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Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal

This was chorus of a song titled Low Bridge, Everyone Down written in 1905. Constructed between 1817 to 1825, the Erie Canal was the first transportation route between New York City and the Great Lakes. Before modern-day construction equipment, "The Ditch That Made New York Rich," was mostly made on the backs of Irish immigrants. Bond of Union, is a fascinating account of how one of the greatest achievements in U.S. History was built.

Top Test-Taking Tips

College StudyIn Sunday's USA Weekend Magazine, ParentSmart writer, Reyhaneh Fathieh, listed tips parents can teach their kids before they take the big test. The Library has a huge selection of study guides for all students.

Longer School Year?

Arne DuncanEducation Secretary Arne Duncan is interested in many ideas to boost student performance.  Keeping kids in school longer is one option under consideration by the former chief of Chicago Public Schools. Not an easy task given the uncertainty of the tough economic times and the drastic budget cuts many states are facing. Read more on Secretary Duncan's interview with CNN.

You're Either In or Out

Teacher StudentColleges are tweaking their methods of informing students of whether or not they'll be coming to their campus that fall. In today's U.S.

Feminine Mystique

Feminine MystiqueOn this day (February 19) in 1963, Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique, a call for   women to achieve their full potential. Her book generated an enormous response and revitalized the women's movement in the U.S.

3 New Books in Social Science Make Top 10

Next 100 Years#10: The Next 100 Years presents a fascinating picture of what lies ahead. George Friedman turns his eye on the future by offering a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the 21st century.

He's Just Not That Into You

This same-titled-book-turned-movie is based on a line delivered by one of the characters in a Sex and the City episode, "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little," from 2003. It makes a single-woman wonder: if I like the guy, why is he sending me mixed messages?

Our Animal Friends

While dogs are still the most popular pets in the United States, these days people are befriending everything from turtles to mice. Whether you currently have an animal friend or are just thinking about adopting one, we have compiled a list of resources of interest to pet lovers of all types.

Pet Care

Aquariums for dummies by Maddy Hargrove and Mic Hargrove

An essential guide to choosing your marine tropical fish by Dick Mills

Getting to know your hamster by Gill Page

College Survival

Whew! You've been accepted into a college, but you wonder what it's going to be like. Or maybe you have a few worries about making it away from home? How will you study? What will you eat? The College Survival Special Collection offers a few good books and a few good links to help you make the best of your college experience.

Getting Adjusted

A few books and sites with a little of everything — good general guides to read if you want to know what to expect.

Books

The college dorm survival guide: how to survive and thrive in your new home away from home by Julia DeVillers — From avoiding the dreaded Freshman 15 to decorating your space, this informative and funny guide gives experts' advice on everything you need to know to enjoy dorm living to the fullest.