Understanding the World and Its People

CultureGrams can help you broaden your  understanding of the world and its peoples. The World Edition includes 200+ country profiles, written for junior high students and older. CultureGrams also has a Kids Edition, Provinces Edition, and a States Edition, geared for upper elementary students. These editions include kid-friendly profiles of 70+ countries, all 50 states (including Washington, D.C.), and 13 Canadian provinces and territories.

CultureGrams goes beyond mere facts and figures to deliver an insider’s perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world’s people.  Here’s a sample….. Continue reading

Presidential Inaugurations Fun Facts

Did you know that nine U.S. presidents were quietly inaugurated following the death of their predecessors?

On August 23, 1923, after learning that President Warren G. Harding had died, Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office at his birthplace, a farmhouse in Plymouth, Vermont. Who administered the oath of office?

A. Former Vermont Governor Percival W. Clement
B. John Coolidge, Calvin’s father
C. United States Marshal A.V. Harvey
D. Vermont Governor Redfield Proctor Continue reading

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion

This time of year many people are thinking about their cultural traditions.  Are you curious how our clothing styles have changed and our fashion sense has developed?  Don’t overlook the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. 


This is another book, actually three volumes in print, which is now available electronically, 24/7 through the library website.  You can access it with a title search in the library catalog or by clicking on Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion in the Databases A-Z list. 


The encyclopedia contains 640 articles, totaling nearly 1500 pages, all PDF, along with many photographs.

Educational Websites

Top-quality sites that help teachers teach and students learn. Although no Internet site can supplant a quality research database, these vetted resources offer unique resources that are sure to be of interest.  For past selected websites visit the Library’s Del.icio.us account. A permanent link is located on the right hand side of the blog.

  • I Do Solemnly Swear | Presidential Inaugurations
    Organization: American Memory, Library of Congress (LOC)”I Do Solemnly Swear…”: Presidential Inaugurations is a collection of approximately 400 items from each of the 62 inaugurations from George Washington’s in 1789 to William Jefferson Clinton’s in 1997, and will include items from the 63rd inauguration of 2001. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.” (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS) The site may be searched by keyword, subject or inauguration.
  • Life Stories (Teen Mothers)
    Organization: MusariumThis site, produced by Daphne Geismar in conjunction with Journal E, documents the life stories of teenage mothers through photographs and essays.
  • Eyes on Darfur
    Organization: Amnesty International USA”Get a first hand look into the Darfur crisis with satellite evidence, photos, videos, eyewitness accounts and detailed case studies.” (AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA)

Honoring Alaska

alaskaAlaska officially became our 49th state on January 3, 1959, and to mark the 50th anniversary of its statehood, the U.S. Postal Service is issuing a commemorative stamp. The wintry scene on the stamp, captured by photographer Jeff Schultz, shows a dog sled team silhouetted against a snowy mountain range. The largest state in the Union by size, Alaska ranks 48th in population, with just 680,000 residents in its 663,000 square miles.


To learn more about the history of this vast and beautiful state, check out the following databases:

Other resources available online are: