Friday, August 31, 2012

Some Like It Hawk

Andrews, Donna. Some Like It Hawk. (A Meg Langslow Mystery.) New York: Minotaur Books, 2012.
Call Number: F AND

Publisher's Description:

Meg helps run Caerphilly's summer arts and crafts festival while trying to smoke out a murderer—turn up the heat, because Some Like it Hawk!

The hilariously funny Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the award-winning New York Times bestselling series that has captured human and avian hearts alike. Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at “Caerphilly Days,” a festival inspired by her town’s sudden notoriety as "The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail." The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have evacuated —except one. Phineas Throckmorton, the town clerk, has been barricaded in the courthouse basement for over a year.

Mr. Throckmorton's long siege has only been possible because of a pre-Civil War tunnel leading from the courthouse basement to a crawl space beneath the bandstand. The real reason for Caerphilly Days is to conceal the existence of the tunnel: the tourist crowds camouflage supply deliveries, and the ghastly screeching of the tunnel's rusty trap door is drowned out by as many noisy activities as the locals can arrange. But the lender seems increasingly determined to evict Mr. Throckmorton—and may succeed after one of its executives is found shot, apparently from inside the basement. Meg and her fellow townspeople suspect that someone hopes to end the siege by framing Mr. Throckmorton. Unless the real killer can be found quickly, the town will have to reveal the secret of the tunnel—and the fact that they've been aiding and abetting the basement’s inhabitant. Meg soon deduces that the killer isn't just trying to end the siege but to conceal information that would help the town reclaim its buildings--if the townspeople can find it before the lender destroys it in a gut-busting caper that will have giggles and guffaws coming as fast as a four-alarm fire.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Assessment of Student Achievement

Gronlund, Norman E. and Waugh, C. Keith. Assessment of Student Achievement. 9th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson, 2009.

Call Number: FDC 371.261 G898a

Publisher's Description: Norman Gronlund gives teachers the tools they need to support the development of high-quality assessments in the classroom. He presents a balanced, concise, and practical guide for testing and performance assessment that is rooted in effective classroom instruction and learning. Emphasizing that assessment is a broad term that includes testing and performance assessment, each used where it is most appropriate, Norman declares that valid assessment is necessary for effective instruction in order to improve student learning. He devotes a portion of the book to preparing and using classroom tests and performance assessments, assigning grades, and interpreting standardized test scores to students and parents.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Coming Home

Kingsbury, Karen. Coming Home: A Story of Undying Hope. (The Baxter Family) Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012.

Call Number: F KIN

Publisher's Description: Coming Home is a novel about tremendous victory and unprecedented loss, a story of faith and a forever kind of love, love that will stay with you long after the last page. This stand-alone novel will serve as either a grand introduction or a beautiful conclusion in the saga of the Baxter Family. The Baxters make plans to come together for a summer lakeside reunion, a celebration like they haven't had in years. But before the big day, the unthinkable happens. As the Baxter Family rallies together, memories come to light in the grief-stricken hours of waiting and praying, memories that bring healing and hope during a time when otherwise darkness might have the final word. In a season that changes all of them, the brilliance of family love overshadows even the valley of heartache as the Baxters draw closer to God and each other. Along the way, secrets are revealed and the truth about the Baxter Family history is finally made known. Ultimately, in this portrait of family love, the Baxters cling to each other and to God's promise of forever.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses

Thormann, Joan and Zimmerman, Isa Kaftal. The Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses. New York: Teachers College Press, 2012.

Call Number: FDC 371.334 T392c

Publisher's Description: In this valuable resource, experts share deep knowledge including practical “how-to” and preventive trouble-shooting tips. Instructors will learn about course design and development, instructional methods for online teaching, and student engagement and community building techniques. The book contains successful teaching strategies, guidance for facilitating interactions and responding to diversity, and assessments, as well as future directions for online learning. With many field-tested examples and practice assignments, and with voices from students, teachers, and experts, this book arms instructors and administrators with the tools they need to teach effective and empowering online courses. This one-stop resource addresses all of the core elements of online teaching in terms that are universally applicable to any content area and at any instructional level.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

The Storm

Cussler, Clive and Brown, Graham. The Storm: A Novel from the NUMA Files. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2012.

Call Number: F CUS

Publisher's Description:

In the middle of the Indian Ocean, a NUMA research vessel is taking water samples at sunset, when a crew member spots a sheen of black oil ahead of them. But it is not oil. Like a horde of army ants, a swarm of black particles suddenly attacks the ship, killing everyone aboard, while the ship itself goes up in flames.
A few hours later, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are on their way to the Indian Ocean. What they will find there on the smoldering hulk of the ship will eventually lead them to the discovery of the most audacious scheme they have ever known: a plan to permanently alter the weather on a global scale. It will kill millions . . . and it has already begun.

Filled with the boundless invention unique to Clive Cussler, this is one of the most thrilling novels yet from the grand master of adventure.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Series. Macon, Ga.: Smyth & Helwys.

Call No.: R 220.7 Sm96

Thanks to the generosity of Kenneth Dean, the library has a new set of Biblical commentaries. This set is still being issued as volumes are completed so we will continue to receive volumes until the set is completed. The volumes received to date are:

v.3 - Leviticus-Numbers by Lloyd R. Bailey
v.4 - Deuternomy by Mark E. Biddle
v.7 - 1 & 2 Samuel by Tony W. Cartledge
v.8 - 1 & 2 Kings by Walter Brueggemann
v.10 - Job by Samuel E. Ballentine
v.12 - Proverbs-Ecclesiastes by Milton P. Horne
v.14A - Isaiah 1-39 by Patricia K. Tull
v.15 - Jeremiah by Terence E. Frethem
v.16 - Ezekiel by Margaret S. Odell
v.17 - Daniel by Sharon Pace
v.18A - The Book of the Twelve: Hosea-Jonah by James D. Nogalski
v.18B - The Book of the Twelve: Micah-Malachi by James D. Nogalski
v.19 - Matthew by Ben Witherington III
v.20 - Mark by R. Alan Culpepper
v.21 - Luke by Richard B. Vinson
v.23 - Acts by J. Bradley Chance
v.24 - Romans by Charles H. Talbert
v.25A - 1 Corinthians by Robert Scott Nash
v.25B - 2 Corinthians by Mitzi L. Minor
v.26B - Ephesians by Thomas B. Slater
v.26C - Philippians & Philemon by Todd D. Still
v.27A - 1 & 2 Thesslonians by Linda McKinnish Bridges
v.27B - 1 & Timothy-Titus by W. Hulitt Gloer
v.28 - Hebrews-James by Edgar V. McKnight & Christopher Church
v.29A - 1 & 2 Peter, Jude by Richard B. Vinson, Richard F. Wilson, & Watson E. Mills
v.29B - 1, 2 & 3 John by Peter Rhea Jones
v.30 - Revelation by Mitchell G. Reddish

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Engaging the Online Learner

Conrad, Rita-Marie and Donaldson, J. Ana. Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction. (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning.) Updated ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. 

Call Number: FDC 371.334 C763e

Publisher's Description:

This is a revision of the first title in Jossey-Bass' Online Teaching & Learning series. This series helps higher education professionals improve the practice of online teaching and learning by providing concise, practical resources focused on particular areas or issues they might confront in this new learning environment.

This revision includes updated activities and resources for instructors teaching online. Based on changes in technology and best practices learned from the field the revision provides new information for even seasoned online instructors.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

The Sandcastle Girls

Bohjalian, Chris. The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel. New York: Doubleday, 2012.

Call Number: F BOH

Publisher's Description:

In his fifteenth book, The Sandcastle Girls, he brings us on a very different kind of journey. This spellbinding tale travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012—a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage, making it his most personal novel to date.

When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There, Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, he begins to write Elizabeth letters, and comes to realize that he has fallen in love with the wealthy, young American woman who is so different from the wife he lost.Flash forward to the present, where we meet Laura Petrosian, a novelist living in suburban New York. Although her grandparents’ ornate Pelham home was affectionately nicknamed the “Ottoman Annex,” Laura has never really given her Armenian heritage much thought. But when an old friend calls, claiming to have seen a newspaper photo of Laura’s grandmother promoting an exhibit at a Boston museum, Laura embarks on a journey back through her family’s history that reveals love, loss—and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.

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Library of Congress Classification Schedules

Did you know that even though our library primarily uses Dewey as a classification scheme that we receive the Library of Congress Classification Schedules as part of the Federal Depository Library Program?

These are housed in our Technical Services Department, but you are free to use these during normal business hours.

We've just received the 2012 updates to these schedules:

K - Law in General. Comparative and Uniform Law. Jurisprudence.
S - Agriculture.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Assessing Student Learning

Suskie, Linda. Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009. 

Call Number: FDC 378.166 Su81a

The above title is new in our Faculty Development Collection.

Publisher's Description: The first edition of Assessing Student Learning has become the standard reference for college faculty and administrators who are charged with the task of assessing student learning within their institutions. The second edition of this landmark book offers the same practical guidance and is designed to meet ever-increasing demands for improvement and accountability. This edition includes expanded coverage of vital assessment topics such as promoting an assessment culture, characteristics of good assessment, audiences for assessment, organizing and coordinating assessment, assessing attitudes and values, setting benchmarks and standards, and using results to inform and improve teaching, learning, planning, and decision making.

See the publisher's page for the book for more information on the contents and to view a sample of the book.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office.

Call. No.: 328.7301 Un3h

Just Received: 111th Congress, 1st Session, 2009, vols. 1-3

Check the shelves for older issues. These are received as part of the Federal Depository Library Program.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Beach House Memories

Monroe, Mary Alice. Beach House Memories. New York: Gallery Books, 2012.

Location: Lease Books
Call Number: F MON

Publisher's Description: She felt it now. She was slipping into the insistent undertow of the past. There was no use fighting it. It was so easy to simply close her eyes. And relinquish.
Autumn brings its own haunting beauty to the sun-soaked beaches and dunes on Isle of Palms, where Olivia “Lovie” Rutledge lives in her beloved Primrose Cottage with her daughter, Cara. Looking back as summer fades, Lovie can remember many island summers, but especially one. . . .
In 1974, America was changing, but Charleston remained eternally the same. Lovie had always done what was expected—marrying the son of a historic Charleston family, Stratton Rutledge, and turning over her fortune and fate to his control. But one thing she steadfastly refuses to relinquish: her family’s old seaside cottage. The precious summers spent on the barrier island are Lovie’s refuge. Here, she can escape with her children from the social expectations of her traditional Southern mother, and her overbearing husband’s ambition and philandering. Here, she indulges her lifelong vocation as a “Turtle Lady,” tending the loggerhead sea turtles that lay their eggs in the warm night sand and then slip back into the sea.
This summer, however, is different. Visiting biologist Russell Bennett arrives on the island to research the loggerheads. What begins as a shared passion for the turtles changes to a love far more passionate and profound than Lovie has ever known—but one that forces her to face the most agonizing decision of her life.
For Charleston’s elite, divorce is an unforgivable scandal, and Stratton’s influence is far-reaching. If Lovie dares to dream beyond a summer affair, she risks losing everything: her reputation, her wealth, even her precious children.
Beach House Memories—a poignant and emotional tale of a strong, passionate woman torn between duty and desire, between the traditions of the old South and the social changes sweeping America—will capture your heart. For Lovie, it is an empowering journey of seasons of self-discovery.
Until this autumn, this time of changing tides, of holding on and letting go. . . . 

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Ending the Cold War

A recently received government publication is Intelligence Revolution 1960: Retrieving the Corona Imagery That Helped Win the Cold War. This is a product of the Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance. You'll find it at D 1.2:IN 8/16 with other publications of the Department of Defense.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Essays in Naval History

Craig C. Felker and Marcus O. Jones edited a new government publication entitled New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the Sixteenth Naval History Symposium Held at the United States Naval Academy 10-11 September 2009. You'll find this publication at D 208.210:20 in our government publications.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Beginner's Goodbye

Tyler, Anne. The Beginner's Goodbye. New York: Knopf, 2012.

Location: Lease Books
Call Number: F TYL

Publisher's Description: Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances—in their house, on the roadway, in the market.
Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, self-dependent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Unhesitatingly he marries her, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Only Dorothy’s unexpected appearances from the dead help him to live in the moment and to find some peace. 
Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family’s vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye. 
A beautiful, subtle exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Anne Tyler’s humor, wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles.

Flu Epidemic Plan

You can find the North American Plan for Animal and Pandemic Influenza in our library. The print version is at HE 1.2:IN 3/2.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

El Examen de Naturalización Estados Unidos

¿Desea estudiar para el examen de naturalización Estados Unidos? Si es así, consulte la tarjeta de flash ajustado derecho Tarjetas de Educación Cívica para el Examen de Naturalización. Se encuentra en las publicaciones oficiales en la clasificación HS 8.2:F 61/2/2012/SPAN.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Blaze of Glory

Shaara, Jeff. A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh. New York: Ballantine Books, 2012.

Location: Lease Books
Call Number: F SHA

Publisher's Description: In the first novel of a spellbinding new trilogy, New York Timesbestselling author Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil War terrain he knows best. A Blaze of Glory takes us to the action-packed Western Theater for a vivid re-creation of one of the war’s bloodiest and most iconic engagements—the Battle of Shiloh.
It’s the spring of 1862. The Confederate Army in the West teeters on the brink of collapse following the catastrophic loss of Fort Donelson. Commanding general Albert Sidney Johnston is forced to pull up stakes, abandon the critical city of Nashville, and rally his troops in defense of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. Hot on Johnston’s trail are two of the Union’s best generals: the relentless Ulysses Grant, fresh off his career-making victory at Fort Donelson, and Don Carlos Buell. If their combined forces can crush Johnston’s army and capture the railroad, the war in the West likely will be over. There’s just one problem: Johnston knows of the Union plans, and is poised to launch an audacious surprise attack on Grant’s encampment—a small settlement in southwestern Tennessee anchored by a humble church named Shiloh.
With stunning you-are-there immediacy, Shaara takes us inside the maelstrom of Shiloh as no novelist has before. Drawing on meticulous research, he dramatizes the key actions and decisions of the commanders on both sides: Johnston, Grant, Sherman, Beauregard, and the illustrious Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest. Here too are the thoughts and voices of the junior officers, conscripts, and enlisted men who gave their all for the cause, among them Confederate cavalry lieutenant James Seeley and Private Fritz “Dutchie” Bauer of the 16th Wisconsin Regiment—brave participants in a pitched back-and-forth battle whose casualty count would far surpass anything the American public had yet seen in this war. By the end of the first day of fighting, as Grant’s bedraggled forces regroup for could be their last stand, two major events—both totally unexpected—will turn the tide of the battle and perhaps the war itself. 

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John W. Clark

Occasionally, the library receives interesting biographies as part of its government documents repository. One of these is The Life and Times of John W. Clark of Nushagak, Alaska, 1846-1896. You'll find this is government documents with the Department of the Interior publications at I 29.2:AL 15/7.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Employment Discrimination

The library has received Major Issues in the Federal Law of Employment Discrimination (5th ed.) You'll find the print version in our government publications at JU 15.2:D 63/4/2012.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Stolen Prey

Sandford, John. Stolen Prey. New York: Putnam, 2012.

Location: Lease Books
Call Number: F SAN

Publisher's Description: Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed—husband, wife, two daughters, dogs.

There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts—it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

Until it does. And where it leads Lucas will take him into the darkest nightmare of his life.

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Afghanistan-Pakistan Administrative Divisions

Some of the chief countries targeted in the War on Terror have been Afghanistan and Pakistan (although Pakistan has tried to play both sides of the war). The CIA has a new poster-sized administrative divisions map of the two countries which is available in our map case at PREX 3.10/4:AF 3/23/2012.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Want to know more about Syria? Take a look at the Syria: Country Profile poster-sized map. It includes a relief map, a population map, a map of the Golan Heights area, a map of the oil and gas distribution, and a map of ethnoreligious distribuation. There's also a map overlaying the country of Syria over a portion of the United States to give you an idea of its size. You'll find this in our map case in government documents at PREX 3.10/4:SY 8/11.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale

Rutledge, Lynda. Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale. New York: Amy Einhorn Book's, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2012.

Location: Lease Books
Call Number: F RUT

Publisher's Description: On the last day of the millennium, sassy Faith Bass Darling, the richest old lady in Bass, Texas, decides to have a garage sale. With help from a couple of neighborhood boys, Faith lugs her priceless Louis XV elephant clock, countless Tiffany lamps, and everything else from her nineteenth-century mansion out onto her long, sloping lawn.

Why is a recluse of twenty years suddenly selling off her dearest possessions? Becasue God told her to.

