Learn how you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count February 14-17, 2020. Begun in 1998, it’s the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds.
February is also National Bird Feeding Month. And to help you attract birds to your backyard and learn to identify them, check out this list of field guides, basic birding books, and much more found in libraries all across the state.
… in these library books from across Alaska. You can also tempt your taste buds by browsing through just a sample of a huge collection of cookbooks the Consortium Library recently received. Bon appétit!
For background information and general biology of animals, try Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, one of our many ebook reference sources. Arranged in taxonomic order in 17 volumes, the encyclopedia provides information about distribution, reproduction, habitat, behavior, and much more. And best of all, it’s online!
SLED, Alaska’s Information Dividend, is a free resource available to all Alaska residents. Paid for by the University of Alaska and the Alaska State Library, SLED (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway) offers access to a plethora of databases and other sources covering many different topics.
Here’s just a sample:
Live Homework Help (tutors available to help students with a variety of subjects)
Learning Express (practice tests, career prep, and info for more than 4,000 schools)
Heritage Quest Online (genealogy resources)
Alaska’s Digital Archives (historical photos and more from AK museums and libraries)
Auto Repair, Hobbies & Crafts, Home Improvement, Small Engine Repair (DIY resources)
The Consortium Library has a plethora of information on biographies of people, both living and dead. Some are famous, others not so famous, and quite a few are names no one even knows.
Many sources are available online in QuickSearch, such as the Encyclopedia of World Biography, an entire encyclopedia devoted to nothing but biographies.
A sample of more specialized sources online includes the Dictionary of Literary Biography; Dictionary of Political Biography; and American Men & Women of Science : A Biographical Directory of Today’s Leaders in Physical, Biological, and Related Sciences.
Don’t forget there are also lots of print sources on biographies in the Reference section featuring artists, writers, women, presidents, musicians, Ancient Greeks and Romans, mathematicians, and on and on. Ask us to learn more!