Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Mister Rogers: It`s You I Like

For thirty-three years children were asked the question "won`t you be my neighbor?" The man asking this question was Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers` Neighborhood, which ran from 1968-2001. What set Mister Rogers` Neighborhood apart from other children`s programming was that it focused on the social and emotional needs of children. He discussed topics considered taboo for children such as death, tolerance, and divorce. He wasn`t overbearing or stern, which encouraged children to share their feelings.

In order to find an approach that properly addressed these difficult subjects, Rogers worked with Margaret McFarland, a child psychologist. McFarland believed that the first few years of a child`s life were crucial in shaping the adult they would become. She also believed that adults should use memories of their own childhood to interpret the behavior of children. When Rogers didn’t feel the script was accurately addressing the topic of the day, he would leave the set to consult with her and make changes to the script accordingly.

The last episode of Mister Rogers` Neighborhood aired on August 31, 2001. Eighteen years later his words are still being used as comfort, especially during times of tragedy. When he was a child and told his mother he was upset by what he saw in the news, she told him to "look for the helpers." Rogers became one of those helpers. When we look back at his work, we are reminded that there are always helpers we can look to and that we too can be helpers. 

Want to learn more about Mister Rogers` Neighborhood? Check out the available books, CDs, & DVDs from our catalog here 

Join us for a movie matinee at the main branch
Mister Rogers: It`s You I Like 

When: Friday, Dec. 20th @ 2:30
Where: 3rd floor computer lab
Running time: 58 minutes

Watch trailer here

In this PBS retrospective hosted by Oscar nominee Michael Keaton, enjoy memorable segments from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, including visits with Koko the Gorilla & the iconic trip to the Crayola crayon factory. Hear from stars including Whoopi Goldberg, John Lithgow, & Caroll Spinney as they share their favorite memories of Fred Rogers.

Additional movie matinees at the main branch

The Russian Five 

When: Friday, Jan. 17th @ 2:30 
Where: 3rd floor computer lab
Running time: 99 minutes

Watch trailer here

Sports and politics clash in this compelling historical documentary about five Russian hockey stars who defected to America to join the Detroit Red Wings in the late 1980s, leading to the team's back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

Through a Lens Darkly

When: Friday, Feb. 21st @ 2:30 
Where: 3rd floor computer lab
Running time: 93 minutes

Watch trailer here

Inspired by the book Reflections in Black by photo historian Deborah Willis, this documentary features the hidden and unknown photos shot by African American photographers about the lives, experiences and perspectives of African American families that is absent from the traditional historical canon.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Chase's Calendar of Events

Chase's Calendar of Events, The Ultimate Go-to-Guide for Special Days, Weeks and Months
Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN:  9781641433167 
Call #:  TC REF 394.26 Chases 2020

Do you know what day it is?  Is it Monday or is it National Firewood Day, National Hummus Day or  Name Your PC Day?  When is National Etiquette Week?  

If you need to find out, come to the Worcester Public Library to search this one-of-a-kind resource and get to know all the holidays and special days you never knew existed.  Since 1957, Chase's Calendar of Events lists everything worth knowing and celebrating for each day of the year:  12,500 holidays, historical milestones, famous birthdays, international days of celebration, federal and state observances, religious observances, festivals and special days, weeks and months. 

This guide can help you plan a special event, activity, day of recognition, or just use for plain old trivia fun! It also contains astronomical data and is good for fast facts about the United States, Canada and Mexico.  Also included is a special "spotlight" section that highlights significant anniversaries and events for the current year.  Dubbed "The Oxford English Dictionary of Holidays" by NPR's Planet Money, this valuable resource is here for you.

WooReads Adult Patron Book Reviews: Take a Trip with a Book

Enjoy these reviews submitted by our WooReaders as part of our WooReads: Adult Reading Challenge (Beyond Summer). These reviewed titles will help you take a break from the holidays and journey to another place; from Florence, Italy to Ur, an archaeological site in ancient Mesopotamia, to Mexico. There is a little something for everyone.

