Finding Books

The other day, for no apparent reason, I remembered a couple-three books I read umpty years ago. Along with remembering them, I wanted to find them again.

One was a book (actually a two-volume set) about Michigan history, lots of pictures. The other was a time-travel story, young-adult-ish, where the kids of a family end up back in time living with Native Americans.

Thinking about it, I was pretty certain they were from my Junior High library – the fiction book was a little too young to have been in the High School library, and the history books  were past grade-school level. I did a little googling yesterday, but struck out.

Today I decided to try my Junior High library – got to the school district website, then to the pages for the Jr. High, and found that the library (sorry, “media center”) catalog is available on-line.  A little more poking, and I had a couple candidates for the history books. I started plugging information into Google, and quickly ID’d the books I wanted – the cover image on the editions I read had a Petoskey Stone on the cover.

“Pictorial History of Michigan” by George S. May.

I little more poking and I found the fiction book; as soon as I read the title I remembered it:

“Potawatomi Indian Summer” by E. William Oldenburg.

On the one hand, I’m kind of surprised that the library still has the books. OTOH, it isn’t like the fiction one would exactly go out of date, and even if there is a gap between the latest thing the history books cover and today, it doesn’t invalidate the interest of the images. Packrat librarians made my search easy, in this case.

Anyway, come payday I’ll probably see how much they are at ABE.

1 comment so far ↓

#1 Mary Peed on 04.18.12 at 11:44 am

Sort of shows the Amazon policy move to make libraries re-buy the book after 22 checkouts to be as stupid as it sounded. I have a couple of first edition novels that came from library sales where the books are in excellent shape altho their date pages are stamped way more than 22 times.