Groundhog Day

Picture of a Groundhog

A groundhog (woodchuck) at Yellowstone National Park. Part of the University of Chicago Department of Botany Records, AEP-WYS69,

February 2nd is Groundhog Day.  Will the groundhog see his shadow?  Will we have six more weeks of winter?

Even if the cold continues into Spring Quarter, you can curl up with a good book or film from the Library’s collections. Here are just a few items relating to our famous furry friend, Marmota monax, the groundhog!

What exactly is a groundhog?  Learn more about the animal with these books from Crerar Library.

Wild mammals of North America : biology, management, and conservation.
Edited by George A. Feldhamer, Bruce C. Thompson, and Joseph A. Chapman
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003
Crerar Bookstacks, QL715 .W56 2003

Rodent societies : an ecological & evolutionary perspective.
Edited by Jerry O. Wolff and Paul W. Sherman
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
Crerar Bookstacks,  QL737.R6 R623 2007

Marmots : social behavior and ecology.
David P. Barash
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1989
Crerar Bookstacks, QL737.R638B370 1989

The world of the woodchuck.
W. J. Schoonmaker
Philadelphia, Lippincott [1966]
Crerar Bookstacks, QL795.M3S37

Hibernation and marmot physiology.
Francis G. Benedict … and Robert C. Lee
Washington, D.C. : Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1938
Crerar Bookstacks, QL755.B46

What would you do if you had to live your life over and over?  Watch this holiday favorite!

Image of Groundhog Day DVDGroundhog Day.
Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures Industries
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2008
D’Angelo Law Reserve Room, DVD PN1997.Z9G768

Read a critical study of the film.

Groundhog Day.
Ryan Gilbey
London : BFI, 2004
Regenstein Bookstacks, PN1997.G76 G55 2004

Or, wake up every morning listening to “I Got You Babe” like Bill Murray.

Santa Monica, CA : Geffen, p2005
Regenstein, Room 360, Recordings Collection, AudCDGeffen 25

Photo of  "Around Punxsutawney" book cover.Learn about Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, home of the world famous Punxsutawney Phil, Gobblers Nob, and the annual Groundhog Festival.

Around Punxsutawney.
Anne Frances Pulling
Charleston, S.C. : Arcadia, c2001
Regenstein Bookstacks, F159.P86P84 2001

Want to join in the celebration? Here are some local Groundhog Day festivities:

The movie Groundhog Day was filmed in Woodstock, IL – a northwest suburb of Chicago:

“Woodstock Willie,” the official groundhog prognosticator, will offer a prediction at 7:00 a.m. on February 2. Woodstock is accessible by the Union Pacific-Northwest Metra line.

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