News from the Reference Desk Category: History

Veterans Day, 2018

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended World War I–The Great War.  Ceremonies commemorating this event have been taking place across the United States and in Europe. The Great War impacted nearly every community in the United States but has often been considered the “Forgotten War.”  Today there are resources online which document many of the individual stories of the war.  Links to the stories of Illinois families can be found on this page of the United States World War I Commission website. Mount Prospect was just over a year old on the Armistice Day in 1918, but Mount Prospect’s citizens felt the impact of the war as well.  Relics of that time can be found at the Library’s Illinois Digital Archives page.  Among them are a uniform jacket and a gas mask.  After the war Mount Prospect veterans formed VFW  Post 1337 and the American Legion Post 525.  The names of the women who were charter members of the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 525 may be seen here.  Veterans in both organizations continue to be active in the community today and do much to honor those who served in the past and do so now.  Never forget.

 

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – November 2018

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Vegan Christmas
by Gaz Oakley
Over 70 amazing recipes for the festive season.

The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons
by Anthony Salvanto
This monumental, collection includes nearly 10 decades worth of New Yorker cartoons.

Battles that Changed History
Edited by Philip Parker
Relive 5,000 years of world-changing combat with this guide to the most famous battles in history.
 
 
 

Evolution: The Human Story, 2nd Edition
Edited by Alice Roberts
Fully updated to include the latest discoveries and research–including the newly discovered species Homo naledi.

Gardenlust
by Christopher Woods
This sumptuous global tour of modern gardens spotlights 50 modern gardens that push boundaries and define natural beauty in significant ways.

The Death of Hitler: The Final Word
Jean-Christophe Brisard and Lana Parshina
Answers the lingering questions surrounding Hitler’s death in his bunker using unprecedented access to secret Russian archives and offer eyewitness accounts of the dictator’s final days.
 
 

The Lego Book
by Daniel Lipkowitz
Celebrate the 60-year history of the iconic LEGO brick.

Open to God Open to the World
by Pope Francis
This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the mind and workings of this entirely different Pope.

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
by Dr. Steven Novella
An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts.
 
 

Series Update: Eyewitness Travel Guides
These beautifully practical books, now offered in a lightweight format, boast inspirational covers, expertly curated travel content, and Instagram-worthy photography.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: 122 Inventions that Changed the World
by Jean-Marie Donat
Discover the designs behind some of the most amazing inventions ever imagined, with images taken from the original patents.

On the Ganges
by George Black
Journey along one of the world’s greatest rivers and catch a glimpse into the lives and cultures of the people who live along its banks.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – October 2018

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front and Back
by Mara Altman
Gross Anatomy holds up a magnifying glass to our beliefs, practices, biases, and body parts and shows us the naked truth: that there is greatness in our grossness.

Where Did You Get This Number? : A Pollster’s Guide to Making Sense of the World
by Anthony Salvanto
For any American who wants to get a better read on what America is thinking, this book shows you how to make sense of it all.

Bat
by Tessa Laird
Tessa Laird challenges preconceptions about these amazing animals, combining fascinating facts of bat biology, mythology, literature, film, popular culture, poetry and art.

 

Pilgrimage: The Great Pilgrim Routs of Britain and Europe
by Derry Brabbs
Astounding photographs combine with an absorbing text that describes the history and key features of European pilgrimage routes.

How Do We Look
by Mary Beard
From prehistoric Mexico to modern Istanbul, Mary Beard looks beyond the familiar canon of Western imagery to explore the history of art, religion, and humanity.

Flying too Close to the Sun: Myths in Art from Classical to Contemporary
by James Cahill
This is the first book to unite myth-inspired artworks by ancient, modern, and contemporary artists, from Botticelli and Caravaggio to Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.

 

The Wes Anderson Collection: Isle of Dogs
by Lauren Wilford
Wes Anderson shares the story behind Isle of Dogs’s conception and production, and many other insights into their movie making process.

Peace, Love, Goats of Anarchy: How My Little Goats Taught Me Huge Lessons about Life
by Leanne Lauricella
Part humor, part memoir of her life with the goats, and part testament to the power of giving back, Leanne provides insight into the lessons she learned from putting her life online for the lives of her animals.

Paper Promises: Early American Photography
by Mazie M. Harris
Due to the fragility of paper photography from the 1840s to 1860s, the works in this catalog are rarely displayed, making the volume an essential tool for anyone wanting a very rare peek into the mid-nineteenth century.

 

1968: Today’s Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution and Change
Edited by Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Welcome to 1968 — a revolution in a book. Essays, memoirs, and more by fourteen award-winning authors offer unique perspectives on one of the world’s most tumultuous years.

Tahini and Turmeric: 101 Middle Eastern Classics Made Irresistibly Vegan
by Ruth Fox
Written by experienced recipe developers and bloggers, the recipes are free of time-consuming or complicated techniques and are meant to be served on busy weeknights and during casual gatherings with friends.

The Lego Architecture Idea Book
by Alice Finch
In this example-packed guide, Alice Finch (renowned for her massive, detailed models of buildings from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings) shares her best building secrets for crafting realistic walls, roofs, columns, and decorations using LEGO.

Seeing Into the Past

Books and other texts can link us intellectually to the past but photographs and films of other eras take us into those past moments.  Photographs from 1911 are not exactly rare but they are precious.  Film showing motion was only just becoming more available in 1911 so a film of New York City in that year is a very special resource.  A Swedish documentary film company sought to document the most celebrated sites in the world at that time.  Look here to see its film of a New York street scene in 1911.

There are  no films of Mount Prospect in 1911.  The  town was only just beginning to make a name for itself at that time.  There are some photographs of the people and a business, however.  Go to the Illinois Digital Archives to see children of Louis F. Busse and workers at the Wille Brothers Company in photographs taken around 1911.  The original photographs are in the collection of the Mount Prospect Historical Society.

New Web Resource: National Geographic Virtual Library

The Library now subscribes to National Geographic Virtual Library and National Geographic Kids (brought to you by the incredible database company, Gale Cengage). The Virtual Library contains every single page of every issue of National Geographic since it began publication in 1888, all issues of National Geographic Traveler, published since 2010, and over 300 books.

The incredible photography takes on an amazing glow. Take a look at the about the Photo Ark article for proof of that. Every Last One. 

All articles can be saved to your computer, Google Drive, or saved to your folder in a Gale account. You can print them or email them to yourself or others.