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January 2013 Recommended Reading List

Martin Luther King
January is the month to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the American civil rights movement. Highline Community College Library presents a recommended reading/viewing list for this celebration, including books, videos, and e-films.

Come to see what Highline Community College Library has to offer by browsing our recommended reading list.

You can also find these materials on our Recommended Reading display rack on the Plaza Level of the library. Please borrow and enjoy them!

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April Recommended Reading/Viewing

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
—-Katharine Lee Bates – 1913

April is the Month of Keeping America Beautiful, which reminds us of this great land with a glorious history, a wonderful heritage and a bright future.  The following is a recommended reading  list. It may give you some ideas to celebrate this month Keeping  America Beautiful.



American flag / Nancy Harris. Harris, Nancy, 1956- 2008

929.92 H315a 2008

American heritage pictorial atlas of United States history, by the editors of American heritage. 1966

911.73 A512a

American place-names : a concise and selective dictionary for the continental United States of America / George R. Stewart. 1895-1980. 1985

910.014 S849a 1985

American sail, a pictorial history. Laing, Alexander, 1903-, 1961

623.822 L187a

American spirit : United States history as seen by contemporaries / Selected and edited with introds. and commentary by Thomas A. Bailey. Bailey, Thomas Andrew, 1902-1983, 1963

973 B156a 1963

America the beautiful : promoting our national parks as travel destinations : hearing before the Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion. 2011

Y 4.C 73/7:S.HRG.111-924

America the beautiful, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, by the editors of Country beautiful. Edited by Robert L. Polley. Editorial direction: Michael P. Dineen. 1803-1882. 1970

814 E53a

America the beautiful in the words of Henry David Thoreau / by the editors of Country beautiful; editorial direction: Michael P. Dineen; edited by Robert L. Polley; art direction: Robert W. Pradt. 1817-1862. 1966

818.309 T488a 1966

America the beautiful in the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow / by the editors of Country Beautiful ; Editorial direction: Michael P. Dineen ; Edited by Robert L. Polley. 1807-1882. 1965

811.3 L853a 1965

Beautiful America, by Vernon Quinn; with thirty-nine illustrations from photographs. 1881-1962. 1923 917.3 Q7b

Citizen’s almanac : fundamental documents, symbols, and anthems of the United States. 2010323.6 C581 2010

Constitution of the United States / Christine Taylor-Butler. 2008

342.7302 T238c 2008

Cultural diversity in the United States / edited by Larry L. Naylor. 1997

305.8 C968

Environment and health. 1981

363.7 E61

Fast facts about the 50 states : plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. / Louise Rozett, editor.


973 F251 2010

Freedom : a history of US / Joy Hakim. 2003

973 H155f 2003

Freedom just around the corner : a new American history, 1585-1828 / Walter A. McDougall.

1946-, 2005

973.2 M137f 2005

Green : your place in the new energy revolution / Jane Hoffman and Michael Hoffman. 1964-, 2008

333.794 H699g 2008

Heath anthology of American literature / Paul Lauter, general editor ; Richard Yarborough, associate general editor ; Jackson R. Bryer … [et al.]. 2006

810.8 H437 2006

Heritage of America; edited by Henry Steele Commager and Allan Nevins. 1902-, 1949

973.082 C734h

Historical viewpoints : notable articles from American heritage / editor, John A. Garraty. 1920-, 1979

973 G238h

History of the American frontier, 1763-1893. Paxson, Frederic L. (Frederic Logan), 1877-1948.

973 P341h

History of the United States / by Edward Channing, 1856-1931. 1917, 973 C458h

History of the United States from the earliest discovery of America to the end of 1902, 1903, 973 A556h 1903

New basic history of the United States; the co-operative work of Charles A. Beard, Mary R. Beard, and William Beard. 1874-1948. 1961

973 B368n

Old Glory : American war poems from the Revolutionary War to the war on terrorism / edited by Robert Hedin ; with a foreword by Walter Cronkite. 2004

811.008 O44 2004

Patriotic gore; studies in the literature of the American Civil War. Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972. 1962

810.9 W747p

Physiography of western United States, by Nevin M. Fenneman. 1865-1945. 1931

551.409 F335p

Rise of American civilization, by Charles A. Beard & Mary R. Beard; decorations by Wilfred Jones. 1874-1948. 1934

973 B368r

Sense of history : the best writing from the pages of American heritage / introductory note by Byron Dobell. 1985

973 S478

Short history of the United States, by Allan Nevins and Henry Steele Commager. 1890-1971. 1966

973 N527s

Significance of the frontier in American history. Turner, Frederick Jackson, 1861-1932. 1966

973 M315

Story of American freedom / Eric Foner. 1999 

323.44 F673s 1999

Statue of Liberty / Nancy Harris. 1956-, 2008

974.71 H315s 2008

Science under siege : balancing technology and the environment / Michael Fumento. 1993

363.7 F977s

Walk quietly the beautiful trail; lyrics and legends of the American Indian, edited by C. Merton Babcock. With authentic American Indian art. Babcock, Clarence Merton. 1973

