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LII New This Week
New This Week for September 27, 2007
This Week
Farewell to Marcel Marceau, plus avocados, the bluetongue virus, a child of the Sixties, and lots about WWII as seen by Ken Burns and others. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
Collection of material for teachers and students in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15. Features an interactive map showing Hispanic history in the Americas ("the roots ... stretch from the Caribbean to California and back more than 500 years"), annotated listing of Latinos in history, interview transcripts with recent famous Latinos (such as astronaut Ellen Ochoa), a research guide on the Spanish missions in California, and more. From Scholastic.
URL: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/hispanic/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24528

Hispanic Heritage
"National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15 every year. This page includes recommended reading lists, reference resources and related websites, chosen by our librarians." Includes a list of Hispanic mysteries, recommended fiction in Spanish and English, recommended titles for children, reading lists from other libraries, and selected Internet resources in English and Spanish. From the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Library.
URL: http://www.springfieldlibrary.org/hispanic/hispanicheritage.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24531

José Clemente Orozco: The Epic of American Civilization
Details about the mural "The Epic of American Civilization" painted by José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934. The mural is "a complex and compelling narrative that covers the history of the Americas from the migration of the Aztecs into central Mexico to the development of our modern industrialized society." Features images of the mural, a downloadable brochure, and audio commentaries. From the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.
URL: http://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/collections/overview/americas/mesoamer...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24530

The War: A Ken Burns Film
Website for the 2007 Ken Burns series that tells "the story of the Second World War through personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns:" Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; and Luverne, Minnesota. Browse by major themes, or go to "Search & Explore" to find archival film and video, interviews, hundreds of photos and images, and material about specific people, towns, battles, and subjects. From Florentine Films and WETA-TV.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/thewar/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24066

Business

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): International Activities
"More than one-third of all consumer products under the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) jurisdiction are imported; however, two-thirds of recent recalls involve imports." This site provides material for foreign manufacturers about CPSC standards for regulated products (such as toys), a handbook for manufacturing safer consumer products (in English and Chinese), cooperative agreements with foreign counterparts, and details about dealings and agreements between the CPSC and its Chinese counterpart.
URL: http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/intl/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24568

Mattel: Voluntary Safety Recall Facts
Material about 2007 recalls of toys manufactured by Mattel and Fisher-Price because of lead paint hazards. Includes product names, numbers, and photos for recalled items.
URL: http://www.mattel.com/safety/us/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24569

Health

Child Health Day
Compilation of resources for Child Health Day (first Monday in October), "an opportunity for everyone who cares about and for children to spread the word about preventing illness and injury to build a healthier, safer, brighter future for every child." Includes background and links to material on family support, child development, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, and other children's health topics. From the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
URL: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/childhealthday/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24545

Home & Housing

All About Avocados
History of and recipes featuring the avocado, a fruit native to the New World. The history section discuses how 16th century Spanish explorers described the fruit, how the first avocado tree was planted in Florida in the 1830s, and the popularity of the Hass avocado in California. Provides recipes for guacamole dip with cilantro, avocado-olive dip, avocado pie, and more. Includes links to related sites. From a cookbook author.
URL: http://whatscookingamerica.net/avacado.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24538

Law

Cell Phone Driving Laws
"States are examining the correlation between cell phone use while driving and crashes. ... [M]ultiple states have identified an emerging highway safety trend of cell phone use by novice drivers and have thus restricted use." Features a table describing restrictions for cell phone use for novice and other drivers. From the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a nonprofit association that represents state and territorial highway safety offices.
URL: http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24563

Legal Lad: Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life
"Legal Lad offers concise, useful information from a practicing [California] attorney to help you decipher the laws that govern your daily life. Cover[s] areas of constitutional law, employment law, privacy rights, liability, criminal law, international rights, family law and wills and estates." Includes podcasts and transcripts on topics such as plea withdrawal, arbitration clauses, store security and shoplifting, drug screening, minimum wage, power of attorney, and nudity in public places. From a publishing company.
URL: http://legallad.quickanddirtytips.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24570

People

Encyclopedia of Mime: Marcel Marceau (1923-2007)
Background about French-born Marcel Mangel, better known as Marcel Marceau, "universally considered the world's greatest contemporary mime artist." Features a biography, details about stage performances (his character Bip, style pantomimes, and mimodrames), lists of appearances and awards, a bibliography of books about Marceau, material about his paintings and drawings, a link to an radio interview, and more. From the World of Mime Theatre, a site that promotes mime as a specialized theatrical art.
URL: http://www.mime.info/encyclopedia/marceau.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24565

Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
Biography of painter and sculptor Frederic Remington, whose art "defined the American West during his lifetime and played a major role in creating the popular image of the West that persists today. ... Although closely identified with the American West, Remington actually spent much of his life in the East." Accompanied by images and bibliographies for adults and children. From the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
URL: http://www.bbhc.org/wgwa/remington.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24544

Truman Capote
Background about 20th-century American writer Truman Capote, author of "In Cold Blood," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," and other works. Includes a biography, timeline, famous quotes, a list of works, and a list of books and movies by or about Capote. Note: Media section is not up to date. From an enthusiast.
URL: http://www.capotebio.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24532

Regional: California

California at War
"In conjunction with Ken Burns' epic new series 'The War,' 'California Connected' presents 'California at War', a one-hour documentary on how WWII changed California, and how California changed the war." The site features video clips, essays, and links to associated material on the effect of the attack on Pearl Harbor, segregation and racial changes, the military complex in California, and the growth of factories and labor influx. From KCET, Community Television of Southern California.
URL: http://www.kcet.org/californiaatwar/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24572

The War: KQED and KTEH
Information about television documentaries about the impact of World War II in northern California and aired in 2007 in conjunction with Ken Burns "The War." Includes streaming video of "The War: Bay Area Stories," a one-hour documentary that tells "the compelling wartime stories of veterans and citizens on the homefront in the San Francisco Bay Area," and introductions to "The War: Nisei Soldiers" (on Japanese American veterans), and "The War: Soldados" (on Latino veterans).
URL: http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/thewar/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24571

The War: The War Toolbox
Collection of resources to help libraries create programs related to the September 2007 Ken Burns series "The War." Features sections about Latino war narratives and history, suggested World War II novels and movies, activity ideas, World War II related organizations in California, World War II scholars in California, and fiction and nonfiction book lists for children, young adults, and adults. From the California Center for the Book.
URL: http://www.calbook.org/thewar/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24599

The War: Then and Now
Collection of news stories and feature articles related to Ken Burns' September 2007 documentary series, "The War," about personal experiences of World War II. Includes articles on San Francisco area World War II relics and monuments, personal experiences, reviews of the series, podcast interviews with Ken Burns, historic newspaper front pages, and related material. From the San Francisco Chronicle.
URL: http://www.sfgate.com/WWII/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24511

Regions of the World

Oktoberfest
Official website for this annual late September-early October event in Munich, Germany, that celebrates Bavarian beer. Features history, photos, details about the current festival (map of beer tents, festival events calendar), and travel and tourist information. Available in several languages. From the city of Munich.
URL: http://www.muenchen.de/Tourismus/Oktoberfest/7548/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24539

Pilgrimage to Gandhi’s South Africa
This 2006 article describes a tour through areas of importance to Mahatma Gandhi's time in South Africa (1893-1914). "It was in South Africa that the seeds of Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha, the potent weapon of non-violent resistance that helped to overthrow the British, were sown. After he was kicked out of a train compartment reserved for whites in Pietermaritzburg, Gandhi resolved to fight injustice." From the Tribune, an Indian newspaper.
URL: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20061015/spectrum/main1.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24535

World News: Burma
Compilation of news stories and opinion pieces on politics in Burma (Myanmar). Features stories on the 2007 protests against the government's fuel price increase, where Buddhist monks have played a significant role in the protest activities. Also provides a brief history of Burma, an archived special feature on Brigadier-General Sein Lwin, and stories about migration, aid for refugees, foreign relations, and related topics. From Guardian Unlimited, the website of the British newspaper, The Guardian.
URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/burma
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24567

Science

Bluetongue
Background and news about bluetongue, "a non-contagious, insect-transmitted, viral disease of sheep and wild ruminants. It is not known to affect humans." Provides a Q&A, a video clip, updates on bluetongue outbreaks (including those caused by serotype 8 of the bluetongue virus) in European countries, and information about control measures, monitoring and surveillance, and related material about the disease. From the European Commission Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General.
URL: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/bluetongue_en...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24561

Defra: Bluetongue
News and publications about bluetongue, "a disease of animals affecting all ruminants, including sheep, cattle, deer, goats and camelids. ... Bluetongue does not affect humans." Provides background, news about UK outbreaks (including September 2007 in Suffolk), advice to farmers and the public, control strategy and contingency plan documents, and other general and technical publications. From the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
URL: http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/notifiable/bluetongue/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24564

Society & Social Science

In Cold Blood: A Legacy
Series of feature articles published in 2005 marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood." The book concerns the 1959 slaying of Herbert Clutter, a farmer from Holcomb, Kansas, his wife, and two children. Also includes a timeline, maps, original newspaper coverage, online documentary, slideshow, and overview of the individuals involved (such as killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickock). From the Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence, Kansas.
URL: http://www.ljworld.com/specials/incoldblood/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24549

St. Francis of Assisi
"St. Francis of Assisi, lover of all creation, champion of justice, patron saint of animals and the environment, founded the Franciscan Order. His feast day is October 4." This site provides background about St. Francis, a schedule of pet blessings throughout the U.S., and related material about St. Francis and peace, justice, and the integrity of creation. An AmericanCatholic.org website from the Franciscans and St. Anthony Messenger Press.
URL: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Francis/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24536


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder