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Books are filled with wonderful characters. The most interesting characters are PIGS. Ask a librarian to help you find magnificent books about hogs, sows, piglets, endangered babirusas, and boars. Read this Hog Blog entry to see my list of favorite pig books.
Yours with snorts,
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The U.S. government established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on July 29, 1958. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this agency with these histories, memoirs and novels that depict the work of NASA, its astronauts, and space travel.


Begin with the awe-inspiring images published in America in Space: NASA's First Fifty Years edited by Steven J. Dick. With over 400 photographs, this coffee-table sized book chronicles the history of NASA visually. You’ll see the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions of the 1960s, images from the Space Shuttle era, and much more.

The twelve robot spacecrafts launched in the 1970s by NASA yielded an amazing amount of information about our solar system. Beyond the Moon: A Golden Age of Planetary Exploration, 1971-1978 by Robert S. Kraemer details the story of those at NASA who made this happen.

Flight director during the 1960s and later director of NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center from 1972 to 1982, Chris Kraft writes about his experiences in Flight: My Life in Mission Control. He provides an insider’s account of the work done within the agency to move space exploration and travel forward.

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This Sunday, July 27, 2008 celebrate Parents' Day with a humorous and heart-felt memoir about parenthood or read the warm reflections of adult children writing about their mothers and fathers.


Writer and single mother Anne Lamott candidly chronicles her first year of motherhood in Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year. With humor, she shares the ups and downs of parenting with the help of her eccentric friends and family.

Daniel Glick writes about life as a single father after an unexpected divorce in Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids, and a Journey to Witness the World's Vanishing Wonders. With his 13-year old son and 9-year old daughter, environmental reporter Glick travels the world for six months from Africa to Australia. Together, they view the natural world and cope with the changes in their lives.

In The Big Turn-Off: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom Trying to Raise a TV-Free Kid, Ellen Currey-Wilson writes with humor about her struggle to reduce the mainstream media’s influence in her house. She vows that her son will never watch any TV and she will quit her TV addiction. It’s never that easy, but their family relationships grow as television time is reduced.

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The Blackboard Jungle (1955)

High school students in a gritty urban school move to the beat of Bill Haley’s "Rock Around the Clock" in what today seems a nostalgic look at urban youth. Glenn Ford stars as the teacher committed to his messy job. (Not Rated)