Thursday, March 21, 2013


March 21 is the anniversary of the death of Pocahontas in 1617. The favored daughter of an important chief of the Algonquian Indians who lived in the Virginia region, we know about Pocahontas because of her involvement with the English colonial settlement in Jamestown, Virginia; in particular, Pocahontas is credited with saving the life of Englishman John Smith. After converting to Christianity and marrying a colonist, Pocahontas changed her name to Rebecca Rolfe. She died at the age of 22, possibly of pneumonia or tuberculosis, while visiting England, where she had been welcomed as a princess.

The story of Pocahontas has inspired much written work, for children and adults. In the adult non-fiction section of the Library you will find Pocahontas: Medicine Woman, Spy, Entrepreneur, Diplomat, by Paula Gunn Allen; Pocahontas: The Life and the Legend, by Frances Mossiker; and Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation, by David A. Price.

While you're in the Library be sure to browse our display of other Women's History titles on the first floor as you walk in.

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Arrivals Non-fiction Books

Pinterest KickstartBy Morris, Heather006.754 PINTEREST  Full-color, concise coverage of Pinterest--the wildly popular virtual pinboard With Pinterest Kickstart , you can kick back and start enjoying the cool features of the unique social networking site that connects you to other users worldwide based on shared tastes and interests. This handy, full-color guide provides you with a quick deep dive into Pinterest--what it is and how to use it; practical projects for individuals and groups; and some advanced techniques.

The Last OutlawsThe Lives and Legends of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidBy Hatch, Thom364.1552 HATExamines the colorful lives and careers of the leaders of the Wild Bunch, who always managed to escape unscathed from their criminal exploits until new twentieth-century inventions and crime-fighting techniques caught up with them.

The Smart Guide to PatentsBy Filler, Aaron G.346.730486 FIL  The Smart Guide to Patents is an insider's guide for those who stand apart from the crowd because they have the dynamic creative mind of an inventor. Dr. Aaron Filler understands the views of the highly intelligent but non-creative people around you and has invaluable advice on what you need to do to stay ahead of them! He uses the book to explain how you can profit personally while advancing the human condition by using the patent system to your advantage.

Friday, March 8, 2013

New Arrivals: Non-fiction Books

Vertical Vegetable Gardening A Living Free Guide By McLaughlin, Chris  635.0446 MCL  

Experienced gardeners know the many advantages of gardening up rather than out. Layering plants vertically saves garden space, money, and time which all adds up to a garden that delivers more and better produce for the time and money you put into it. In this work, McLaughlin demonstrates the benefits of vertical gardening and offers secrets to success.

Military Mental Health Care A Guide for Service Members, Veterans, Families, and Community By Lawhorne-Scott, Cheryl  355.345 LAW   
 Too often American veterans return from combat and spiral into depression, anger and loneliness they can neither share nor tackle on their own. Military Mental Health Care: A Guide for Service Members, Veterans, Families, and Community seeks to aid our troubled, returning forces by dissecting the numerous mental health problems they face upon arriving stateside. PTSD and struggles with anxiety affect far more than veterans themselves, as sobering phenomena like homelessness, suicide, domestic violence and divorce too often become realities for those returning from war. Military Mental Health Care is both a resource for struggling veterans and a useful tool for their loved ones, or anyone looking for ways to support the veterans in their lives.

The Founders and Finance How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged A New Economy By McCraw, Thomas K. 330.97304 MCC 
In 1776 the United States government started out on a shoestring and quickly went bankrupt fighting its War of Independence against Britain. At the war's end, the national government owed tremendous sums to foreign creditors and its own citizens. But lacking the power to tax, it had no means to repay them. The Founders and Finance is the first book to tell the story of how foreign-born financial specialists immigrants solved the fiscal crisis and set the United States on a path to long-term economic success. Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas K. McCraw analyzes the skills and worldliness of Alexander Hamilton (from the Danish Virgin Islands), Albert Gallatin (from the Republic of Geneva), and other immigrant founders who guided the nation to prosperity.