Reference Blog Entries

Become an Outdoorsperson

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Landscape view with hills and sunlightAre you an outdoorsperson? This summer is shaping up to be a nice one, and there are many activities to enjoy outside. Before you venture out into the sunlight, there are a few precautions you can take. Consumer Reports has ratings for almost everything, but you might be particularly interested in their recommended insect repellents and sunscreens. The EPA also provides a search tool to locate repellents that will be effective against mosquitoes, ticks, or both, which lets you know how long a product will provide effective protection.

Once you’ve gotten that taken care of, there’s a lot to do! If you haven’t signed up for our Summer Library Club, you absolutely should - there are tons of fun activities that you can try in your own backyard. If you want to explore further afield, our Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center has guidance on birding, hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, and much more. If you’d rather have in person training, ODNR and the Metroparks frequently offer hands on training for some fun outdoor activities, for kids and adults.

Historic Preservation

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May is Preservation Month.  What more fitting time than now to turn our attention to our old buildings and treasured artifacts? To get you started thinking about historic preservation, the librarians at the Upper Arlington Public Library have curated the following sources – some local, some national, and some international.



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