LEARN @ the Library - 2005/2006
Reference Librarian, Asst. Professor
Learn about... Reading
The book I chose is titled, S is for Sunshine. It is an alphabet book about Florida and is written by Carol Crane, a former Florida resident. I chose this book for a number of reasons. First, I was a children's librarian before coming to work at the L.W. Tyree library and I love children's books. I also believe that by empowering children with books, one nourishes a natural curiosity and willingness to learn that can continue into adulthood. I also chose to have my picture taken by the water because I am a native Floridian and I can't imagine my life without the Gulf or the Atlantic within a few hours of my home. To learn more about the power of reading, I suggest Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud Handbook (LB1573.5.T68 2001) and Mem Fox's Reading Magic: why reading aloud to our children will change their lives forever (LB1042.F64 2001). For more information about research on reading, check out http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/.
Learn about... Cultural Attractions
Florida's history is replete with colorful characters who fashioned our state into the interesting and varied place we enjoy today. John Ringling is one of those. His legacy is more than circus tents. John and Mable Ringling left a world-renowned collection of European art housed in the Ringling Museum, the historic architecture of Ca d'Zan, the original Italian Asolo Theater which became the first State Theater of Florida, and much more.
To find Florida's historical and artistic heritage on display in the many 340 museums in the state go to: http://www.flamuseums.org/fam/flamuseums/ or http://www.floridaartistsregistry.com/museums.htm. In the Reference collection we have a guidebook compiled by two Gainesville residents, Doris Bardon and Murray D. Laurie. It is entitled Florida's Museums and Cultural Attractions (Ref F309.3 .B365 1998). Subject headings in the book catalog that will be of interest are:
Florida – Guidebooks
Museums – Florida – Guidebooks
Historic sites – Florida Guidebooks
Take the time to learn about all the wonderful cultural attractions Florida has to offer.
Library Media Specialist
Learn about... Colonial St. Augustine Religion
The book Religion, Power, and Politics in Colonial St. Augustine by Robert L. Kapitzke (BX1418.S18 K36 2001) offers a lively analysis of the religious atmosphere of colonial St. Augustine, Florida, focusing on the daily rituals that defined a Catholic life. Working with documents in both Florida and Spain that correct, amplify, and qualify previous work in the field, Robert Kapitzke describes the turbulent interactions between representatives of the church and the crown. The impact of Spanish Catholicism in the midst of the Inquisition period (1670-1763) illustrates the power struggle, as well as the conflicts between local religious and political leaders that defined and shaped the city's social milieu. Other books in this topic are; The Inquisition by Brenda Stalcup (BX1712.I574 2001); The Cross in the Sand by Michael V. Gannon (BX1415 F55 G31983); The Catholic Ethic in American Society by John E. Tropman (BX1406.2 T765 1995).
Also visit the Historical Text Archives at http://historicaltextarchive.com/ and check out http://www.floridahistory.org/floridians/spanish.htm
Circulation Manager, Future Librarian
Learn about... Native Americans
Take a step back in time and learn about the Florida Indians who settled here over 12,000 years ago. The book I chose reviews the history of the Paleoindians, "ancient Indians," in Florida and the environment in which they lived. Many artifacts have been found in the High Springs area, even one our favorite summertime recreational spots, the Ichetucknee River. The artifacts tell us that Florida was approximately twice the size as it is now because many of the Paleoindian campsites that were established at the end of the Ice Age, are now underwater. We can learn about the tools that were used for their fight for survival, what kind of animals lived in that era, including the now extinct mammoth, and how Florida has evolved over the last twelve millennia. Sadly, we can learn what attributed to their extinction. Interestingly, an Indian archaeological site can be found in every county in our great state. To learn more about these early hunters and gatherers, visit websites such as: http://www.keyshistory.org/prehistindians.html and http://www.funandsun.com/1tocf/inf/nativepeoples/calusa.html or read books from our library collection. The one I chose is Florida's Indians from Ancient Times to the Present by Jerald T. Milanich (E78 .F6 M555 1998). Others are: In the Hands of the Great Spirit by Jake Page (E77 .P14 2003); The First Americans by J.M. Adovasio with Jake Page (E61.A36 2002); and a beautiful pictorial book, Native American Dance, (E59.D35 N38 1992) from the National Museum of the American Indian.
Live and learn from the first people of Florida.
