Thursday, March 27, 2008

Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Now you can search for and get information about any of the 58,000+ veterans killed or missing in the Vietnam War using's free Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial. If you want to find a particular name, you can do a simple keyword search. If the database finds a match, you’ll be shown key facts such as the person’s rank, grade, specialty, and casualty date using data provided in the military personnel records from the National Archives. You can also search for names that conform to certain criteria such as enlistment type, race, hometown, casualty date, squadron, and much more. Users can leave photos or comments to any name on The Wall. is a subscription website (i.e., you have to pay to use their resources other than the Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial) featuring "tens of millions of original source documents from the world’s finest archives available on the Internet for the first time, including military records, naturalization papers, and historical newspapers." Footnote also allows free viewing and uploading of user-contributed content including old photos, letters, and documents. Users can annotate, spotlight, and connect records.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

All Things Irish

With March 17th being St. Patrick's Day, celebrate the holiday with the following online resources:

Log in with your library card to Britannica Online and read an in-depth article on Ireland. Topics covered include the land, the people, the economy, government and society, the arts and the history of this western European country. A number of images, maps and several videos, including the work of Saint Patrick, are included.

St. Patrick's Day from the BBC
Download recipes of your favorite Irish dishes, learn to speak a little Irish, view the interactive Book of Facts on Saint Patrick or play the Snake Game. The BBC even has an Irish language portal for a more in-depth introduction to Gaelic.

The History of St. Patrick's Day
From the History Channel, learn about the man behind the holiday and the patron saint of Ireland.

St. Patrick's Day 2008 on Kaboose
Crafts, activities, recipes and clip art for parents and children. The rainbow mobiles are especially colorful.

Check out Irish-themed children's books or search the library's catalog under the following subjects:
To get in the mood, be sure to check out/listen to some traditional Irish music.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Women's History Month Resources

March is Women's History Month. Recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women via the booklists, Web sites and e-resources below.

Booklists courtesy of Fauquier County Public Library include recommended reading for children and adults. Use your library card to log in to your account and place a hold to pick up one of these terrific books.

Virginia Women in History 2008
Presented by the Library of Virginia, this Web site highlights the state and national contributions of eight Virginia women and includes a short biography of each woman honored. Resources include primary source material about the honorees and curriculum guides suitable for teachers in grades K–12.

Women's History Month at the Library of Congress
This site focuses on the "creativity, imagination and vitality of women throughout U.S. history" and highlights the many resources on women’s history and culture available from their extensive online collections.

World Book's Feature of the Month: Women in Science and Medicine
For the month of March, World Book Online features a collection of articles and related materials on Women in Science and Medicine. Log in to World Book using your Fauquier County Public Library card number and click on the Feature of the Month.

Britannica Online Featured Spotlight: Guide to Women's History
During March, Britannica Online's Featured Spotlight highlights 300 women who changed the world. Includes a number of multimedia resources (video clips, etc.) and learning activities for ages 10+. Log in to Britannica with your library card and click on the Featured Spotlight section on the bottom left of the home page.

Biography Resource Center: Notable Women
Using your FCPL library card, log in to Find It Virginia and check out Biography Resource Center. Under Category Browse, you'll see a section for Notable Women which features biographical information on a number of women.

Women's History Month from
This in-depth site includes articles on women's history and timelines, a women's suffrage video from BrainPOP and tons of fun quizzes covering women's achievements.

Women's History Month from the History Channel

This eye-catching site covers the history of women's suffrage and features video clips and a Women's Hall of Fame.
Compilation of lesson plans concerning women's rights and women's history, including topics such as women aviators, first ladies, voting rights for women, women in the U.S. Civil War, quilting, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wall-paper." From EDSITEment, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations.

TIME for Kids Women's History Month Special
Get the scoop on why we celebrate Women's History Month, travel through time with America's most influential women, take the Picture History Challenge and add your own captions to cartoons of the past. Includes an interview with children's author Beverly Cleary.

Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business Companion
This exhibit "brings to life the stories of some 40 intriguing women who helped shape the landscape of American business." Includes mentorship stories, games like "Mind Your Own Business" and the "Biz Quiz," as well as classroom material for educators.

The Field Museum's Women in Science
Read personal interviews with 13 women about why they chose careers in the sciences. Interviewees include an anthropologist, geologist, botanists, zoologists, and experts in exhibits and in environment and conservation. Also includes a feature on two past science pioneers, activities, and related resources.

I Was Wondering ... A Curious Look at Women's Adventures in Science
Meet ten "cool" female scientists, including a robot designer, gene hunter, and space geologist, view a timeline of scientific discoveries by twenty-five women scientists and try your hand at creating a robot. This Web site uses a lot of Flash, so you might want to be on a high speed connection for this one.