Brunelleschi's Dome : How A Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

By Ross King

This is a good introduction to Florence, Italy, as the Middle Ages transitioned into the Renaissance. It contains interesting facts and history about the city and its society. Find out how Filippo Bruneschelli, a goldsmith, untrained in architecture, designed and built the world's largest brick dome as well as the machinery necessary to construct it. Fast moving and easily readable.

~Mary R.


By Kate Mosse

Wonderful book. Loved it from beginning to end.

~Miriam V.

The Light Between Oceans

By M. L. Stedman

A terrific story about motherhood and what that means. Great emotional plot and the writing is real. Recommended to all who enjoy a great story.

~Frances N. 

Death In A Desert Land

By Andrew Wilson

Dame Agatha Christie is asked to investigate the death of Gertrude Bell, famous adventurer and "Arabist" in Ur, but when she arrives at the archaeological dig, she finds an entirely different mystery. This was a well plotted and intriguing novel with an exotic setting. You won't want to put it down!

~Mary R.

On The Plain Of Snakes

By Paul Theroux

Another great travel book.

~Janis G.

The Spies Of Shilling Lane : A Novel

By Jennifer Ryan

Mrs Braithwaite is the big fish in her tiny village in England during WWII but nobody seems to appreciate her bossy ways: her husband leaves her for another woman, her daughter packs up and moves to London, and the other women of the village boot her from her role as head of the volunteer commission for the war effort. She decides to drag her daughter Betty home. But in London, in the middle of the Blitz, Betty is missing and no one seems to care. Mrs Braithwaite, angry and foiled at every turn in her village, discovers that here she has just the right temperament to find the truth about Betty's disappearance. Suspenseful, fun and full of twists and turns; Mrs Braithwaite is an unstoppable force.

~Mary R.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Massachusetts Health Connector Open Enrollment

Individuals and families have from now through January 23, 2020 to apply and enroll in health and dental coverage through the Massachusetts Health Connector. See if you qualify for free or lower cost coverage like MassHealth, ConnectorCare plans, or a tax credit.

Need help navigating the system? Find a trained and certified Enrollment Assister who can help you navigate the application process.

Check out their Help Center for further assistance.

Want to learn more about our healthcare system? Check out our Healthcare Booklist for a list of recent titles on healthcare in the United States at Worcester Public Library.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

What I Didn’t Know About Doctor Zhivago

I first saw the movie Doctor Zhivago, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, back when I was in high school. And, sure, I’ll admit it: I cried my eyes out at the end. It’s a sad and sweeping story, set in Russia during WW I and the Russian Civil War. The title character, Yuri Zhivago, is drafted during WW I and becomes a battlefield doctor. He enlists the help of Lara as a nurse. Though the two fall in love, they are both married to another and stay true to that marriage. After the war they each return to their separate homes and spouses. They encounter each other again over the course of the film, and the ending is very sad, but you’ll have to watch it yourself to find out what happens.

An image from the film Doctor Zhivago.

Author Boris Pasternak.
Later, I learned that the movie was based on a book by the author Boris Pasternak. Born in 1890 in Russia, Pasternak wrote many novels and poetry collections before his death in 1960. Perhaps best known for his book Doctor Zhivago, which was published in 1957, he also won the Nobel Prize in 1958. But you know what I didn’t know (hence the title of this blog post)? That Doctor Zhivago was published in Italy in 1957, because Russia viewed the novel as anti-Soviet and a rejection of socialist realism. Though Pasternak was worried about the consequences, he allowed the manuscript of Doctor Zhivago to be smuggled out of Russia and into Italy for publication.

