Anyone who is hard at work learning new things--or relearning old things--knows the value of a quality, updated library.  So here is ours!  I'll be adding to the 'shelves' as we go and 'shelving' them according to main topic.

Animal Raising / Care

The Complete Guide to Small Scale Farming:  Everything You Need to Know About Raising Beef Cattle, Rabbits, Ducks, and Other Small Animals by Melissa Nelson

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock:  An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chicken and Other Fowl For Home and Market Growers by Harvey Ussery

Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle, 3rd Ed. by Heather Smith Thomas

Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, 3rd Ed. by Gail Damerow

Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats, 4th Ed. by Jerry Belanger

Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, 2nd Ed. by Dave Holderread

Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats, 2nd Ed. by Maggie Sayer

Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs, 3rd Ed. by Kelly Klober

Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits, 4th Ed. by Bob Bennett

Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep, 4th Ed. by Carol Ekarius

Storey's Guide to Raising Turkeys, 3rd Ed. by Don Schrider

Barter / Trading

The Art of Barter:  How to Trade for Almost Anything by Karen Hoffman and Shera Dalin

Clothing Production

The Art of Boot and Shoemaking:  A Practical Handbook Including Measurement, Last-Fitting, Cutting-Out, Closing, and Making by John Bedford Leno

The Complete Book of Sewing, New Edition by DK Publishing

Crafting Handmade Shoes:  Great-Looking Shoes, Sandals, Slippers and Boots by Sharon Raymond

The Manufacture of Boots and Shoes:  Being a Modern Treatise of All the Processes of Making and Manufacturing Footgear by  F Y. b. 1867 Golding

The New Complete Guide to Sewing:  Step-By-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Accessories, Updated Ed. by Reader's Digest

Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing by Reader's Digest

The Sewing Book:  An Encyclopedic Resource of Step-By-Step Techniques by Alison Smith

The Vogue Sewing Book of Fitting, Adjustments, and Alternations by Patricia Perry

Emergency Preparedness

Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag:  Your 72 Hour Disaster Survival Kit by Creek Stewart

Bushcraft by Richard Graves

Emergency Preparedness and More:  A Manual on Food Storage and Survival by Howard Godfrey

The Essential Wilderness Navigator:  How to Find Your Way in the Great Outdoors, 2nd Ed. by David Seidman

Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass by Harold Gatty

Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family, 3rd Ed., by Dr. Arthur T. Bradley

Index Tracking:  Essential Guide to Trailing Man and Beast by Freddy Osuna

Managing Children in Disasters:  Planning for Their Unique Needs by Jane A Bullock

The SAS Guide to Tracking, New and Revised by Bob Carss

SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Ed. by John "Lofty" Wiseman

Strategic Relocation--North American Guide to Safe Places, 3rd ed. by Joel Skousen

Survival Mom:  How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios by Lisa Bedford

Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children by Tom Brown

Tracking--Signs of Man, Signs of Hope:  A Systematic Approach to the Art and Science of Tracking Humans by David Diaz

Defense Training / Weapons Skill Use

Advanced Bowie Techniques:  The Finer Points of Fighting With a Large Knife by Dwight C. McLemore

Bowie and Big-Knife Fighting System by Dwight C. McLemore

The Fighting Staff by Dwight C. McLemore

The Fighting Sword:  Illustrated Techniques and Concepts by Dwight C. McLemore

The Fighting Tomahawk:  An Illustrated Guide to Using the Tomahawk and Long Knife as Weapons by Dwight C. McLemore

The Fighting Tomahawk, Volume II:  Further Studies in the Combat Use of the Early American Tomahawk by Dwight C. McLemore

SAS Fighting Techniques Handbook by Terry White

Historical Essential References

American Legacy:  The United States Constitution and Other Documents, Center for Civic Education

Bill of Rights

Constitution of the United States of America

Constitutional Amendments

Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History 1775-1865, John Grafton as editor

