Sunday, November 13, 2011

Celebrate Geography Awareness Week (November 13-19)

According to AccessScience, geography is the "study of physical and human landscapes, the processes that affect them, how and why they change over time" and geographers "consider, to varying degrees, both natural and human influences on the landscape."

Geography Awareness Week, which was established 25 years ago, is an annual public awareness program, organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP), which encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the interconnectedness of our world. Celebrated during the third week of November, students, families, and community members are invited to focus on the importance of geography through events, lessons, games, and challenges.

Resources at the library
In the non-fiction section, the 900s cover geography and history, with geography and travel specifically located in the 910s. If you have a specific region or country in mind, check the catalog (try a keyword search) or ask library reference staff to assist you. Atlases, specifically world atlases, can be found in the 912s, in both the adult and juvenile (children's) areas of your local library. A subject search, nature -- effect of human beings, will bring up many choices for exploration.

If the personal aspect of travel (versus geographical facts or "travel guides") are more your thing, be sure to check out the worldly (and often witty) observations of writers such as Paul Theroux, William Least Heat-Moon and Tony Horwitz or an anthology like The Best American Travel Writing, edited by Bill Bryson.

Electronic resources (use your library card to access):
Resources on the web:


  1. Maphead: charting the Wider, Weird world of georaphy by Ken Jennings, Jeopardy champion, is a fun book for Geography Awareness.

  2. Check it out from the library - You can also listen to NPR's Fresh Air interview with Ken Jennings at