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A Curious Chapter in Civil War History

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on February 25, 2010 in Odum Library

Linda Paul’s radio story “Jennie’s Secret” tells of “a woman who posed as a man during the Civil War and went on to live most of her life as a man in the tiny town of Saunemin, Illinois. Over the years the town has been ambivalent about their most famous citizen and is struggling to figure out how to honor the memory of Jennie Hodgers/Albert Cashier.“–transom.org

There’s more on Cashier (and many others, including spies, wartime nurses, and vivandieres) in She Went to the Field: Women Soldiers of the Civil War.

My Last Skirt: the Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier is a fictionalized account of Jennie/Albert’s early life and military career, written for younger readers (ages 9-12)


We also recommend They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers of the American Civil War for a look at women as prisoners and casualties of war, life as a female soldier, and the postwar experience.


(Almost) Daily Photo

by Laura Wright on February 25, 2010 in (Almost) Daily Photo

Kids' Books About Birds, Bugs and Dirt

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on February 22, 2010 in Odum Library

These are just a few of our boatload of children’s books dealing with the outdoors, gardening, animals and the environment:

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Birds (Grade 2-4)

Whose Tracks are These? A Clue Book of Familiar Forest Animals (Preschool-Grade 3)

Dig, Plant, Grow: a Kid’s Guide to Gardening (Ages 8-12)

A Handful of Dirt (Ages 7-10)

There’s a Hair in My Dirt! A Worm’s Story (Delightful for all ages)

Simon & Schuster Children’s Guide to Insects and Spiders (Grades 4-6)

Insects (Ages 4-8)

Once I Knew a Spider (Ages 4-8)

IMC (Instructional Materials Collection)

by Laura Wright on February 2, 2010 in Odum Library

Instructional Materials Collection

The IMC Teaching Materials Collection is located on the second floor near the main circulation desk.

Down the hall next to the stairwell are the IMC materials (kits, educational games, etc.)

Past the computers and reading area are the IMC Texts.

Puppets are hidden behind the main circulation desk.