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September, 2011:

State Doc Pick of the Week: Controlling Invasive Plants

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Controlling Invasive Plants

Controlling Invasive Plants

 If your yard is under attack from invasive plants such as the porcelainberry, English ivy, or garlic mustard, the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can help you with its publication Controlling Invasive Plants. The goal of this booklet is to educate North Carolina Piedmont residents “about the common invasive plant species of their gardens and yards, and those found in surrounding natural areas.” A further goal is to provide information on how to control invasive plants.

The booklet gives you guidelines for treatment, profiles (with photos) of invasive vines, trees and shrubs, and grasses and herbs, and other helpful tips. This booklet can be read, downloaded, and/or printed at,285729.

Images in State Publications

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Here at the Government and Heritage Library, we have the good fortune of getting up close and personal with North Carolina State government publications. One thing we know is how many interesting pictures, fonts, design elements, and other graphic eye candy can appear in the unlikeliest places. Thanks to the digitization we’ve done, we now have online access to some of these publications at

We’ve been grabbing photos from their respective hiding spots and putting them on our flickr account, since it’s easier to browse. The slideshow in this post features advertisements found in North Carolina State Fair Premium Lists. We’ve also got places, people, typefaces, and a set devoted to the just plain interesting or odd – all pulled from reports, laws, and other publications. We hope you enjoy some of our finds.

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Five Civil War books added to NC Digital Collections

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Soldier's Experience in Southern PrisonsWe added five books about the Civil War to the NC Digital Collections this afternoon. Learn about southern prisons, songs, or read a biography about Robert E. Lee!

Allan’s Lone Star ballads: a collection of southern patriotic songs, made during Confederate times,9920

Appeal to Arms: 1861-1863,8813

Soldier’s Experience in Southern Prisons,9829

Diary of Barlett Yancey Malone
Provincial Agents of North Carolina,10161

Gen. Robert Edward Lee : soldier, citizen, and Christian patriot,9226

Find books, letters and other digital Civil War Resources at Be sure to visit the timeline of Civil War soliders’ letters.

Don’t forget – free lunchtime talk tomorrow!

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Just a reminder that tomorrow, at the Express Library in downtown Raleigh, we’ll be co-hosting a free lunchtime talk about the history of the North Carolina State Fair, part of ongoing events promoting our Blue Ribbon Memories site. We hope to see you there!

Dr. Melton McLaurin, author of The North Carolina State Fair: The First 150 Years will tell the tale behind the almost 160-year old event. Books will be available for purchase.

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 12:00 noon

Cost: Free!

Where: Express Library, 336 Fayetteville Street, Downtown Raleigh

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