This past weekend I noticed a new yet familiar and comforting smell on the wind, one that occurs every year. It’s the smell of leaves and crisp air, and it can only mean one thing: fall is just around the corner.
The beginning of fall constitutes a few things. For one, football season begins, and many of us spend Sunday rooting for our favorite team (go Steelers!). We slowly exchange our short-sleeved shirts and sundresses for warmer attire. We begin to think about pumpkins and butternut squash. We wait for shorter days and longer nights. For many of us, the fall season marks a transition between summer and winter.
As we anticipate (or dread) this transition, we can celebrate the season. Here are some books and websites for fun fall thoughts.
A project of the University of Illinois Extension, this site aggregates fall festivals, fall foliage webcams, and much more.
Twice a week, from September through November, you can visit the network and get updated information on leaf color changes nationwide.
Fall is an excellent time to work on cooking skills! Here are some cookbooks that incoroporate seasonal foods.
Autumn: From the Heart of the Home, Susan Branch.
Fall, Family and Friends, Gooseberry Patch.
Fall Notebook, Carolyne Roehm.
In Celebration of Autumn, Helen Thompson.
If fiction is your thing, here are some novels set in autumn that deal with life issues, love, and family.
Autumn Leaves, Victor McGlothin.
Cloud Nine, Luanne Rice.
Grace in Autumn, Lori Copeland.
The Lay of the Land, Richard Ford.
Speak of the Devil, Richard Hawke.
Who doesn’t love children’s books? Here are some items useful for teaching children all about the season.
Are You Ready For Fall?, Sheila Anderson.
By the Light of the Harvest Moon, Harriet Ziefert.
Leaf Trouble, Jonathan Emmett.
Now It’s Fall!, Jeanie Lee.
For fall fun outside the library, don’t forget about Fort Ligonier Days, The Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, The Three Rivers Film Festival, and RADical Days. These are just some of the many events that occur during the special three months known as fall.