I mentioned last week, in my American History post, that I wished we had the Discover America State by State Series available at our library. After Lisa suggested (in the comments) using Inter-library loan, I looked into that possibility only to find that our library charges $5.00 PER BOOK, even if they are unable to obtain the title.
I then decided to try and convince my library TO PURCHASE the set! Well, no such luck. Here is a copy of the email I just received:
I received your request that we purchase the Discover America Alphabet series of state books. While the factual content of these books is certainly acceptable for a library collection, I was a little concerned about the publication dates on some titles in the series. We are actually trying to update our collection of books on the states because we frequently have requests from patrons who want newer information.
After discussing this with the [our town] branch manager, we have decided to look for a series that is more up-to-date to add to the [our town] children's collection. [Our town] does have The World Almanac Library of the States which we hope will be a reasonable substitute for your geography curriculum.
We really appreciate your suggestions and I am ordering We the Kids by David Catrow.
So, do any of you know anything about The World Almanac Library of the States?
I'd love to hear what you use for teaching your children Geography!