August 29th, 2008
August 22-29, 2008
All sites are working at the time I post them. If any are not working at the time you click on them, keep trying; their server may be unable to handle the sudden rush of traffic I’ve sent to it.
First Book http://www.firstbook.org/
The mission of this nonprofit – an obvious partner for libraries – is “to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.” To help decide which books to buy, they’ve solicited suggestions from ordinary people and celebrities about the first book that got them hooked on reading.
Food Bank Locator – America’s Second Harvest http://www.secondharvest.org/zip_code.jsp
Whether you want to donate to a local food pantry, or need to draw on it, just type in your zip code and find the closest one.
Food Network http://www.foodnetwork.com/
Even beyond all the recipes and videos from your favorite TV chefs, there’s a lot of great stuff here, including tips on quick and easy meals, healthy eating, kid-friendly kitchens, etc.
Foreclosure Rescue Scams http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre42.shtm
Is there anything lower than someone who makes money off of desperate people about to lose everything and makes their situation even worse? The Federal Trade Commission shows you how the scams work, what the comeons are, and how to find legitimate help.
Healthy Child, Healthy World: Simple Steps To Create a Safe Green Home for Your Baby, Kids and Family http://healthychild.org/
Founded by parents who lost a child to an environmentally-induced cancer, this site offers information on safe and healthy food and nutrition, baby care, and nontoxic products, as well as checklists (“Limit Your Child’s Use of Food Additives,” “Keep Your Child Lead-Free,” etc.), a Toxic Chemical Encyclopedia, a blog, and an annotated list of recommended products.
Office of Technology Assessment Archive http://fas.org/ota/
One of the few federal agencies ever allowed to die, the OTA, which provided Congress with independent expert analysis of science and technology issues, is the one Congress needed the most as it dealt with issues of the internet cybersecurity, defense technology, biotechnology, etc. Fortunately the Federation of American Scientists has made OTA’s reports and background documents, which continue to have both scientific and historical value, available online.
Readers Advisory – Sarah’s Reference Warehouse http://librarianinblack.typepad.com/librarianinblack/2008/08/sarahs-referenc.html
Our favorite “librarian in black” offers a sizable annotated set of links to her favorite readers’ advisory resources. Naturally I would suggest adding my own BookBytes to it, <http://marylaine.com/bookbyte/>
Science Videos Search Engine http://sciencehack.com/
A wonderfully useful tool. It’s difficult to locate resources across science’s boundary lines with most search engines because they may be tagged solely by the specific discipline or narrow subject of the resource. In addition, every video included has been “screened by a scientist to verify its accuracy and quality.” There aren’t a lot of videos here yet, but this ongoing project aims to index every science video on the internet.
Teacher Professional Development and Teacher Resources by Annenberg Media http://www.learner.org/index.html
A library of multimedia professional development workshops and other resources for teachers of K-12 through college, searchable, and browsable by broad topic and grade level. There are also some presentations for students and adult learners as well.
A View of America http://www.aviewofamerica.com/
“Founder Darryl Franklin is on a quest to bring you every attraction he can find in America.” While it’s largely a personal labor of love, he also posts both official photos and essays and those from viewers. Browse by state, or by categories like America’s gardens, factory tours, cemeteries, themeparks, lighthouses, forts & battlefields, etc.
A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/index.htm
If the Beijing Olympics whetted your interest in Chinese culture and history, this is a good place to learn more about China’s geography, calligraphy, painting, homes, gardens, and more. Each entry is essentially an illustrated short course on the subject, and includes a timeline, maps, and suggested reading.
WildFilmHistory: 100 Years of Wildlife Filmmaking http://www.wildfilmhistory.org/ This “unique multi-media guide to the history and heritage of wildlife filmmaking,” an ongoing project, is collecting presents behind-the-scene stills from wildlife films, oral histories of wildlife filmmaking, background information on each of the films, and some of the films themselves.
Thanks, as always to Neat New Stuff.