398.208997 B112w 1973



500 nations [videorecording] / a Tig Production in association with RCS Films & TV and Majestic Films and Television International ; a Jack Leustig film ; written by Jack Leustig … [et al.] ; produced by Roberta Grossman ; produced and directed by Jack  2004

970.00497 F565 2004

America [videorecording] : the story of us / produced by Nutopia for History. 2010

973 A512s 2010

America at war [videorecording] : fifty years (1941-1991) / a production of VISNEWS. 2005

973.9 A512f 2005

America in the 20th century [videorecording] 2006

973.9 A512t 2006

America in the thirties [videorecording] : depression and optimism / produced by Dieter Franck ; English language production by Henry Foster. 1990

973.917 A512

Americas. Builders of images [videorecording] / a production of WGBH, Boston and Central Television Enterprises for Channel 4, UK ; written, produced and directed by Juan Mandelbaum ; coproducer, Andres Di Tella. 1993, 980.03 A512

Beautiful mind [videorecording] / a Ron Howard film ; Universal Pictures/Dreamworks Pictures/Imagine Entertainment present a Brian Grazer production ; a Universal picture ; produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard ; written by Akiva Goldsman ; directed by  2006

791.4372 B384 2006

Celebrate America [sound recording]. 1992 781.599 C392

Conscience and the Constitution [videorecording] / produced in association with the Independent Television Service ; produced, directed and written by Frank Abe. 2000 940.5317 C755 2000

Shaping America [videorecording] : U.S. history to 1877 / produced by Dallas County Community College District, Dallas TeleLearning, in cooperation with Bedford/St. Martin. 2001

Treasures from American film archives : 50 preserved films / produced by the National Film Preservation Foundation ; curator, Scott Simmon ; music curator, Martin Marks. 2005

791.4375 T784 2005

United States Constitution [videorecording] / This program produced by Full Circle Entertainment ; in association with Goldhil Home Media International ; producer/writer/director, Ned Rodgers. 2004, 342.7302 U58 2004

Electronic Resources    

Across this land [electronic resource] : a regional geography of the United States and Canada / John C. Hudson. Hudson, John C. 2002

America the beautiful [electronic resource] : promoting our national parks as travel destinations : hearing before the Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United Stat

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion. 2011

American boundaries [electronic resource] : the nation, the states, the rectangular survey / Bill Hubbard, Jr. Hubbard, Bill, 1947-, 2009

American history from a global perspective [electronic resource] : an interpretation / David J. Russo ; Jon L. Wakelyn, advisory editor. 2000

American vertigo [electronic resource] : traveling America in the footsteps of Tocqueville / Bernard-Henri Lévy. 2006

Assessing barriers and opportunities for renewable energy in North America [electronic resource] / prepared by: William R. Moomaw. Moomaw, William, 1938-, 2002

Are you earning a return on your environmental performance? [electronic resource]. 2004

Beautiful democracy [electronic resource] : aesthetics and anarchy in a global era / Russ Castronovo. 1965-, 2007

“Good observers of nature” [electronic resource] : American women and the scientific study of the natural world, 1820-1885 / Tina Gianquitto.. 2007

Building capacity to participate in Environmental Protection Agency activities [electronic resource] : a needs assessment and analysis. 1999

Connecting the dots [electronic resource] : National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program / CDC.  National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (U.S.) 2007

Conserving America’s wetlands [electronic resource]. 2005

Down to Earth : Nature’s Role in American History   ebrary Reader Steinberg, Ted
Oxford University Press, 05/2002

Great Lakes water exports and diversions [electronic resource] : annex 2001 and the looming environmental battle / by Gary Ballesteros. 2002

Major states and cultures of the world, c. 100 CE [electronic resource] 1999

Sweet freedom’s song [electronic resource] : “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and democracy in America / Robert James Branham & Stephen J. Hartnett.  2002

National Environmental Public Health tracking network [electronic resource] : technical network implementation plan.  2007

Public participation in environmental assessment and decision making [electronic resource] / Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making ; Thomas Dietz and Paul C. Stern, editors ; Committee on the Human Dimensions of Glo 2008

Photography and the USA   ebrary Reader  Gidley, Mick , Reaktion Books 11/2010


Constitution of the United States
Read a transcript of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the additional amendments that have been made to the Constitution. See images of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and learn more about these documents, including when they we …

Country Profile: United States of America
Profile of the United States, including demographic facts, historical overview, timeline of key events back to 1565, and information about U.S. leaders and media. Site also includes links to related news stories, audio of the national anthem, and aud …

Creating the United States
“This exhibition offers a remarkable opportunity to learn in a fresh new way how the [U.S.] founding documents … were forged out of insight, invention, and creativity, as well as collaboration and much compromise.” Includes interactive fe …

Desert Environment, Minerals & Geology Index – DesertUSA
Find out about the minerals and geology, animals and wildlife, and plants and wildflowers of the desert environment. This site also includes a list of the deserts in the U.S. and descriptions of the peoples who have lived (and who currently live) in …  

Earth Force
“Earth Force is a national, nonprofit organization. We are youth-driven and nonpartisan. Our vision is to build the most effective program to help young people, ages 10-14, improve the environment through developing citizenship skills and addressing …

