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Browse and click your way through websites about cartooning, gardening in small spaces, workplace violence, alternative fuels, taxes, hypnosis, Betty Friedan, working animals, headphones and hearing loss, state of the union addresses, and many delightful examples of bookmobiles (including a camel-mobile). Bon appetit from Karen, Wendy, Pat, Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Tom.

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Arts and Humanities

Alternatives to the Animal Report
Classroom activity alternatives to the factual animal report often assigned to elementary school students. Suggestions include writing a narrative (such as a comic or legend) or creating a visual and oral presentation (caricature, found object sculpture, or animation). Offers links to other material on report writing and related websites. From LEARN NC, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education.
URL: http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/rethinking-reports/713
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20600

Disney Archives: Characters
Illustrated histories of human and animal Disney characters. Some entries include brief profiles, and others (such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, and Pluto) feature more extensive histories. From the Disney Archives.
URL: http://disney.go.com/vault/archives/characters_ai.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20569

Helpful Animals and Compassionate Humans in Folklore
This lesson plan focuses on helpful animal tales and folk tales with human and animal cooperation. Provides three lessons (for grades 3-5) with suggested readings. Includes a link to a related lesson plan, "Folklore and Ecology: Animals and Humans in Conflict and Cooperation." From EDSITEment, a partnership of the National Endowment for Humanities, National Trust for the Humanities, and the MCI Foundation.
URL: http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=377
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20599

Style and Status: Imperial Costumes From Ottoman Turkey
Companion to "the first international exhibition devoted to sumptuous and graphically stunning imperial Turkish robes (kaftans) from the 16th and 17th century." Includes a link to an interactive feature with detailed views of these garments and links to sites on topics such as Ottoman women and the visual arts, and the Topkapi Palace. From the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
URL: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/current/StyleStatus.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20588

Western Union Telegraph Company Records, 1820-1995
This listing of Western Union Telegraph Company records begins with a concise history of the telegraph, including Samuel F.B. Morse's invention of the early telegraph, the Morse Code system, further developments that allowed Roman letters to be sent in addition to dots and dashes, early commercial telegraph services, the 1860 Pacific Telegraph Act, and the history of Western Union Telegraph Company. From the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian Institution.
URL: http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/fa_wu_index.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20597

Business

Dealing with Workplace Violence: A Guide for Agency Planners
This handbook "is intended to assist those who are responsible for establishing workplace violence initiatives at their agencies." Subjects include violence policy statements, prevention strategies, case studies (such as a shooting, stalking incident, and threats), investigation, threat assessment, employee relations, workplace security, and recovery after an incident. From the Office of Personnel Management, the human resources agency for the federal government.
URL: http://www.opm.gov/Employment_and_Benefits/WorkLife/OfficialDocuments/...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20575

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Occupational Violence
Publications and statistics on topics related to violent crime in the workplace. Topics include risk factors and prevention strategies, violence in hospitals, homicides in U.S. post offices, and related issues. From the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/violence/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20573

Plastic Loose Fill Council (PLFC)
This organization was founded "to develop, promote and implement the original use and subsequent recovery, reuse and recycling of polystyrene loose fill, commonly known as 'packing peanuts.'" The site features a database of collection centers in the U.S., the phone number of a packing peanut hot line, and answers to environmental questions about reuse of plastic loose fill.
URL: http://www.loosefillpackaging.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20579

Government

C-SPAN: State of the Union
Transcripts of U.S. presidential State of the Union addresses as given to a joint session of Congress early each year. Includes transcripts back to Harry S. Truman's address in 1945, and video back to George H.W. Bush's address in 1989, plus a video of Nixon's January, 1974 address. From the National Cable Satellite Corporation.
URL: http://www.c-span.org/executive/stateoftheunion.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20551

Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR)
This February 2006 report, specified by the U.S. Code, reviews the defense program, policies, and strategy of the United States. Some topics addressed include homeland security, weapons of mass destruction, and intelligence and surveillance. Site includes the full report, news briefs, audio and video briefings related to the report, and links to related sites. From the U.S. Department of Defense.
URL: http://www.defenselink.mil/qdr/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20556

Records Pertaining to Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Collection of documents released by the National Archives in connection with the Supreme Court confirmation process for Samuel A. Alito Jr. Includes links to material from the archives of the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush presidential libraries. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
URL: http://www.archives.gov/news/samuel-alito/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20557

Health

Canary Database: Animals as Sentinels of Human Environmental Health Hazards
This database is a compilation of curated peer-reviewed research articles "that explore the use of wildlife, domestic, and companion animals as 'sentinels' for the effects of chemical, biological, and physical hazards in the environment that may be a risk to human health." Includes information about animal species, exposures, health effects, and location. From the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program, Yale University School of Medicine.
URL: http://canarydatabase.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20591

Chikungunya Virus
Compilation of links to material about this mosquito-borne viral disease that became widespread on the French island of Reunion in early 2006. Includes links to government sites, news, articles, and related virology and communicable disease sites. From a doctor in Malaysia.
URL: http://www.vadscorner.com/chikungunya.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20561

Headphones and Hearing Loss
Audio of a January 2006 radio program in which a doctor from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School talks about hearing loss from listening to loud music. Topics addressed include the use of headphones by portable audio device owners and the use of earplugs by rock concertgoers. From WBUR, Boston's National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate.
URL: http://www.here-now.org/shows/2006/01/20060111_10.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20572

Medical Tourism Growing Worldwide
This 2005 interview with hospitality experts looks at the trend of patients from Western countries traveling to other countries for medical procedures. Discusses the reasons for this trend (such as cost savings and shorter wait time for procedures), major centers for medical tourism (such as India and Thailand), and related topics. From UDaily, a publication of the University of Delaware.
URL: http://www.udel.edu/PR/UDaily/2005/mar/tourism072505.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20555

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
Describes the causes and symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Also reviews current research, the nature of hearing, and who is susceptible to NIHL. In English and Spanish. From the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health (NIH).
URL: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/noise.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20571

PFCs: Global Contaminants
Material about actions to limit the use of perflorinated chemicals (PFCs), such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which are used in the production of materials such as non-stick cookware, because of the chemicals' potential carcinogenic effects. Includes reports, policy analysis, news releases, and related material. From the Environmental Working Group, "a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to using the power of information to protect human health and the environment."
URL: http://www.ewg.org/reports/pfcworld
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20547

PFOA
This site addresses health safety concerns associated with PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) "an essential processing aid used to produce fluoropolymer high-performance materials," such as the non-stick coating Teflon. Includes material about whether PFOA is released when Teflon in heated to high temperatures (including the effect on pet birds) and moves to reduce PFOA emissions, news releases, and related material. From Dupont, the manufacturer of Teflon.
URL: http://www2.dupont.com/PFOA/en_US/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20548

Home & Housing

A Heavenly Hammock
Illustrated instructions for weaving your own backyard hammock. Describes how to tie the required knots (square knot, weaver's knot, half hitch, lark's head knot, and a plain overhand knot), cast on, weave the rows (with twine), mount, and hang the hammock. From Mother Earth News magazine.
URL: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Nature-Community/1982-05-01/A-Heavenly-...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20560

Vegetable Gardening in Containers
This illustrated article provides ideas for growing vegetables in containers such as pots and planter boxes. Discusses crop selection, growing media, fertilization, water, light, and diseases and insects. Includes planting charts and sample vegetable varieties for containers. From the Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University.
URL: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/container/container.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20581

Media

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC)
Find many editorial cartoons on this website for professionals in this line of work. Browse and search for cartoons by topic (such as Medicare or homeland security), cartoonist, publication date, or keyword. "Cartoons for the Classroom" features lesson plans and other classroom materials. Includes cartoonist profiles and editorial cartoon news briefs. RSS feed available.
URL: http://editorialcartoonists.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20564

Editorial Cartoons: The Impact and Issues of an Evolving Craft
This 2004 publication examines the impact and future of political cartoons in the U.S. Article topics include the decline of editorial cartooning, freedom of speech, accusations of anti-Americanism, impact of local cartoons, the shortage of women cartoonists, and the relationship between editors and cartoonists. Illustrated with historical editorial cartoons. Opens directly into a PDF file. From Neiman Reports, a publication of the Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
URL: http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/reports/04-4NRwinter/V58N4.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20563

People

Einstein and Yeshiva University: "Love For the Spiritual and the Moral"
This online exhibit traces Albert Einstein's relationship with Yeshiva University (New York) from 1933 through 1955. "Einstein agreed in 1953 for the first and only time in his life to lend his name to an institution of higher education: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the medical school of Yeshiva University." Contains a written history, photographs, and a timeline. From Yeshiva University Libraries.
URL: http://www.yu.edu/libraries/digital_library/einstein/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20596

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole
Images and brief biographical information about Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, "prince of the reigning House of Kalakaua when the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in 1893." He served as a delegate to the U.S. congress from 1903-1922. March 26, his birthday, is a holiday in Hawaii. From a Hawaiian travel site.
URL: http://www.aloha-hawaii.com/hawaii/prine+kuhio/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20585

Wisconsin Bibliographies in Women's Studies
Collection of bibliographies on a variety of topics related to women's studies, such as women novelists and mystery writers, women in the performing and visual arts, ecofeminism, Jewish women, "the glass ceiling," women in higher education, and "Brave, Active & Resourceful Females in Picture Books." From the Women's Studies Librarian's Office, University of Wisconsin.
URL: http://womenst.library.wisc.edu/publications/wi-biblio-series.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20520

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Bookmobiles in the U.S.
Statistics about the number of public library bookmobiles in the United States for 1989 through 2003, and for 1950. Data come from "Public Libraries in the United States," an annual report published by the National Center for Education Statistics.
URL: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/ors/statsaboutlib/bookmobiles/...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20576

The Great Lent: A Week by Week Meaning
Greek Orthodox perspective on The Great Lent, the Orthodox observance of the forty days of fasting and penitence prior to Pascha, or Easter (held in the Greek Orthodox Church on a different calendar than most other Christian denominations). Discusses traditions, fasting, Lenten spring cleaning, and more. From the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
URL: http://www.goarch.org/ourfaith/ourfaith8126
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20601

Recreation

Container Gardening
Brief articles about container gardening and small-space gardening. Covers topics such as container water gardens, gardening as a renter, growing lavender and roses in containers, and space-saving ideas. From the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension.
URL: http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/Plants/contain.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20578

Vegetable Garden: Intensive Gardening Methods
Describes methods of gardening to make the best use of space and grow as much produce as possible, using raised beds, vertical gardening (such as trellises and poles), interplanting, close spacing, and succession and relay planting. Includes plant spacing recommendations and discusses "which crops bring the most value per square foot of garden space." From the Arizona Cooperative Extension, University of Arizona.
URL: http://cals.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/mg/vegetable/intensive.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20583

Regional: California

California Office of Privacy Protection
The website for this California state government office contains fact sheets, announcements, and links to other publications on privacy issues. Some of the topics include identity theft, phishing, spyware, financial privacy, privacy policies, health information privacy, and credit reports. Provides text of state privacy laws and pending and recently enacted California legislation.
URL: http://www.oispp.ca.gov/consumer_privacy/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20476

CRS Report for Congress: California's San Joaquin Valley: A Region in Transition
This December 2005 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report looks at socioeconomic conditions in the San Joaquin Valley, part of California's Central Valley region. Some of the issues covered include the role of farmworkers, a comparison of poverty rates and indicators with Appalachia, federal expenditures in the region, water and air quality, and transportation. Opens directly into a PDF file.
URL: http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/59030.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20288

Picture This: Family Photographs of Everyday San Francisco
Companion to an exhibit created from "photographs shared with the San Francisco Public Library by community members from the Western Addition, Ocean View/Merced/Ingleside (OMI), Mission and Sunset neighborhoods." The online photo gallery features dozens of photos of street scenes, celebrations, weddings, friends, people and their cars, people working, and more. From the San Francisco Public Library.
URL: http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/news/onlineexhibits/shades/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20441

Reuse: The Heart of Waste Prevention
This website features profiles of reuse government and nonprofit organizations in California. ("Reuse is ... using an item over again in its current form without significant processing that alters its material structure.") Find listings for groups that accept and reuse art supplies, books, building materials, household and office items, school supplies, medical supplies, and other resources. Also includes details about the reuse grant program, and other material on reuse and waste prevention activities in California.
URL: http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/reuse/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20545

