Friday, June 9, 2017

United Nations Digital Library System

If you're getting a little tired of the issues being discussed in the U.S. Government, it might be a nice change of pace to explore some international issues.  The United Nations Digital Library System is now freely available for your searching or browsing pleasure.  Enjoy!

Http://digitallibrary.un.org

Friday, May 5, 2017

Obama Presidential Center

Before they've even broken ground on Barack Obama's Presidential Center, it's already groundbreaking in the world of Presidential Libraries. The three-building complex on Chicago's south side will include many interesting features, but it won't physically contain President Obama's papers and documents. Instead, according to this press release from the National Archives and Records Administration, his records will be digitized and made available online:

https://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2017/nr17-54
 
Those who wish to see the physical records will have to visit Washington, DC. Perhaps this new approach will increase tourism in both cities. Only time will tell.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Days of Remembrance

This week marks the annual Days of Remembrance in commemoration of the Holocaust. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum provides a great deal of information about this observance, including a map of events being held around the country. It also provides information for communities to use in planning their own Remembrance events:

https://www.ushmm.org/remember/days-of-remembrance

Those who tend to compare more recent atrocities to the Holocaust might wish to use this as an opportunity to review the basic facts and statistics.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Superbloom

April showers are traditionally supposed to bring May flowers, but in California, winter showers have resulted in a "superbloom" of spring flowers.  Read about the reasons for the spectacular display on this site from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

https://www.climate.gov/news-features/event-tracker/march-2017-climate-conditions-finally-right-superbloom-desert

The photos may leave you California dreaming.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

De Quervain Tendinitis

People who do repetitive work with their hands may develop a number of different medical conditions. Some, like carpal tunnel syndrome, are fairly well known. Others, like De Quervain tendinitis are less so. You can read about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of De Quervain tendinitis in the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000537.htm

Beware, though. If you hold your phone or tablet while you browse the 4,000 articles available in the Encyclopedia, that's exactly the sort of thing that might cause De Quervain tendinitis.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. One site that provides links to a treasure trove of information about historic American women is this page from the Archives Library Information Center at the National Archives:

https://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/womens-history.html

It's divided into sections which include: Bibliographies, African-American Women, Biographies, Politics and Women, Women's Suffrage, Women and the Military, and Other Resources. Explore a few of these links and you'll be certain that girls not only want to have fun, they also want to have a positive impact on the world.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Presidents' Day

If you'd like to celebrate Presidents' Day by learning more about the powers of the President, a good place to start might be this page of resources from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/teachers/presidents-day

The information is provided to help immigrants prepare for the 18 questions on the naturalization test that deal with the Presidency. There's even a 10-question practice test on the site that you can take. Be brave and see how many you're able to answer correctly.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Million Hearts Initiative

Hearts are everywhere on Valentine's Day, but it's also a good day to think about the health of your own heart. One initiative trying to help you improve your heart health is Million Hearts. This program is "a national initiative with an ambitious goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services co-lead the initiative on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services." The Million Hearts site includes links to statistics, research reports, and lots of helpful information:

https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/

Take a few minutes to check it out before you go on your Valentine's date. The people who love you will love you more for taking good care of yourself.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Black History Month

As most people know, February is Black History Month. During this month we celebrate the great things that have been accomplished by African Americans throughout our country's history. The National Endowment for the Humanities has pulled together links to many important resources on its Black History Month page:

https://edsitement.neh.gov/black-history-month

It's divided into sections such as Slavery and Abolitionism, Civil War: 54th Regiment, W.E.B. DuBois and NAACP, Civil Rights Era and so on. If the student in your life has to do a paper on Federick Douglass or Booker T. Washington, this site might be just what they need.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Presidential Actions

If you'd like to keep track of Executive Orders and other actions taken by our new President, here's where you'll see them first:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions

This page also provides links to Presidential speeches, statements, and press briefings. Check this site daily and you'll be well prepared for your next political debate.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

As the nation pauses today to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., you might want to start planning a visit to his Memorial in Washington, DC. This is the official website for his Memorial:

https://www.nps.gov/mlkm/index.htm

Even if you don't plan to visit, you can find lots of good information on the site including a selection of Dr. King's most famous quotations. This is one that many will keep in mind today as they participate in volunteer work to recognize the holiday, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Office of Congressional Ethics

You may have heard that changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics were recently proposed and then abandoned by the House. However, you may not know much about what that office does. Here is its Citizens' Guide with a basic overview of its functions:

https://oce.house.gov/learn/citizens-guide/
  
This is just one of many watchdog agencies trying to make sure that Uncle Sam is behaving himself.