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LII New This Week
New This Week for December 7, 2006
This Week
This week we ponder piers and polonium and discover the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient computer of astronomical phenomena, and we revisit a couple of our favorite holiday sites: Toys for Tots and the Holiday Giving Guide to reputable and cost-effective charities. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.

Tip of the Week
LII covers dozens of individual holidays and other seasonal observations, including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the winter solstice.
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Arts and Humanities

The Boston Tea Party: Costume Optional?
This lesson plan (for grades 6-8) focuses on "What really happened at the Boston Tea Party? How can we 'know' what happened at an historical event of the distant past?" It features activities, and links to primary source readings and related websites. Includes a link to a lesson plan about other revolutionary tea parties. From EDSITEment, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations.
URL: http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=397
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22980

National Piers Society
Background about seaside piers around the coast of Great Britain. "At the turn of the last century, almost a hundred piers existed: now only half remain and several face an uncertain future." Includes a list of the longest piers in the U.K., historic images of surviving and lost piers, and updates. From an organization whose "aims are to promote and sustain interest in the preservation and continued enjoyment of seaside piers."
URL: http://www.piers.co.uk
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23002

Season's Greetings From Werner Drewes
Exhibition of print greeting cards designed by painter and printmaker Werner Drewes (1899-1985), who studied at the Bauhaus and "was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group." Includes images of 24 holiday greeting cards dating from 1952-1984. From the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.
URL: http://www.aaa.si.edu/exhibits/exhibit-drewes/index.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22975

Business

Holiday Giving Guide
"Find a charity you can trust."Provides tips for making decisions about donations, statistics, information about workplace donation campaigns, and a list of the highest and lowest rated charities in various subject areas. From Charity Navigator, an organization that "works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America's largest charities."
URL: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm/bay/holiday.main.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6979

U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Basic Importing and Exporting
Collection of links covering importing and exporting documents, licenses, and requirements. Provides tips for new importers and exporters and information about acceptable medications and Internet purchases. Also includes instructions for "Non-Resident, Returning Military, and Returning Official Government Employee Importations of Personal Vehicle for Personal Use." From the Office of Homeland Security.
URL: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/basic_trade/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23005

Government

The James Madison Center: Bill of Rights
Background about the Bill of Rights and James Madison's involvement with its passage in 1791. Includes antecedents (such as the Virginia Declaration of Rights), images of notes for and the text of Madison's June 1789 speech to the House of Representatives proposing the Bill of Rights, text and audio of the Bill of Rights, an article about Madison and the separation of church and state, and related material. From James Madison University.
URL: http://www.jmu.edu/madison/center/main_pages/madison_archives/constit_...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22999

Questions and Answers for New Pilot Naturalization Exam
This document provides all of the 144 questions and answers for the pilot test (released in November 2006) of the new U.S. naturalization exam. The exam includes "new questions that focus on the concepts of democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship." From U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
URL: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f6141...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22991

Home & Housing

The James Beard Foundation
The mission of this group is "to celebrate, preserve, and nurture America's culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence." The site features a list of yearly nominees and winners of the prestigious James Beard cookbook award back to 2003, news and notes about restaurants in various U.S. cities, brief background about Beard (1903-1985), recipes, and a glossary of exotic ingredient terms.
URL: http://www.jamesbeard.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22846

Law

Taking Action on Climate Change
Documents about the case of "Massachusetts, et al., v. EPA, a coalition of 12 states, along with three major cities, American Samoa, and many environmental groups, [who] challenged the federal Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. ... On April 2, 2007, the Court ruled in favor of Massachusetts and the other petitioners in this landmark case." From the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.
URL: http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=cagoterminal&L=2&L0=Home&L1=Environmental+...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22992

People

Bebe Moore Campbell
Biography of author and journalist Bebe Moore Campbell (1950-2006), who wrote about race relations and racial inequality, relationships and family, mental health, and other topics. Includes a bibliography and overviews of some of her books, such as "Sweet Summer" and "Your Blues Ain't Like Mine." From Voices From the Gaps: Women Artists and Writers of Color, a project of the University of Minnesota Department of English.
URL: http://voices.cla.umn.edu/vg/Bios/entries/campbell_bebe_moore.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22997

