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This week's picks include Parisian architecture, prefab houses, Muppeteer Jim Henson, Walter Lippmann, Johnny Appleseed, pollinators, helping children of imprisoned parents, a possibly pilfered planet, and the Northwest Passage, from part-time to permanent waterway. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Wendy.
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The European Discovery of the Pacific
This version of a talk by a cartographic historian discusses the European discovery of the Pacific Ocean by Vasco Nunez de Balboa in September 1513 and how a 1507 world map published in Strasbourg appears to show "America North and South as two very large island-continents ... and beyond them lies an ocean stretching some thousands of miles west." Includes image of the 1507 map. From a UK retailer of maps and travel books.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24497
On-demand "video instructional series in German for college and high school classrooms and adult learners" originally produced for public television by WGBH Boston, Inter Nationes, and the Goethe-Institut. The episodes, which were filmed using native German speakers, cover topics such as school, work, travel, and personal relationships. Requires free registration. Includes links to other language learning programs. From Annenberg Media, part of the Annenberg Foundation
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24481
Paris Architecture Explained
Overview with examples of the history of notable architecture in Paris. Covers the medieval period, Renaissance, French Baroque and Classicism, Rococo, Neo-Classicism and Empire, Haussmann renovations, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and 20th century developments through the mid 1990s. From a company that publishes a newsletter on Paris tourism.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24520
Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Prefabricated Housing
Companion to a 2005-2006 exhibit that "presents a variety of approaches to prefab [housing] -- from houses owners can build from a kit of parts ... to those that arrive fully assembled." Features a timeline back to 1892 about prefab construction in the U.S., details about featured projects (such as the FlatPak house and the weeHouse one-room cabin), biographies of architects, and audio clips about the exhibit. From the Walker Art Center.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24527
This nonprofit with offices throughout the U.S. provides "free housing counseling to low and moderate income homebuyers." Its site features information about obtaining credit for buying a home, predatory lending practices, and options when you are behind on your mortgage. Includes a list of local offices.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24524
Help for Homeowners Facing the Loss of Their Home
This site discusses steps to take when you may unable to pay the mortgage on your home. Topics include contacting your lender, talking to a housing counseling agency, prioritizing debts, and exploring loan workout solutions (such as forbearance or mortgage modification). Includes comments about predatory lending schemes, and a link to a list of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies by state. From the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24522
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA)
Website for an "international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers." Features articles from the organization's magazine, special reports on topics such as border crossing and fuel prices, trucking news headlines, blogs, an industry calendar, and regulatory documents. Some additional materials only available to members.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24523
Signers of the Declaration
This series of essays covers topics related to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, including historic sites and buildings associated with the signing, and biographical sketches of the signers of the Declaration, such as John Adams, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson. Provides text and history of the Declaration and suggested reading. Based on a book that was issued by the National Park Service in observance of the U.S. bicentennial.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24496
United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security
Website from the Democrats for this congressional committee created in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Features dozens of press releases and reports on topics such as border security, emergency preparedness, and infrastructure protections. Includes the September 2007 report about homeland security and public health (arising from an individual flying to and from the U.S. while infected with a drug resistant to tuberculosis). Also includes a link to the equivalent Republican site.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24465
Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000
"This Act gives states the option to provide medical assistance through Medicaid to eligible women who were screened for and found to have breast or cervical cancer, including precancerous conditions." Includes a "summary of actions taken by states and affected territories and tribal organizations to accept and implement the Medicaid option provided for by the Act," as updated through January 2005. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24517
Breast and Cervical Cancer: Prevention and Treatment
This page provides material "regarding the prevention and treatment of breast and cervical cancer. There is now a law [Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000], that permits state Medicaid programs to provide medical services to certain women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer." Includes an overview of the law and associated guidance, discussion of Medicaid eligibility requirements, and links to related sites.
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24515
Clean Burning Wood Stoves and Fireplaces
"This site offers information to help you choose an EPA certified stove ... or another cleaner burning hearth appliance (e.g., gas or pellet stove) and use it efficiently and safely." Discusses stove and fireplace types, safe installation and wood-burning practices, impacts of wood smoke on human health and the environment, cleaner burning fireplace options, and related topics. Also includes a guide for implementing a wood stove change-out campaign. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24491
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association: Fact Sheets
Some of the topics covered in this collection of fact sheets include wood stoves, pellet stoves, gas logs, fireplace inserts, zone heating, safe barbecuing, creating an outdoor room, and electric, gas, and wood-burning fireplaces. From the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, an international trade organization.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24493
American Writers: Walter Lippmann
Brief biography of this Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who "helped found the liberal New Republic magazine. His writings there influenced Pres. Woodrow Wilson, who, after selecting Lippmann to help formulate his famous Fourteen Points and develop the concept of the League of Nations, sent him to the post-World War I peace negotiations for the Treaty of Versailles." Includes a list of works by Lippmann. From the C-SPAN site on American 20th century writers.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24483
Henson, Jim: U.S. Muppeteer-Producer
Profile of Jim Henson, who was "responsible for perhaps the most recognizable and beloved television characters of all time -- the puppet/marionette hybrids better known as the Muppets." Provides highlights of Henson's career and listings of television series (such as "Sesame Street" and "Fraggle Rock"), films (including "The Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth"), publications, and further reading. Includes links to related essays. From the Museum of Broadcast Communication.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24501
The Jim Henson Legacy
Website for this organization "created by family and friends in response to the extraordinary interest in the life and work of Jim Henson." Provides a biography of Henson, listing some of his accomplishments in puppetry, television, and film; a list of his awards and honors, chronology (covering Henson's Muppets, "Sesame Street," and movies); announcements; and links to related sites. This is a very basic website with few images.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24502
Lost Indiana: In Grave Condition: John Chapman (AKA Johnny Appleseed)
Background about the tale of Johnny Appleseed, "a poor hobo who wandered all over the midwest planting apple trees as he went," and John Chapman, the "wealthy businessman" who inspired the tale. Includes links to the Harper's Monthly story from 1871 that inspired the Johnny Appleseed myth, and to other related sites. From a website that provides information about historical figures who are buried in Indiana.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24486
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1949: William Faulkner
Profile of novelist and poet William Faulkner, winner of the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel." Features a biography, bibliography (listing titles such as "The Sound and the Fury," "As I Lay Dying," and "Light in August"), Nobel presentation speech and banquet speech, video of the awards ceremony, and related links. From the Nobel Foundation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24495
San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents
This group is "a coalition of social service providers, representatives of government bodies, advocates and others who work with or are concerned about children of incarcerated parents and their families." Its site features a bill of rights for these children, with rights such as being kept safe and informed at the time of parental arrest and speaking with, seeing, and touching the parent. Also includes material about advocacy efforts and a blog.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24499
Website accompanying a PBS Nova program on the Northwest Passage, an Arctic route from the Pacific to Atlantic ocean, focusing on the failed attempt of British expedition led by Sir John Franklin and the successful attempt of the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Highlights include an interactive map tracing the routes, analysis of the provisions carried by Franklin's ships, slide show of artifacts from the Franklin expedition, and an essay on the future of the passage.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24518
Breaking the Ice: Canada and the Northwest Passage
Archival audio and video clips, images, and short essays about the Northwest Passage, a route through the Arctic Ocean connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Topics include early exploration, the first successful passage in 1906 by Norway's Roald Amundsen, issues related to Canadian Arctic sovereignty, Arctic native people, and recent developments in the area (such as the passage becoming more navigable due to ice melting from global warming). From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24516
The Search for a Northwest Passage
This exhibit focuses on the "many explorers [who] have ventured into the inhospitable Arctic regions in search of the Northwest Passage, a navigable channel that was believed to connect the North Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans." Essays and images cover early approaches in the 15th century until the passage was successfully navigated in 1903-06 by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Includes related website links. From the British Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24514
The Case of the Pilfered Planet: Did the British Steal Neptune?
This 2004 article explores the "story of mathematical sleuthing and telescopic detection of the planet that [French mathematician Urbain Jean Joseph] Le Verrier named Neptune ... [and] the controversy set off when, soon after ... the discovery, it emerged that a young and little-known English mathematician, John Couch Adams, had independently tackled the same problem and deduced much the same position -- before Le Verrier had." Includes a related sidebar. From Scientific American.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24508
Ecological Topics: Pollinators
Collection of resources on "the biology, ecology, conservation status, and threats to native pollinators, pollinator-dependent species, and pollinator habitats in the United States and abroad." Includes background about pollination (including plant features used by pollinators), descriptions of specific pollinator species (bees, birds, bats, and insects), material on conservation and on farming and gardening for pollinators, news and updates, teaching resources, and more. From the National Biological Information Infrastructure, administered by the U.S. Geological Survey.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24506
Pollinators: Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators
Background about pollination and pollinators, animals or insects that assist in plant reproduction by transferring pollen from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma. Topics include specific pollinators (such as bees, birds, and bats), pollinator syndrome traits, environmental benefits and cultural importance of pollination, and pollinator conservation (such as gardening practices and building native bee nesting blocks). Provides images and related website links. From the USDA Forest Service Rangeland Management Botany Program.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24505
Resources on Pollinators
Collection of resources about pollination and the importance of pollinators: "About three-quarters of the world's flowering plants and at least 90 food crops eaten in North America depend on pollinators." Features a chart of pollinator species (with fun facts, population status, and favorite flowers), a list of plants for attracting pollinators, a podcast on pollinators in crisis, news and updates, and related links. From the National Academy of Sciences Division on Earth and Life Studies.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24504
Children of Prisoners Library (CPL)
"More than one in forty children in the United States has a parent in prison. ... [This site] provides free information sheets designed for people serving children of prisoners and their caregivers." Features pamphlets on topics such as visiting mom or dad, jail and prison procedures, common stress points, and tips for fostering trust and safety. Also includes a glossary and links to related material. From the Family and Corrections Network.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24490
The International Day of Peace September 21
This day "provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date." The site features the U.N. resolutions designating this day, a listing of events throughout the world, educational resources, and links to related material. This site "is provided by Pathways To Peace, the International Secretariat of the Culture of Peace Initiative (formerly We The Peoples Initiative), a United Nations-designated Peace Messenger Initiative."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24487
International Day of Peace Vigil
This site describes the "global 24-hour spiritual observation for peace [on September 21 that] is meant to demonstrate the power of prayer and other spiritual practices in promoting peace and preventing violent conflict." Includes a FAQ and lists of groups making vigil commitments throughout the world (back to 2002). International Day of Peace Vigil is supported by the United Nations and other organizations.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24488
Working With Children With Parents in Prison
Tips from 2002 for those who work with children who have incarcerated parents. Topics include child reactions to parental incarceration, prison visitation basics, reunifying families after parental incarceration, and understanding and supporting foster children with incarcerated parents. A few of the links to related sites are broken. From the North Carolina Division of Social Services and the Family and Children's Resource Program of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Social Work.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24489
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