The Essential American:  25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own by Jackie G. Cushman

Food Production / Preparation / Preservation and Storage

Backyard Harvest:  A Year-Round Guide to Growing Fruit and Vegetables by Jo Whittingham

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving by Judy Kingry

Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game by John J. Mettler

Blue Book Guide to Preserving

Canning for a New Generation:  Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krissoff

The Complete Book of Pickling by Jennifer MacKenzie

The Complete Book of Year-Round Small-Batch Preserving by Ellie Topp

The Complete Guide to Freshwater Fishing by editors of Creative Publishing and Creative Publishing International

The Complete Guide to Making Cheese, Butter, and Yogurt at Home:  Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply by Rick Helweg

The Dehydrator Bible:  Includes Over 400 Recipes by Jennifer MacKenzie

Flatbreads & Flavors:  A Baker's Atlas by Jeffrey Alford

Food in Jars:  Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round by Marisa McClellan

Freshwater Fishing Tips and Techniques:  A Fully Illustrated Guide to Freshwater Fishing by Gene Kugach

A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing and Smoking Meat, Fish & Game by Wilbur F. Eastman

Homegrown Whole Grains:  Grow, Harvest, and Cook Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rice, Corn and More by Sara Pitzer

Homemade Living:  Home Dairy With Ashley English:  All You Need to Know to Make Cheese, Yogurt, Butter & More by Ashley English

Mini Farming:  Self-sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham

Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning:  Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation by The Gardeners and Farmers of Centre Terre Vivante

Root Cellaring:  Natural Cold Storage of Fruit and Vegetables by Mike Bubel

Seed to Seed:  Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth

Small-Scale Grain Raising, 2nd Ed.:  An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, and Using Nutritious Whole Grains, for Home Gardeners and Local Farmers by Gene Logsdon

Fuel Creation, Alternative  

The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible by Leon Wikania

Alcohol Can Be a Gas!:  Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century by David Blume

Alcohol Fuel:  A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel by Richard Freudenberger

The Secrets of Building an Alcohol Producing Still by Vincent R. Gingery


The Energetics of Western Herbs:  A materia Medica Integrating Western and Chinese Herbal Therapeutics, Vol. I & II by Peter Holmes

Improvised Medicine:  Providing Care in Extreme Environments by Kenneth Iserson

School of Natural Healing (Anniversary Ed.) by John R. Christopher

Surgical Knots and Suturing Techniques, 3rd Ed. by F. D. Giddings

Where There Is No Dentist by Murray Dickson

Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner

Wilderness First Responder, 3rd Ed:  How To Recognize, Treat, and Prevent Emergencies in the Backcountry by Buck Tilton

Wilderness Medicine, Beyond First Aid, 5th Ed. by William W. Forgey, MD

Plant Identification

Edible Wild Plants:  A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods by Thomas Elias

Edible Wild Plants:  Wild Foods From Dust to Plate by John Kallas

The Forager's Harvest:  A Guide to Indentifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer

Nature's Garden:  A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer

Primitive Living Skills / Wilderness Living Skills / Outdoor Skills
Beyond the Paddle:  A Canoeist's Guide to Expedition Skills--Polling, Lining, Portaging, and Manuevering Through Ice by Garrett Conover

Deerskins Into Buckskins:  How To Tan With Natural Materials, a Field Guide For Hunters and Gatherers by Matt Richards

Mammal Tracks and Sign:  A Guide to North American Species by Mark Elbroch

Practical Tracking:  A Guide to Following Footprints and Finding Animals by Mark Elbroch

Primitive Technology:  A Book of Earth Skills by David Wescott

Primitive Technology II:  Ancestral Skills--From the Society of Primitive Technology by David Wescott

Tracking and the Art of Seeing:  How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign by Paul Rezendes

Psychological Survival

Deep Survival:  Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

Odd Girl Out, Revised and Updated:  The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons

Surviving Survival:  The Art and Science of Resilience by Laurence Gonzales

Wilderness Survival Handbook:  Primitive Skills For Short-Term Survival and Long-Term Comfort by Matthew Pewtherer


The American Song Treasury:  100 Favorites by Theodore Raph

The Annotated Brothers Grimm (The Bicentennial Edition) by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm, Maria Tatar as editor

The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen by Hans C. Andersen, Maria Tatar as translator

A Collection of Christmas Carols by Benjamin Bloomfield

Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose by Scott Gustafson

The Great Big Book of Children's Games:  Over 450 Indoor & Outdoor Games for Kids, Ages 3-14 by Debra Wise

The Great Family Songbook:  A Treasury of Favorite Show Tunes, Sing Alongs, Popular Songs, Jazz & Blues, Children's Melodies, International Ballads, Folk Songs, Hymns, Holiday Jingles, and More for Piano and Guitar by Dan Fox

Great Games! 175 Games & Activities for Families, Groups, & Children by Matthew Toone

Great Group Games:  175 Boredom-Busting, Zero-Prep Team Builders for All Ages by Susan Ragsdale

Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm, Margaret Hunt as translator

Hoyle's Rules of Games by Albert H. Morehead

Hopscotch, Hangman, Hot Potato, and Ha, Ha, Ha:  A Rulebook of Children's Games by Jack Maguire

The 175 Best Camp Games:  A Handbook for Leaders by Kathleen Fraser

Religious Reference

Book of Mormon

Doctrine and Covenants

Holy Bible, King James Version


Pearl of Great Price

Tyndale's New Testament by David Daniell and William Tyndale

Tyndale's Old Testament by David Daniell and William Tyndale

Tool Skill Training

The Art of Hand Sewing Leather by Al Stohlman

The Backyard Blacksmith by Lorelei Sims

The Complete Bladesmith:  Forging Your Way to Perfection by Jim Hrisoulas

Master Bladesmith:  Advanced Studies in Steel by Jim Hrisoulas

Makeshift Workshop Skills by James Ballou

More Makeshift Workshop Skills by James Ballou

The Pattern-Welded Blade:  Artistry in Iron (Equipment & Techniques) by Jim Hrisoulas

Toy Production

The Complete Book of Teddy-Bear Making Techniques by Alicia Merrett

Felt Friends from Japan:  86 Super-cute Toys and Accessories to Make Yourself by Naomi Tabatha

How to Make Stuffed Animals:  Modern, Simple Patterns and Instructions for 18 Projects by Sian Keegan

Make Your Own Toys:  Sew Soft Bears, Bunnies, Monkeys, Puppies, and More! by Sue Havens

Making Toys That Teach:  With Step-by-Step Instructions and Plans by Les Neufeld

Sew the Contemporary Wardrobe for 18-inch Dolls:  Complete Instructions & Full-size Patterns for 35 Clothing and Accessory Items by Joan Hinds

Storybook Toys:  Sew 16 Projects from Once Upon a Time Dolls, Puppets, Softies & More by Jill Hamor

We Make Dolls!:  Top Dollmakers Share Their Secrets & Patterns by Jenny Doh

Wee Wonderfuls:  24 Dolls to Sew and Love by Hillary Lang

Wild and Wonderful Fleece Animals:  With Full-Size Patterns for 20 Cuddly Critters by Linda Carr

Water Storage 

Water Storage:  Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use by Art Ludwig

Waste Management / Composting

How to Shit in the Woods, 2nd Ed. by Kathleen Meyer

The Humanure Handbook:  A Guide to Composting Human Manure, 3rd Ed. by Joseph C. Jenkins

Winter / Extreme Cold Skills

A Snow Walker's Companion:  Winter Trail Skills From the Far North by Garrett Conover

The Wilderness Companion:  Traditional and Native American Skills for the Undiscovered Season by Garrett Conover