September is National Honey Month

Whether you are interested in learning about the different uses of honey (other than being a great topping for biscuits) or starting or maintaining your own backyard colony of bees, we've got a title for you. Click on the title which will take you to directly to the catalog where you can check holdings and/or place your holds.

The backyard beekeeper : an absolute beginner’s guide to keeping bees in your yard and garden / Kim Flottum.

More than a guide to beekeeping, this handbook features expert advice for:

  • Setting up and caring for your own colonies
  • Selecting the best location to place your new bee colonies for their safety and yours
  • The most practical and nontoxic ways to care for your bees
  • Swarm control
  • Using top bar hives
  • Harvesting the products of a beehive and collecting and using honey
  • Bee problems and treatments   (Grand Central Pub.)

Beehive Alchemy : projects and recipes using honey, beeswax, propolis, and pollen to make your own soap, candles, creams, salves, and more / Petra Ahnert.

Beekeepers (and bee lovers) will learn about the benefits and attributes of beeswax, honey, propolis, and more alongside a full range of projects and techniques to process and harness the amazing gifts of bees (Grand Central Pub.)


The beekeeper’s handbook / Diana Sammataro.

Packed with detailed illustrations and step-by-step instructions, this guide provides beginner and experienced beekeepers with the fundamentals of bee theory as well as practical information on hive construction, obtaining bees, feeding, seasonal management and honey and pollen harvesting procedures. The work includes useful sidebars throughout as well as a large section of web and print resource recommendations on a wide variety of beekeeping and related topics. (Book News)


Beekeeping for dummies / Howland Blackiston.

Beekeeping For Dummies gives you details on starting and managing your own backyard colonies with practical, up-to-date information on all things apicultural. Whether you're a newbie or an old hand looking for the latest tools and techniques, this hands-on guide tells you what you need to know to keep happy, healthy honey bees, understand bee behavior, use the latest hiving techniques, and a whole lot more. (Wiley)


Buzz : the nature and necessity of bees / Thor Hanson.

The conservation biologist presents a natural and cultural history of the bee that traces its evolution and varieties while evaluating the environmental hazards placing them at risk. (Baker & Taylor)


The healing powers of honey : a complete guide to nature’s remarkable nectar / Cal Orey.

Drawing on the latest honey buzz and interviews with medical doctors, beekeepers, and researchers, this enlightening book reveals 30 healing honey varieties, tells you how to incorporate honey into heart-healthy recipes such as Honey Custard French Toast and Honey-Glazed Game Hen, and provides more than 50 home cures, plus beauty treatments and household uses—all made with the amazing honey bee’s gifts! (Random House)

Honey crafting : from delicious honey butter to a healing salve, projects for your home straight from the hive / Leeann Coleman.

Offers instructions and ideas for crafts that use beeswax and honey, including honey butter, body creams, and candles.(Baker & Taylor)


Honeybee : lessons from an accidental beekeeper / C. Marina Marchese.

Marchese, who sells honey and natural products to food shops and restaurants in the US, tells the story of how she left her job to raise Italian honeybees, built her own hives, and began harvesting honey. (Book News)

The rooftop beekeeper : a scrappy guide to keeping urban honeybees / Megan Paska.

Offers information on urban beekeeping, as well as twenty-one recipes for enjoying honey in baking and cooking, and five formulas for salves, beauty products, and beeswax candles. (Baker & Taylor)

Top-bar beekeeping : organic practices for honeybee health / Les Crowder.

Discusses top-bar hives as an organic approach to raising bees without antibiotics, miticides, and other chemicals, and reviews the basics of beekeeping and how to manage the hive through the seasons. (Baker & Taylor)


For even more information and recipes, go take a look at the National Honey Board's website at