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  • Endangered species: where to find current information

    We've always found it difficult to collect print items that have current lists of endangered species. Thanks to the internet, we no longer have to. For species that reside in the United States, the definitive source is the US Fish and Wildlife Service (the agency that enforces the Endangered Species...
    Posted to Research Blog (Weblog) by googler@evpl on 10-06-2010
  • The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart

    The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart might have the most endearing characters I've encountered in awhile. I had no idea where the story was going for most of the book but I didn't care because Balthazar Jones and all the rest of the characters were keeping me perfectly entertained...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Shh_ImReading@evpl on 09-08-2010
  • Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French

    "Eleven elephants. One plane. Hurtling together across the sky." From these opening sentences, I was captivated by this account of the inner workings of zoos, in particular Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. The author is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and currently a professor of journalism at Indiana...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by lit.fic.reader@evpl on 08-09-2010
  • Kissing Coyotes (& otherwise keeping your word)

    Kissing Coyotes by Marcia Vaughan Jack Rabbit likes to brag. First he tells his friend Roadrunner he can dance with a rattlesnake. Next he tells Gila Monster he can scare a herd of longhorn cattle, all by himself. Finally he boasts to Fox that he can run through a skunk's den without getting sprayed...
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 11-25-2009
  • Animals and ABCs

    Kids love animals, so Creature ABC will fascinate them with its range of familiar and not-so-familiar beasts.Photographs from Andrew Zuckerman's 2007 work Creature are arranged alphabet-book style, with a letter and photograph on facing pages, then another photograph and a word on the next 2-page...
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by mrsweasley@evpl on 10-20-2009
  • Remarkable Story of an Owl and His Girl

    Yes, that's the subtitle of the book I just finished. Wesley the Owl is a must for anyone who has ever been in love with an animal. The story is written by Stacey O'Brien, who was a lab assistant at Cal Tech when she adopted a 4-day-old barn owl after he suffered permanent nerve damage and could...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by wag.mado@evpl on 08-07-2009
  • Firefighting Rhinos?

    OK, so it’s not your typical reference question. If it was, I wouldn’t be blogging about it. But, inquiring minds want to know, and they often ask the EVPL Reference department. The question was – Do rhinos really go around stamping out fires? The person asking the question had just...
    Posted to Research Blog (Weblog) by wag.mado@evpl on 07-10-2009
  • Bird Jammin'

    The Reference Department at Central Library often gets questions regarding animal behavior. One recent question was "Can a giraffe lick its ear with its tongue?" On any given day, we have to be prepared for those perplexing questions that need to be answered. One of you out there may be wondering...
    Posted to Research Blog (Weblog) by wag.mado@evpl on 06-01-2009
  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

    I finished The Underneath (2008) by Kathi Appelt over the weekend. I am not sure what to say about it. The first thought I had was "why would anyone write this book?" It is a young readers/juvenile fiction book and a finalist for the National Book Award, and I wonder why? I would not want my...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by HRevvdon@evpl on 03-10-2009
  • Like Animals? Zoobooks Are For You!

    Zoobooks magazine is published monthly. Each issue specializes in one animal or type of animal, and you can find out lots of info from reading it! While I am here in READ Center in Central LIbrary this Sunday, I see issues on skunks, koalas, lions, and zebras. The January issue is on dinosaurs, and includes...
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on 01-25-2009
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