As the townspeople grab up five generations of heirlooms, everyone drawn to the sale--including Faith's lon-lost daughter--finds that the antiques not only hold family secrets but also inspire some of life's most imponderable questions: Do our possessions possess us? What are we without our memories? Is there life after death or second chances here on earth? And is Faith really selling that Tiffany lamp for $1?

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Oil and the Middle East

One of the recent government publications is a large poster-sized map entitled Oil and Gas Infrastructure in the Caspian Sea Region. Look for this in the government documents map case at PREX 3.10/4:C 27/2.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Don't Know Much About Civics?

We've all seen the online quizzes that ask you if you could pass the test for U.S. citizenship. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has several publications that assist persons studying for these. One such overview of United States civics is The Citizen's Almanac. You'll also find it in print at HS 8.2:G 49/2011.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Dorchester Terrace

Perry, Anne. Dorchester Terrace. New York: Ballantine Books, 2012.

Location: Lease Books
Call Number: F PER

Publisher's Description: Anne Perry’s acclaimed Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels have made London’s exclusive world of wealth and power an addictive literary destination for readers everywhere. This new masterpiece, a haunting story of love and treason, invites us not only into the secret places of Britain’s power but also into the innermost sanctums of the fin de siècle Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Thomas Pitt, once a lowly policeman, is now the powerful head of Britain’s Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. He, too, feels painful moments of self-doubt, especially as rumors reach him of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line—on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel to visit his royal English kin.

Why would anyone destroy an entire train to kill one obscure Austrian royal, or are the rumors designed to distract Pitt from an even more devastating plot? He must resolve this riddle at once, before the damage is done.

Meanwhile, in a London sickroom, an old Italian woman—at the end of a romantic career as a revolutionary spy—is terrified that as she sinks into dementia, she may divulge secrets that can kill. And a beautiful young Croatian woman, married to a British power broker, hoards her own mysteries. Apparently all roads lead to the Continent, and Pitt suspects that between them these two fascinating women could tell him things he desperately needs to know. But as the hours tick by, it seems that the only woman Pitt can count on is his clever wife, Charlotte.

No one sustains mesmerizing suspense better than Anne Perry.  In Pitt’s trial by fire, his wrenching moral dilemma, and his electrifying moment of decision, the beloved bestselling author gives us a climax never to be forgotten.

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Musculoskeletal Injuries in Military Women

Women play an important role in the United States military today. Are there bone and muscle injuries specific to them? A new government publication takes a look at Musculoskeletal Injuries in Military Women. You'll find it in government documents at D 104.2:M 97.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Cross-Channel Attack

When we read about the European Theater of World War II, we often read about the attacks the Germans made across the English channel, bombing many civilian areas in Great Britain. Gordon A. Harrison's Cross-Channel Attack has recently been republished and is available in government documents at D 114.7:EU 7/V.2/2011. There is a packet of 24 maps included with the publication.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

11th Hour

Patterson, James and Paetro, Maxine. 11th Hour. New York: Little, Brown, 2012.

Location: Lease Books
Call Number: F PAT

Publisher's Description:
Your best friend
Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department's evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer--even her closest friends.

Or a vicious killer?

Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she's ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor. Another head is unearthed in the garden, and Lindsay realizes that the ground could hide hundreds of victims. 

You won't know until the 11th hour

A reporter launches a series of vicious articles about the cases and Lindsay's personal life is laid bare. But this time she has no one to turn to--especially not Joe. 11TH HOUR is the most shocking, most emotional, and most thrilling Women's Murder Club novel ever.

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FDR and the Land

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is widely considered one of our country's greatest presidents. He guided America through the Great Depression and through much of World War II. He implemented all sorts of government programs that helped put people back to work. There is a new publication that tells about Franklin's estate and about his work in creating many of the conservation programs that employed many Americans. You will find it at I 29.58/3:R 67.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Federal Student Aid for Adult Students

If you are an adult student needing financial assistance to attend college, check out the government publication Federal Student Aid for Adult Students. It is also available in print at ED 1.2:ST 9/31

Monday, August 06, 2012

Taliban Cricket Club

Murari, Timeri N. The Taliban Cricket Club. New York: Ecco, 2012.

