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Spark up your Fourth of July celebrations with tips about fireworks, then browse sites about watermelon, summer reading, trans fats, helmet use laws, calligraphy, pianos, dry cleaning, North Korea, and much more. Bon appetit from librarians Karen, Wendy, Pat, Maria, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Tom.
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Children's Book Council (CBC): Reading Lists
Annual reading lists intended to help "teachers, librarians, parents, and booksellers discover new [children's and young adult] books." Page includes links to social studies and science trade books. Also features recently published and forthcoming titles; a quarterly thematic reading list; and "Children's Choices," an annual project of the CBC and International Reading Association highlighting titles chosen by five teams of children across the country.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21901
Series of three articles on techniques for photographing fireworks displays. Topics include photographing large fireworks displays, taking photos of fireworks with a digital camera, and shooting backyard firework displays. Discusses preparation, equipment, camera settings, choosing subjects, and more. From the New York Institute of Photography.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21900
Five Lectures on the Acoustics of the Piano
"This volume contains five lectures given at a public seminar at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm [Sweden]. ... The lectures are based on accumulated experience in piano design as well as recent experimental and theoretical studies -- all presented in a popular style." Covers topics such as piano design factors, sound production, and piano string motion. Includes diagrams and piano sound clips. From the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21878
James Joyce From Dublin to Ithaca
Companion website to a 2005 exhibit on Irish writer James Joyce. Covers his life, works (such as "Ulysses" and "Dubliners"), and correspondence. Include selected photos and images of letters, book covers, and other printed materials. From the Cornell University Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21874
Piano Technicians Guild: Piano Care
Collection of publications about caring for a piano. Topics include how often a piano should be serviced, tuning a piano, the effect of humidity on pianos, action regulation, the difference between tuning and voicing (tone regulation), rebuilding and reconditioning a piano, and more. Also include piano diagrams and basic tips for purchasing a piano. From the Piano Technicians Guild, a membership organization for piano service professionals.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21880
Selections of Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Calligraphy
"This presentation exhibits 355 Arabic calligraphy sheets, ranging from the 9th to the 19th centuries." Searchable, or browse the sheets by calligrapher, title, or subject (such as decoupage or poetry). Images are accompanied by background essay about the scripts. The site also includes special presentations on Ottoman and Persian calligraphic styles and noteworthy items, and a bibliography. From the Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21858
Cyber Security Tips
This collection of publications offers tips for non-technical computer users on online security topics such as password protection, anti-virus software, firewalls, identity theft, online trading, instant messaging and chat rooms, social network websites, "cyberbullies," wireless networks, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). From the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21889
Smart Computing: Daily Tip Archive
Collection of brief tips on computing and technology topics covering hardware, software, Internet, digital cameras, handheld devices, and computer security and safety. Sample topics include locating user manuals, wireless mouse problems, instant messaging safety, chat room etiquette, and working with scanned images. Archive goes back to 2001. From Smart Computing magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21891
Law Library of Congress: North Korea
Collection of links to websites on North Korea government, politics, and law. Includes legal guides, country studies, and links to constitutions and branches of government (where available). From the Law Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21912
Cornell University Ergonomics Web
This site "presents information from research studies and class work by students and faculty in the Cornell Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Group (CHFERG)." Includes news and tips about worker ergonomic safety in libraries, hospitals, hotels, and other venues, and details about safe use of computers (keyboards, screen position, mouse use, chairs, desks, and more) for children, adults, and senior citizens. Also includes links to related sites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21882
FDA: Office of Women's Health Library
Easy-to-read pamphlets and fact sheets on common health issues such as diabetes, menopause, fibroids, osteoporosis, and taking medications while pregnant or breast-feeding. Some publications are also available in languages other than English. From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Women's Health.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21871
The Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System
Three reports (released in June 2006) about emergency health care in the U.S: "Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains," "Hospital-Based Emergency Care: At the Breaking Point," and "Emergency Medical Services at the Crossroads." The reports cover a range of emergency services, such as 9-1-1 and medical dispatch, and trauma care for children and adults. From the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21856
Q&A: Motorcycle Helmet Use Laws
Questions and answers about motorcycle riders wearing helmets for protection. "Helmets are the principal countermeasure for reducing crash-related head injuries, the leading cause of death among unhelmeted riders." Topics include effectiveness of helmets, drawbacks to helmet use, history of helmet use in the U.S., helmet use and health care costs, and a list of other countries with mandatory helmet laws. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21915
Safety and Health Topics: Dry Cleaning
Collection of material from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) about occupational hazards "associated with drycleaning processes, including chemical, fire, and ergonomic hazards." Includes the OSHA standards, how to recognize dry cleaning hazards, examples of possible solutions, and links to related material. Also includes a guide to reducing worker exposure to perchloroethylene (PERC), a potential human carcinogen, and the "most commonly used dry cleaning solvent."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21884
Fact sheets, statements, and other publications on trans fat (also called trans fatty acids), "formed when liquid vegetable oils go through a chemical process called hydrogenation, in which hydrogen is added to make the oils more solid." Topics include health effects of trans fat, foods that contain trans fat, and FDA labeling rules (effective January 2006) for trans fat. Also provides general materials about fats and healthy eating. From the American Heart Association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21909
Greener Choices: Dry-Cleaning Alternatives
This report discusses the environmental effects of dry cleaning. Reviews three alternatives to standard solvent, perchloroethylene-based dry cleaning methods: GreenEarth, a silicone-based solvent used in modified dry-cleaning machines; liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) used in high-pressure cleaning machines; and 'wet cleaning' with plain water in computer-controlled washing machines. Also includes federal and state legislation regarding dry-cleaning. From Greener Choices, a Consumer Reports site.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21888
How Dry Cleaning Works
Introduction to this fabric-cleaning process. "The cleaning fluid that is used is a liquid, and all garments are immersed and cleaned in a liquid solvent -- the fact that there is no water is why the process is called 'dry.'" Includes a history of the process (that first used gasoline and kerosene and now often uses perchlorethylene), and a description of the procedure. From How Stuff Works.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21885
Watermelon Menu Ideas
Collection of recipes featuring watermelon and watermelon pickles (made from watermelon rind). Includes recipes for watermelon salsa, pie, muffins, and sherbet. From the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21907
Dick Thornburgh Papers
Digitized collection of the papers of Dick Thornburgh, who served as U.S. Attorney General (1988-1991) and completed two terms as Governor of Pennsylvania. View the text of his personal papers, images, video and audio clips, and other materials from this extensive collection. Searchable, or browse by periods of Thornburgh's life and career. From the University of Pittsburgh Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21851
Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography
Biographies of dozens of Unitarian and Universalist leaders and celebrated individuals whose religion was Unitarian, Universalist, or Unitarian Universalist. Search, or browse by name or category such as peace and civil rights activists, women, politicians, literary figures, and philosophers. Also includes a few non-biographical essays on topics such as spiritualism and Puritan roots. From the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21926
Art of the Explosion: Pyrotechnics & Fireworks
"This multimedia exploration, designed for grades 9-12, explores the science and art of pyrotechnics and chronicles the making of [Chinese artist] Cai [Guo-Qiang]'s 'Tornado: Explosion Project for the Kennedy Center.'" Provides an introduction to the project, and interactive presentation on pyrotechnics (with a create-your-own firework images online feature), and classroom discussion questions. From ArtsEdge, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21448
A Look at the Population Density of the United States
This high school lesson plan focuses on population density, "the term that describes the number of individuals occupying an area in relation to the size of that area." Topics include the use of population density maps and U.S. Census Bureau data. Part of the Xpeditions project of the National Geographic Society.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21883
California Air Resources Board: Dry Cleaning Program
Environmental programs in California related to perchloroethylene, "identified as a toxic air contaminant in 1991. Perc emissions in California result primarily from the use of the solvent in dry cleaning operations." Includes material about the Toxic Dry Cleaning Incentive Program that provides financial assistance to the dry cleaning industry to switch from systems using perchloroethylene to non-toxic and non-smog-forming alternatives.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21887
Brief description of fireworks classification and licensing for California, which is the responsibility of the Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM). Includes notices from this office on topics such as online purchase of fireworks, and a complaint form for reporting fireworks and other fire-related issues in the state. From the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21899
Los Angeles Mapped
This exhibit "presents historical maps of Los Angeles from the collections of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division." Some of the map themes and areas represented include "California as an Island," the Owens River Valley Aqueduct, movie star homes ("star maps"), Los Angeles oil fields in 1906, and the commuter rail system (red cars and yellow cars).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21834
Santa Clara County: California's Historic Silicon Valley
This National Park Service (NPS) itinerary "highlights 28 places listed in the National Register of Historic Places that illustrate how this fertile valley blossomed from a series of small agricultural towns ... into the center of the technology revolution." It features "a wide variety of historic buildings, from adobe pueblos to the Art Deco De Anza Hotel, from the eclectic Victorian architecture of the ... Winchester House to the ... home of President Herbert Hoover."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21770
Northwest Motorcycle Association
Find listings for Washington state off-road motorcycling events, riding areas, and clubs. The "Riding Areas" section includes detailed descriptions of off-road vehicle (ORV) trails, ORV parks, and other riding areas, as well as trail condition notices and volunteer trail work opportunities. Site also includes racing rules, a FAQ, photos, and related links.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21867
Northwest Real Estate
Residential real estate statistics and listings for Washington state. Features an interactive map that takes you to listings of houses, condominiums, land, farms, and single and multi-family properties for sale or rent in each country. Also includes recent sales numbers and average prices, tips for selling your home more quickly, and lists of local realtor associations. From the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21778
Seattle P-I Business: Microsoft Watch
Collection of news stories and opinion pieces about Microsoft. Includes news about new products, stories on Bill Gates and profiles of Microsoft employees, a blog, polls, and other material about this company based in Washington state. From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (P-I).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21872
Seattle: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
This guide to more than three dozen properties explores the history of Seattle over the past century and a half through descriptions and images of historic buildings, ships, monuments, and areas. Features a map, and a list of sites that links to photos, details, and related material. Sites include the Ballard Avenue Historic District, the International District, and the Arctic Building. Also includes links to related websites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20226
Council on Foreign Relations: North Korea
Background, articles, and opinion pieces about North Korea government and politics. Many of the articles focus on North Korea's nuclear program. From the Council on Foreign Relations, "an independent membership organization and a nonpartisan think tank and publisher."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21913
U.S. Department of State: Korea, North
Central page for U.S. Department of State materials on North Korea. Provides statements and briefings (back to 2001), press releases, reports (including annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices and International Religious Freedom reports), background material, and related documents.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21911
Liberty! The American Revolution
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary series "about the birth of the American Republic and the struggle of a loosely connected group of states to become a nation." Features a timeline (from 1760, when George III ascended the throne, through 1791), details about defining events (such as the Boston Tea Party, 1773, and the Declaration of Independence, 1776), material about daily life and the military in the Colonies, and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21759
Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales: Book Suggestions From the Wisconsin Regional Library
List of Braille and cassette book titles for the 2006 summer reading theme "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales" (used by public libraries in many states). Includes titles for grades K-8, with brief descriptions and Braille (BR) and recorded cassette (RC) numbers. From the Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21906
Read Out!: A List of Materials in Braille and Talking Books by and About Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders
Annotated list of Braille and cassette book titles "selected for either historical or current interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender readers or which contain lesbian or gay content." Include adult fiction and nonfiction, and books for children and young adults. From the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, New York Public Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21904
State of the Union (SOTU)
The site uses an interactive timelime to provides a visual representation of prominent words in presidential State of the Union addresses by displaying significant words as "determined by comparing how frequently the word occurs in the document to how frequently it appears throughout the entire body of SOTU addresses." The "Appendices" section describes the statistical methods used. Also includes the full text of addresses. From an artist who works with computers.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21849
The United Methodist Church: Women Clergy
This site commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the May 1956 decision of the General Conference of the Methodist Church to allow full clergy rights for women. Features a timeline of women in American Methodism, details about historical first for women clergy (such as the firsts woman licensed to preach in 1869), commentary on the ordination of women, article about clergywomen of color, and related material. From the United Methodist Church.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21921
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