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“…Should I meet with gold or spices in great quantity…”

The Columbus Day holiday is a good opportunity to post on the topic of trade.  After all, wasn’t finding another trade route to the Orient one of the main purposes of the expedition in 1492?  Since the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the land route had become difficult and dangerous.  The Portuguese were working on […]

It’s Raining Pitchforks?!?

The phrase “it’s raining pitchforks” or “it’s raining stair-rods” to describe heavy rain never caught on, however, the phrase “it’s raining cats and dogs” has become a popular way for us to describe a heavy downpour. Here in DC, and from a look at the satellite picture from weather.gov , the entire eastern seaboard is […]

Falling for Autumn

 Growing up in California I never got to truly celebrate the changing of the seasons on the grand scale. But now that I am on the East Coast, I get a first hand account of each season- from the cold and snow of winter, into the flowers of spring, followed by the heat of summer […]

The First Monday of September

Guest blogger today is business reference librarian Ellen Terrell Many Americans may think Labor Day as the end of summer or a day of rest, parades, picnics, or store sales. Labor Day is so much more. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 at the behest of the Central Labor […]

Science Resources for Teachers

Keeping with the back to school theme I thought it might be helpful if I outlined some of our K-12 science material that was specifically created for teachers, students, and parents. We are fortunate to have on staff a former elementary school librarian who knows the Library’s science fair and teaching collections inside and out. […]

A Sister Act

As summer is coming to a close, our interns are finishing their projects and heading back to school. This year our division was fortunate to have 3 summer interns, 2 volunteers and a Junior Fellow. You may have already read about Brian Horowitz’s discovery of Brevet Major Alfred Mordecai’s work in Stumbled Upon in the Stacks  and Aileen M. J. Marshall’s […]

Moving on…. Moving up

I am excited to share that I will be moving to a new position here at the Library working primarily with our electronic resources – of which we have many! If you have not had the opportunity to explore the electronic resources available to you on-site here at the Library, please take a look.  These […]