Monday, January 31, 2011


CARL will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday 1 Feb. We will open on a 2 hour delay on Wednesday, opening at 0900. WEDNESDAY STORY TIME IS CANCELED.

Full details can be found at:

From the notice:

Due to expected severe winter weather and dangerous road conditions Tuesday
through Wednesday, Fort Leavenworth will implement a cancellation/closure of
offices Tuesday all day and a delayed report Wednesday 2 Feb for
non-emergency essential personnel IAW CAC and FT Leavenworth Reg 690-5. The
Chain of Command ultimately determines who and what emergency essential is
and if people should report 1 Feb or when people should report Feb. 2.

Grant and Hancock gates will operate Normal hours. Sherman Gate will be
Closed 1 Feb but will open 2 Feb from 0830 - 1030.

All DFMWR activities except Child Development Centers will be closed 1 Feb.
The CDC will be open 1 Feb at normal hours to support Emergency Essential
personnel with all services for child care being at the CDC.

The PX, Commissary and Shoppette will close at normal hours 31 Jan.
Soldiers, DA Civilians and Family members are reminded to have their
Emergency supplies to include medicines at home as weather conditions could
potentially prevent outside movement through Thursday.  Pharmacy is open
until 1800 today.  The PX, Commissary and Shoppette will be closed 1 Feb all

Due to expected overnight conditions Tuesday, the Installation will have a
2-hour delay in reporting for non-emergency essential personnel Wednesday
morning. All DFMWR facilities except the CDC will open on a 2 hr delay. The
CDC will open at normal time.

Individuals should seek guidance from their chain of command. The Railroad
crossings to Sherman Army Airfield will not be opened until 0815 Wednesday 2
Feb.  The Shoppette and PX will open by 0900 Wednesday 2 Feb.

Any changes to this information will be disseminated through the chain of
command using Dialogic and the Installation Alert rosters.

Patrons should use extreme caution when travelling and are encouraged to
commute only if necessary. The National Weather Service warns of
'near-blizzard conditions' and 'the strong winds may also lead to power
outages, which could produce impacts long after the snow has ended as
temperatures fall to below zero by Wednesday morning.'

Looking for great children's books? Check out these suggestions from one of our librarians!

Want to start 2011 with something OUTSTANDING to read aloud to your children? 
Try either or both of the following titles.

"The Secret River" by Pulitzer Prize winner, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Remember that name? You probably read her award winning novel, "The Yearling"  when you were an adolescent. Remember how it made you feel? But, you may have never known about her other award winning story for children.  

"The Secret River" was first published in 1956 and was awarded a Newbery Honor back then.  Guess what? We're the lucky ones! It has just been republished in 2011 in a new format with those masters of artwork, Leo and Dianne Dillon.  (Yes, they have won the Caldecott award two times for the best children's illustrations and guess again, you are going to fall in love with their artistic interpretation of this magical story.)

"All the World" by Liz Garton Scanlon with artwork by Marla Frazee has gotten starred reviews from just about all the important review sources--School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews.  The Washington Post Book World calls it "Perfect".  I could not agree more.

It’s a story about a family. The pictures are made with black Prismacolor pencil and watercolors. You just have to see what these special illustrations and rhyming words do together. Cozy is the word that comes to mind. 

A family and their approach to the world.  Not an easy topic.  And, the best part?  You've got to read the last two pages. Perfection.

Both books are in the CARL collection in the children's room.  Come soon to read them and borrow them.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Fun: Kansas Day!

Missed our 150th birthday festivities at the library?

There's still time to catch the fun! Tomorrow, Saturday, January 29, is Kansas Day. Check out the Kansas Historical Society website for information, fun activities (including a printable coloring book!) and a listing of things happening in the area. The Kansas Museum of History in Topeka has events planned all day tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

TOMORROW! Kansas Story Time!

This Kansas Day will mark the 150th anniversary
of Kansas' entry into the Union! 

TOMORROW at 1000 in the Children's Library,
help us celebrate Kansas being a state for 150 years by joining our Kansas Day Celebration during story time! 

There will be stories, arts and crafts and CAKE!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Library 101: Research Resources--Department of Defense Freedom of Information Act Request Center

The mission of the Office of Freedom of Information is to provide access to records created by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff. This includes the processing of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) initial requests from the general public, and consultations from other DOD and Executive Branch Agencies and Departments. To fulfill this responsibility, OFOI operates this FOIA Requester Service Center.


Other Documents

Frequently Requested Documents

Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) Related Documents (Fake no Klingon dictionary listed)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Fun: Animal Voiceovers

What ARE all those animals thinking as they go about their lives in those nature documentaries?

This fun video at WIMP.COM gives us an insight into what's REALLY happening!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kansas Day Story Time Next Wednesday!

This Kansas Day will mark the 150th anniversary of Kansas' entry into the Union! 

On January 26th at 10000, help us celebrate Kansas being a state for 150 years by joining our Kansas Day Celebration during time! 

There will be stories, arts and crafts and CAKE!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tumblereadables (Tumblebooks)

Did you know, CARL has access to Tumblereadables!

It is available on AKO at, select Self Service tab then select My Library to get to it on the Army Libraries page.   Click on the "Read or Listen to a Book" for many choices on these valuable resources.

For 2011 they've added a host of new features too, including:

-More Read-Alongs. They've narrated a variety of early readers and chapter books, including Shakespeare Read-Alongs and multi-cast audio recordings.

