Sunday, October 18, 2009

Alaska Day

In 1867 the United States took possession of Alaska from Russia for a cost of $7.2 million and is celebrated every year as Alaska Day. From the library catalog a keyword search looking for information on the 49th state will get you a return of five-hundred and ninety three books where the word "Alaska" is featured! Though many derided William Seward for his decision to purchase this land one-hundred and forty-two years ago it turned out to be a wise choice after all. Alaska has become a treasure to our country and judging by the myriad of choices of books and videos available to the library we will be able to spend a fair amount of time learning more about the state often called "Land of the Midnight Sun".

The newest titles the library has to offer is "Fifty Miles from Tomorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People" by William L. Iggiagruk Hensley, or the DVD about the Iditarod "Toughest Race on Earth" and the new Kate Shugak novel by Dana Stabenow called "Whisper to the Blood". Also if you click on the "Download Digital Media" link on the main page and use "Alaska" in the search box you will find six downloadable movies and two audiobooks. If you are interested in learning more about Alaska point your mouse to the library catalog and search the huge array of books that will feed your curiosity.

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