The other thing I didn’t know (I learned a lot this week) is that the CIA helped to distribute Doctor Zhivago and drive its popularity. We even have a book about it, which you can find listed below. All of this is fascinating to me because today, November 21st, is the anniversary of the announcement of Doctor Zhivago being published. I also realized that a recent Reese’s Book Club book and bestseller, The Secrets We Kept, is a fictional account of Doctor Zhivago being smuggled out of Russia. Sixty-two years after its publication, Doctor Zhivago is still a powerful work that inspires the imagination. If you haven’t read it or watched the film, you really should.

Nonfiction on Doctor Zhivago

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book 
By Peter Finn and Petra Couvee 
In May of 1956, an Italian publishing scout took a train to the Russian countryside to visit the country's most beloved poet, Boris Pasternak. He left concealing the original manuscript of Pasternak's much anticipated first novel, entrusted to him with these words from the author: "This is Doctor Zhivago. May it make its way around the world..."

Lara: The Untold Love Story that Inspired Doctor Zhivago 
By Anna Pasternak 
Drawing on previously neglected family sources and original interviews, Boris's great-niece, Anna Pasternak, explores the hidden act of moral compromise by her great-uncle, and restores to history the passionate affair that inspired and animated Doctor Zhivago.

WooReads Adult Patron Book Reviews: Mysteries Six

Hello, WooReaders! We've gotten a lot of great patron reviews on mysteries this week, so here's a selection of six mystery reviews that we thought you might enjoy. From cozy mysteries, to bestsellers, and even some that border on thriller, there's something here for every aspiring sleuth.

Don't forget that this WooReads Adult Reading Challenge continues into May 2020, culminating in a Kindle Paperwhite Grand Prize. If you log at least 20 books you're eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing. If you still haven't registered for the program yet, you can do so here.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

The Fallen 
By David Baldacci 
This book was exciting and had lots of different story lines going on at the same time. However it was a little stereotypical with its idea of what a cop is and the description of the FBI agents. It was a little fake in that regard but if you can get past those then it was an enjoyable book that was a very quick read. It only took me 5 days to finish it which is a miracle!

~Jessica B.

Fatally Flaky 
By Diane Mott Davidson
I don't know how she writes book after book and how often a murder happens while she is catering an event and they are all good. This was the 13th book in her series and I think the next one is the last. I have gotten some real good recipes and a lot of enjoyment reading them.

~Pam M.

Twelve Angry Librarians: A Cat in the Stacks Mystery 
By Miranda James
I enjoy this series about a rare books librarian who is curious and, against his better judgement, tries to find answers and his Maine Coon cat.

~Jeanne C.

Murder at Rough Point 
By Alyssa Maxwell 
The fourth book in Maxwell's Gilded Newport Mystery series is as engulfing as its predecessors! Just when you think you have solved the puzzle, she throws you twist that you never saw coming. The author's use of precise details about Newport's mansions, lavish lifestyles and famous families makes the stories seem so real. I can't wait to start reading the next one!

~Missy C.

Murder in the Old Vicarage 
By Jill McGown 
An English locked house mystery set in an old vicarage complete with an old lady who knows all the answers. Try to figure out who murdered an abusive husband at Christmas in the middle of a blizzard along with police detectives Lloyd and Judy.

~Mary R.

Silken Prey 
By John Sandford 
Good read as usual. A little sad, what some people do to gain a political office. Hopefully not many. A child porn plot, and murders, a little long for him, but a good read.

~ Karen S.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Small Business Sourcebook

Small Business Sourcebook, 35th Edition 

Gale/Cengage Learning
REF 658.9 Small 2019

The Small Business Sourcebook covers a wide spectrum of business topics and resources that can help a business in the start-up phase or when a current business is problem solving and needs to find the right solutions to resolve a complex business dilemma. Over 300 small business profiles and 99 general small business topics are contained in this six volume set. Wondering where to go for technical business support, statistics, a Chamber of Commerce, a trade associations or trade journal, or marketing support? This type of information can easily be found in this single source and can save a user from a time consuming internet search. The Small Business Sourcebook is located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library in the reference collection.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Jane's Fighting Ships

Jane’s Fighting Ships 
Publisher: Jane's by IHS Markit
ISBN: 9780710633194
Call #: REF 623.825 JANES 2019-2020

Jane’s Fighting Ships is an annually published reference book about all the world’s warships arranged by nation. It includes information on ship’s names, dimensions, armaments, silhouettes, country inventories, overviews, and photographs. It was originally published by John Frederick Thomas Jane in London in 1898 as Jane’s All the World’s Fighting Ships, in order to assist naval officers and the general public in playing naval war games.

