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Wrapped up in Books: Songs for National Library Week

“Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.” – John Milton What do National Geographic librarians do on their days off? Would it surprise you to learn that they continue to obsess about libraries and books? When I’m not at work, … Continue reading

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Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1878-2012?

We librarians love our collections. We don’t like to get rid of things (“Couldn’t that be useful to somebody?”) and we certainly don’t like to have them taken from us. That’s why it’s so upsetting to hear rumors that one … Continue reading

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Birds on the Brain

Winter may not be finished with us yet, but a quick look outside the window will tell you that the birds are on their way back – just in time for National Bird-Feeding Month. Hosted by the National Bird-Feeding Society, … Continue reading

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Magnificent Maps

It may be easy for those of us who are now living in an age of Google Maps and GPS to forget, but maps do more than just tell us where to go. For thousands of years, people have been … Continue reading

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Wild Animals of North America

A few days ago, a copy of Wild Animals of North America landed on my desk. This National Geographic book from 1918 contains 119 “animal biographies” written by naturalist Edward W. Nelson for National Geographic articles that ran in the … Continue reading

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Paris: Where the Past and the Present Collide

What’s hidden under the streets of Paris? Crypts, aqueducts, quarries, nightclubs, wine cellars, and bunkers from World War II, just to name a few. The cover story in this month’s issue of National Geographic delves into the catacombs beneath the … Continue reading

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Nellie Bly, Win or Die

On January 25, one hundred twenty years ago, World reporter Nellie Bly stepped off a train in Jersey City, New Jersey, and finished her record-breaking race around the world. It had taken her 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes, and … Continue reading

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Searching for Travel Inspiration?

Here in the NG Library, we have an entire room dedicated just to guidebooks. Almost every square inch of wall space is covered in the colorful, enticing spines of Lonely Planets, Fodors, National Geographic Travelers, and Bradt guides. It’s a … Continue reading

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You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Title…Or Can You?

There’s a book by A.M. Homes at my neighborhood library that stops me in my tracks. It doesn’t matter that I’ve passed it dozens of times in the year and a half since I’ve started using the Takoma Park Library. … Continue reading

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National Geographic Staff’s Favorite Books of 2010 (Part Two)

  Earlier this week, we posted a list of the best novels we read in 2010. See the complete list here. The second installment of our Favorite Books list features our nonfiction recommendations. The decline of American agriculture, the eccentric … Continue reading

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