A Walk Across the Continent


Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859 - 1928), an Amer...

Charles Lummis

In 1884, Charles Lummis, a reporter from Cincinnati, Ohio, walked over 3,500 miles to take a job as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Along the way, he sent correspondence describing his experiences to the newspaper, which the Times shared with its readers.

During the journey, Lummis encountered extraordinary landscapes and brutal weather. He provided a vivid account of the Grand Canyon, remarking, “I could think of nothing else than that I stood in the street of some great city of the gods, the capital of all Olympus.” Lummis also reported on the colorful people that settled in the West, and provided a unique glimpse into the daily lives of southwest Native American tribes.

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New World Biographies


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The following title has been added to Gale Virtual Reference Library Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement, Volume 31. A multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.

For additional biographies see Biography in Context and under Search by Topic select People.

Brain Teaser – Birds in Literature


Edgar Allan Poe Museum (Richmond, Virginia)

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Birds are a common subject in books, poems and plays. Can you identify the birds referred to in these clues? Need help? Use Credo Reference

1. Which poem by Edgar Allan Poe is about a man who is visited by a bird that tells him he will see his lost lover “Nevermore”?

2. Complete this title of a 1930 thriller by Dashiell Hammett which was filmed in 1941 starring Humphrey Bogart: “The Maltese…”

3. In a nonsense rhyme by Edward Lear, which bird went to sea with the Pussy-Cat in a beautiful pea-green boat?

4. Which English poet wrote “Ode to a Nightingale” in 1819?

5. Which author of children’s stories wrote “Swallows and Amazons” and “Pigeon Post”?

6. Name the play written by Anton Chekhov about the unrequited love of Trepliov, a young writer, for Nina, an actress who favours the more successful writer, Trigorin.

7. Complete the title of this 1984 novel by Julian Barnes (in which the narrator is named Geoffrey Braithwaite) by adding a kind of bird: “Flaubert’s…”

8. Who wrote a poem “To a Skylark” with the first lines: “Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! Bird thou never wert”?

9. In Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” which bird is shot by the mariner?

10. Complete the title of this 1941 book by Paul Gallico by adding a kind of bird: “The Snow…”

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk) for Credo Reference.

Summer Reading for Middle Schoolers


Hey guys, this summer try an eAudio book on your MP3 player.  Here’s a couple of suggestions to get you started with downloading audio books.
Airman by Eoin Colfer

A new adventure novel filled with high-action and aerial invention from the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series. Conor Boekhart is blamed for murdering the king and thrown into prison. While in prison…More

The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

Artemis is at boarding school in Ireland when he receives an urgent e-mail from Russia. In it is a plea from a man who has been kidnapped …More

Summer Reading Just for Kids!


This summer try reading one of these eBooks on your ereader, tablet or computer…

Big Nate Makes a Splash

Big Nate Wright is an aspiring cartoonist who doodles his observations in his notebook. He’s also the star of Big Nate, the famous cartoon strip which has been distributed by Newspaper Enterprise…

Big Nate Dibs on this Chair

Big Nate Wright is an aspiring cartoonist who doodles his observations in his notebook. He’s also the star of Big Nate, the famous cartoon strip which has been distributed by Newspaper Enterprise…