April is National Poetry Month–a celebration of poetry and our complex poetic heritage. Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996,Â National Poetry Month is a chance for everyone to return to that art form which predates literacy yet remains as current as the lyrics on the latest downloaded songs. Stop in to the library and pick up some poetry–old favorite or new, to read aloud or silently, slim volume or weighty tome or just one to slip into your pocket.
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I would definitely recommend using the library’s databases if you are looking for scholarly science articles, but what if you are looking for topic ideas or want to browse science stories for fun?Â In that case, I would recommend Science Daily.Â Science Daily has hundreds of short articles that summarize research articles that have been published.
Science Daily covers a wide variety of topics from psychology “Psychologists Search for Secret of Happiness at Work” to archaeology “Giant Stone Head of Ancient Egypt’s King Amenhotep III Discovered”.
Do you need information on a health related topic that you can trust?Â If you do, I would recommend you start at a Web site called Medline Plus.Â This site, put out by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, is your link to interactive health tutorials, medical encyclopedias, and health related news.
“The University of Chicago reports that going vegan is 50% more effective than switching to a hybrid car in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Eating 1 pound of meat is environmentally equal to driving 40 miles in an SUV.” Your Real Carbon Footprint.Â Statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that animal agriculture is the number one source of methane emissions in the United States. Cutting meat from just one meal a week can make a huge difference – for your health and for the health of the environment.