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Discover New Territory with KCPL's Reading Maps

A reading map is a web-based tool designed to help readers explore a topic or author in more detail, according to Susan Maguire, collection specialist librarian. "Many times a library patron will read a book and be intrigued with the author, subject or time period," she said. "Reading maps help satisfy the patron's curiosity and quest for more information. They are not designed for research; they're for fun."

Happy Birthday, West Virginia!

On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became a state, and 2013 marks its 150th birthday. To help celebrate the sesquicentennial we have prepared this reading map to help you explore the vast richness of the Mountain State.

Use this reading map with materials for all ages - adults, teens, and children - to explore.

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Exploring Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an amazing journey full of joy and wonder, and sometimes, challenges. You're sure to have many questions along the way. Whether you're thinking about trying to conceive, are already pregnant or have experienced a loss, the Exploring Pregnancy reading map provides the resources to help.

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Exploring the Mayan Calendar

The hype surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012 has sparked a great deal of interest in not only the Mayans, but also other possibly ends of the world and what we can do to prepare. KCPL has information pertaining to these topics and this reading map will help guide you.

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Exploring the Titanic

The unimaginable happened on April 15, 1912. RMS Titanic, which was supposed to be the "unsinkable ship," collided with an iceberg and sank. KCPL's Titanic reading map will help you explore the topic in our collections.

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Exploring September 11

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There have been a vast number of materials published about 9/11, and Kanawha County Public Library has an extensive collection. Let this reading map guide you

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Exploring the Civil War

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West Virginians have a special interest in the Civil War - it was, after all, when the state was created - and Kanawha County Public Library's collection reflects that interest. But with so much material available, where to begin? Let this reading map guide you.

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Exploring Fantasy

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Who doesn’t like escaping to make believe worlds? Enter into the realm of fantasy and enjoy a good book on mystical creatures, wizardry or saving the solar system from destruction. This reading map will help you explore the world of fantasy. Wherever your curiosity leads you, you’re sure to find a fantastic choice…

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Arts in the Community

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Once a year, for two weeks the city of Charleston, WV becomes a work of art. FestivALL has inspired the librarians at KCPL to create this introduction to our collections to help you explore the arts. Now you can host your own arts celebration any time of year, no matter where you are.

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Alzheimer's Disease

KCPL observes National Alzheimer's Awareness Month with the release of the Exploring Alzheimer's Disease reading map. The books, movies, music, and websites collected here may help to improve understanding of this disease and provide care for those suffering from Alzheimer's.

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The Da Vinci Code

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In anticipation of the release of Dan Brown's latest book, The Lost Symbol, KCPL has created this reading map exploring the mysteries of the Da Vinci Code.

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Abraham Lincoln

portrait: Abraham Lincoln

Created in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth our Abraham Lincoln Reading Map features the best of KCPL's collection on Lincoln and the Civil War. Whether you want books, CDs, DVDs, or web pages, this reading map has it all.

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Twilight

link to the Twilight reading map

When you’ve finished Breaking Dawn, our Twilight Reading Map will satisfy your hunger for more great reads. Whether you’re looking for another great love story, some music to soothe your tortured soul, or you think your boyfriend might be a werewolf…we have just what you Twilighters are looking for!

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Jane Austen

link to the Jane Austen reading map

Even after nearly two centuries, Austen is a perennial favorite with readers. The Exploring Jane Austen reading map features links to Austen's books in the library's electronic catalog, biographies, sequels to her books written by modern authors, movie adaptations of her works, music from the time, and even a cookbook with 19th century recipes.

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Explore Jackie Robinson

link to the Jackie Robinson reading map

Exploring Jackie Robinson is the second installment in our continuing series of reading maps. Kanawha County Public Library invites you to explore the many resources we have in our collection related to the life and times of this important figure in American history.

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