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LII New This Week
New This Week for December 20, 2007
This Week
Our latest sites include Anne of Green Gables turning 100, the birth of color photography, a green U.S. Capitol, exercising in economy class, an infant survivor of Wounded Knee, toys of decades ago, and a guide to the thank-you note. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

Calendars Through the Ages: Calendars From the Sky
This online exhibit "explore[s] the fascinating history of the human endeavor to organize our lives in accordance with the sun and stars." Includes a timeline of calendar facts, and discussions about calendars in use (such as Chinese, Islamic, and Jewish) and not in use (French Revolutionary, Mayan, and Roman), the change from the Julian to Gregorian calendar, and more. Sponsored by the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement and public and private supporters.
URL: http://www.webexhibits.org/calendars/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25086

Celebrate Anne of Green Gables: 100 Years, 2008
Website for the 2008 celebration in Prince Edward Island, Canada, of the "100th anniversary of the publication of 'Anne of Green Gables,' Lucy Maud Montgomery's first and most famous novel" and "Canada's best-selling novel of all time." Features details about celebration events, a vacation planner with links to related sites, and background about Montgomery.
URL: http://www.anne2008.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25110

How to Write a Thank-You Note
Light-hearted guidelines to help you write thank-you notes. Suggestions include greeting the giver, expressing your gratitude (with tips such as "use the present perfect tense," and "never directly mention money"), discussing uses, mentioning the past and alluding to the future, and signing off. From the Morning News, an online magazine.
URL: http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/how_to/how_to_write_a_thankyou_...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25095

The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
Collection of a year of whimsical and thought-provoking blog entries from illustrator, author, and designer Maira Kalman. Features her delightful, colorful illustrations with associated commentary such as: "My brain is exploding. Trying to make sense out of nonsense." These blog entries were published in book form in October 2007. From The New York Times.
URL: http://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/index.php?cat=13
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25120

Wounded Knee: The Museum
Website for this South Dakota museum devoted to exploring the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, in which "a small band of Lakota families ... became the focus of the last military operation of the U.S. Army in its centuries-long effort to subdue the Native American tribes." Features discussions of changing treaty provisions and areas, sensationalist journalism, the Wounded Knee encampment, and survivors. Also includes a chronology, video clip, and links to related sites.
URL: http://www.woundedkneemuseum.org/index.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25081

Government

Green the Capitol
Website for this initiative led by Nancy Pelosi and begun in March 2007 "to make the U.S. House of Representatives a leader in providing an environmentally responsible and healthy working environment." Features questions and answers, video clips, and a report on the operation of the program (which includes activities such as car sharing for House staffers, and cell phone recycling). Also includes links to related sites.
URL: http://cao.house.gov/greenthecapitol/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25129

The United States Mint 50 State Quarters Program
From 1999 to 2008, the U.S. Mint will release a series of specially designed quarters to celebrate the 50 states. Each year, five new coins will be issued in the order of each state's admission to the Union. See the designs, learn about the selection process, and peruse the ten-year schedule of issuance of these historic quarter dollars.
URL: http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/50sq_program/index.cfm?action=faq_...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/523

Health

Economy-Class Syndrome and Deep Vein Thrombosis
Questions and answers about deep vein thrombosis, a potentially life-threatening condition where "blood clots form in the body's deep veins, particularly veins in the legs." Includes suggestions for preventing this condition during air travel, and links to related articles. From the American Heart Association.
URL: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3010041
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25101

In-Flight Fitness Guide From APTA
This brief airline travel fitness guide suggests "some simple, seated exercises to keep the blood flowing, the joints mobile, and the muscles relaxed while en route." From the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
URL: http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Brochures1&TEMPLATE=/CM/Co...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25100

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alerts
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides information about "the most significant product actions of the last 60 days, based on the extent of distribution and the degree of health risk. The recalls on the list are mainly Class I [reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to product will cause serious adverse health consequences]." Products include food, drugs, and medical devices. Users may sign up for alerts to stay current.
URL: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25103

Home & Housing

Last-Minute Christmas Decor
Collection of ideas for easy winter holiday decorating. Also includes links to ideas for colorful Christmas decorating schemes, decorating Christmas trees, and tree toppers. From Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
URL: http://www.bhg.com/holidays/christmas/indoor-decorating/last-minute-ch...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25113

Popular New Year's Resolutions
List of 13 common New Year's resolutions with links to related government websites. Topics include losing weight, paying off debt, getting a better job, getting fit, quitting smoking, reducing stress, taking a trip, and volunteering to help others. From the official Web portal for the U.S. government.
URL: http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New_Years_Resolutions.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25130

People

Lost Bird of Wounded Knee
Companion to a television documentary about Lost Bird, a Lakota infant rescued after the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. "Lost Bird -- Zintka, as her adopted mother called her -- ended up the daughter of a very socially and historically prominent white couple." Includes an illustrated summary of Lost Bird's life, interview transcripts, and the full documentary. Also includes a teacher's guide. From South Dakota Public Television.
URL: http://www.sdpb.org/tv/oto/lostbird/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25085

