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Subjects / Cultural Diversity


CultureGrams  Experience the World through detailed cultural information or explore the U. S. States or the provinces of Canada.

Cultures Topics - Junior Reference Collection  Select a topic to learn more about a culture.

Science, Religion, and Society  Covers all aspects of the religion and science dichotomy, from humanities to social sciences to natural sciences, and includes articles by theologians, religion scholars, physicians, scientists, historians, and psychologists, among others.


Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students 4 Volumes  Consists of 450 alphabetically arranged entries covering countries, regions, geographic features, cultural groups, personalities, and general subjects such as body adornment and clothing, oral tradition, and writing systems. Includes timelines, definitions and quick-reference fact boxes.

Culture and Customs of Senegal  Explore contemporary and traditional culture in Senegal, Africa's Land of Hospitality.


African-American Heritage  Explore African American Heritage, with booklists, online databases, web sites and other resources assembled by Library District staff.


1930s  This textured look at 1930s American culture provides a cost comparison of common goods and services, a timeline of important events, notes arranged by chapter, an extensive bibliography for further reading, and a subject index.

1960s  This book describes the important changes in American society during the 60s, from feminism and civil rights to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

1970s  The field of pop culture analyzes collective experiences and group influences during a defined period of time, placing societal movements, trends, and situations into context.

1980s  Explores the decade that brought Americans MTV, valley girls, hair bands, Miami Vice, Cabbage Patch Kids, big hair, and the Star Wars trilogy.

1990s   Twelve narrative chapters depict the United States as brought to you by Generation X—a culture busting out in new and unforeseen ways.

American Decades  Covers 20th-century events and social history beginning in 1900 and ending in 1999. Includes historically important events, issues, definitions of difficult concepts or terms, and other interesting trivia and sideline stories.

More America

American History - Native Americans

American Indian Culture  these 3 volumes covers the range of culture from lifeways, religious rituals, and material culture to art forms and modern social phenomena.

Daily Life of Native Americans in the Twentieth Century  Discusses aspects of daily life, including domestic, economic, intellectual, material, political, recreational and religious, of Native Americans during the 20th century.

Native Americans  Explore Native American heritage with these books, online library resources, and web sites.

Native Americans - Student Resources InContext  

Native Peoples of America  From first arrivals through present-day controversies, this text uses story telling and a powerful narrative to bring historical figures to life.

Native Peoples of North America [Two Volumes]: A History  From first arrivals through present-day controversies, this text uses story telling and a powerful narrative to bring historical figures to life.

Ancient Cultures

Cooking in Ancient Civilizations  This cookbook on the main ancient peoples studied today-the Romans, Mesopotamians, Egyptians, and Greeksóis a stupendous resource for middle and high school students and other interested cooks.

Moveable Feasts: The History, Science, and Lore of Food  Explores the natural history of 30 of the world's major food plants, explaining why and how they have been important in human history.

Asian & Pacific Americans

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May)  In May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates the achievements and contributions of people of Asian American & Pacific Islander descent in the U.S.

Clothing and Fashions

Clothing and Fashions  Always available eBooks about clothing and fashion and how it has influenced each era.

Countries & Cultures

CIA World Fact Book  Need to know about a country? Find out what the CIA teaches their spies about the countries, so they won't get caught!

World Cookbook for Students: Volume 1, Afghanistan to Cook Islands  Culture and Society

World Cookbook for Students: Volume 2, Costa Rica to Iran  Culture and Society

World Cookbook for Students: Volume 3, Iraq to Myanmar  Culture and Society

World Cookbook for Students: Volume 4, Namibia to Spain  Culture and Society

World Cookbook for Students: Volume 5, Sri Lanka to Zimbabwe  Culture and Society


The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained  Provides information on topics relating to magic, witchcraft, the supernatural and other mysterious phenomena. Information is arranged in an objective manner, presenting varying viewpoints when appropriate.


Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education  Presents research and statistics, case studies, and best practices, policies, and programs at pre-and postsecondary levels.

Food and Nutrition

Food Is Culture  Explores the premise that everything having to do with food - its capture, cultivation, preparation, and consumption - represents a cultural act. Provides insights into many patterns of culinary behavior and tradition.

Foreign Languages & ESL

Adult English Classes - Aprenda Inglés  Aprenda Ingles, English for Spanish Speakers.

Babelfish  "Babelfish: A living fish which, when placed in your ear, will live there and translate any form of language for you." (Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). OK, there's not really a fish, and it's not every language, but it's a cool tool!

Rocket Languages  Learn conversational language skills at their own pace. Languages offered include Spanish, Arabic, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Inglés, and American Sign Language.


Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History, Volume 1: The Ancient World   Sex & love are central to daily life and to all nations, but their expression is largely shaped by the cultures in which they occur. For example:the ancient Greek understanding of love and sexuality is very different from the modern American one. The set gives students & general readers a sweeping survey of love & sexuality across periods, places, and cultures.

Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History, Volume 2: The Medieval Era  

Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History, Volume 3: The Early Modern Period  

Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History, Volume 4: The Colonial and Revolutionary Age Merril D. Smith, ed.  

Society and Culture (GVRL)  Contains always available eBooks dealing with cultural diversity under a variety of subject areas.

History of Civilization

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas  A six-volume survey of the history of Western thought and culture, presented through 700 alphabetically arranged entries. Each entry explores the origin, cultural interpretations, and historical themes of such subjects as beauty, love, feminism, diversity, and social capital, among many others. For students and general readers.

Latin America and the Caribbean

A Taste of Latino Cultures: Un Toque de Sabor Latino: A Bilingual, Educational Cookbook: Un Libro de Cocina Bilingüe y Educativo  Tantalizing traditional recipes from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Colombia complement learning activities and information about the histories, geographies, and peoples of these lands.

Culture and Customs of Nicaragua  Introduces readers to Nicaragua's vibrant culture, which reflects its people's strong Catholic devotion, diverse indigenous roots, and enthusiasm for life in the face of extreme poverty.


Hispanic Heritage  

Hispanic Heritage  Explore Hispanic heritage and see how it has shaped American culture. Hispanic culture has been part of "America" longer than the United States has existed.

Latino Chronology: Chronologies of the American Mosaic  An accessible overview of the most critical events in Latino history.

Latino Food Culture  The diverse elements of an evolving pan-Latino food culture-the origins of the various groups and their foodstuffs, cooking, meals and eating habits, special occasions, and diet and healthóare expertly and thoroughly presented here in depth for the first time. The topical narrative chapters are essential reading for crucial cultural insight into Latinos of all backgrounds today.

Online Collections - Hispanic Reading Room  Listen to podcasts, view art works and read biographical material on historical hispanic figures.

Middle East

Culture and Customs of Syria  Delve into the customs and traditions that make Syria, one of the world's oldest civilizations, a haven for rich culture and strong values.

What the Arabs Think of America  Organised round the most heated talking points of the day, the book gives voice to ordinary Arabs with strong views on American involvement in the Middle East - frequently angry, sometimes admiring and always heart-felt.


Women's History  Explore women's heritage and contributions with these books and resources.