January 2010 Book Display

California’s most famous Gold Rush dates back to the morning of January 24, 1848, when James Marshall was making his customary inspection of the sawmill he was building for John Sutter. He was more interested in finishing the sawmill than the “shining flecks of metal” found in the running water. His discovery though, set an immediate “rush to the mines” and by the Spring of 1849, the largest gold rush in American History was under way. The people who really benefited from the large influx of people were the shipyard and lumber yard owners, since the population grew from 14,000 in 1848 to 250,000 by 1852. Other gold rushes include the Georgia Rush of 1829, Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 and the Porcupine Gold Rush of 1909. Come in and check out information on this great adventure in our country’s history.

Web site of the Week: Newseum

Found via Flickr

www.newseum.org

Newseum is a museum in Washington D.C. that focuses on news and news reporters.  The coolest section on this website is the ability to view the current day front page of newspapers from all across the world.  If you are interested in journalism there is also a section called Journalism News that features articles that discuss ethics, privacy, the future of the newspaper and more.

December Book Display

Pearl Harbor photo

“A date that will live in infamy”

December 7, 1941 at 7:55 am (local time) nearly 200 Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which was considered the US  “Gibraltar of the Pacific”. The raid, that lasted less than an hour, killed nearly 3,000 people. A declaration of war was requested by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and approved by the Congress on December 8th, which caused the United States to enter into World War II. Come check out our December Memorial Book Display as we explore past and present history books  and videos concerning this most important date.

Web site of the Week: Smarthistory

http://smarthistory.org/

This site has a unique homepage that allows you to explore art history by time period.   You can also browse by style, theme, or artist.  In addition to text and images,  SmartHistory also has videos and and podcasts that can be downloaded to your iPod.  Although the site has more contemporary art history information, Smarthistory is adding new material all the time.

Web site of the Week: Greener Choices

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http://www.greenerchoices.org/

The company that puts out Consumer Reports (Consumers Union) has a website that helps people make environmentally friendly choices.  Greener Choices has a section on deciphering green labels to help you understand various claims being made about products.  In another section, Greener Choices compares cars, appliances, and other products to one another based on their environmental impacts.  This website also has a great list of related websites under the Tools-Resources tab where you can get more information about climate change, renewable resources, and sustainable agriculture.

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