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

How We Celebrate Hanukkah
Information about Hanukkah, covering the history and meaning of the holiday and how to celebrate, complete with blessings, songs, activities, recipes for traditional foods, the meaning of "gelt," and a virtual dreidel game. Chag sameach! (Happy holidays!) From the Jewish Outreach Institute.
URL: http://www.joi.org/celebrate/hanuk/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/10991

Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture
"The Official Kwanzaa Web Site" focuses on the philosophy of Dr. Maulana Karenga, the African-American professor who created the holiday in 1966. It describes in detail the African roots of the holiday, the seven principles, and the seven basic symbols. Includes a comprehensive guide for those celebrating Kwanzaa for the first time.
URL: http://officialkwanzaawebsite.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/13017

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
A database of toy drives by state (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) lets users know where to donate to this venerable project of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The Reserve collects "new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year ... [to provide] Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted." The site has a history of the charity and information on its corporate sponsorship program.
URL: http://www.toysfortots.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7002

Solstice, Sacaea-Saturnalia, Yule, and Today
This site examines "the ancient origins of the winter holiday season" and how pagan and Christian celebrations have merged into Christmas traditions. The site includes factual tidbits about ancient and current winter solstice celebrations; Egyptian, Persian, and Roman celebrations; and northern European Yule traditions. Also includes a description of holiday celebrations for the day, a bibliography, and related links.
URL: http://www.candlegrove.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/4632

Recreation

International Sailing Federation (ISAF)
Website for this sailing organization based in the U.K. that celebrates its centennial in 2007. The site furnishes news and event website links for international regattas, and provides details about competitive rankings (in areas such as women's windsurfer, men's one person dinghy, and keelboat), rules and regulations, and race officials.
URL: http://www.sailing.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22849

Regional: California

California Underground: Our Caves and Subterranean Habitats
Use this exhibit to "explore the many kinds of caves found in California. Try out the Junior Speleologist interactives. Encounter bats and other cave creatures [and] preview teacher resources." Features diagrams and photos of underground realms in California created through various geologic and climatic forces. Includes material about "sea caves, mud caves, lava tubes, talus caves, and wind caves, as well as the typical caves in limestone and marble." From the Oakland Museum of California.
URL: http://www.museumca.org/caves/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22966

Pier Fishing in California
Profiles of California fishing piers and common fish found in the waters off the piers. Pier profiles cover environment, fishing tips, and historical notes; fish profiles note range and piers where the fish may be found. Companion site to a printed book on pier fishing in California.
URL: http://www.pierfishing.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23000

Regions of the World

The Channel Tunnel
This illustrated feature provides a history of the Channel Tunnel, the train tunnel connecting France and Britain under the English Channel, officially opened in 1994. Features photos, images, and diagrams of the tunnel. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/uk/04/channel_tunnel/html/defaul...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22995

International Center for Transnational Justice (ICTJ)
This organization "assists countries pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse." The site describes past and current programs in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Features press releases and papers on topics such as the Saddam Hussein trial in Iraq, international judges and prosecutors in Kosovo, and accountability in Argentina. Some material available in several languages.
URL: http://www.ictj.org/en/index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22857

Science

The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project
This research project is devoted to discovering the functioning of the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek astronomical calculator. It "is a geared device consisting of 30 gears in a highly complex arrangement." The site provides a FAQ about the device and astronomy, and updates about research activities, such as the 2008 discovery of a back dial "dedicated to the four-year Olympiad Cycle."
URL: http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22993

It's Elemental: Polonium
Background about the radioactive element polonium, which was "discovered by Marie Sklodowska Curie, a Polish chemist, in 1898. She obtained polonium from pitchblende, a material that contains uranium." Includes a brief description of uses, facts and figures, and other details. From the Jefferson Lab, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.
URL: http://education.jlab.org/itselemental/ele084.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22990

Society & Social Science

The Christmas Story
This interactive feature celebrates the Christmas season by using images of objects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to tell the story of the "birth of Jesus Christ and the events surrounding it." Includes images of artworks "accompanied by the sacred texts that inspired them, excerpts of which are read by Philippe de Montebello, director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art."
URL: http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/Christmas_Story/xmas_hmpg.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22942

La Virgen de Guadalupe
Historical background about the December 12 Catholic religious event which celebrates the appearance of the "miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe" to Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531. Includes a photo of the Modern Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City. From the website for Olvera Street in Los Angeles.
URL: http://www.olvera-street.com/html/virgen_de_guadalupe.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22998


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
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