The first issue was illustrated with Jane’s own ink sketches photos (see right).

Find the current 2019-2020 issue in the 2nd floor reference section, with more early editions available in our Closed Stacks. Learn more about this book here.

Nordic Vacation

(Bergen, Norway)

With Frozen II hitting theaters this week, you might be thinking of taking a trip to the land that inspired it all. Take a look at some of our travel memoirs and guidebooks to learn more about Norway and other Nordic countries, as well as the best sites to visit when you`re in the land of Anna and Elsa.


The Palace of the Snow Queen: Winter Travels in Lapland, by Barbara Sjoholm
Sjoholm tells of her adventures through Norway, Sweden and Finland, and considers how the power of ice and snow shapes our lives.

Sixty Degrees North: Around the World in Search of Home, by Mallachy Tallack
Tallack explores the landscapes of the sixtieth parallel and the ways that people have interacted with those landscapes, highlighting themes of wildness & community, isolation & engagement, exile & memory.

The Fellowship of Ghosts: A Journey through the Mountains of Norway, by Paul Watkins
Acclaimed writer Paul Watkins describes his spellbinding solo trek through the wilds of Norway's Rondane and Jutunheimen mountains, where he encounters valleys bordered by thousand-foot cliffs, roaring waterfalls wreathed in rainbows, blinding glaciers, and shimmering blue snowfields.

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North, by Blair Braverman
A memoir of Braverman`s efforts to develop the strength and resilience to survive in the demanding landscapes of Norway and Alaska, and the violence she encounters along the way from both humans and the land itself.


DK Eyewtiness: Norway
A staple in the WPL travel collection, DK Eyewitness travel guides have suggestions on where to stay, what to eat, and sites you can visit if you`re on a budget or traveling with children. Their recommendations for Norway include the Lofotr Viking Festival, the Norway Resistance Museum, & Rondane National Park.
Lonely Planet: Scandinavia
If you`re interested in exploring other Scandinavian countries, this Lonely Planet guide is the one for you. Besides recommendations on where to eat and stay, Lonely Planet also provides information on time zones, public holidays, available Wi-fi, and websites for LGBTQ travelers.

111 Places in Iceland that You Shouldn't Miss, by Kai Oidtmann
This book is perfect for the traveler who prefers sites that are off the beaten path, along with some history about the sites. Suggestions include The Silfra Fissure and the Imagine Peace Tower.

Lonely Planet Cruise Ports: Scandinavia & Northern Europe

For those of you who prefer ocean travel, try this guide to the cruise ports of Scandinavia & Northern Europe. You`ll get recommendations on the best places to go when you only have one day in port and want to make the most of your time on land. 

Don`t forget to log your books & reviews for WooReads: Adult Reading Challenge (Beyond Summer) to win prizes!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

WooReads Adult Patron Book Reviews: Dog Edition

Our WooReaders really dig books about dogs. Enjoy these book reviews from nonfiction, romance, horror, and cozy mystery genres. A dog is every genre's best friend. 

Want to share your reviews? WooReads: Adult Reading Challenge (Beyond Summer) is a great place to log your books, share your reviews, and win prizes along the way. The more books or reviews you log, the more likely you are to win one of our random drawings! Log at least 3 books or 3 reviews to be automatically entered. You will be notified by email or phone if you are the lucky winner. 

