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This week, get a head start on pudding and pie and the thrill of the hunt on Black Friday. Then consider the flu, holiday travel, and starry nights, plus more sites on Senator Obama and the presidency. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.
Tip of the Week
President-Elect Obama now has a heading in our Presidents by Name list. To keep track of the interim, see our new section on the transition of power.
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Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night
Companion to a 2008/2009 exhibit exploring painter Vincent Van Gogh's "nocturnal interiors and landscapes, which often combine with other longstanding themes of his art -- peasant life, sowers, wheatfields, and the encroachment of modernity on the rural scene." View "paintings, drawings, and letters from all periods of his career, as well as examples of the rich literary sources that influenced his work." Also includes audio commentary. From the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27040
The Bear (Market) Necessities
This 2002 article addresses investment strategy for older investors whose retirement savings were negatively impacted by "the ferocious bear market that began in April 2000." Topics include how much and how soon to withdraw funds from a retirement account, diversifying retirement savings, and finding the right mix of stocks, bonds, and short-term investments. From AARP.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27046
National Retail Federation: Annual Holiday Sales Information
Information about retail shopping activity in the U.S. during the winter holiday season. Information before and after the holidays variously includes spending projections, shopping on the Friday and Monday after Thanksgiving ("Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday"), online shopping, and consumer surveys. Also includes a report with "recent and historical data on holiday trends, including sales data, holiday hiring, and shoplifting." From a trade association whose membership "comprises all retail formats."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6588
2008-2009 Presidential Transition Resources
This website, intended for presidential nominees and appointees but also of interest to the general public, "will introduce [nominees and appointees] to the operation of the Federal government and the resources available to help [them] begin ... service in the new Administration." Includes leadership publications, nominee and appointee guidance, and other material on the U.S. government and presidential transition and inauguration. From the General Services Administration and the National Archives and Records Administration.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27129
Brookings: The Presidential Transition
This page on the 2008-2009 presidential transition will examine "policy challenges, with public discussions, memos to the president-elect, and a weekly podcast." Browse sections for the memos, podcasts, briefing room, online chats, events, and historical political advice and policy on the presidency. From the Brookings Institution, "a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27133
Official website of President-Elect Barack Obama. Features Obama's election night speech, a transitions press room (with "up-to-the-minute updates and information about all aspects of the transition"), background about positions on issues (such as the economy, health care, and the war in Iraq), an area "designed to provide prospective applicants with information to help them apply for positions in the Obama-Biden Administration," a blog, an opportunity for you to contribute campaign stories, and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27118
Featured Documents: Congress Establishes Thanksgiving
An essay on the establishment in the U.S. of Thanksgiving as a legal holiday, beginning with the original proclamation of Thursday, November 26, 1789, as a day of public Thanksgiving. A subsequent proclamation in 1939 moved Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of November (due to concerns about a shortened Christmas shopping season), and a 1941 resolution established "the fourth Thursday in November as the federal Thanksgiving Day holiday." From the National Archives.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26998
Lost in Transition
This blog was launched in November 2008 to help "you navigate the presidential handover" from George W. Bush to Barack Obama. Blog entries include roundups of top transition stories in the press, insider interviews, and commentary on activities, such as the selection of Rahm Emanuel as Barack Obama's chief of staff (which is noted as echoing a plot point from the television show "West Wing"). From the National Journal.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27149
Medical Tourism Report to the American College of Surgeons
This May 2008 article provides highlights of a report on medical tourism, "a catch phrase that has been given to the notion of traveling internationally to obtain needed medical services." Features tables listing countries promoting medical tourism, U.S. companies providing medical tourism services, and price comparisons for surgical procedures. Also includes information about insurance coverage and accreditation of foreign hospitals and surgeons. From the Nora Institute for Surgical Patient Safety, American College of Surgeons.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27138
Medicare: Flu Information
Provides information about influenza and flu vaccines for people covered by Medicare, noting that the full cost of a flu shot is covered once a year for all people covered by Medicare Part B. Includes an overview of the Influenza Treatment Demonstration, which "provides coverage to all Medicare beneficiaries for FDA-approved drugs for the treatment and targeted prevention of influenza." In English and Spanish. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27058
What's the Difference Between Seasonal Flu, Pandemic Flu, and Avian (Bird) Flu?
