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ereader or tablet computer?
Consumer Reports has some thoughts on why you should consider an ereader if you're a bookworm.
 
posted Apr 30, 2013 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Crafty Minnesota: Omiyage Envelopes
Cover Art Stitch a card-holder envelope in the Kawaii (cute) Japanese style, using wood felt and hand embroidery. Makes beautiful one-of-a-kind gift wrap or use it to store your library card. Materials provided. For adults. Registration required.
Sat., May 11, 3-5 pm - Nokomis Library.
Thurs., May 16, 7-9 pm - St. Louis Park Library.

 
posted Apr 30, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Author McCorkle is self-described "nester"
Cover Art While writing her new novel, "Life After Life", Jill McCorkle drew on childhood memories in her hometown of Lumberton, North Carolina. In a New York Times article, the author tells of her return to the South.
 
posted Apr 30, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

SciTech Connect
SciTech Connect, a new database from the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) offers free access to thousands of full-text articles and technical reports in the areas of biology and medicine, chemistry, physics, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, and more. Create a free account to save documents and searches, export bibliographies and create alerts.
 
posted Apr 29, 2013 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

Technology for Children
Wondering if your child should be spending some or any time with an iPad? You're not alone. The recent article in The Atlantic, "The Touch-Screen Generation," and pieces on Minnesota Public Radio and National Public Radio about screen time for children have gotten people thinking more about how television or touch screen devices may affect early childhood development. Visit our Tech Together page for a great list of sources on best use, reviews of apps and other digital resources, and suggestions for how to engage with your child using technology and interactive media.
 
posted Apr 26, 2013 by Erin C. Category: Parenting/Child Care

Old Farmer's Weather
The Old Farmer's Almanac has a fun website with interesting weather information that includes 2-month long-range forecasts, weather folklore, and "Today in Weather History."
 
posted Apr 26, 2013 by Julie B. Category: Ready Reference/Fast Facts

University of Minnesota Extension Service
See wide-ranging information on Minnesota natural resources, agriculture, horticulture and more.
 
posted Apr 24, 2013 by Gail Mauer Category: Science

Cyber scams in the wake of Boston Marathon bombings
State agencies are publishing useful consumer information to help consumers avoid Internet scams and financial fraud opportunities arising from the bombing in Boston. Research your choice of contribution carefully, and beware of scams and malware arriving in your email.
 
posted Apr 24, 2013 by Carrie B. Category: Current Events

Need help on finding primary sources?
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has been launched! The DPLA was launched on April 18, 2013 and currently offers about three million digital images, books, maps, archival collections available for retrieval by keyword searching. Organizations including the National Archives, the New York Public Library and the Smithsonian are partners in this endeavor along with our own Minnesota Reflections Digital Library.

Looking for an interview with Malcolm X? Dennis Banks? Lena Horne? Or an interview with Pete Seeger? Large and small repositories from around the country have made their digitized resources accessible by the click of a mouse. Check out this new portal into America’s rich history.
 
posted Apr 20, 2013 by JoEllen H. Category: History/Biography

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
The DPLA was launched on April 18, 2013 and currently offers about three million digital images, books, maps, archival collections available for retrieval by keyword searching. Organizations including the National Archives, the New York Public Library and the Smithsonian are partners in this endeavor along with our own Minnesota Reflections Digital Library.

Looking for a photo of the school your mom attended in Beverly, Massachusetts? An image after a hurricane hit the Florida Keys? Or new photographs of Hubert Humphrey? Large and small repositories from around the country have made their digitized resources accessible by the click of a mouse. Check out this new portal into America’s rich history.
 
posted Apr 20, 2013 by JoEllen H. Category: Genealogy

Ice Out on Minnesota Lakes
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources keeps a record of Ice Out dates on Minnesota lakes.
 
posted Apr 16, 2013 by Linda P. Category: Minnesota

Protecting and Engaging Voters
The League of Women Voters has a long history of informing voters and working for equal voting access for all citizens. Find out what other work this organization performs on behalf of all voters.
 
posted Apr 16, 2013 by Carrie B. Category: Politics/Elections

Children's Day/Book Day Events
Cover Art Early literacy for children of all cultures is cause for celebration! Children's Book Day events at eight libraries are a collaboration with community partners to raise awareness of the importance of children's reading. ¡Fiesta!
 
posted Apr 15, 2013 by Phuoc Tran Category: Cultures/Diversity

Celebrate National Library Week Digitally
National Library Week begins April 14. This year we have extra cause to celebrate with the inauguration of the Digital Public Library of America on April 18. Exceptional digital collections from libraries, museums and historical institutions across the U.S. and Europe will contribute to this organization and will be available for everyone to access.
 