Location: Lease Books
Call Number: F MUR

Publisher's Description: Rukhsana is a spirited young journalist who works for the Kabul Daily in Afghanistan. She takes care of her ill, widowed mother and her younger brother, Jahan. But then Rukhsana is summoned to appear at the infamous Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, and their quiet and tenuous way of life is shattered.
There, the malevolent minister, Zorak Wahidi, announces that the Taliban has found a new way to pursue the diplomatic respect it has long been denied: cricket. On the world stage of sports, the Taliban will prove they are a fair and just society. Rukhsana and several other journalists are to report that a tournament will be held to determine who will play for Afghanistan. Anyone can put together a team. Women are forbidden to play. The winners will travel to Pakistan to train, then go on to represent Afghanistan around the world.
Rukhsana knows that this is a shameful, and deeply surreal, idea. The Taliban will never embrace a game rooted in civility, fairness, and equality, with no tolerance for violence or cheating. And no one in Afghanistan even knows how to play the game.
Except for Rukhsana.
This could be a way to get her cousins and her brother out of Afghanistan for good. But before she can organize a team, the terrifying Wahidi demands her hand in marriage. He finds her both exciting and infuriating, and wants to control her unruly, willful nature. The union would be her prison, stripping away what few freedoms she has left under Taliban rule and forcing her away from her family. Not marrying Wahidi, however, might mean her death. Her family rallies around her, willing to do anything to protect her, even if it means imprisonment or worse.
But Rukhsana realizes that Wahidi may have given her a way out, too. With the help of her loyal, beloved brother and cousins, she forms her own cricket team and sets about teaching them how to win their freedom—with a bat and a ball.
Inspired by the Taliban's actual and unprecedented promotion of cricket in 2000 in an attempt to gain acceptance in the global community, internationally bestselling author Murari weaves a riveting story of strength, hope, and soaring human triumph that proves no tyranny is ever absolute in the face of love.

Our Public Land Heritage

The availability of public lands played a crucial role in the settling of the United States. The General Land Office was established in 1812 to oversee these lands There were many district land offices in public land states. Public lands were surveyed using a rectangular survey system rather than metes and bounds that are used here in Tennessee. Today the Bureau of Land Management handles tasks once performed by the GLO. They have created a beautifully illustrated time line which can be found in government documents at I 53.2:H 42/5 that shows the history of Our Public Land Heritage.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Minerals Yearbook

Are you interested in minerals? The library offers the Minerals Yearbook, a multi-part set of books that cover each country of the world on an annual basis. They lag a bit in publication. One of the recent additions to this set is the 2009 volume for Europe and Central Eurasia. You'll find the entire set in print at I 19.165:

Friday, August 03, 2012

Home - by Toni Morrison

Morrison, Toni. Home. New York: Knopf, 2012.

Location: Lease Books
Call Number: F MOR

Publisher's Description: America’s most celebrated novelist, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison extends her profound take on our history with this twentieth-century tale of redemption: a taut and tortured story about one man’s desperate search for himself in a world disfigured by war.
Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he’s hated all his life. As Frank revisits his memories from childhood and the war that have left him questioning his sense of self, he discovers a profound courage he had thought he could never possess again. 
A deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood—and his home. 


One of the areas of Africa that has really been in the news during the past decade is Darfur. It is a region within the Sudan which has been troubled and which has been the target of a lot of humanitarian assistance. The library has received the CIA's relief map for this region. It is shelved at PREX 3.10/4:SU 2/12/2012/RELIEF in government documents.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Supreme Court

Do you want to keep up with what is going on in the Supreme Court? Check out the Official Reports of the Supreme Court. Both the final version and preliminary prints are located in circulation at 345.4 Un3. We have a large run of these publications. You may also find them online. (Current issues are at Archived issues are at

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Bring Up the Bodies

Mantel, Hilary. Bring Up the Bodies. New York: Henry Holt, 2012.

Location: Lease Books
Call Number: F MAN

Publisher's Description: Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.
At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel'sBring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head?

Ansel Adams

One of the most beloved photographers is Ansel Adams. He is best known for his work in black and white of nature scenes, especially in Yosemite National Forest. Did you know that there is a wilderness named in his honor in California's Sierra Nevada region? We have A Guide to the Ansel Adams Wilderness in government documents at A 13.36/2-6:R 5-RG-209. The guide includes a large map as well as detailed information on the wilderness.