Topical Resources

Bibliographies, webliographies, and other resources on various programming topics. Read more...

Frontier in American Culture

Examine how stories and images of the frontier and the settling of the West has shaped American identity and values. This reading list was developed for “The Frontier in American Culture,” a traveling exhibition to public and academic libraries based on an exhibition of same name presented at the Newberry Library in Chicago and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Frankenstein and Science

Based on resources for the “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” traveling exhibition, this resource list is designed to help encourage audiences to examine the intent of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, and to discuss Shelley’s and their own views about personal and societal responsibility as it relates to science and other areas of life.

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George Washington and the Revolutionary Era

Revisit the American Revolution and its indispensable leader, George Washington. Look at the real George Washington—behind the myths that were created to strengthen his position as President and to secure the stability of a struggling republic.

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Books for Adult Readers

Alden, John R. George Washington: A Biography. Louisiana State University Press, 1984.

Simple Math through Books for Young Children

Developed for the Go Figure! traveling exhibition, which, through literature, brought the exciting world of math and its everyday uses to children two to seven years old and their parents. This list includes representations from many children’s books, including Arthur’s Pet Business by Marc Brown, The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins, The Quilt by Ann Jonas, Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears illustrated by James Marshall.

Elizabeth I and the Tudor/Elizabethan Eras

Reacquaint yourself with the Queen as well as become more familiar with the historical and cultural forces that shaped her personality and her time and examine the mixture of history and legend that continues to surround her today.

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Books for Adult Readers


Brigden, Susan. New Worlds, Lost Worlds: The Rule of the Tudors, 1485–1603 (Penguin History of Britain). Penguin USA, 2002.

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