Census 2010, Memorial Day, Physics, My Favorite Books, three Summer Poems, and Here Comes the Sun are the new or continuing subjects of displays up in the library now. The Current Display Art Area has posters of famous authors.
Display case 1: 2010 Census What is the population of the United States? Census data will determine that. Find a map of the United States with the population of each state in this display cabinet, plus a copy of the census form. Several books and booklets related to the census are also included.
Display Case 3 has a display on Memorial Day. Learn more about the Memorial Day holiday, Arlington National Cemetery, soldiers, wars, Arlington House, military funeral honors, the Civil War, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Pearl Harbor, and more. You can find out more about Memorial day on the USA.gov website. For more information on the Tomb of the Unknown soldier, check this web page on the Arlington National Cemetery web site
Census Information, fills case 2. This display explains a lot about the U S census. There are brochures/ charts that describe the history of the census, the population of the United States from 1790 (3,929,214) to 1970 (203,184,772) to 2000 (281,421, 906) , and one for the costs of the census from 1790 ($44,377) to 2000 (4,500,000,000). Learn some things you didn’t already know from this display.
The Current Display Art area is filled with posters of authors, including Henry James, Mark Twain, Robert Frost, Zora Neale Hurston, John F Kennedy, Eugene O’Neil, Willa Cather, Neil Gaiman, Richard Wright, Ray Bradbury, and John Steinbeck.
Display Case 4 has information related to Physics. The poster “Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Take Physics” inspired this display. Check it out! This colorful display contains information on the ISU Physics program (did you know all physics majors are given a scholarship?) Details are in the “Why ISU Physics is Great” article in the display. $40,000 to $65,000 is the starting salary for Physics jobs–see the details in “What’s a Bachelor’s degree worth.” This display should inspire you to find out a little more about a field of study that studies a lot more than you knew about, including lasers.
My Favorite Book is the subject of display case 5. The library usually holds a drawing during National Library Week, and these are the results of favorite books in the ISU community. If you’re looking for good summer reading, be sure to check out this display. Recommended titles include: River Town by Peter Hessler, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Fate is the Hunter by Ernest Gann, Telling by Marion Winik, Prey by Michael Crichton, Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, and many more.
Display case 6 is on Three Summer Poems. Poet Geoffrey Chaucer welcomes the season with a passage from The Parliament of Fowls. Then enjoy the green grass of childhood in the poem Barefoot Days by Rachel Field and a summer night sky in the poem Summer Stars by Carl Sandburg. The display contains artistic green grass, leaves, and the poetic images of summer: a blackbird, summer rain, a butterfly, dandelion, and trees. If the Idaho summer weather is temporarily getting you down, stop by this display to cheer up!
Health Science display case—Here Comes the Sun. Are you ready? May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month, and time to remember sunscreens, sun-protective clothing, sun glasses, and hats. For more information on this topic see the article on the Food and Drug (FDA) Administration web page, or search the topic on Medline Plus, the U.S. Library of Medicine site on health information for consumers.