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New This Week for March 29, 2007
This Week
This week's sites include the new Grand Canyon overhang, kites from the Drachen Foundation, and Chaucerian bloggery. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Charlotte, Wendy, and Maria.

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Arts and Humanities

The Drachen Foundation
This organization is "devoted to the increase and diffusion of knowledge of kites worldwide." The "About Kites" section of the website features kite basics (types of kites and how and in what winds they fly), discussion of kite building materials, and kite history resources that describe "the Eastern and Western origins of kites, and highlight significant events during kiting's long history." Also includes reports from research projects, description of archive collections, and related material.
URL: http://www.drachen.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23561

Exhibition Universelle de 1889 [Paris]
"Since the mid-19th century, Universal Expositions were held in Paris every eleven years. In 1889, the event coincided with the centennial of the French Revolution. The commissioners rejected plans for a 300-meter-tall guillotine, selecting Gustave Eiffel's tower instead." This site features photos from the fair, including images of the Eiffel Tower, Champ-de-Mars, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts. From the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
URL: http://www.nga.gov/resources/expo1889.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23484

Fooling With Words With Bill Moyers
Companion to a documentary that visited the 1998 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, held in Waterloo Village, New Jersey. The website features the poetry of Amiri Baraka, Marge Piercy, Robert Pinsky, and others. Includes audio and video clips of readings, photos, teaching materials, and related resources. From Thirteen/WNET.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/foolingwithwords/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23569

Museum of Childhood
Official website for this London museum that celebrates childhood. Features illustrated essays about different aspects of the history of childhood, and overviews of its collections of games (such as marbles, spillikins, and subbuteo), dolls, toys, children's costumes, and more. Also includes background about the museum building that was moved to Bethnal Green in 1866, and activities for children. This museum is part of the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London.
URL: http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23563

William Faulkner: The First Hundred Years
Companion to a 1997 exhibit about the life and works of this author, who was born in 1897. Features annotated images of photos, movie posters, and books. The "Major Novels" section includes overviews of novels such as "Absalom, Absalom!," "As I Lay Dying," and "The Sound and the Fury." From the Special Collections Library, University of Michigan.
URL: http://www.lib.umich.edu/spec-coll/faulknersite/faulknersite/intro/fau...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23582

World History for Us All
This website provides "a powerful, innovative model curriculum for teaching world history in middle and high schools." Features an overview of the integrative approach to world history, lesson plans arranged by "Big Eras," a glossary, and links to related websites. Some portions in development. A project of San Diego State University in cooperation with the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles.
URL: http://worldhistoryforusall.sdsu.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23519

Business

Facts for Consumers: If You've Got the Look, Look Out! Avoiding Modeling Scams
This consumer alert provides tips for avoiding scams involving modeling and talent agencies. Discusses typical sales pitch lines, professional photos ("head shots" and "composite cards"), questions to ask to avoid rip-offs, the infant and toddler modeling and acting market, and related topics. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro23.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23579

Computers

Government

Political Assassination: The Violent Side of American Political Life
This essay discusses the history and timing of political assassinations and assassination attempts in the U.S. The site notes that nine presidents have been the objects of assassination attempts, as have been one president-elect, three presidential candidates, eight governors, and many other political figures. "No other country with a population of over 50 million has had as high a number of political assassinations or attempted assassinations." From the University of Houston.
URL: http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/assassinations.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23490

Health

National Alcohol Screening Day
Information about National Alcohol Screening Day, which takes place annually during National Alcohol Awareness Month (April). Provides a fact sheet and a location map for screening event sites, "located in community, college, primary health care, military and employment settings." From Screening for Mental Health, a nonprofit organization (run by psychiatrists) that organizes large mental health screenings.
URL: http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/events/nasd/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23585

Media

Game On: Games in Libraries
This blog "strives to keep librarians up to date on gaming with convenient one-stop shopping for all your gaming news and information." Written by a team of librarians; a supplement to the LibGaming discussion group. Archives go back to July 2005.
URL: http://libgaming.blogspot.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23581

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Recreation

Cartoon America: A Library of Congress Exhibition
Dozens of drawings selected from the collection of editorial cartoonist James Arthur Wood, Jr. "These selections reflect Wood's primary collecting interests and strengths and the vitality of an innovative and evolving art form that includes political illustrations, gag cartoons, comic strips, illustrations, animation, and caricature." Note: Some images are not available because the Library of Congress does not have permission to display the images online.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/cartoonamerica/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23309

Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog
This humorous site is a blog as written by author Geoffrey Chaucer in which "Chaucer" comments on current affairs (such as "Britney Spearses" and "MynSpace") and other matters. Also includes links to sites with a glossary and about translating Middle English. From a group of four bloggers in England.
URL: http://houseoffame.blogspot.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23483

Sunset: Garden
Collection of gardening articles with a focus on the Western states. Topics include garden style, color, outdoor living, small space gardening, vegetable gardening, and step-by-step gardening and landscaping projects. Also includes a map showing the Sunset Garden climate zones. From Sunset magazine.
URL: http://www.sunset.com/garden/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23571

Regions of the World

Grand Canyon Skywalk: The Glass Bridge at Grand Canyon
Official website for this glass deck over the rim of the Grand Canyon. It is "the first-ever cantilever shaped glass walkway to suspend more than 4,000 feet above the canyon's floor and extend 70 feet from the canyon's rim." Includes images of construction, a comparison of the length of the skywalk with the height of tall structures, and visitor information. Available in several languages. The skywalk is operated by the Hualapai tribe.
URL: http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23580

Society & Social Science

DC Celebrates Emancipation
Information about Emancipation Day (April 16), which has been an official public holiday in Washington, DC since 2005. On that day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act. The site features a history of DC emancipation, and a schedule of events. From the government of Washington, DC.
URL: http://www.os.dc.gov/os/cwp/view,a,1207,q,608954.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23576

Garden-Based Learning
Compilation of gardening activities, projects, and other resources "for educators, volunteers, and parents working with children and youth." Some of the project themes include the food system, plants and textiles, produce marketing, and landscaping. Includes downloadable publications on topics such as city gardening, apples, peanuts, rice, and "the three sisters" (corn, beans, and squash). From the Cornell University Department of Horticulture.
URL: http://www.hort.cornell.edu/gbl/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23572

Lent: Call to Conversion: Frequently Asked Questions About Lent
Questions and answers about this Christian religious observance that precedes Easter. Answers questions such as, "Why do Catholics fast and give things up during Lent?" "Why are there ashes on Ash Wednesday and palms on Palm Sunday" "When does Lent end?" and "Why meatless Fridays?" From Americancatholic.org, a website from the Franciscans and St. Anthony Messenger Press.
URL: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/lent/faqs.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23491

Passover Through Archaeology and Rare Documents: A Teaching Site
This site uses artifacts and rare books to tell the story of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The items appear in chronological order and include the oldest extant Haggadah from the Cairo Genizah, a 1985 Haggadah in memory of the Holocaust, and related historical documents. Also includes a section of study questions. from the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York.
URL: http://www.passoversite.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23588

Prevent Child Abuse America
This organization works toward "building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children." Its website features a description of advocacy efforts, research publications (such as fact sheets and reports), materials for Child Abuse Prevention Month (April), and prevention tips. Also includes event listings and links to local chapters. Access to some material requires free registration.
URL: http://www.preventchildabuse.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23560


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
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