Regional: Washington State

Washington State Book Award Winners
"The Washington State Book Award (formerly the Governor's Writers Award) is given annually for 10 outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year." This site lists the award winners from 1987 to the present. Includes fiction and nonfiction titles. From the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library.
URL: http://www.spl.org/default.asp?pageID=about_leaders_washingtoncenter_a...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20542

Washington State Department of Ecology: Dental Office BMPs: Best Management Practices for Dental Office Wastes
Documents on best management practices to help Washington state dental offices reduce wastes and "prevent discharging mercury, silver, and other dangerous wastes into the environment." Provides a FAQ on dental waste management, discussion of amalgam and X-ray silver, details about dental office inspections, and related material. Documents, though written for dental offices, are mostly non-technical, and useful for general research on medical waste management. From the Washington State Department of Ecology.
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/dentalbmps/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20351

Regions of the World

Bill Moyers Reports: Earth on Edge
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) report from 2001 that "presents the findings of scientists who are studying the health of our world, as well as stories of ordinary people working to restore the health and well-being of the ecosystems." Includes material about ecosystems (forest, urban, agricultural, coastal, fresh water, and grassland), the operation of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and suggestions for individuals to protect and restore the environment.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/earthonedge/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20584

Regions and Territories: Reunion
Profile of this island territory of France located in the Indian Ocean (near Madagascar). Includes demographic facts, historical overview, and brief listings of leaders and media outlets. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/country_profiles/4469169.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20196

St. Fagans National History Museum: Frequently Asked Questions
This site addresses questions about Welsh history and heritage, including national dress, national emblems (such as the red dragon, leek, and daffodil), St. Dwynwen's Day (the January 25 celebration of the patron saint of friendship and love), St. David's Day (the March 1 celebration of the patron saint of Wales), and Christmas customs (such as toffee-making). From the St. Fagans National History Museum of the National Museum Wales.
URL: http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/271/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20559

Science

AgMRC: Biomass
"Biomass refers to organic matter that can be converted to energy. Some of the most common biomass fuels are wood, agricultural residues and crops grown specifically for energy." Discusses uses of biomass materials such as hay, industrial hemp, meadowfoam, switchgrass, and sawdust and wood shavings. Includes links to related sites. From the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) at Iowa State University.
URL: http://www.agmrc.org/agmrc/commodity/biomass/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20549

How Hypnosis Works
This site describes the history and uses of hypnosis (such as habit-control related to smoking) and debunks misconceptions. Includes links to related sites. From How Stuff Works.
URL: http://science.howstuffworks.com/hypnosis.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20587

Society & Social Science

ASPCA AnimaLessons: Lesson Plans
Collection of K-8 lesson plans that address "a variety of animal-related themes, from pet overpopulation to debunking common misconceptions about spiders and snakes." Includes lessons related to animal careers, caring for a pet, and understanding wildlife. Some lesson plans are available in Spanish. From the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
URL: http://www2.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=edu_lessonplans
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20602

The First Measured Century: Betty Friedan and "The Feminine Mystique"
Interviews with and about Betty Friedan, "the Founder of the National Organization for Women, the National Women's Caucus, and the National Abortion Rights Action League" and author of books such as "The Feminine Mystique." From the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program, "The First Measured Century."
URL: http://www.pbs.org/fmc/interviews/3seg1.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20562

Kenya National Library Service (KNLS): Camel Mobile Services
Very brief article describing this mobile library service launched in 1996 in which camels are used to transport materials "[to] people who are unable to use the static libraries in marginal areas in the country." Describes the method of operation, in which boxes of books and other materials "[are] loaded onto the 3 camels together with a tent, 2 chairs, a table and umbrellas." From the Kenya National Library Service.
URL: http://www.knls.or.ke/index.php?id=43
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20491

U.S. Women Without Borders
This site features educational materials on issues affecting women, such as trafficking in women and girls, honor killings, and the war in Sudan. Find articles about current events, discussion groups, and details about legislation and opportunities to help improve the situation of women. A project of the Women's Funding Network, "an international organization ... committed to improving the status of women and girls locally, nationally and globally."
URL: http://www.uswomenwithoutborders.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20595


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