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This week feast your mind on sites about the Roanoke colonies, Ethiopia, grazing, obesity, high-fructose corn syrup, carpets, subways, and Hezbollah. Bon appetit from librarians Karen, Wendy, Jennifer, Maria, Pat, Charlotte, and Tom.
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The Lost Colony: The Roanoke Colonies
Historical essay about "an epic unsolved mystery that still challenges historians and archaeologists. In 1587, over 100 men, women and children journeyed from England to Roanoke Island on North Carolina's coast and established the first English settlement in America. Within three years, they had vanished with scarcely a trace." Includes images. From the website for a play produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22123
Roanoke Revisited: Heritage Education Program
Teaching materials on the mystery surrounding the first English colony in America established (in 1587) in what is now the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Includes background on British exploration prior to the establishment of the colony, Native Americans, and the mysterious disappearance of the people of this "Lost Colony." From Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, National Park Service (NPS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22121
Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets
This site explores pattern and deviations from a pattern in Oriental carpets. Includes a discussion and examples of asymmetry and symmetry-breaking and grids and tessellations, a rug gallery, and a description of rug knots (Turkish and Persian). Also includes a glossary, bibliographies, activities for students, and related material. From the Textile Museum and the Math Forum at Drexel University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22125
Weaving Art Museum: The Wealth of Kings: Masterpiece Persian Carpets
This exhibit "focuses attention on a number of early carpets made during the golden age of Persian Carpet production, circa 1450-1650." Features an illustrated essay about the historic and cultural situation when the rugs were produced, and annotated photos of carpets. From the Weaving Art Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22129
Bloggers: A Portrait of the Internet's New Storytellers
This nationwide survey of bloggers found that "most are focused on describing their personal experiences to a relatively small audience of readers and that only a small proportion focus their coverage on politics, media, government, or technology." A 2006 report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, an initiative funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22165
Fact Sheet on the BLMs Management of Livestock Grazing
Provides a brief history and description of current management of public lands grazing, legal mandates, and grazing fees. Also discusses the number of livestock on BLM-managed lands and the role of livestock grazing on public lands today. From the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22128
The Facts About High Fructose Corn Syrup
Overview of uses and consumer benefits of this "sweetener [that is] made from corn and can be found in numerous foods and beverages on grocery store shelves in the United States." Also includes questions and answers about the comparison of HFCS to other types of sweeteners (such as table sugar), metabolism of HFCS, and material about the consumption of HFCS and obesity. From the Corn Refiners Association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21498
The Crown Council of Ethiopia: Emperors & Leaders of the Modern Era
Biographies of Emperor Haile Selassie I, Emperor Amha Selassie I, and Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie. Includes additional speeches and addresses by Haile Selassie I, who died in 1975 and who is the symbol of the Messiah in the Rastafarian religion. From the Crown Council of Ethiopia, "the Constitutional Body which advises the reigning Emperors of Ethiopia."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22124
California Department of Insurance: Consumers: Residential Series
Series of state government fact sheets on insurance topics of interest to California homeowners, including property claims, mold and your homeowners policy, avoiding scams after a disaster, title insurance, earthquake coverage, the California Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan, and CLUE (Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange) databases. Provides a printable home inventory guide. From the California Department of Insurance.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21988
California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness
Publications and resources from this initiative "launched by the [California] State Legislature in 2002 to address the critical issues of physical activity and nutritional health in California's schools and workplaces." Features health and wellness tips, a report on the costs of obesity, details about programs of the task force (such as California Fitness Month), and related materials.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21588
Calisphere is the University of California's gateway to more than 150,000 digitized primary source items that "reveal the diverse history and culture of California." Its content "has been selected from ... the UC campuses, and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations." Searchable, or browsable by individual subjects or themed collections, which are "primary source sets organized to support California [K-12] Content Standards." Also includes selected historical essays and lesson plans.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21716
Palm Springs Aerial Tram: History & Technical
Background about the construction and operation of this tram completed in 1963 "in rugged Chino Canyon on the north edge of Palm Springs [California]." Features a history of the project dating back to its conception in the 1930s and technical facts and details on topics such as cables, cabin hanger, and docking brake hydraulics. Includes photos and video clips.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22131
Klondike Gold Rush [National Historical Park] -- Seattle Unit
Website for this national park that commemorates the impact of the "tens of thousands of people from across the United States and around the world [who] descended upon Seattle's commercial district" in 1897 and 1898 on their way to the Canadian Klondike. Includes details about activities, a curriculum guide (for grades 3-6), and news, such as the opening of the new visitor center in June 2006. From the National Park Service (NPS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21999
Sub Pop: The Grunge Years
This Seattle record label is known for popularizing grunge rock music and for signing local bands, such as Nirvana. "This site documents the look and feel of Sub Pop prior to 1991. It includes all of the original columns that [Sub Pop's] Bruce Pavitt wrote for the Rocket between 1983 and 1988." Also includes Sub Pop newsletters from 1990, an ad archive, and details about groups such as Nirvana and Mudhoney.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22057
Australia's Lost Kingdoms
This site features educational materials about "Australia's reptiles, birds and mammals from the Cretaceous to the present." Features include "Snapshots through time" (a journey through geologic time), games, video clips, animal facts, and links to related features and websites. From the Australian Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22074
Council on Foreign Relations: Hezbollah (a.k.a. Hizbollah, Hizbu'llah)
Background about Hezbollah, "a Lebanese umbrella organization of radical Islamic Shiite groups and organizations. It opposes the West, seeks to create a Muslim fundamentalist state modeled on Iran, and is a bitter foe of Israel." Topics include origins, leaders, area of operation, and major attacks in the 1980s and 1990s. Includes links to material about the conflict between Israel and Lebanon in 2006. From the Council on Foreign Relations.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22116
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Mauritania
A report about human rights practices in this Islamic republic located in Africa. Some of the topics discussed in this report based on research done in 2005 include religious freedom, participation in elections, government corruption, gavage (force-feeding of adolescent girls, "practiced only among White Moor tribal groups"), and the rights of women. From the U.S. Department of State.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22127
This site provides access to subway maps for more than 100 cities worldwide, showing best routes, transfers, and an estimate of time required for travel. Includes links to official websites of individual transport providers and selected tourist attractions. In English and French. From the Paris Transport Authority.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22030
"No Job For a Woman"
Companion website to an exhibit that "focuses on [British] women's experiences of war in the twentieth century," covering topics pre-1914, during World War I and World War II, and post-1945. Includes images and activities related to themes such as "A woman's place is in the home" and "War babes: stereotypes, pin-ups and prejudice." From the Imperial War Museum, Great Britain.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22076
Jewish Webcasting Guide
This site "is a gateway to Jewish audio and video programming on the Internet. Currently, over 300 websites are included, many with multiple program offerings."
Searchable, or browsable by category such as children, culture, music, Israel, and languages. From the Jewish Webcasting Service, a nonprofit group interested in the "development of an institution to disseminate to the public Jewish knowledge via webcasting."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22061
Recycling for Charities (RFC)
This nonprofit organization collects old wireless electronic devices (cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras) and ink and toner cartridges for proper disposal. "For every charity phone donation you provide, ... [RFC] donate[s] one dollar to the foundation or cause you select." Includes an overview of activities and a list of dozens of participating charities.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22065
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
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