weeks
  3. Capable of Honor by Allen Drury—8 weeks
  4. Tai-Pan by James Clavell—24 weeks
  5. The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West—4 weeks
  6. The Fixer by Bernard Malamud—8 weeks
  7. The Mask of Apollo by Mary Renault—1 week
  8. All in the Family by Edwin O’Connor—5 weeks
  9. The Adventurers by Harold Robbins—34 weeks
  10. A Dream of Kings by Harry Mark Petrakis—4 weeks

March 26, 1967


  1. The Arrangement by Elia Kazan—5 weeks
  2. The Secret of Santa Vittoria by Robert Crichton—28 weeks
  3. Capable of Honor by Allen Drury—26 weeks
  4. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann—55 weeks
  5. The Captain by Jan de Hartog—10 weeks
  6. The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West—22 weeks
  7. All in the Family by Edwin O’Connor—23 weeks
  8. The Mask of Apollo by Mary Renault—19 weeks
  9. Tai-Pan by James Clavell—42 weeks
  10. The Fixer by Bernard Malamud—23 weeks


April 7, 1968

  1. christy c.marshallAirport by Arthur Hailey—2 weeks
  2. Vanished by Fletcher Knebel—11 weeks
  3. Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal—6 weeks
  4. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron—25 weeks
  5. Topaz by Leon Uris—28 weeks
  6. The Tower of Babel by Morris West—7 weeks
  7. Christy by Catherine Marshall—23 weeks
  8. The Exhibitionist by Henry Sutton—17 weeks
  9. The President’s Plane is Missing by Robert J. Serling—19 weeks
  10. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin—43 weeks

September 21, 1969

  1. rossmacdonaldThe Godfather by Mario Puzo—26 weeks
  2. The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann—18 weeks
  3. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth—31 weeks
  4. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton—13 weeks
  5. The Pretenders by Gwen Davis—10 weeks
  6. Naked Came the Stranger by Penelope Ashe—4 weeks
  7. ADA, or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov—18 weeks
  8. A Place in the Country by Sarah Gainham—4 weeks
  9. The Goodbye Look by Ross MacDonald—12 weeks
  10. The Three Daughters of Madame Liang by Pearl S. Buck—2 weeks

paisley For more fiction from 1964, see below… 2014 World Almanac fiction 1964 bestsellers 

Armchair Travel – Fiction

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – Augustine of Hippo

During the summer of 2014 the Booth atrium displayed a list of 40 travel novels curated by Library Operations Associate Deborah Fennema. Most of the novels were displayed atop the “Read and Relax” bookshelf and next to each was a small stand filled with several beautifully designed bookmarks for each title. Each bookmark features the title, author, Booth Library call number and a brief synopsis of the story. Too lovely to be here and then gone for good, we’ve decided to make the bookmarks available to print and cut yourself. Attached here is a pdf file listing every book that was part of the Armchair Travel fiction display. Some examples of the selected books and synopses are listed below.2014 ARMCHAIR TRAVEL - FICTION-6

The bookmarks above are just one of 8 pages. Some of the other titles include:

bookgreeneTravels with My Aunt
by Graham Greene (1970)
call number: PR6013 .R44 t7x



book cover imageThat Old Ace in the Hole
by Annie Proulx (2002)
call number:  PS3566 .R697 T48 2002bx


book cover imageDon Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) ; a new translation by Edith Grossman ; introduction by Harold Bloom.
call number: PQ6329 .A2 2003b


book cover image11/22/63: a Novel
by Stephen King (2011)
call number: PS3561 .I483 A615 2011


The 1960s from Washington D.C. & the Government Printing Office/GPO

Look, Listen & Learn! In the document linked below you’ll find dozens of primary sources on social issues organized by topic.

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Look at paintings created in the 1960s by influential artist Leon Golub*.

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Listen to protest music: The turbulent 60s inspired great music.
Songs like “Get Up, Stand Up! Stand up for your rights!”
“Redemption Song”
“War, What Is It Good For?”
“Mercy, Mercy Me”
“What the World Needs Now, is Love”
“Inner City Blues”
performed by Bob Marley, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Jackie DeShannon, and many others inspired countless socially minded people to take political action for their beliefs. The many social “causes” prevalent in the 1960s brought about “effects” in the form of these songs, some of the most inspiring music ever written in our culture.

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Learn about some of the divisive issues of the decade–straight from the nation’s printing office! Over 120 titles are  on display in the Booth Reference Department, coinciding with the Library’s: Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.”

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A sampling of some of the documents available…

Report on Racial Imbalance in the Boston Public Schools Document CR 1.2:SCH 6/10

The Official Warren Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy Document E 842.9 .A55 1964x

President L. B. Johnson’s We Will Stand in Viet-Nam Document S 1.38:137

Cambodia in Perspective, Vietnamization Assured by President R. M. Nixon Document S 1.38:191

A 1968-1972 Epidemiological Study of High School Football Injuries in North Carolina Document Y 3 .C 76/3:2 H 53

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60s official GovsDocs, pages 1-5

Welfare Policy and Its Consequences for the Recipient Population Document HE 17.2:W 45

The Committee on Commerce’s Reviewing Progress made toward the Development and Marketing of a Less Hazardous Cigarette Document Y 4 .C 73/2:90-52

Special investigations and government operations on Organized Crime and Illicit Traffic in Narcotics Document Y 4 .G 74/6:C 86/

Un-American activities are detailed in: Communist Activities in the Chicago, Illinois Area Document Y 4 .UN 1/2:C 73/46/965/ parts 1-2 and Subversive Influences in Riots, Looting, and Burning Document Y 4 .UN 1/2:R 47/ pt.3-6

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