Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Science Behind the 2010 Nobel Prizes

Be sure to check out AccessScience, which celebrates the 2010 Nobel Prizes with special content and articles on this year's Physics, Chemistry and Medicine prize-winners.

For additional science-focused content, be sure to check out the General Science Collection database as well as the library's online catalog:

Monday, November 22, 2010

National Taxpayers Union - Does the IRS Owe You Money?

National Taxpayers Union - Does the IRS Owe You Money? Enter your last name and select a tax year (only 2008 and 2009 are currently offered) and see if Uncle Sam owes you any money.

The Science of Everyday Life

Did you know that science is all around us? Using the "laboratories" in our world -- our homes, classrooms and community -- students, teachers and families can explore the wonders of science with the help of a new website, Science of Everyday Life. Features of this interactive resource include:

  • An "Innovation Headquarters" showcasing innovations from yesterday to today through brain teasers, virtual labs and an interactive timeline;

  • Unique inquiry-based lessons, aligned to national standards, addressing key areas of science and the technology and innovation behind them;

  • School-to-home family activities encouraging students to discover the real-world science around them and make connections to what they are learning in school;

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010


Whether you are a teacher, a student or a parent, you'll want to check out this terrific set of "Interactives" from the Learner.org website. The content and activities provide you a solid foundation on variety of topics. For example, check out the Middle Ages section under "History Interactives." Interesting stuff!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It's the Year of the Solar System

NASA recently announced that it's the Year of the Solar System (actually a Martian year...23 months). Each month, from October 2010 through August 2012, NASA will highlight different aspects of our solar system - its formation, volcanism, gravity, ice, the possibility of life elsewhere, as NASA undertakes key missions. Teachers and Girl Scout leaders will want to check out the various educational resources on the YSS site. Watch videos, explore space news and events, meet the people who make space exploration possible and much more on this exciting website from NASA.

For books and videos on the solar system, see the library's online catalog.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November is American Indian Heritage Month

American Indian Heritage Month began with an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the "First Americans" made to the establishment and growth of the United States. This effort, which began in the early part of the 20th century, resulted in the month of November being designated for that purpose.

Recommended Web Sites
The Library of Congress (LOC) provides a number of wonderful online resources and source material on specific native populations. For Native American Heritage Month, the LOC pays tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. The Web site includes images, audio/video and links to specific collections and exhibitions related to or encompassing Native American history, as well as lesson plans and activities for teachers and students. And just in time for Veteran's Day, their Stories From Veterans History Project has a special feature entitled, Willing to Serve: American Indians.

For teachers, ReadWriteThink celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month with links to lesson plans, recommended Web sites and texts to inspire classroom learning. Scholastic provides a Native American Heritage Activity Set that explores contributions Native Americans made/make to our nation. Also be sure to check out Smithsonian Education's American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources page.

Parents and teachers may want to try their hand at some Native American Crafts for Kids from EnchantedLearning.com.

The National Park Service has put together a list of featured American Indian properties as well as lessons/exhibits of American Indian Heritage in our nation's parks.

If you can't make it to Washington, DC to visit the National Museum of the American Indian, check out some of their fascinating online exhibitions.

PBS's American Experience series "We Shall Remain,", which describes itself as "a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history," includes a Web site with all five (5) episodes available for viewing online. Other PBS sites with information on Native Americans include Colonial House, Antiques Roadshow and Lewis and Clark.

Suggested Databases
The library subscribes to several online databases that can help you with research on Native Americans:
  • Biography in Context alows you to browse for biographical information on the category Native Americans;

  • Both Britannica Online and World Book Online (kids' and regular/student versions) include in-depth research articles on Native Americans;

  • In Bloom's Literary Reference Online, you can search on the terms "native american" and get a host of resources, including Bloom on Native-American Writers, bacckground on Native American literature and short fiction, and more;

  • Ancestry Library (in-library use only) has a number of databases available that cover specific Native American tribes as well as U.S. Indian Census Schedules;

And of course, you can always check the library's online catalog for books and materials to check out/take home. Our children's librarian, Jennifer Schultz, has recommended several books for children and teens that are centered around Native American characters.

e-Resource of the Month - Biography in Context

Virtually every course of study — from history to science to literature — is ultimately tied to the study of people. Biography in Context (formerly known as Biography Resource Center) delivers students outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. A curriculum-aligned resource that offers media-rich content, Biography in Context includes:
  • 600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals
  • 170+ award-winning Gale reference titles
  • 50,000 new or updated bios added annually in addition to daily updates to account for awards and events
  • Integrated reference material, periodical information and multimedia content
  • Hundreds of hand-crafted topic pages covering the highest-interest features
Updated daily, you can access this terrific online reference source 24X7 with your Fauquier County Public Library card.