Author Archives: Mary Barrett

The Lost City of the Monkey God

Many familiar with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’sPendergast” fictional adventure novel series may be surprised to learn that Preston is also a career journalist.  He has written about archaeology, history, and paleontology for several prestigious publications including Smithsonian, National Geographic, and the New Yorker.  It was while covering an archaeological expedition for National Geographic that Preston became inspired to write The Lost City of the Monkey God.  Despite the provocative title, this non-fiction account of archaeology, anthropology, and epidemiology is not an “Indiana Jones” style adventure story.  It is a well-researched yet accessible account of modern archaeology in action.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? DVD Review

For many children in the 1970s and 1980s, parents encouraged them to watch educational television shows, like those on PBS.  One popular show offered was Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, hosted by Fred Rogers.  While most children later distanced themselves from his soft-spoken affect and constant reassurances of personal acceptance in adolescence, as adults many have come to appreciate his messages.  This will be especially true after watching the biographical documentary by Morgan Neville, Won’t You Be My Neighbor.

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Did You Know? Winter 2019

The Freeman/Lozier Library is always changing to keep up with the latest trends and services to offer you our best.  Our More Than Books newsletter has a “Did You Know” section that keeps you informed about the changes that have taken place in the library.  Here is the latest news from that newsletter:


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National Wilderness Month

September is well underway.  That means an end to hot, sticky summer and the start of autumn: cooler weather, pumpkins, and beautiful foliage!  September also marks the anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964.  From 2009-2016, President Obama annually proclaimed September as National Wilderness Month in commemoration of that historic act.  While Wilderness Month has not been officially announced since 2016, the Wilderness Act remains an important moment in American history and a reminder to enjoy the wilderness we see every day but may take for granted.

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There are many ways in which those who practice Islam celebrate their faith, and one of the most prominent is the month of Ramadan. It comes with many rituals and beliefs behind it, just as any major religious period does. It is a time of practicing restraint and focusing on spiritual devotion. Continue reading

National Pie Day

It’s easy as pie!  That saying is at once both familiar and baffling to many.  To the uninitiated, baking a pie can seem intimidating, even difficult.  However, pie is one of the most popular dishes in America and spans all seasons.  One can literally eat pie for every meal of the day: quiche for breakfast, meat hand-pie for lunch, pot pie for dinner, and classic apple pie for dessert.    What makes pie so appealing?  The simple recipe template provides instant comfort, recognition, and versatility.  It is appropriate for every occasion, and (once the cook gets the basic technique down of course) is, in fact, very easy to prepare.

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