Rescue Me 

By Catherine Mann

Wonderful story read it in one day. I almost stopped reading after the first paragraph because it was narrated by an abused dog. I have a real issue with anyone who hurts any animal and I don't like to read that. I gave it a chance and by the end of the first chapter I was hooked. Loved it and she has written other books in the series that I definitely will look for.

~Pam M.

The Everything New Puppy Book: Choosing, Raising, And Training Your New Best Friend

By Carlo De Vito and Amy Ammen

This book is a great resource for getting informed on the ownership of a puppy. It's very easy to read and understand.

~Janet B.


By Stephen King

Didn't find this particularly scary (or as scared as I thought I'd get). One aspect I did like, was that Donna wasn't saved by a knight in shining armor. Spoiler- she (eventually) fights back.

~Mary T.

The Long Paw Of The Law

By Diane Kelly

Very cute series about a woman police officer and her K-9 drug sniffing dog.

~Jeanne C.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Oxford English Dictionary

Cover for The Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition
Clarendon Press
ISBN: 9780198611868
Call #: 423 O9823 1989

These days, we have a wide variety of English and other language dictionaries available for checkout, not just in-library use. One famous dictionary that isn’t available for checkout, even if you could find a way to carry it home, is the 20-volume, 21,730-page Oxford English Dictionary. Aside from its massive size, what makes the 1989 second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary — likely the last edition of the OED that will ever be in print — so special?

While other English dictionaries may focus on how language is currently being used (Merriam-Webster's) or on prescriptive notions about usage (American Heritage), the OED’s real mission is to document the history of the English language. In the OED, you can find the first recorded usages of words in English, and trace evolutions in spelling and meaning through the centuries. For instance, the first record of the word library, or in this case lybrarye, was by Chaucer around 1374, but librarian didn’t appear until 1670. We also used to be called “library keepers” and there was even a special word for a female librarian or “librarianess.” While we recommend against calling your modern-day librarian that, we do wholeheartedly recommend you take a peek at the OED and our wealth of other dictionaries on the 2nd floor.

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You
By Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten
New York : Portfolio 2009
ISBN: 9781591842408
Call Number: 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 20% of small businesses fail in their first year. And by their 5th year, nearly half do. 

Is that depressing? 

It gets worse: by their 10th year, 70% of small businesses are no longer "in business". 

So how can you beat the odds? How can you convert your passion into a thriving company that has happy employees and a growing base of loyal customers? 

There are no guarantees in life, but you can reduce your risk. How can you do this? Luck aside, entrepreneurs might consider reading advice from successful business people. But how do you know which books to read?  Whose advice is reliable? (Generally speaking, we don't recommend relying on your brother-in-law!)

In the reference section on the 2nd floor of the Main Library you will find The 100 best business books of all time : what they say, why they matter, and how they can help you, a compendium of advice from industry experts on leadership, strategy, marketing, management, and innovation. 

It covers essential questions, such as:
  • What are the most important goals for your first 90 days in business? 
  • How can you balance engineering needs with human needs? 
  • How do you learn from failure and come back stronger?
We hope we can celebrate your business's 10th anniversary with you!

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Wild Turkeys in Massachusetts

The Wild Turkeys in Massachusetts
By James E. Cardoza
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Call # REF 598.619 Cardoza 

Thanksgiving is almost upon us so it seems appropriate to review this particular reference resource in case you like to find out how the wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) have fared in Massachusetts since the appearance of the very first one! The bad news is, they almost completely disappeared by 1851. The good news is, after several failed attempts at re-population, plenty of wild turkeys started roaming the state in 1970s. They also adapted well to living in urban areas and tolerating their human neighbors. Notable fact: Hunting turkeys has been allowed in this state since 1980.

This reference book provides plenty of photographs and helpful charts and figures to illustrate wild turkeys' habitats, nesting and feeding habits, hunting harvests, and their growing population numbers. To learn more, visit the 2nd floor in the Main Library. Happy Thanksgiving!

State Yellow Book: Who's Who in the Executive and Legislative Branches of the 50 State Governments

State Yellow Book: Who's Who in the Executive and Legislative Branches of the 50 State Governments

Fall 2019
Leadership Connect, Inc.

ISBN: 9780872897526
Call #: REF 353.9025 STATE Fall 2019

The State Yellow Book is one of the many reference resources here at the Worcester Public Library.  It contains the names and contact information for various state departmental heads for all fifty states.  If, for example, you were looking to get in touch with the head of the Hawaii Cable Television Division, or the head of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, you would find the names, street address, phone, and email addresses for them all in the State Yellow Book!  The State Yellow Book is especially useful as it lays out what all of the various state agencies actually are.  If you weren’t sure what organization you would need to contact about a Rhode Island government pension, the State Yellow Book would give you an idea of exactly what department you would want to get in touch with.  

Speak to one of our Reference Librarians at the 2nd floor desk to take a look at the State Yellow Book today!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Complete Guide to Symptoms, Illness & Surgery

Complete Guide To Symptom, Illness & Surgery
H. Winter Griffith, M.D.
ISBN 0-399-52609-9
Call Number: REF 616.075 COMPLETE

Have you ever googled your symptoms? If you have, you were probably overwhelmed by a large amount of results from many different websites. How do you know which information is reliable and which is not?

Don't google your symptoms! Use our Complete Guide to Symptoms, Illness & Surgery, located in our Consumer Health Reference area on the 2nd floor of the Main Library. It is an easy-to-read medical reference guide. Use this as a starting point to research 2,000 symptoms, 550 illness and disorders, 180 surgeries, and 125 resources for specific health issues.

This book is a supplement to the information received from your health care provider.

If you can't make it to the library, the internet does offer reliable and up-to-date health information. You just need to know which websites to trust. Read our Health Literacy blog post for more information.

Kovels's Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2020

Kovels's Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2020
Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
ISBN: 978-0762468560
Call #: ANTIQUES REF 708.05 KOVELS 2020

Do you enjoy watching Antiques Roadshow? Do you want to determine if something you have in your attic is worth something or worthless? Before you take your allegedly valuable antique to a professional appraiser or antiques dealer, avail yourself of Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles! Now in its 52nd edition, Kovels' is one of the more reputable price guides for antiques in the antiques world.  Sure, you could try searching the e-auction giant eBay, but you might not get professional information. Kovels' is great for collectors because it indicates the values of an object as actually appraised or sold for in galleries and auction houses. 

This edition contains 16,000 listings and prices for items in 750 categories, 2,500 color photographs, and 500 marks that can help you identify and date your items. The categories range from glass to pottery to toys to advertisements. This year’s edition also contains a section that highlights antique furniture. While this book may not be for you if you are trying to identify fine art paintings, antiquities, stamps, coins, and most types of books, do not fret, dear reader! We may have other books on those subjects or can direct you to a non-book source.

Kovels’ also includes a few anecdotes about certain objects. For instance, did you know that when the designer of the Pringles potato chips container died, part of his ashes were buried in a Pringles can? Learn something new every day! The book also contains a few common-sense tips to protect your house against burglary as well, as potentially useful tips on how to restore or preserve a variety of antiques.

Do your research so you get the best value for your collectible! Visit our Antiques Reference collection on the 3rd floor of the Main Library to find Kovels' and other books on antiques. We have a few older copies of Kovels’ in our circulating 708.5 section that you are welcome to borrow.

The Complete Resource Guide for People with Disabilities

The Complete Resource Guide for People with Disabilities
Grey House Publishing
ISBN: 978-1682177778
Call #: REF 362.4 Complete 2019

So here’s the thing about the Internet: It’s obviously a great invention (thanks, Al Gore!) and very entertaining to surf and click in your free time, but if you are in need of concrete, comprehensive information, it can be limiting.  Think about it, if you need to locate a post-acute rehab facility in Massachusetts and you enter exactly that as a search term, you are likely to receive hits like the "Top Ten Facilities in Boston" and other entries for corporations who have paid to appear at the top of Google's results page. You are not necessarily seeing the best Massachusetts has to offer, and you are certainly not seeing every facility Massachusetts has to offer, no matter how many pages you scroll through. However, The Complete Resource Guide for People with Disabilities, available for convenient browsing in print at the Worcester Public Library, does offer exactly such a list. This is why, dear readers, sometimes, even in the year 2020, print reference books trump the internet.

