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LII New This Week
New This Week for August 2, 2007
This Week
Take in sites about some great film directors and an inventor, National Mustard Day, the Great Train Robbery, breastfeeding, getting ready for kindergarten, and sacred texts, with a few extras as a send-off for Harry Potter.

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Arts and Humanities

Enjoyment of Music Online Tutor
"Listen to a selection of more than 250 musical excerpts as you take the quizzes, review transitions between eras, or learn more about 80 composers." Also includes timelines relating to musical eras (Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th century), and links to additional material for composers such as Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt, and Richard Wagner. From W.W. Norton and Company.
URL: http://www.wwnorton.com/college/music/enj9/shorter/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24189

Harry Potter
This site lists the seven Harry Potter books, suggests other books for children and young adults who enjoyed reading them, and includes links to official and fan Harry Potter sites. From the Baltimore County Public Library.
URL: http://www.bcplonline.org/kidspage/kids_harrypotter.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24216

Hitchcock Basic Film Techniques
A lighthearted review of "the most significant film techniques that were used by [director] Alfred Hitchcock." Topics include "camera is not a camera" (camera takes on the human quality of roaming around), point of view editing and types of cuts, and using humor to add tension. Includes a link to an article about Hitchcock's use of comedic elements in his films. From an independent filmmaker.
URL: http://www.borgus.com/think/hitch.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24187

Hitchcock's Style
"Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps Britain's most famous and highly regarded film director, yet he is best known today -- even in Britain -- for the films he made after he left the country in 1939 for a career in Hollywood." This site describes how the style ("the themes, preoccupations, tricks and techniques") of this "Master of Suspense" was in place by the time he went to Hollywood. Clips only available to British educational users.
URL: http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tours/hitch/tour1.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24186

JK Rowling and Harry Potter
Collection of dozens of news articles and analysis about the Harry Potter books and their author, J.K. Rowling. Includes material back to 2000, such as reviews, sales and profits figures, and articles about new books Rowling is working on. From the website for the Scotsman newspaper.
URL: http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=3&page=1
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24214

Riding the Rails
Brief essay about the "more than two million men and perhaps 8,000 women [who] became hoboes" during the Great Depression. Includes illustrations, a short list of people who rode the rails and later became famous, and an oral history from one man who became a hobo during this period. From Wessels Living History Farm, a project devoted to the history of American agriculture.
URL: http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_07.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24206

Wild About Harry
Material from the "Today" television show related to the July 2007 release of J.K Rowling's book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Features video clips and related articles on topics such as details on events after the book's epilogue, more Potter to come, and synopses of the first six Harry Potter books.
URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18783376/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24215

Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Breastfeeding
Federal government information related to the study and promotion of breastfeeding, including recommendations (such as handling and storage of human milk, and vitamin D supplementation), effects of specific diseases and conditions on breastfeeding, statistics, and policy. Also includes a FAQ and annotated links to additional resources. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24198

MedlinePlus: Breast Feeding
Compilation of links to breastfeeding, including general information and overviews, research, law and policy, statistics, and organizations. Includes many links to specific topics related to breastfeeding, such as breast pumps, breastfeeding compared to formula feeding, nutrition, and medications. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/breastfeeding.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24199

Home & Housing

Countdown to Kindergarten: Monthly Activities
"Besides being fun, these activities introduce four- and five-year olds to the kind of learning skills they'll be developing further in kindergarten." Includes descriptions of 12 monthly activities such as a mail activity for February, water play in July, and an October fall walk and talk. From a partnership of public and private organizations in Boston.
URL: http://www.countdowntokindergarten.org/monthact.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24196

Mustard Museum
Website for this Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, museum that "features an extensive collection of prepared mustards -- over 4,800 jars, bottles, and tubes from all 50 states and more than 60 countries." Includes mustard recipes (such as lime mustard chocolate truffles), details about and photos of National Mustard Day (held in early August), links to mustard videos, and related material. Includes some commercial content.
URL: http://www.mustardweb.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24183

Law

50 State Summary of Breastfeeding Laws
Summary and chart of state laws related to breastfeeding of infants, including those allowing women to breastfeed in public or private locations, exemptions of breastfeeding from public indecency laws, employment laws (such as allowance for breaks and breastfeeding areas in the workplace), exemptions from jury duty service, and more. Includes links to laws. From the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
URL: http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/breast50.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24200

The Big One: Ronald Biggs and the Great Train Robbery
Background about the "Great Train Robbery" of 1963, "one of the most audacious crimes in British history," in which a Glasgow-to-London mail train was robbed, and the subsequent trial of Ronald Arthur "Ronnie" Biggs for the crime. Includes a brief bibliography. From Court TV.
URL: http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/gangsters_outlaws/cops_others/biggs...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24203

Media

Press TV
"Press TV is the first international Iran-based news network to broadcast in English on a round-the-clock schedule." It "offers broad news coverage, specifically focusing on the Middle East," and aims to "tackle the controversial global news agenda and broadcasts cutting-edge documentaries with political, social and economic contents." The site features news articles and the opportunity to watch live coverage.
URL: http://www.presstv.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24134

People

Biography for Alfred Hitchcock
Biography of British film director Alfred Hitchcock. "The acknowledged master of the thriller genre he virtually invented, Alfred Hitchcock was also a brilliant technician who deftly blended sex, suspense and humor." Also includes a filmography of his 59 movies, with synopses and cast lists. From Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
URL: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/participant.jsp?participantId=87065
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24188

Ingmar Bergman Face to Face
Extensive material about Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), who is known for films such as "Fanny and Alexander," "The Seventh Seal," and "Wild Strawberries." Features biographical material, a timeline, details about Bergman's films (with illustrations, some with video clips), photographs, quotations, and much more. In English and Swedish. From the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.
URL: http://www.ingmarbergman.se/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24218

Teenage Hoboes in the Great Depression
Small presentation about the "over 250,000 young people [who] left home [during the Great Depression] in hope and desperation and began riding freight trains or hitchhiking across America." Topics include railroads during the Depression era, the Civilian Conservation Corps, food and shelter, and art related to hobo life. Includes a bibliography. From the National Heritage Museum, an American history museum founded and supported by Scottish Rite Freemasons.
URL: https://www.nationalheritagemuseum.org/Default.aspx?tabid=405
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24207

Recreation

Regional: California

Disability Benefits 101: Working With a Disability in California
This site "helps workers, job seekers, and service providers understand the connections between work and benefits. ... [It] brings together rules for health coverage, benefit, and employment programs. ... These programs may be run by state, federal government, non-profit, or private organizations." Includes benefits calculators, and discussions of Medi-Cal for the working disabled, sudden onset of disability, income support, prescription drug coverage, and more. From the World Institute on Disability and other groups.
URL: http://www.disabilitybenefits101.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24170

WIC Breastfeeding Resources
Collection of documents concerning breastfeeding in California, including laws (such as the California Lactation Accommodation Law for workplaces and associated materials for employers and employees), informational brochures, proclamations (such as for Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August), and manuals. Some material available in Spanish. From the California WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program, California Department of Public Health.
URL: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/wicworks/Pages/WICBFResource.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24201

Science

The Complete Lee de Forest
Background about Lee de Forest (1873-1961), "an inventor who changed the world with electronics. His two major inventions were the vacuum tube and sound for motion pictures." Features an illustrated biography featuring a description of his audion (a three element vacuum tube), how he received an honorary Oscar in 1959, and litigation related to his work. From the chair of the Department of Television, Radio, Film and Theatre at San Jose State University.
URL: http://www.leedeforest.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24190

Society & Social Science

Keeping Memories Alive: Peace Archives
This site created in 2005 (60 years after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945) describes "numerous radio and TV programs relating to the atomic bombings and peace ever since those tragedies occurred. Approximately 400 of such programs are stored in the NHK Archives." Also includes selected video clips. In English and Japanese. From NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).
URL: http://www.nhk.or.jp/peace/english/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24192

Kindergarten Entry Skills
Overview of skills "considered necessary for a child when entering kindergarten." Topics include the importance of kindergarten entry factors as rated by kindergarten teachers (includes various social, perceptual, motor, and language development skills), and expected cognitive and motor skills. Also includes links to related sites. From the Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP), part of the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
URL: http://ceep.crc.uiuc.edu/poptopics/k-entry.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24194

Ready for Kindergarten?
In this article five "kindergarten teachers from around the country ... share their insights on helping your child gain the right mix of kindergarten-readiness skills." Topics discussed include enthusiasm toward learning, oral-language skills, ability to listen, the desire to be independent, the ability to play well with others, strong fine-motor skills, and basic letter and number recognition. From Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine.
URL: http://content.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=701
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24195

Sacred: Discover What We Share
This online version of a 2007 British Library exhibit allows visitors to explore over 60 Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scriptures by looking at rare books and turning the pages. Browse chronologically, by faith, or by featured themes such as pictures and portraits and "firsts and oldests." Also includes video clips, podcasts, and an interactive map showing where the books were produced.
URL: http://www.bl.uk/sacred
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24210


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