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New This Week for September 11, 2008
This Week
This week includes the large ion collider, active aging, serendipitous searching via gastropod, Hispanic heritage, using grey water safely, and the ever-popular Talk Like a Pirate Day. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Wendy, Maria, and Jennifer.

Tip of the Week
Also this week, Mr. Abramoff goes to prison; see our Corruption & Fraud topic for more on white-collar crime.
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Arts and Humanities

Today in History: September 11
This site provides annotated links to Library of Congress resources on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, noting that "Today in History ordinarily presents events that happened at least twenty-five years in the past, but this day is an exception." Also includes links to material on Swedish soprano Jenny Lind, who "made her American debut at the Castle Garden Theatre in New York City on September 11, 1850." From the Library of Congress.
URL: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/today/sep11.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26709

Computers

20 Best Websites to Download Free E-books
August 2008 annotated list of websites where you can download books for free. Some sites listed focus on computer programming, Shakespeare, government texts, technology, and other subjects. Reader comments provide suggestions of additional sources. From a blog with tips for tech users, designers, and bloggers.
URL: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/20-best-websites-to-download-free-e-books...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26784

BananaSlug
Website of an Internet search engine "designed to promote serendipitous surfing" by "throw[ing] in a random word from a category of your choice. This results in pages you probably overlooked. They all have your search term in them, but the added twist gives you something new every time." BananaSlug "uses the Google APIs, and as such, it's limited to 1000 queries a day."
URL: http://bananaslug.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26805

Government

Constitution Day
"Constitution Day celebrates the signing of the final draft of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. To commemorate Constitution Day, FindLaw provides information and resources on the U.S. Constitution, and much more." Find links to sites about the observance of Constitution Day and legal commentary on the Constitution.
URL: http://public.findlaw.com/constitution-day/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26808

GI Bill 2008
Website for an advocacy effort for the U.S. government to provide "the full cost of education at any public school in the country and many private schools" for military veterans serving after September 11, 2001. "This benefit [which became law on June 30, 2008] discards the outdated benefits system and replaces it with a WWII-style GI bill." Site features background, a FAQ, and a benefits calculator. From Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
URL: http://www.gibill2008.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26802

GI Bill Website
Information about the "Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or 'New GI Bill' [that] has been enacted into law" in June 2008. Includes a FAQ (explaining that the bill covers the "graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training"), a history of the original GI Bill of Rights (Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944), and links to related material. From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
URL: http://www.gibill.va.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26800

Health

Ageing and Life Course
Compilation of documents and publications on aging, covering topics such as age-friendly cities, active aging, older people in natural disasters and other emergencies, and age-friendly primary health care centers. Some publications also available in other European languages. From the World Health Organization (WHO).
URL: http://www.who.int/ageing/en/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26426

Aging Initiative
This website provides information about U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "efforts to protect the environmental health of older persons." Provides fact sheets (many of which are available in several languages and easy-to-read and large-print editions) on topics such as diabetes and environmental hazards, and planning for excessive heat. Also lists events, funding opportunities, news and announcements, and other related material. From the EPA.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/aging/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26427

The Association for Active Aging Professionals: Resources for Older Adults
Consumer materials from this organization whose members "share a common interest in reaching older adults with active-aging messages, facilities, programs and guidance." Includes suggestions for getting back into a fitness regime, finding age-friendly fitness facilities and trainers, maintaining foot health, and walking for health. Also provides information related to Active Aging Week, observed annually during the last week in September.
URL: http://www.icaa.cc/consumer.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26424

Family Day
Family day, celebrated on the fourth Monday in September, is a national movement promoting "frequent family dinners [as] an effective tool to help keep America's kids substance free." The site features tips on talking to children about substance abuse issues, signs and symptoms of substance abuse, and suggestions for actions by families, community groups, religious groups, and businesses/unions. From the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA).
URL: http://casafamilyday.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/508

Home & Housing

Grey Water: Recycling Water at Home
Fact sheet about "various health and environmental risks involved if you don't use grey water [waste water from non-toilet plumbing systems] safely." Topics include never using "black water" (water that has come in contact with toilet wastes), common contaminants in gray water, health risks from different water sources, irrigation systems, and improving gray water quality. From Better Health Channel, State of Victoria, Australia.
URL: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/BHCV2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Grey_wa...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26661

Recycling Gray Water for Home Gardens
"Gray water is all the non-toilet wastewater produced in the average household. ... Although gray water does not need extensive chemical or biological treatment before it can be used in the garden as irrigation water, it still must be used carefully" because it usually contains contaminants. This paper describes how much gray water can be used in a home garden, precautions, and how to transport the gray water. From University of Massachusetts Amherst Extension.
URL: http://www.umassgreeninfo.org/fact_sheets/plant_culture/gray_water_for...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26662

People

Times Topics: Jack Abramoff
Compilation of news stories and commentary about lobbyist Jack Abramoff, covering his background, his trial, and his sentencing (in September 2008) to four years in prison for corruption and tax offenses. Includes a guide to the Abramoff and Tom DeLay investigations, a graphic on Abramoff's political donations, photos, and related material. From The New York Times.
URL: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/a/jack_abra...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26845

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Talk Like A Pirate Day, September 19
"Talking like a pirate is fun. It's really that simple. It adds a zest, a swagger, to your every day conversation." This humorous site celebrates a day of pirate talk with pirate lingo (such as "Arrr!" and "Ahoy!"), a pirate advice column, a newsletter, puzzles, a "pirate personality profile," Web links, and other silliness. (Caution: Some of the content is a tad risqué.)
URL: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/12145

Wikibooks
"Wikibooks is a Wikimedia community for creating a free library of educational textbooks that anyone can edit." Searchable, or brows by topic, featured book, or other factors. Also includes links to Wikijunior (non-fiction books for children from birth to age 12), textbooks in "simple English," and books in languages other than English.
URL: http://en.wikibooks.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26789

Recreation

U.S. Paralympics
"U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement, and promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities." The site features news, an events calendar, and details about selection criteria and performance for specific sports.
URL: http://paralympics.usoc.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/15238

Regional: California

California Active Aging Network
Website for these "31 California Active Aging Network task forces throughout the state that work to increase the number of Californians over 50-years-old who daily engage in everyday physical activity such as walking." Documents on the site address topics such as community active aging programs, strength training and exercise classes for older adults, and strategies for increasing walking and biking by older adults. From the California Center for Physical Activity, California Department of Public Health.
URL: http://www.caphysicalactivity.org/aactf.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26428

Compañeras
Companion website to this PBS Independent Lens documentary that "profiles America's first all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. Founded in 1994, the band members shatter age-old stereotypes while expanding the popularity of mariachi music." Provides an update to the documentary, video clip and images, behind-the-scenes material, background on the filmmakers, and related links.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/companeras/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25276

The Great Southern California ShakeOut
"The Great Southern California ShakeOut is a week [November 12-16, 2008] of special events featuring the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history, organized to inspire Southern Californians to get ready for big earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes." Includes a calendar of events, link to the earthquake scenario involving a 7.8 magnitude quake along the San Andreas fault as developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, and more. From the Southern California Earthquake Center.
URL: http://www.shakeout.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26366

Latino Issues Forum (LIF)
LIF "is a non-profit public policy and advocacy institute [in California] dedicated to advancing new and innovative public policy solutions for a better, more equitable, and prosperous society." Website provides a description of core programs, publications (such as a report of California's public school governance, a policy brief on Latinos and telecommunications, and a fact sheet on understanding a cell phone contract), and advocacy efforts. Note: Some website pages lack content.
URL: http://www.lif.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26742

Science

Bird Migration Facts
Fact sheet about avian migration, "the seasonal movement of birds, generally between breeding and non-breeding areas." Topics includes why birds migrate, how they prepare for migration, when and how far they migrate (and at what altitude), how fast birds fly, how birds navigate, and what we can learn from migration. From the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.
URL: http://www.zoosociety.org/Conservation/BWB-ASF/Library/BirdMigrationFa...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26771

Graywater Reuse and Rainwater Harvesting
"Graywater refers to the reuse of water drained from baths, showers, washing machines, and sinks ... for irrigation and other water conservation applications. Contrary to common belief, graywater is not a 'safe' product -- it contains bacteria and other potential pathogens. Consequently, the potential reuse of graywater is a public health issue, not a water conservation priority." Includes discussion of water quality issues for gray water and harvested rainwater. From Colorado State University Extension.
URL: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/natres/06702.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26663

The Large Hadron Collider
Background for the public about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), "a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles -- the fundamental building blocks of all things." Read about reasons for LHC, how it works, experiments, safety, facts and figures, and more. From CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
URL: http://public.web.cern.ch/public/en/LHC/LHC-en.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26852

Large Hadron Collider: The Discovery Machine
This in-depth feature from January 2008 explores the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which "will accelerate bunches of protons to the highest energies ever generated by a machine, colliding them head-on 30 million times a second, with each collision spewing out thousands of particles at nearly the speed of light." Features an article about the project, graphics depicting the LHC, fast facts and curiosities, and related articles about particle physics and particle accelerators. From Scientific American.
URL: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-discovery-machine-hadron-colli...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26853

Society & Social Science

Dream in Color
Website dedicated to celebrating "the rich history and heritage of the diverse communities that make up our world." Resources include "lesson plans [K-12], curriculum ideas and activities to help ... facilitate learning about a variety of cultural traditions throughout the year" such as for Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and African American Heritage Month. From Scholastic, in association with Target.
URL: http://www.scholastic.com/dreamincolor/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26741

Hot Topics: National Hispanic Heritage Month
Background and links about National Hispanic Heritage month (September 15-October 15). Includes a discussion of what is meant by Hispanic ("not a racial identification. ... [but] more of a regional identification"), a list of Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas, and links to sites about issues confronting Hispanics, contributions of Hispanics, and other related matters. From the Daniel J. Evans Library, Government Documents/Maps, the Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.
URL: http://govdocs.evergreen.edu/hotopics/hispanicheritage/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26738

Pledging Allegiances
"The photographs that make up this exhibit were taken in September and October 2001. The majority were take in Atlanta [Georgia] ... These photographs depict a range of response to the events of September 11," including those that "commemorate the dead, signal support for war, and protest military action." Features photos of American flags, and signs and other displays. From the Center on Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL) at Emory University in Atlanta.
URL: http://www.marial.emory.edu/exhibitions/pledge/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26705

Winds of Change: The Daughters of Bilitis and Lesbian Organizing
Introduction to the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), "the first national lesbian organization in the U.S.," which was founded in San Francisco in 1955 by Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon and six other women. Discusses growth of the organization and local chapters, its publication The Ladder, and organizing efforts. From the Gerber/Hart Library a Chicago. a depository for the records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals and organizations.
URL: http://www.gerberhart.org/dob.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26831


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