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Do you like history? So do we.  We found this great free resource, Old Maps Online, and had to share!  “Here be monsters” and some pretty cool stories behind the maps.  If this is up your alley, also check out The Map Thief: the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps by Michael Blanding (nonfiction) or The Island of Lost maps: a true story of cartographic crime by Miles Harvey (nonfiction).  We have several books about maps and cartography, and some great novels involving maps, treasure hunts, and so much more. Check out these two catalog searches to find more great titles!


The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

Michael Blanding

Published: Jun 03, 2014 by Gotham
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A History of the World in 12 Maps

Jerry Brotton

Published: Nov 19, 2013 by Viking Adult
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A History of the World in 12 Maps

Jerry Brotton

Published: Nov 19, 2013 by Viking Adult
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The Map Thief: A Novel

Heather Terrell

Published: Jul 29, 2008 by Ballantine Books
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The Young Adult August calendar is now available online! Check it out and sign up for some of our great events now, before they fill up.  We have tie die, book bingo, jewelry making and more!

Have you met your summer reading goals yet? If not, maybe you should check out some of these retellings of classic and/or fairy tales.  There are many more not on these lists, can you name any?

14 YA Retellings of Literary Classics

162 YA Retellings of Classic Literature and Fairy Tales

11 Adult Classic Retellings

Fairy Tale Retellings

 

 

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The Fourth of July has passed, and that means summer has truly started.  You may already be sick of the pool, although we doubt it, but just in case you want to vary your routine a bit, why not try one of the “Free and Almost Free Places” for fun in New Jersey (and some in nearby states)?  This site has 50 places/activities listed, and there are more in the comments.  Check it out and see what other places or lists you find on your own!

Don’t forget to take advantage of our great free summer programs too… check out our adultyoung adult and children’s calendars!

Stay connected: Facebook, Twitterblog and Summer.

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It’s summer and that means the FTPL Summer Concert series!

We’re kicking off with Pistolera on Wednesday, July 2 at 7 pm.  Can’t make it? Come to A Perfect Blend‘s concert on July 9, 7pm.

We have a lot more coming, every week on Wednesday night.  Check out the bands and register now through our summer page or adult calendar!

Stay connected: Facebook, Twitterblog and Summer.

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It’s summer, and that means it’s time to get dirty.  While we have lots of books about hiking, exploring, how to navigate and identify things in the woods from insects to trees to snakes, sometimes all you have is a smartphone.  There are lots of great apps for outdoor learning out there, and here are some lists to get you going (there are far more than what we’ve found, we’re sure).  From Commonsensemedia.org, Open Education, and the User Generated Education blog.  The image above is taken from EEWeek.org which is a great website about outdoor learning you should explore.

You may want to also try Project Squirrel, Nature Sound Map, and Geocahing or Opencaching.

Have fun this summer and don’t forget you can find out more about all the cool stuff you discover in the library!  And don’t forget that books you read on birds, foxes and bugs count towards summer reading (and go well with our science and discovery theme)!