Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Canadian Military Official Histories 1940-1959

During the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force appointed Historical Officers to produce reports for future records and to form the basis of future Canadian Military Official Histories (ie Canadian Army Official History).

The most comprehensive collection of reports were researched and written by Canadian Military Historical Officers at the Canadian Military Headquarters (CMHQ) in London, England (1940-1948). They can be found here.

The Army Head Quarters (AHQ) Reports, compiled by the staff of the General Staff Historical Section from 1948-1959, were the successors to the Canadian Military Headquarters (CMHQ) Reports once Col C.P. Stacey and his staff returned to Canada from London, England (1947-1948).
Those reports can be found here.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


WORLD WAR II ARCHIVES  is a database materials digitized from the collections of  the National Archives.  Want to see a dramatic aerial photograph of a B-24 almost engulfed in a column of smoke from a bombed oil refinery?  Maybe you’d like to read the patrol reports of the submarine USS Wahoo? Are you interested in the Foreign Military Studies, accounts written by German officers after the war? All these are included among the thousands of documents available in this database. Access it here, with your CARL account number. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire, by award winning author Elizabeth Wein, is the companion book to Code name Verity. It continues the World War II story of amateur poet Rose Justice, who is captured by the Nazis and sent to a women’s concentration camp.  Both books contain riveting stories for our teen-age audience.
Rose is a young girl who does not seem to stand a single chance against the Nazis interrogators.  Though trapped she is inspired by other women in the camp; a female fighter pilot, a young Polish girl and a once famous French novelist. Through loyalty, bravery and strong resolution, Rose is determined to survive.
Elizabeth Wein was born in New York, but currently lives with her family in Scotland.  She is a pilot of small planes and holds a PhD from the University of Pa.
These are the kinds of books that once you start you cannot put down. Both are available at CARL. Come see us soon!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Day the Crayons Quit

What is one to do when one wants to color and all the crayons say, “We quit!”    Author Drew Daywalt and illustrator Oliver Jeffers come up with the solution in their book, The Day the Crayons Quit .
All the crayons have some pretty good reasons for their attitude.  Blue feels overused with all that water, orange and yellow are not speaking to each other because they both think they should be used to color the sun, and beige is tired of playing second fiddle to brown.  The list goes on.
Although this appears to be a children’s book, it has clear applications for those in the workplace.  There are ways we can all learn to play nicely.
Originally from Belfast, Ireland, Oliver Jeffers now makes his home in Brooklyn.  He is earning a great deal of acclaim for his illustrations.
If you wish to spend a few well spent minutes, come to the library and read This Moose Belongs to Me, Stuck, Up and Down, The Way Back Home, and that pesky crayon book, all illustrated by Jeffers.  You won’t be sorry! 


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