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 twocatalogsearches to find more great titles!
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
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!
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.
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)!