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Our National Parks

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This year the U S National Park Service will observe the centennial of its creation by an act of Congress on August 25, 1916. Celebrations abound as they should for this agency’s extraordinary management of over 84 million acres of land. It is entrusted with the conservation of wild areas, the historical preservation of national monuments all the while encouraging the public to wander in and view the parks’ awesome attractions. Emblem of the U. S. National Park Service; brown arrowhead, green tree, white lettering, white snow-capped mountain

For a cogent visual history of the US Park Service check out your public library’s 6-part DVD of Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan’s documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea, 2009.

In addition to celebrating we should be cognizant of the destruction and misuse of some of our most revered areas. Recent new articles have focused on vandalism at various national and state parks. The problem is brought close to home because Ohio State students have been implicated in defacing ancient petroglyphs in Utah. Read more below:

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Beach Reads and Classic Novels

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A pile of books with reading glasses on topSummer is almost here, and it’s a great time to crack open a new book. If you’re interested in classic, timeless books, Artemis Literary Sources is a great place to dig into a title. Find literary criticism, overviews, author biographies, and book reviews of major literary works. Artemis is fabulous for finding out how a novel was received, how it has been interpreted, and if that interpretation has changed over time. Some older, public domain classics are available directly through Artemis or through Literature Databases, but if you don’t find a novel’s full text there, we very likely have it in print here at the library.

If you’d prefer a lighter, beachier read, NoveList Plus is a great resource for finding your next novel. Search by a title or author to find books similar to a preferred work, or search by genre to find all the psychological thrillers, small town romances, or graphic novel memoirs that your heart desires. You can then check our catalog for a print copy, or see if there’s an e-version at Digital Downloads (although for graphic novels, check out hoopla instead). Happy reading!