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Visual Dictionary Online
Definitions of "more 20,000 terms ... [and] more than 6,000 stunning illustrations of a wide variety of objects from all aspects of life." Also includes audio clips of pronunciations. Searchable, or browsable by topics: astronomy, earth, plants, animals, humans, food, housing, clothing, arts and architecture, communications, transportation and machinery, energy, science, society, and sports and games. From Merriam-Webster. Note: may not work properly in all browsers.
URL: http://visual.merriam-webster.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25104

Recreation

The Mitchell Report
"On March 30, 2006, baseball commissioner Bud Selig asked former Sen. George Mitchell to investigate steroid use in baseball. Now, [on December 13, 2007] the report is out." Includes full text of the over 400-page report, a list of Major League Baseball players discussed in the report, video clips, and related news and analysis. From ESPN.
URL: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3153509
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25123

The Toys of Our Childhood
This holiday exhibit features "historical images and film clips ... that span different eras and reflect on the changing nature of toys and of times gone by." Browse toy catalog pages, archival holiday videos, and letters to Santa from the 1800s through the 1970s. Also includes printable coloring book pages, and introductory material. In English and French. From the Archives of Ontario, Canada.
URL: http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/exhibits/toys/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25116

Regional: California

50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival
"The world's longest-running jazz festival [held in Monterey, California] celebrates its golden anniversary [in 2007] with a specially commissioned piece by Gerald Wilson and performances by many jazz luminaries. Hear NPR's coverage and a selection of concerts recorded by WBGO." Coverage includes performances by Dave Brubeck, Otis Taylor, and high school musicians.
From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14571634
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25109

Muir Woods National Monument, California
Website for this park in Marin County, California, that was proclaimed a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt on January 9, 1908. "Muir Woods become the 7th National Monument, and the first created from land donated by a private individual." Features a timeline, brief background about John Muir and William Kent (who donated the land), and details about animals and plants (such as the old-growth coastal redwoods). From the National Park Service (NPS).
URL: http://www.nps.gov/muwo/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25128

Regions of the World

Christmas at War: Experiences From the First and Second World Wars
This exhibit illustrates "how [some] people spent Christmas during the First and Second World Wars." Illustrated essays cover themes of family, food, gifts, entertainment, and goodwill. Include sound clips and transcripts of personal experiences of the wars. From the Imperial War Museum, London.
URL: http://www.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/6/christmas/index.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25115

Food Events: Hogmanay
This article, by an author of several cookbooks, covers food and drink traditions for celebrating Hogmanay, the new year's celebration in Scotland. Accompanied by recipes, including Scotch pancakes, lamb stew, and rumbledethumps (a dish containing potatoes, turnips, and kale), and seven-cup pudding. From the British Broadcasting Corporation's food website.
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/news_and_events/events_hogmanay.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25090

Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark, the Quivira Collection
Companion to an exhibition of "maps, books and illustrations, dated 1544 through 1802, of the west coast of North America." View annotated map images (some with audio clips) on topics such as early explorers, California as an island, secret Russian exploration in the Pacific, Captain James Cook's voyages to the north Pacific, and overland to the Pacific in the late 1700s. From the Sonoma County (California) Museum and a California winery.
URL: http://www.mappingthepacificcoast.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25066

Snowshoes and Sled Dogs: Wintering in the Yukon
This photo collection provides a look at the fun side of winter life in the Yukon, Canada. View images of festivals, winter sports and hobbies, hunting, and cultural celebrations such as Christmas gatherings and masquerade balls. In English and French. From the Yukon Archives, Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture.
URL: http://tc.gov.yk.ca/archives/winter/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25117

Society & Social Science

Exhibit: Evergreens and a Jolly Old Elf
This small exhibit contains images of winter holiday traditions and decorations in Maine, including a circa-1920 Christmas pageant, a parachuting man dressed as Santa Claus, and Santa with a Rubik's Cube puzzle. From the Maine Memory Network, a project of the Maine Historical Society.
URL: http://www.mainememory.net/bin/Features?t=fp&feat=78&supst=Exhibits
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25125

Ohio War Stories
This website was created to widen the scope of the 2007 Ken Burns documentary series "The War," by "telling the [Word War II] story of Ohio-area people." Read shared stories and view photos and videos of war experiences. Free registration required to submit a story. Also includes material for teachers. A collaboration of PBS stations in Ohio, funded by the Ohio Humanities Council.
URL: http://www.ohiowarstories.org/wp/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24510

Times Square Alliance: New Year's Eve
This site provides information on the spectacular celebration of New Year's Eve in Times Square, New York City, on December 31. It includes facts on the construction and descent of the famous Waterford crystal ball, event fact sheets and schedules, and a FAQ filled with details on viewing areas, public facilities, vendors, transportation, history, and more. From the Times Square District Management Association.
URL: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/nye/nye.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/14893


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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder