Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Geography Awareness

Geography Awareness Week, an annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP), encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the "interconnectedness of our world." Celebrated during the third week of November (Nov. 16-22, 2014), 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, books and DVDs with call numbers in 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 the reference, adult and juvenile (children's) areas of your local library.

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, Frances Mayes, Peter Matthiessen and Tony Horwitz, or winning entries for the Solas Awards Best Travel Writing.

More to explore
Britannica Library Reference Center - Includes a world atlas and the world data analyst module
National Geographic Kids - Explore the magazine, 2009-present, as well as over 200 National Geographic Kids books and 500 kid-friendly, downloadable images
World Book Online Reference Center - Check out Interactive Earth, atlases and more
Transparent Language Online - If you're inspired to travel, learn the language before you hit the road
Virginia Places - Learn more about the places and geology of Virginia
World Geography Games - Play entertaining and stimulating map games to improve your geographical knowledge
Zinio Digital Magazines - Download issues of National Geographic Traveler to your tablet, read any time

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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