Reference Librarian, Assoc. Professor
Learn about... Alligators
What says Florida more than Alligators? Growing up in Gainesville, I have always admired them. And it has nothing to do with growing up a Gator fan! I think Alligators are just fascinating creatures. I'll never forget when I moved to LA after college, how shocked people were to learn that the University of Florida has alligators walking free. And to find out that I would actually go places like the Alachua Sink that allows you to be within 8 feet of hundreds of them. You would have thought I was the Crocodile Hunter, as startled as they were to hear that!
There are many great resources on Alligators. You can just go visit them at Lake Alice on the UF campus http://virtualtour.ufl.edu/campus_sites/alice.htm. The Alachua Sink at Paynes Pairie, http://heritage.acld.lib.fl.us/1001-1050/1005.html or Silver Springs http://www.silversprings.com/
You may also enjoy these books from the Lawrence W. Tyree Library. The Alligator Book by C.C. Lockwood (QL666.C925L630 2002); Alligators: Prehistoric Presence in the American Landscape by Martha Strawn (QL666.C925S82 1997); Alligators: Beneath the Blackwater by Barbara Sleeper (QL666.C925S58 1996) and The Alligator: Monarch of the Marsh by Connie M. Toops (QL666.C925T66 1988).
Reference Librarian, Professor
Learn about... Florida Outdoors
We who live in north central Florida are fortunate to be surrounded by natural beauty. We have so many huge trees, clear springs, rivers, and a number of state parks within an easy drive.
The library has a number of books on this subject, including Exploring Wild North Florida by Gil Nelson (QH 105 .F6 N44 1995), Florida's Fabulous Natural Places by Tim Ohr (QH105.F6 O78 2002), and The Green Guide, Florida: A Travel Guide to Natural Wonders by Marty Klinkenberg
(F 309.3 .K55 1993).
Information on Florida's great state parks can be found at www.dep.state.fl.us/parks.
Reference Librarian, Professor
Learn about... The "Real Florida"
I never fail to appreciate Florida in its most natural way. I was an adult before I saw my first pelicans, sea gulls or sand pipers. I have lived in this wonderful state for many years but I still have a lot to learn about Florida. I have to look in books to be able to identify certain birds, plants or trees, especially when I have out- of -state visitors asking me questions. I learned the history the Pilgrims in my grade school, but never about St. Augustine. I have had to learn Florida history on my own, but it has been great experience. I have been able to visit so many historic places, St Augustine being my favorite. (Still haven't visited Massachusetts.) Here are a few book titles you might find useful if you are still learning about Florida: Southern Shores by Roger Bansemer (F316.2 B27 1989); The History and Antiquities Of The City Of St. Augustine, Florida by George R. Fairbanks (F319 S2F21975); and Birds Of The Ocean by Wilford Backhouse Alexander (QL673 A371963). You might also enjoy these websites…. www.floridaconservation.org/fltrails; www.myflorida.com and http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/stli.
Reference Librarian, Asst. Professor
Learn about... the Conquistadors
When I was young many, many years ago, I was taught that the Puritans, along with some other folks from Europe in the 17th century, i.e., 1600s, were the first European settlers in the New World, that is, in America. Years later, I learned this was a myth and that the Spanish Conquistadors were roaming on horses and on foot through the great expanse of what is now The United States. Conquistadors like Cabeza de Vaca traveled from South Florida north and then turned west to reach such remote areas as Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. And this was done in the 16th century, i.e., 1500s, about 150 years before English gentlemen set their feet on the land. Another Conquistador, Hernando de Soto, crossed Florida (probably Tampa) and other states, Georgia, the Carolinas, Alabama and Mississippi. He even traveled up the Great Smoky Mountains and the Mississippi River. And still, another Spanish Conquistador, Coronado, traversed the Rocky Mountains and crossed many western states, arriving in Kansas in the 1540s. These Conquistadors left behind Chronicles or writings that documented their expeditions and explorations. Nowadays, one can have access to these writings translated from Spanish to English. Perhaps, reading these sources in their original language may even give us a more exciting glimpse of their travels and adventures during the 16th century.
Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar, 16th cent. The Journey of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and His Companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 (E125 .N9 N913 1973)
Hernando de Soto, 16th cent.; The De Soto Chronicles: The Expedition of Hernando de Soto to North America in 1539 (E125 S7 D38 1993)
Learn about... Florida
Was life really better in the 40's? Being a kid perfect in the 50's? A teenager great in the 60's? The 70's and 80's the best party of all? A lot of people would have us believe it as they relive their “glory days” telling us what we missed. I'm holding Vanishing Florida: A Personal Guide to Sights Rarely Seen by David Warner (F309.3.W35 2001). It's a series of anecdotes about being young in Florida told by a man in his fifties. It speaks of places and people no longer here, but mostly about him. I've always enjoyed memoirs because they editorialize and give meaning to places and events. They aren't a diary or a biography. It isn't history – it's how history felt to those living it. While none of us can choose our families or where we're born – we can choose where we stay and how we spend the days of our lives. Many of us chose to stay in Florida or move there. It satisfies so many of our longings and creature comforts – and what we find in Florida to seduce us is as varied as we are. What's the real Florida? It depends. Florida Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places by Diana and Bill Gleasner (F309.3.G55 2003) will lead you to unsung, unspoiled and out of the way places. Beyond the Theme Parks, Exploring Central Florida by Benjamin Brotemarkle (F309.3.B76 1999) highlights cultural and historical attractions. Oddball Florida: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places by Jerome Pohlen (F309.3.P636 2004) gives a whole new meaning to “tourist trap” with descriptions, directions and tantalizing tidbits about unusual state residents and their adventures. Don't ignore Florida's Official Travel Planning Website at http://www.flausa.com/ check out http://www.floridalink.com/ and the fun guide to the unusual everywhere http://www.eccentricamerica.com/
Reference Librarian, Asst. Professor
Learn about... Wildlife
The book I selected is on wildlife in Florida. Wherever I go I am on the look out for interesting animals, weather, geology – any natural science. I don't have to be in a forest or on a river to find nature. Since I live in the city of Gainesville my chances of seeing a deer or bear are slim, but everyday I can watch the birds at my feeder, and spot the latest migrating visitor to our town. We are lucky in North Central Florida we can see some of the rarest birds in the world. Maybe you have spent an afternoon on UF's campus to spy on the whooping crane, or looked up when you heard the sandhill cranes honking as they passed overhead. It's wonderful seeing wood stork, white ibis, and scarlet ibis here on Santa Fe's grounds. An hour's trip to Cedar Key, Crescent Beach, or the Santa Fe River takes me to the edge of the wilds and here I have seen white pelicans, otter, fox, deer, wild turkey, eagles and shore birds. To enjoy Florida's wildlife all I have to do is step outside my door.
- The Hiking Trails of Florida's National Forests, Parks, and Preserves, Johnny Molloy (GV199.42.F6 M65 2001)
- Field Guide to the Birds:a Completely New Guide to All the Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Roger Tory Peterson (QL681 .P45 1980)
Learn about... Florida's Evolution
Ever look through your parents or your grandparents old photos just to see the changes in their lives and their surroundings? The book I chose Florida Portrait: A Pictorial History of Florida by Jerrell Shofner (F311 .S56 1990) does just that for Florida. This book traces the history of Florida from the Paleoindians to the growth of the late 20th century… with lots of old photos.
The Bureau of Archives and Records Management has a great website where you can see images of historically significant documents, learn more about Florida's history through an on-line classroom, see archive collections and over 100,000 photographs of Florida at www.floridamemory.com. Also check out the Alachua County Library District Heritage collection of vintage local photos at http://heritage.acld.lib.fl.us/.
More books at the L.W. Tyree Library include: Historic Gainesville: A Tour Guide, by John B. Pickard (F319.G14.P521 1990); also Yesterday's Florida, by Nixon Smiley (F311.B6 ), and Florida: A Pictorial History, by Hampton Dunn (F312.D78 1988).
Manager, Library Technical Services
If you want to learn about Florida history through architecture, check out the houses in St. Augustine. I'm standing in the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, better known as “The Oldest House” in St. Augustine. It's located on St. Francis Street and been occupied for more than three centuries. Beginning about 1650, a succession of wooden structures were the first homes. This coquina stone house was built soon after the English burned St. Augustine in 1702, and originally was a one-story rectangle with two rooms. As times changed during the Spanish, British, and American occupations, other features were added such as a wooden second story and an off-street porch.
Read The Houses of St. Augustine by David Nolan (NA7238.S27 N65 1995). This affectionate portrait of our nation's oldest city offers a comprehensive survey of the many architectural features that have expressed the needs and preferences of St. Augustine's inhabitants over more than four centuries of Spanish, British, and American government. It covers everything from the coquina stone structures of colonial times, Victorian gingerbread, Henry Flagler's Spanish revival, to the cookie-cutter subdivisions and condominiums of modern times. Also check out The Houses of St. Augustine, 1565-1821 by Albert C. Manucy (NA7238.S27 M3 1992). These websites have a lot of useful information: