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LII New This Week
New This Week for June 21, 2007
This Week
Take a look at Tintin turning 100, third party politics, snake wrangling, Loving Day, Canada's National Aboriginal Day, and more of this week's offerings. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.

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Xeriscaping is one way to manage a dry summer's gardening.
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Arts and Humanities

The Adventures of Tintin at Sea / Les Aventures de Tintin en Mer
Set of features and activities that accompanied a 2004 exhibit on the comic book series Tintin created by the Belgian artist Hergé. Explore the artist's studio, see the stages of a comic strip creation, and play games that feature Tintin. From the National Maritime Museum (UK) in association with Fondation Hergé.
URL: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/tintinfun/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24035

Postcolonial Studies
This site developed in the 1990s provides an introduction to postcolonial literature and theory. Includes an introduction to postcolonial studies (studies about countries that formerly were colonies of European nations), and biographies of selected major figures in postcolonial literature (such as Michael Ondaatje from Sri Lanka), film (such as Ousame Sembene from Senegal), and theory (such as Frantz Fanon from Martinique). Also includes essays on term and issues. From the English Department at Emory University.
URL: http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24039

Summer Books '07
Collection of summer reading lists and articles, including critics' lists, the "You Must Read This" series, cookbook suggestions, book excerpts, and interviews with "actors, academics, musicians and many others about what they are reading." From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10628227
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24045

Tintin and I
Companion website to a 2006 documentary about the comic book series featuring intrepid boy reporter Tintin, which was created by Hergé (Georges Remi) in 1929. Provides a feature on Tintin in the U.S., behind-the-scenes articles and interview with filmmaker Anders Østergaard, and interviews on cartooning with comic artists Jessica Abel, Daniel Clowes, Phoebe Gloeckner, Jason Lutes, Seth, and Chris Ware. Also includes classroom materials and related links.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2006/tintinandi/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24033

Government

Third Parties in American Politics: Rich History, Many Roles
This 2004 interview with Professor J. David Gillespie covers the role of third parties in American politics. Topics include constraints on third-party participation, media coverage of third parties, and specific third parties such as the Anti-Masonic Party of the early 1800s, the Progressive Party (Bull Moose Party) from the early 1900s, and the Reform Party, which was founded by Ross Perot in the 1990s. From the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs.
URL: http://www.america.gov/st/washfile-english/2004/August/20040830165442f...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24004

What Is the History of "Third Parties" in the United States?
An introduction to the types of third parties in U.S. government and politics. Features a table listing parties, third party presidential candidates, voting percentages, and electoral votes. Parties listed include Free Soil, Populist, Progressive (Bull Moose), American Independent, Reform, and Green. From a company that publishes an online American government and politics textbook.
URL: http://www.thisnation.com/question/042.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24005

Home & Housing

Consumer Guide to Water Filters
A guide to help you determine what type of water filter might be right for your home. "Some filters aim to produce clearer, better-tasting water, while others work to remove contaminants that could affect your health." Topics include specific types of filters (activated carbon filter, cation exchange softener, distiller, reverse osmosis filter, ultraviolet disinfection filter), and filter maintenance.
In English and Spanish. From the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
URL: http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/gfilters.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24043

Home Water Treatment Devices
Information for consumers about selecting home water purification and filtration systems. Describes treatment technologies (such as adsorption, softeners, ultraviolet treatment, reverse osmosis, and distillers), types of devices (point-of-entry and point-of-use), and drinking water treatment and homeland security. Includes a link to a product database and to related websites. From NSF, a nonprofit organization that develops consumer safety standards.
URL: http://nsf.com/consumer/drinking_water/dw_treatment.asp?program=WaterT...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24046

Law

The Equal Rights Amendment
Site about the continuing viability of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), "first proposed in 1923 [and] still not part of the U.S. Constitution. The ERA has been ratified by 35 of the necessary 38 states." Features history, a FAQ, discussion of strategy for passage, links to current legislation, and related material. A project of the Alice Paul Institute in collaboration with the ERA Task Force of the National Council of Women's Organizations.
URL: http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24030

People

"Snakes on a Plane": Behind the Scenes With the Movie's Snake Wrangler
Feature about the snake wrangler for the 2006 film "Snakes on a Plane." Discusses challenges of handling reptiles and some specifics of the snake wrangling for the film. Includes a photo gallery of snakes and links to related articles and websites. From National Geographic News.
URL: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/07/060724-snakes-plane.ht...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24037

Edith Piaf: The Little Sparrow
Brief essay about the tumultuous life of this French singer who "legend has it ... was born on a Parisian street corner. ... In reality, Edith Giovanna Gassion was born on December 19, 1915 in the Hospital Tenon." Includes photos of the street corner where Piaf was allegedly born, the building she lived in for many years, and her grave in Paris. From Gadfly Online, an online magazine.
URL: http://www.gadflyonline.com/10-15-01/ftr-edith-piaf.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24038

Recreation

Head Outdoors for Some Fine Summer Reading
This short summer reading list from June 2007 reviews children's books with recreation themes, including outdoor activities, stargazing, pets, baseball, chickens, and more. From the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
URL: http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070610/NEWS/70610...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24013

Regional: California

The Unique Challenges to the Well-Being of California's Border Kids
This June 2007 report provides facts and statistics about " California's 'border kids' -- the 800,000 children living in San Diego and Imperial counties," only half of which come from immigrant families (families with at least one parent born abroad). Includes "a comprehensive set of indicators of border kids' health, education and economic well-being." From Children Now, "a national organization for people who care about children."
URL: http://publications.childrennow.org/publications/invest/borderkidscoun...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24034

Regions of the World

Access to the Waterfront: Issues and Solutions Across the Nation
"In December 2006 Maine Sea Grant... surveyed over 140 extension professionals, coastal managers, and other individuals to characterize the scope of coastal access issues nationwide and the effect on coastal communities, and to inventory solutions." Topics include recreational access, commercial fishing access, coastal crowding, sea level rise, legal framework, and access in post-Hurricane Katrina areas. Includes case studies. Opens directly into a PDF document. From Maine Sea Grant.
URL: http://www.seagrant.umaine.edu/documents/pdf/07access.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24006

CBC News In Depth: Aboriginal Canadians
News and feature stories about Canada's aboriginal population of Indians, Métis, and Inuit, which "is about 1.5 million people, spanning the nation and bordering three oceans." Topics include aboriginal history, land claims, leaders, residential schools, aboriginal people and the Canadian military, and more. Includes a FAQ on aboriginal Canadians, photos, and statistics. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
URL: http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/aboriginals/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24017

Science

Typing in Tompkins: Origins of a Global Shift
This small exhibit features examples of early typewriter models, such as the Sholes Glidden, the Hall, the Merritt, and the Blickensderfer No. 5. Includes images (with 3-D rotation ability) and short essays about the typewriters, and an overview of typewriter parts. Created by the Cornell University Department of Design and Environmental Analysis to feature items from the collection of the History Center of Tompkins County, New York.
URL: http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/ErgoPROJECTS/DEA4702005/HCTwebsite/index...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24019

Society & Social Science

Loving Day
Background about this "educational community project ... [focused on] Loving v. Virginia (1967), the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. Loving Day celebrations commemorate the anniversary of the Loving decision every year on or around June 12th." Features a legal map of interracial relationship restrictions prior to the decision, history of key legal cases, celebration ideas, and more.
URL: http://www.lovingday.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24042

National Aboriginal Day [Canada]
Government information about National Aboriginal Day (June 21), which "has become a day in the Canadian calendar that presents Aboriginal peoples with a great opportunity to express great pride for their rich diverse cultures with their families, neighbours, friends and visitors." Provides a brief history of the day, calendar of events, a page for children, and related material. Also available in French. From Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
URL: http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/nad/index-eng.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24016


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