Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola
Born Thomas Anthony dePaola
September 15, 1934 (age 83)
Meriden, Connecticut
Occupation Writer, illustrator
Nationality American
Period 1965–present
Genre Children’s picture books, folklore, educational paperbacks
Notable works Strega Nona
Notable awards Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal


Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.

He’s been published for over 40 years and has written and/or illustrated nearly 250 books, including Strega Nona, 26 Fairmount Avenue, The Art Lesson, and Christmas Remembered. Over 15 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.

Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise is his newest book. Strega Nona’s Gift will be published in Fall, 2011.

Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his “singular attainment in children’s literature,” and the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association.

He was also the United States nominee in 1990 for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration. The American Library Association has honored him with a Caldecott Honor Book, a Newbery Honor Book, and the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”

The University of Connecticut, Georgetown University and Pratt Institute, among others, have granted him honorary doctoral degrees. In 1999, he was selected for the New Hampshire’s Governor’s Arts Award of Living Treasure.

Tomie dePaola lives in New London, New Hampshire, with his Airedale terrier, Brontë, and works in a renovated 200-year-old barn.


Books at Puksta Library by the author:

  • The Legend of Bluebonnet E 99 .C85 D4 1983
  • 26 Fairmount Avenue JUV PS 3554 E11474 Z473 1999
  • The Hunter and the Animals JUV PZ 7 D439 Hu 1981
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb JUV PZ 7 D439 Ma 1994
  • Strega NonaJUV PZ 8.1 D43 St 1975
  • Tomie de Paola’s Book of Bible Stories: New International Version JUV PZ 10 D46 To5
  • The Miracles of Jesus JUV PZ 10 D461 Mi7

150th Anniversary of The Gettysburg Address

November 19, 2013 marks the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

The Library of Congress has many resources concerning the event, including digital scans of a letter inviting President Lincoln to the dedication ceremony and two drafts of the address itself.
If you happen to be in Washington, D.C. before January 4th, you can see the Nicolay copy of the address at the Library of Congress.

The Google Cultural Institute has three excellent online exhibits on The Gettysburg Address if you are looking for not only images but background information as well.


Musical Internet Resource

ImageHere’s an interesting resource for all you musicians out there.  The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) contains 60,000 works that are in the public domain in Canada. One can do a keyword search for works by composer or title. You can browse using these categories too, in addition to browsing by time period, nationality, melody, instrument and genre.  IMSLP also includes recordings; these are either in the public domain or are included under a creative commons license.

This letter A is not only the IMSLP’s logo, it is also from one of the first printed books of music, dating from 1501.



This is an excellent database for those of you in the nursing and allied health programs.  PubMed (; or use the link under “Other” on the library’s webpage) is run by the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. It contains millions of citations for articles related to the life sciences, biology, and health.  PubMed has a FAQ and tutorials you may find useful.  If you see an article you like, but it is not available in full text, please send us an ILL request and we will be happy to obtain the article for you.

BPL’s Digital Resources

The Boston Public Library (BPL) is not just a public library but is also a research institution.  The digital resource department regularly adds items from various collections held at BPL to its flickr photo stream.  You can view a wide variety of items such as manuscripts from Walt Whitman, old postcards from around New England, 18th century political cartoons, anti-slavery broadsides, and a slew of baseball photographs.  Poke around either for fun or if you need images and resources for an assignment.  (My personal favorite is a sketch for Make Way for Ducklings).

If you are interested in maps, check out the collection at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center online.

If you use any images for an assignment, be sure to cite them properly.  The library’s citing sources page can help.

Google Art Project

Thanks to the Google Art Project you can now view selected art works from museums around the globe.  Thanks to this free web resource you don’t have to travel to Florence, Italy and wait hours in line to see highlights from the Uffizi Gallery.  You can get up close to see the brush strokes on van Gogh’s Enclosed Field with Ploughman without museum guards hassling you.  Or you can see work by Damien Hirst across all participating institutions.

For more information on how to use the site check out the FAQ page.





Internet Resource: Khan Academy

Particularity at the beginning or end of a semester, we will have students looking for help with the Accuplacer test or algebra.  The library has a few books, such as an Accuplacer study guide and Algebra for Dummies, avaliable for check out.  But if you’re at home and can’t come to the library?  Or you still feel confused despite the book?

Have you heard of Khan Academy?  They have a wide variety of free videos on mathematic concepts–from developmental math to calculus.  With over 2,500 videos, they cover more than just math; there are videos covering a variety of science and humanities subjects as well.  There are videos on biology, chemistry, computer science, and economics to name a few.   They even cover art history with an interactive, online textbook.