Environmental Working Group (EWG): Cutting-Edge Research on Health and the Environment
Focusing on agricultural, health, and environmental research, this organization seeks to influence public policy toward “improving public health and protecting the environment by reducing pollution in air, water and food.” The EWG Farm Subs …

Federal Trade Commission: Energy and Environment
This page compiles Federal Trade Commission (FTC) information regarding energy and environment topics such as labeling and advertising of fuel and automotive products, marketing claims concerning carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates, and …

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States: George Washington to George W. Bush
Find U.S. presidents’ inaugural addresses, brief historical synopses of each inauguration, pictures of the presidents, and the text of the oath of office. Includes information about the five presidents who assumed office without inauguration. Searcha …

Information Center for the Environment
Find several dozen high-quality databases related to animals, plants, and the environment, with a special emphasis on geographic information systems, from “a cooperative effort of environmental scientists at the University of California, Davis a …

Keep America Beautiful
This nonprofit organization with over 1,000 local affiliates “combines education with hands-on stewardship to make America‘s communities cleaner, greener, safer, and more livable.” The site explains the organization and its annual spring ev …

MapStats: United States
This site provides demographic, business, and geographic statistics for “your State, county, city, congressional district, or Federal judicial district.” Also has profiles of the U.S. as a country and by federal judicial district, and demog …

Natural Environment Research Council
“NERC is the lead organisation within the UK with responsibility for providing funding and support of research, survey and monitoring in the sciences of the natural environment. To fulfil obligations within its mission, NERC supports an integrated sc …

Presidents of the United States
In addition to the IPL POTUS collection and IPL’s U.S. Presidency FAQ, this IPL pathfinder provides other print and Internet sources on the Presidents of the United States.

Take Care of America
Learn what you can do to take care of the environment.

The Flag of the United States of America
Flag history, pictures, etiquette, information on how to fold it, a FAQ, a glossary of related terms, and more. Searchable.

The Greens
This is “a site for kids about looking after the planet.” Through video episodes, games, a blog, and activity guides, kids learn about recycling and taking care of the planet.

The Environment Report
“The Environment Report is a news service committed to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people. This is accomplished by thoughtful and provocative explorations of the environment in a way that reaches the …

The Humane Society of the United States
“The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal-protection organization, with more than 5 million constituents. The HSUS was founded in 1954 to promote the humane treatment of animals and to foster respect, understanding, and …

The United States of America
Quick facts, photos, videos, maps and more about the fifty states and the presidents.

United States: States
The state site features a map of the United States with links to individual state sites with maps which can be enlarged. State profiles provide information on the capital; population; median age; elected officials; history; points of i

Yale Environment 360
This online publication provides reports, opinion, analysis, interviews, and other material about the environment. Browse by world regions or by topics such as biodiversity, climate, energy, forests, and water.

Your Environment. Your Choice.
An Environmental Protection Agency-run campaign designed to educate and involve teens in matters affecting our environment. This Web site challenges teens to think about their impact on the world around them.

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Free course in braille transcription

The Washington Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) is starting a new transcribing class in October, 2011!

If you are a perfectionist and love to read,

and want to help others read, you could

learn to transcribe books into braille!

WTBBL offers a

free course in braille transcription

in 30 lessons, on Wednesday evenings from

October, 2011 to June, 2012.

This is an eight-month class with weekly computer homework (PC-based software provided).

Classes meet at WTBBL,

2021 9th Avenue (at Lenora) in Seattle.

Free parking available during class.

First session on October 12, 2011

begins at 6:00p.m.

All remaining classes are held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, or to register, contact

David Junius, WTBBL Volunteer Services Coordinator (206) 615-0417 –

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Reference Resource of the Week… State of the World: Transforming Cultures From Consumerism to Sustainability

How will consumer cultures need to change for the human species to survive?  From Agriculture to Permaculture, from Consumerism in Children’s Lives to Reinventing Health Care, this book describes how we can “reorient cultures towards sustainability. “ Check out it out!

Did you know that…?

“Several million pounds of plastic enter the world’s oceans every hour.”


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What? Haven’t read a digital book yet?

Check out our ebook collection!

We have encyclopedias, books on information technology and programming, and over 31,000 academic books in full text.

You don’t need a special electronic device. Simply read them from your computer.

So what are you waiting for? Go electronic!

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10 Simple Google Search Tricks

Love Google?

Did you know you can use Google as a calculator? And a currency converter?

How about searching for specific document types or limiting your search to particular sites?

Try these search tricks and I bet you will love Google even more!

What are your favorite Google search tricks?

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Did you say FILMS ON DEMAND?

Choose from more than 5,500 educational titles in dozens of subject areas. You can even organize and bookmark your clips, share playlists, personalize  folders and manage your entire collection.

Some of the most viewed segments include:

  • The Ideal Resume
  • Extraordinary Answers to Common Interview Questions
  • Anorexia: Thin Obsession
  • Language Acquisition in Children
  • Savants: Mysterious Brains
  • XML is the Future of the Web
  • What Are Vitamins and Minerals?

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