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LII New This Week
New This Week for December 3, 2009
This Week
Featured resources this month cover seasonal topics such as snow and ice, insulating your home, hockey, gift cards, Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7), and the Nobel Prizes (award ceremonies held in December).

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Business

Buying, Giving, and Using Gift Cards
Consumer tips for buying and using gift cards, such as asking about expiration dates and fees, giving the original purchase receipt to the recipient in case the card is lost or stolen, and checking about purchase exceptions. Includes contacts for problems and complaints about gift cards. Also available in Spanish. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt010.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24964

Responsible Shopper
This website allows consumers to "[s]earch hundreds of company profiles by name or by industry and quickly compare the corporate responsibility records of companies within industries" such as beauty and body care, clothing, electronics, and food. Company profiles list any campaigns and alerts associated with the company, along with company contact information and a list of affiliated companies. From Green America (formerly Co-op America).
URL: http://www.coopamerica.org/programs/responsibleshopper/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/5763

Health

Holiday Health and Safety Tips
"Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others by following these [winter] holiday tips." Includes material on washing your hands often, staying warm, managing stress, traveling safely, preparing food safely, and related matters. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27101

Home & Housing

A Champagne Primer
Discusses the difference between champagne and sparkling wine, interpretation of champagne labels, proper storage, and how to serve and taste champagne. From Epicurious.com.
URL: http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/drinking/wine/champagneintro
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6953

Cleaning Stovepipes and Chimneys
This document provides safety tips and suggestions for cleaning chimneys to free them of creosote buildup, which can cause chimney fires. Covers equipment and techniques for cleaning a flue, and instructions for cleaning the soot and creosote that has fallen to the bottom of the chimney. Includes links to related publications concerning wood stoves. From the University of Missouri Extension.
URL: http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=G1735
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24494

Cultural Requirements of Indoor Holiday Gift Plants
This chart provides care requirements for common winter and holiday plants such as amaryllis, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, and poinsettias. Discusses light preference, watering, temperature, feeding, transplanting, maintenance, and related topics. From the New York Botanical Garden.
URL: http://www.nybg.org/hgc_online/fact_sheets_detail.php?id_fact_sheet=5
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7502

Energy Savers: Insulation
This collection of fact sheets covers various aspects of home insulation, including the basics of insulation, how to add insulation to an existing home, how to select insulation for new home construction, where to insulate, and how to make insulation more effective with air sealing and moisture control. Includes a comparison chart for different types of insulation. From the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
URL: http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/insulation_airsealing/index.cfm/mytopic=11320
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/8427

People

Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Nobel Prize
"Articles, photographs, a slide show and poetry written by Nobel himself are presented here to give a glimpse of a man whose varied interests are reflected in the prize he established. Meet Alfred Nobel -- scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, author and pacifist."  Also includes a FAQ, a timeline showing when he patented the safer explosives nitroglycerin (blasting oil) and dynamite, and his will. From the official website for the Nobel Foundation.
URL: http://nobelprize.org/alfred_nobel/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25002

The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers
This presentation of almost 50,000 images "documents the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright and highlights their pioneering work which led to the world's first powered, controlled and sustained flight. Included ... are correspondence, diaries and notebooks, scrapbooks, drawings, printed matter, and other documents, as well as the Wrights' collection of glass-plate photographic negatives." Also features a timeline and family tree. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
URL: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wrighthtml/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/4132

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Ships Present at Pearl Harbor
The Naval Historical Center provides this list of all U.S. Navy ships that were either in Pearl Harbor or within twelve miles of Oahu on December 7, 1941. The list is sorted by type and hull number. Ships that were sunk or destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attack are identified.
URL: http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq66-2.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/1315

U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: The Holiday Season
Facts and statistics about the winter holiday season, including shopping and retail sales, mail delivery, Christmas trees and decorations, toys, holiday names, and New Year's Eve and Day. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
URL: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/014405.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7487

Recreation

Backcheck: A Hockey Retrospective/Regard Sur le Hockey
"This digital project's primary focus is on the early days of hockey" in Canada. Contains information and materials on the French-Canadian tradition; women's hockey; and "kids' teams, junior teams, company teams, town teams, [and] prisoners' teams." Includes a children's version. In English and French. From the National Library of Canada and the National Archives of Canada.
URL: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/hockey/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6463

How to Play Dreidel: Rules for the Popular Hanukkah Game
This site provides instructions for playing the Hanukkah game of dreidel. Describes the origins of the dreidel and how to play the game. Includes links to a recipe for jelly doughnuts and other related content. Reprinted from "A Different Light: The Hanukkah Book of Celebration"; from MyJewishLearning.
URL: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Hanukkah/At_Home/Dreidel/How_To_Play.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6564

Science

National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
Website for this center that "supports research into our world's frozen realms: the snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground, and climate interactions that make up Earth's cryosphere." Search or browse data collections, read publications and news, and view images of glaciers and icebergs. The Education Center section has basic information about the cryosphere, frozen ground, snow, and related topics. Part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder.
URL: http://nsidc.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/3055

Society & Social Science

Lakota Winter Counts
"The Lakota marked the passage of time by drawing pictures of memorable events on calendars known as winter counts. This online exhibit features a searchable database of Smithsonian winter count images, a documentary about Lakota history and culture, video interviews with Lakota people ... and a teacher's guide." Also includes maps, a glossary, and a bibliography. From the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
URL: http://wintercounts.si.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/5973


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