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New Titles - 2013
A Primer for Citizens of Planet Earth
Groundwater constitutes 98 percent of the liquid fresh water on Earth! Without an adequate supply of such water, life as we know it would cease to exist. Yet in nations around the world, groundwater resources, many of them nonrenewable, continue to be depleted, contaminated, squandered, and ignored.
Groundwater for the 21st Century by John A. Conners is intended to be a useful and authoratative source of solid information for anyone interested in understanding groundwater. The book includes a thorough--yet accessible--introduction to groundwater science and a concise overview of groundwater resources, their importance, status, and management in today's world, and is the only book which covers basic groundwater science and resource issues in a manner amenable to the average person.
Groundwater for the 21st Century provides up-to-date information on many vital topics which are neglected or skimmed over in other books on groundwater. The many vital relationships between groundwater and surface conditions are examined in detail. This necessary elementary background science is necessary to provide an emphasis on developing strong qualitative understanding of groundwater and its importance in today's world, including a global perspective. Strongly emphasized is the current status of groundwater resources as billions of people are dependent upon understanding its influences on food production, energy, climate change, population growth, and other important issues.
Available in both soft- and hardcover bindings.
Thanks to voices like those of nationally known authors Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, and Barbara Kingsolver, along with film producers Robert Kenner and Curt Ellis, among others, consciousness of the food we eat, where it comes from, what has been done to it, and what it does to us is growing.
Granville, Ohio, journalist, writer, educator, business owner, Evelyn Frolking, has written a new book which puts a "pin on the map" to look at a small section of the country where the food movement comes to life through the voices of those who are growing and producing real food, the farmers. Issues like distribution, seasonal expansion, capital investment, land ownership, labor, and many others are revealed through the voices of these ordinary people who find themselves caught up in a movement they don't necessarily realize they had a part in starting, but one they embrace.
The book consists of a collection of six stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things within a lively growing local food movement in Ohio. Evelyn explores why they do it: what drives them to farm in a culture that, until recently, has almost totally dismissed them as little more than hobbyists, or worse. And are they making a difference to their communities and themselves, each in their own personal way and collectively as a growing constituency? This is the overarching story told against the backdrop of the efficient, but flawed, industrial food business that is proving itself unethical, unhealthful, and unsustainable.
Available in softcover.
This book, combined with Trackards for North American Mammals, is a track and sign identification system designed for successful field use. The Companion Guide contains information for interpreting the images on the cards, as well as additional illustrations, most of which are also life-size.
Available in softcover.
New Titles - 2012
Trackards for North American Mammals by David Brown contains twenty-six ring-bound cards that present life-size tracks and other sign of native mammals that occur across much of the United States and Canada.
These cards combine:
Accuracy and authenticity;
Ease and speed of use;
A defined process for use that optimizes successful identification of tracks or other sign that is found in the field;
Waterproofed format, making them impervious to water, mud, or snow.
Availability of a companion reference--The Companion Guide to Trackards for North American Mammals--will be released in the near future.
Explorations of Henry Rogers' 1838 Journal of Travel from Southwestern Ohio to New York City
AWARD WINNER! First place in the Nonfiction History category of the Ohio Professional Writers Association’s 2012 competition.
Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More by Tracy Lawson is a first-person narrative that covers a two-month journey in six states. Henry Rogers, his wife, and her parents traveled from Cincinnati, OH, New York City, Trenton, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA, in the summer and fall of 1838. Henry's daily journal entries vividly decribe his changing surroundings, and his observations about politics, commerce, agriculture, tourist attractions, new technology, and the natural landscape through which he was traveling.
Tracy Lawson and her eight-year-old daughter drove the same route 165 years later following the same path traveled by her great-great-great grandfather. Using a camera and daily journal to document their own experiences, they compared their visit and observations with those of Henry.
New Titles - 2011
Our Mark On This Land by Ren and Helen Davis provides an historical understanding of the era in which the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked, the hardships and deprivations of the Great Depression, and of the remarkable vision of the Roosevelt administration to see an unparalleled opportunity to put unemployed men to work on projects that restored and enhanced our nation's natural resources. The CCC also restored the men themselves - their bodies, minds, and spirits. From 1933 to 1942, more than three million men served in the Corps.
Over 700 local, state, and national parks were enhanced by the CCC workers, and no other book serves as a guide to the work of the Corps in parks nationwide as does this book. It also serves as a guidebook to to a selection of those parks that best represent the breadth of work by the Corps in all parks, such as structures, campgrounds, trails, lakes, dams, landscape features, etc. These parks are subdivided into two categories: destination state and national parks and other CCC parks which number about 260 more.
Our Mark On This Land contains a foreword by Robert Stanton, National Park Service Director (retired).
Amphibians and Reptiles--An Introduction to their Natural History and Conservation by Marty Crump begins with a lively discussion of the fascinating world of amphibians and reptiles--and how they are similar and different from each other, their life histories, feeding behavior, defense, and amazing reproductive behaviors.
Written for 5th to 8th graders, children will learn that many populations of amphibians and reptiles are disappearing all around the world, and these declines should be a concern for scientific, ecological, aesthetic, economic, and ethical reasons. Six main causes for these declines--caused by humans--are identified as habitat modification and destruction, over-collection, negative effects from introduced species, environmental pollution, global climate change, and disease. In order to protect these animals, people need to change their perceptions and attitudes of amphibians and reptiles.
Research and education are essential components to learning how to protect amphibians and reptiles, and this book describes ways for kids to help. The book is written in an informal style, while it conveys critical information, and encourages readers to become part of the solution.
An Ancient Prophecy for Modern Times
Children of the Seventh Fire by Lisa Hart is an illustrated children's book. In the story, two 4th grade classes (one Native and one non-Native) travel to hear an Ojibwe Native American elder tell a prophecy. The prophecy foretold the coming of the Europeans and what would unfold on this continent environmentally, culturally, and spiritually, if they came in peace or bearing arms.
The elder invites the students into the traditional teaching lodge to hear the prophecy. Afterwards, he fields questions from them, and explains how the prophecy takes a somewhat abstract warning and suggests practical examples of how they can live a greener and more sustainable lifestyle. Topics include environmental stewardship, organic gardening (including creating their own organic school garden), alternative clean energy sources, peaceful conflict resolution, cooperation skills in problem solving and incorporating the knowledge of indigenous cultures to broaden their perspective.
These topics are addressed in a warm-hearted and sometimes humorous story, involving three major characters. A conflict introduced in the beginning of the story between two of the characters is nicely resolved at the end with a little twist! Children will easily identify with the characters and their situations throughout the story and will be able to learn from the experience.
STEPS--Standard Themes for Educational Progress is a series of educational manuals designed to give educators an easy-to-use tool to assist in teaching state and national Standards. This California Science manual by Dr. David A. Silverberg, is based on the most current California Science Standards written in 1998.
CALIFORNIA SCIENCE: STEPS for the 1998 STANDARDS
STEPS--Standard Themes for Educational Progress is a series of educational manuals designed to give educators an easy-to-use tool to assist in teaching state and national Standards. This California History-Social Science manual by Dr. David A. Silverberg, is based on the most current California Social Science Standards written in 1998.
CALIFORNIA HISTORY-SOCIAL SCIENCE: STEPS for the 1998 STANDARDS
You Must Play to Win! A Coach's Journey from the Pit to the Pinnacle by Donna Newberry is an autobiography. She was a faculty member and the women's head coach in the athletics department at Muskingum College/University. Her career began there in 1974. This book describes her prestigious, life-long coaching career and her philosophy behind successful coaching. It was written during the summer of 2010 and completed a short time before her death on November 10, 2010.
Newberry's career includes coaching softball, basketball, and field hockey. She had been the head coach in softball for 36 years and won more games--905--in her career than any NCAA Division III coach in the nation. Her teams won 18 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, made 18 appearances in NCAA post season play, and made eight trips to the Division III World Series. Muskingum won the Division III national championship in softball in 2001. In basketball, her career spanned 26 years and compiled 403 wins, five conference or tournament championships, three trips to the national quarter-finals, and a national runner up finish in 1991. She was recognized as Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year a total of 14 times and NCAA Regional Coach of the Year seven times. She became the only coach in NCAA history to receive the award of National Coach of the Year in two different sports.
Newberry's decision to write this book about her career came at a personal pinnacle in her life. After a fourteen-year battle which began with breast cancer at the age of 42, the disease returned to give her one final summer--and just enough time to write her story. As Newberry explained, You Must Play to Win! will allow some of her legacy to "live on in a way that will inspire young coaches towards perseverance, hard work, and dedication to the coaching profession."
Second printing now available!