Also included in this one-stop shopping directory is a comprehensive annotated list of makers of all types of assistive devices ranging from wheelchairs to dressing aids; a compilation of foundations and funding organizations arranged by state; a list of resources for travelers with disabilities; the 2017 Disability Statistics Annual Report published by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics, illustrated with charts and graphics; directories of associations and publications categorized by disability, and much more.  And don't forget nearly every entry includes direct contact information and an accompanying website, thereby eliminating the need to rely on Google to point you in the right direction.

For reliable statistics, fully vetted directories of organizations and companies, or just figuring out where to start your search, consider visiting the 2nd Floor of the Main Library, where a librarian is waiting to show you this helpful, time-saving resource guide for people with disabilities.

Baseball: An Illustrated History

Baseball: An Illustrated History
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf (1994)
ISBN: 9780679404590
Call #: REF 796.357 W258b

Baseball is the only sport that has the honor of being called "America`s pastime." Fans of the game will be impressed by the fascinating history in Baseball: An Illustrated History. A companion to Ken Burns` PBS television series, this reference book  goes beyond home run statistics and dug-out feuds. It tells a story of a game that influenced and has been influenced by the politics, business, and social customs of American life.

With over 500 photographs, many in full color, baseball aficionados and novices can immerse themselves in decades of baseball history. From when the rules of baseball were first drawn up in 1845 by Alexander Cartwright to Jackie Robinson`s major-league debut in 1947, from the 1981 player`s strike to the Dodgers` move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, this book brings to life an essential component of American history.

To explore Baseball: An Illustrated History, visit the Sports & Performing Arts reference collection on the 3rd floor at the Main Library. Although this book is library-use only, you may take pictures of its photographs and stories. 

WooReads Adult Patron Book Reviews: Biography Mix

A lot of you WooReaders have been reviewing biographies lately, and so this week we're bringing you a selection of patron book reviews on just that. We've got a mix of biographies and autobiographies, modern stories and historical.Take a look and you'll likely find something that interests you.

Whether you're curling up with a biography or some other type of book, don't forget to log it and write a review in Beanstack. We love all your participation, and hope you'll continue with us through the winter to the spring!

Until next week, happy reading!

Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child 
By Laura Cumming
Interesting true story about the disappearance of the author's mother as a child. Laura Cumming investigates her mother's life and memories to learn more about the family history and the secrets kept by a tiny village in England.

~Mary R.

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law 
By Haben Girma 
I learned a lot about how current technological advances have opened many more doors to the deaf/blind community. Haben's story begins in childhood and progresses to her 20's completing law school. She very accurately describes the range of vision and hearing loss that people can experience, how it affects their daily ability to interact with others, and how they may have to adapt or have learn new methods of communicating as their condition changes over time, as hers did during college. I also learned about a country I'd never heard of - Eritrea - where here parents' immigrated from to the U.S. Enjoyable book!

~Linda J.

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
By Sonia Purnell
This is a non-fiction about a woman, Virginia Hill, who was a fighter with the French Resistance during the Second World War. She was an American with only one leg who fought and organized the French and Allied Forces against the Nazi's. Well worth the time to read.

~Frances N.

Wicked River: The Mississippi When it Last Ran Wild 
By Lee Sandlin
Ever wonder what life on the Mississippi River was like? Well here's an eye opening look at the history of taming a wild river and its residents.

~Janet B.

Permanent Record 
By Edward Snowden 
Big Brother is watching you!

~Mary T.