It’s not hard to find interesting or useful facts when you crack open a book in the library. Let’s see what fun facts Lorraine found when she browsed through the Reference stacks.
Positive psychology is a newly christened approach within psychology that studies optimal experiences of people being and doing their best. The approach does not avoid or undo problems and equally recognizes the low points in life.
FROM: The Professional Counselor’s Desk Reference, p. 527. (REF BF636.6.M37 2016)
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the United States’ second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby.
FROM: American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas, p. 1437. (REF GV583.A637 V.4)
On December 28, 1846, President James Polk signed a proclamation making Iowa the 29th state admitted to the United States.
FROM: American Book of Days, p. 989. (REF GT4803.D6 2015)
The world owes the sandwich to an 18th century English nobleman, the Earl of Sandwich. A famous gambler, the Earl repeatedly refused to leave the gambling table in order to eat, so he had a servant bring him meat placed between two pieces of bread.
FROM: Countries, People and Cultures Western Europe, p. 100. (REF D1053.W47 2015)
In 1900, ornithologist, Frank Chapman, an early officer in the Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition: A “Christmas Bird Census” that would count birds during the holidays rather than hunt them. Now tens of thousands of volunteers take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition. Each citizen scientist annually braves snow, wind and rain to take part in the Christmas bird count December 14 – January 5th.
FROM: Chase’s Calendar of Events, p. 597. (REF GT4803.C48 2016)
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 20 No. 1, Winter 2016.