Maps and Numbers

For those of you curious about statistics in the Appalachian region in terms of poverty, unemployment, population and education, here are some maps and statistics to help understand where the Appalachian region has been at since 1980.

Appalachian Regional Commission: Maps

Community Commons: Mapping Poverty in the Appalachian Region

 

 

Hillbilly Migration

One of the things brought up by Vance is about the ‘Hillbilly Migration’ from Kentucky to other states through Rt. 23. Here are some articles about that migration, one of which is about that migration to Chicago’s neighborhood of Uptown.

Chicago Mag: Chicago’s Hillbilly Problem During the Great Migration

NewCity: Hillbilly Heaven: Chicago’s Other Migration fro the South

Chicago Reader: Norma Lee Browning Vs. The Hillbillies

AppalachianHistory.net: Where the Hillbilly Highway Ends

Forbes: Rust-Belt Cities And Moving To Opportunity: It’s Time To Get Back On The ‘Hillbilly Highway’

L.A. Times: Urban Appalachians Find Pride in Hillbilly Heritage

Jackson, Kentucky

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Here’s a Google Map of Jackson, Kentucky, setting of most of the book. I definitely recommend using Google’s street view to ‘walk’ through town, same as we did for Moreland, Indiana. You can find instructions on how to use Google Maps on that link.

Dwight Yoakam – Readin’ Rightin’ Route 23

J.D. Vance Interview

Here’s an hour-long interview with J.D. Vance for his book on C-SPAN

https://www.c-span.org/video/?419678-4/washington-journal-jd-vance-discusses-hillbilly-elegy 

Copies of the book

If you came in yesterday or today and there were no copies available of this month’s books there are two more copies coming in that will be available Friday.

There are ebook and eaudiobook versions on Axis360. However, at the current time all copies are checked out. You can put yourself on the hold list for those to see if you can get them. If you need assistance with getting ebooks on your computer, tablet or smartphone, call the reference desk at 630-868-7520 or come in with your device and we can help you set it up.

July’s Book: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Our book discussion for July is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.

Jacket

As always if you or someone you know wants to join our discussion, they can pick up a copy of the book from the Circulation Desk on the first floor. The discussion for this book will take place on July 31st.

Poker Bracelets

Here’s some pictures of the top poker prize: the WSOP Bracelet.

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The History of Atlantic City

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The author spends a considerable amount of time in Atlantic City. Here’s some history:

New York Daily News: The Real ‘Boardwalk Empire’: Atlantic City During Prohibition in the 1920’s

Atlantic County: Atlantic City’s First Boardwalk – June 1870

Atlantic City Free Public Library: Online Guide to Atlantic City Historical Markers

Atlantic City Free Public Library: The History of Atlantic City

The New Yorker: The Death and Life of Atlantic City

How A Casino Works

You’ve seen casinos in the movies: mob-run joints with tough pit bosses, friendly dealers and attractive waitresses serving drinks. But how does an actual casino operate? Who runs the floor? How do they catch cheaters? How do they make money? How far back do casinos go in history? Check out this article to find out:

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/casino.htm 

Also in that link is a link to a podcast called “Stuff You Should Know” that goes into how online gambling works

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