-TumbleReadables is becoming a lending library with the ability to download ebooks and 'borrow' titles for offline access, with no limit to the number of books that can be borrowed and are compatible with PCs already, and in a few months Android and tablet OS.

-New e-book features such as note-taking, highlighting and a Word Helper feature complete with definitions and pronounciations.

Tumblereadables is great for fun reading and down-time, or enrichment, and it's free for users with an AKO account.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

National Book Week

This week is Book Week (ALL WEEK!)

Celebrate libraries and reading by visiting CARL and checking out some of our great new books! You can celebrate EVEN HARDER by actually reading them!

Looking for something specific? Try our catalog! 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Fun: Around the Internet

Need some silliness in your life? We have pics! 

Are these guys the X-Peanuts, or the Peanut-Men? 

Stuff you never knew about Harry Potter.

Yes, this is a real product. NO, we have no idea where you can purchase it.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Library 101: Research Resources--EUCOM History Office

The United States Army Europe Military History Office (MHO) is responsible for history programs and activities throughout the command. The primary mission of Military History Office is to preserve accurate, thorough, and objective historical record of the command's activities and operations. This function is accomplished through the preparation and publication of historical narratives - classified annual histories of the command, historical monographs and special studies. The MHO maintains a historical research collection of both classified and unclassified material pertaining to the command, a collection that is constantly growing.

The research collection enables the MHO to respond to requests for historical background material in support of the USAREUR headquarters staff, to respond to queries from other US agencies or the general public, and to support professional development activities undertaken by units. The MHO plans for, and monitors the implementation of historical activities in support of USAREUR units in wartime and contingency operations.


Monday, January 10, 2011

HOURS CHANGE: CARL closing early, late start tomorrow (Tues)

CARL will close at 3 PM today (Monday) due to post-wide inclimate weather closures.

CARL will open tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9AM due to the already-announced delays for Fort Leavenworth.

This information is subject to change. Please refer to Fort Leavenworth's Facebook Page or the Garrison website (under road conditions) for the most up-to-date information regarding closures and delays.

Library 101: Research Resources--Air Force Historical Research Agency

The Air Force Historical Research Agency is the repository for Air Force historical documents. The Agency's collection, begun in Washington, DC, during World War II, moved in 1949 to Maxwell Air Force Base, the site of Air University, to provide research facilities for professional military education students, the faculty, visiting scholars, and the general public. It consists today of over 70,000,000 pages devoted to the history of the service, and represents the world's largest and most valuable organized collection of documents on US military aviation.

Numbered USAF Historical Studies (WWII Air Force History) Full Text .pdf files

Friday, January 7, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Research Help: Interwar Documents

Searching for interwar period documents? CARL has an extended bibliography with useful documents, websites and searches available at:

Granted, this isn't everything we have available, as new resources are added to our catalog and our subscription databases all the time. Feel free to check the following:

"Find Books & More" -- Search via title, keyword, subject, author, etc in our collection. This will show books, multi-media and downloadable resources that CARL has in-house.

"Digital Library" -- Materials digitized by CARL for easy searching and access. Search or browse the Military History 1900-1939 Collection for more interwar documents.

"Find Articles" -- A list of databases CARL subscribes to. You may need to be logged in via Blackboard, or on-post to access some resources. Search for specific titles, general subjects, and within certain time periods.

And, of course, you're welcome to talk to one of our reference librarians!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


WHEW! The holidays are over! You survived. You're putting away the decorations, and are getting ready  for life to return to normal. But...wait! There're more holidays left this month! Break out the decorations and get ready for more some more fun!

January 6th-The Epiphany: Celebrates the three wise men visiting Christ.

January 10th-Save the Eagles Day: Eagle populations are diminishing due to loss of food sources and habitats. This holiday draws awareness to this endangered species which includes our national symbol, the Bald Eagle.

January 11th-Amelia Erhart Day: A Kansas Native, Erhardt was one of the first women of flight. In 1937 her plane was lost somewhere over the mid-Pacific and she was never found.

January 17th-Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Minister and Civil Rights leader, King was assassinated in 1968. This year marks the 25th anniversary of MLK Jr Day being a federal holiday.

January 17th-Ben Franklin's Birthday: Printer-by-trade, scientist, statesmen, ambassador and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

January 19th-Tu B'Shevat: Jewish holiday known as the new year for trees. Tu B'Shevat is the new year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for the purpose tithing.

January 20th-Aquarius: In astrology, this is the cusp-day between Capricorn and Aquarius.

January 26th-Australia Day: Official Australian holiday for celebrating everything that's great about Australia!

January 28th-Christa McAuliffe Day: Observed to commemorate Christa McAuliffe and the other 6 astronauts killed when the space shuttle Challenger exploded after take-off on January 28, 1986.McAuliffe was the first teacher chosen to be an astronaut.

January 29th-Kansas Day: This year marks the 150th anniversary of Kansas' statehood! Kansas was the 35th state to enter the Union. Celebrations are going all month long! Visit a museum dedicated to Kansas history, watch a documentary, visit a historic site!

Month-Long Observances:
National Thank You Month: Remember to say THANK YOU to the important people in your life!
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month: Celebrating those that give blood to those in need. Take time out to make a blood donation this month!
National Book Month: Celebrate by reading a book! Maybe even one you've checked out of our library! Additionally, National Book Week is the third full week in January.


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