posted Apr 14, 2013 by Carrie B. Category: Current Events

Putting Things Together
The latest edition of the state's Economic Trends magazine reports that there are many job vacancies for welders in all regions of Minnesota, but especially in the southern half of the state. This might be a good career to explore for those who like to make things and work with their hands.
 
posted Apr 12, 2013 by Mary L. Category: Jobs/Careers

Reading world languages in the Library?
Looking for books in Chinese? Arabic? Vietnamese? Check out our list of languages carried in your local branch of the Hennepin County Library.
 
posted Apr 11, 2013 by Rachel S. Category: Language Learning

FCCC Orientation & Grantspace
On Wednesday, May 8th, at 10:30am, meet on the 4th floor of Minneapolis Central Library downtown for a detailed introduction to the Foundation Center Cooperating Collection's print and electronic resources for nonprofit funding research. Advance sign-up is not required. The session lasts about 90 minutes.

Be sure to explore the Foundation Center's online resource, Grantspace. Here you will find many Foundation Center tools in one free, searchable location.
 
posted Apr 11, 2013 by Roger L. Category: Grants/Nonprofits

5 Steps to Building a Successful e-Commerce Business Webinar
This session, scheduled April 24 at noon, is one of many free webinars offered by the National Federation of Independent business. Topics covered in this webinar include:
- 5 steps to building a successful online business
- Why you need a website for your small business
- How to do business successfully on eBay, Amazon, Yahoo!, Etsy and other e-commerce platforms
- Marketing your online business
- How to cope with sales taxes, privacy concerns, and other legal and tax issues you will face
 
posted Apr 9, 2013 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

Tax forms and instructions are online
Most tax forms and instructions are available online 24/7 through the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the IRS. For more information on tax forms, contact information, taxpayer assistance and additional resources, see the Taxes link in our Government Information subject guide.
 
posted Apr 8, 2013 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Career Fair
The University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business is having a Career Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center on April 10th from 10:00 to 3:00pm with 50+ employers. It is open to the public. Register online.
 
posted Apr 8, 2013 by Mary Linden Category: Jobs/Careers

Become a Foster Parent
Cover Art Are you interested in providing foster care? The first step is to attend a Hennepin County Foster Care Information Meeting. Find out more about the Foster Care Licensing Process and also the current needs in the county.
 
posted Apr 8, 2013 by Susan L Category: Social Issues

Public Library of US Diplomacy
WikiLeaks has launched the Public Library of US Diplomacy with 1.7 million files from the State Department of Henry Kissinger, according to Forbe's magazine. More on Henry Kissinger can be found in the Hennepin County Library catalog using the subject search term "Kissinger, Henry, 1923-."
 
posted Apr 8, 2013 by Keven L. Category: Magazines/Newspapers

Federal Business Opportunities
If you're interested in doing business with the Federal Government, try Federal Business Opportunities. (formerly "Commerce Business Daily") Find thousands of government procurement invitations, contract awards, subcontracting leads, sales of surplus property and foreign business opportunities.
 
posted Apr 8, 2013 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

Places in the News
The Library of Congress website Places in the News does a good job of offering a concise summary and geographic information for places that are currently in the news. North Korea and Syria are current topics.
 
posted Apr 5, 2013 by Carrie B. Category: Current Events

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Regardless of race, age, religion or economic status, a mental condition impacts the lives of nearly 60 million Americans every year. Learn more at NAMI Hennepin and Mental Illness: What You Need To Know.

 
posted Apr 4, 2013 by Anne D. Category: Health/Wellness

Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press
The University of Arizona has launched the Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press collection, an online digital collection of more than 100 years of newspapers and other periodicals, from the mid-19th century to the late 20th. Contemporary Spanish language periodicals can also be accessed through the Informe! database.
 
posted Apr 4, 2013 by Keven L. Category: Magazines/Newspapers

Stay safe on the water
Get a jump on your preparations for the fishing season by refreshing your boating safety knowledge.
 
posted Apr 4, 2013 by Kay D. Category: Sports/Recreation

A New Direction for 2013
Prevention, a magazine for women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, has a new look. This popular publication now features such timely topics as preventive health, fitness, natural remedies, and emotional healing. The updated layout contains brighter photos and several well-known authors including Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Tasneem Bhatia. These changes could lead to a wider audience during the coming year.
 
posted Apr 3, 2013 by Denis M Category: News/Weather

Car Care Month
For peak performance, note the 10 basic maintenance procedures at Car Care. The summer driving season will soon be here.
 
posted Apr 3, 2013 by Jerry B. Category: Automotive

Tax-Related Identity Theft
With tax season upon us, protect your refund from identity theft with these tips from the FTC and the IRS.
 
posted Apr 2, 2013 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

Clean Energy- Opposing Viewpoints
Cover Art Is the United States at risk of being left out of the clean energy race? How important is the CES standard? Browse this issue and more in Opposing Viewpoints .
 
posted Apr 1, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden


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