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Yes, government documents can be fun

Aug 12, 2011 3:18 PM

Who knew that government documents could be fun and educational?

Debbie Yerkes and the staff in Government Information, Microforms and Newspapers did.

Their display, “Treasure Hunt: Finding Fun in Government Documents,” can be seen through the month of August in Government Information, Microforms and Newspapers on Level 5 in Thomas Cooper Library.

“For more than 50 years, the federal government has published documents for children, and because we are a federal depository, those items come to us,” she said.

“People don’t think of government documents as being fun, so we pulled together a display to show all the things that are available,” she said. “There are comic books, activity books, fire safety materials, national parks workbooks, materials on history and on the environment. The oldest we have is an anti-smoking leaflet from the 1960s, 'Why Nick the Cigarette is Nobody's Friend'.”

Items in the display include “Adventures of the Garbage Gremlin,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1991; “Earth Science Fun Pad,” NASA, 2010; “Water Safety Adventure Activity Book,” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2008; “Super Duper Timmy Cooper,” designed by the U.S. Department of Education to encourage reading, 1995; “Play It Safe: My Traffic Safety Fun Book,” U.S. Department of Transportation, 2004; and “Stay Safe on the Farm,” U.S. Department of Labor, 1999.