Think big at the library—August 21,2009
One of the hidden treasures of the Hastings Public Library is the Oversize book collection. Hidden in on a back wall behind the non-fiction collection, a selection of large books is just waiting to be checked out. In this collection you can find all kinds of fun and informational books that are just a little too big to fit on the regular shelves. Why not try a book about good old Nebraska. You can find Nebraska: Centered on the Land and Nebraska 24/7 in the oversize collection. Both of these books have wonderful pictures and information about our state. One thing about the collection is that many of the books are good for finding pictures, due to their size.
For music lovers the best selection of vocal and piano song books can be found in this collection as well as books on musicals such as the popular show Wicked, try Wicked: the Grimmerie for a look into how the musical was created as well as interviews from the creators and actors from the show.
For fans of comic strips and comic books you can try The Complete Far Side. This two volume set includes every Far Side comic ever written. You could also try The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, a three volume set that has everything about Calvin and Hobbes that you would ever want to know about.
Fans of super heroes can find visual guides about most of there favorites such as Spider-Man, try Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide.
Also the oversize collection is one of the best places to look when searching for information and pictures of paintings by many famous artists. You can find books on Da Vinci, Van Gogh, and even Norman Rockwell. These books include many of their most famous works in greater detail, due to the size of the books. Try America’s Art for a look at many famous art works that are housed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. If you are looking for other museums and their art collections the oversize collection is the place to look.
Finally, when planning to take a trip, check out the oversize collection for books on the destination of you choice. If you plan to stay in America check out Roadside America for a look at many interesting roadside attractions that you can visit on a trip across the USA. If Egypt is the destination of you choice try The Realm of the Pharaohs for an in depth look at Egypt and its many famous landmarks.
Check out the oversize collection at Hastings Public Library!