This fact sheet explains differences between three types of flu and provides general information abut the flu and flu virus characteristics. It also notes that the flu "is not the same as the common cold, nor is it related to what is commonly called the 'stomach flu.'" Additional flu information can be found through the left navigation menu on this page. From the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27061
As American as ... Indian Pudding
Background and recipe for Indian pudding, "the traditional molasses-rich dessert [which] isn't as popular as it used to be, but it's a tasty treat." The article notes that "although thought of as a Thanksgiving dessert, it wasn't on the menu 'until the mid-1700s, during the molasses trade.'" From The Christian Science Monitor.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27094
History of Pumpkin Pie
Background about the traditional Thanksgiving dish pumpkin pie. "Early American settlers of Plimoth Plantation (1620-1692) ... might have made pumpkin pies (of sorts) by making stewed pumpkins or by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices, and then baking it in hot ashes. An actual present-day pumpkin pie with crust is a myth, as ovens to bake pies were not available in the colony at that stage." Includes recipes.
From a cookbook author.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27039
Page One Today: Obama's Historic Victory
Selected images of newspaper front pages from November 5 and 6, 2008, reporting Barack Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election. Includes some foreign newspaper front pages, and story excerpts from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Post, and The New York Times. From the Poynter Institute.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27108
Today's Front Pages: Wednesday, November 05, 2008
View hundreds of newspaper front pages from 66 countries reporting Barack Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election on November 5, 2008. Default view is alphabetical by newspaper name; papers can also be sorted by geographic region. From the website for the Newseum, a news-themed museum located in Washington, D.C.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27114
Website for this national "video oral history archive headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The HistoryMakers is dedicated to preserving African American history as the missing link in American history." Provides a listing of programs and events, and brief biographical background about participants such as Ann Nixon Cooper, who was mentioned in Barack Obama's 2008 election night speech. Includes material about artists, business people, educators, entertainers, lawyers, journalists, politicians, religious leaders, scientists, sports figures, and others.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27128
Inventory of the Ann N. Cooper Collection
Finding aid to the collection of Ann Louise Nixon Cooper, who was born in January 1902 and was mentioned in Barack Obama's 2008 election night speech. Includes a brief historical sketch of Cooper, a black Atlanta resident who "assumed the role of a devoted wife, mother, social leader and community volunteer." From the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27122
Sussex County Return Day
Website for this over 200-year-old biennial event in Georgetown, Delaware, in which "winning and losing candidates from Election Day 2008 (November 4) ride together in open horse drawn carriages and antique automobiles," and former political rivals bury a ceremonial hatchet in sand. Learn about the history of the parade, find a parade schedule, and view photos. Vice President-elect Joe Biden headed the 2008 parade.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27137
Bottled Water Quality Investigation: 10 Major Brands, 38 Pollutants
Executive summary and results from 2008 "laboratory tests conducted ... at one of the country's leading water quality laboratories [that] found that 10 popular brands of bottled water ... contained 38 chemical pollutants altogether, with an average of 8 contaminants in each brand." Includes description of methodology, policy recommendations, and suggestions for consumers (including avoiding plastic bottles). From the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27041
Website for this international organization that promotes activism on issues such as climate change, human rights, and ending poverty, corruption, and war. Features information about a temporary wall erected near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., upon which individuals have written messages to Barack Obama. Site includes an opportunity for you to add your online message. Also includes material about other campaigns. Available in several languages.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27136
The Center on Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
CIRCLE "conducts research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25." Its website features quick facts on youth voting, civic education, trends (by race, ethnicity, and gender), youth demographics, non-college youth, and community service. Also includes fact sheets, reports, data sets, and links to related sites. From the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27132
Native American Heritage Month
"The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans" by providing links to material on Native Americans. Features links to collections and exhibitions, historic places, images, audio and video sources, and related material.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27123
Pack the 3R's While on Holiday Travel
This page suggests ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle during the holiday season, such as using electronic airline ticketing and hotel checkout systems, asking about alternative fuel when renting a car, and letting a hotel know it is not necessary to change sheets and towels every day. Also includes general holiday waste reduction tips, particularly for cooking and entertaining. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26999
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