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Looking for Help?
Access nearly one thousand government benefit and assistance programs at Benefits.gov. Browse by category, or find specific programs for Minnesota residents. Try the Benefit Finder questionnaire to see what programs may work for you.
posted Feb 28, 2013 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
If you're interested in how much information is being harvested from your social media profiles, whether or not profit and social responsibility can coexist or simply want to join the latest discussion on recycling and our collective carbon footprint, Business Ethics may offer the answers you need. The magazine is no longer published in print format and available only online.
posted Feb 27, 2013 by Susan C. Category: Business/Investments

Reading books online for kids
Did you know that you can read Tumblebooks, Tumblebooks Spanish, and Bookflix online through HCL? Grab your library card and read!
posted Feb 25, 2013 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Fluorescent light bulbs: Use them, recycle them.
Cover Art The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency states that, because they contain mercury, fluorescent bulbs of all shapes and sizes (compact fluorescents, fluorescent tubes, and high-intensity discharge bulbs used for exterior lighting) from households must be recycled to avoid polluting the environment and posing a health threat. Never throw these bulbs in the trash—it’s illegal to do so.
posted Feb 25, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

National Geographic Now Online
Our database National Geographic Magazine offers the perpetually engaging articles, the famously stunning images, and an archive that goes back to 1888. Enjoy!
posted Feb 22, 2013 by Carrie B. Category: Countries/Travel

Endocrine disrupting chemicals
The New York Daily News highlights a UN and World Health Organization report on potential health risks associated with some common household chemicals. The full report and a 38 page summary are available online.
posted Feb 21, 2013 by Keven L. Category: Magazines/Newspapers

Pass the Test
Do you need to score high on an aptitude test or pass a certification exam in order to qualify for a job? Practice tests are available in the Learning Express Library database for many fields including electrical work,truck driving, EMT, nursing and more.
posted Feb 21, 2013 by Mary L. Category: Jobs/Careers

Sites and Apps for Working Moms
Working Mother has put together a "Best of the Net" list of sites and blogs of interest to working moms (though many will have appeal to any parent) on topics like parenting, news & issues, coupons, products, home ideas, and lifestyle. While you're at it, check out their list of "25 Best Apps for Working Moms".
posted Feb 20, 2013 by Erin C. Category: Parenting/Child Care

Protect Your Unborn Baby or Newborn from Infections
Learn simple steps to avoid serious health problems from the CDC.
posted Feb 19, 2013 by Anne D. Category: Health/Wellness

Keep your Bike rolling!
Get a jump on Spring with a Bike Maintenance lab at your local library. Click here, type 'bike' in the "Search for events by word or phrase" box, and click GO to register. Space is limited!
posted Feb 19, 2013 by Kay D. Category: Sports/Recreation

Greenacres: Landscaping with Native Plants
Cover Art As a follow-up to attending Hennepin County Library landscaping events, you may wish to read about landscaping with native plants on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website.
posted Feb 18, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Current World Governments
The Statesman's Yearbook online provides a quick and easy way to find the names of current government officials in every country of the world. Simply choose a country, then click on the topic, 'Current Government.'
posted Feb 15, 2013 by Julie B. Category: Ready Reference/Fast Facts

A Premier Source for Career Information
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provdes hundreds of career profiles and employment projections as far out as 2020 in the online version of Occupational Outlook Handbook. You can browse the handbook on your mobile device too!
posted Feb 15, 2013 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

USPTO Moves to a First-to-File system
On March 16, 2013 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will implement a first-inventor-to-file system. The U.S. is the last industrialized country still using the first-to-invent system.
posted Feb 13, 2013 by Walt J. Category: Patents/Trademarks

Gun Control, a Review
The database, Points of View Reference Center, offers an article that examines the background of the gun control debate. Included is a history, the parties involved and an explanation of the terms used in today's conversations.
posted Feb 13, 2013 by Carrie B. Category: Current Events

Interested in Military Medicine?
Read personal narratives of Doctors, Nurses and Medical Support sent to the Library of Congress' Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project.
posted Feb 12, 2013 by Anne D. Category: Health/Wellness

Global Folk: Irish Music
Listen to Celtic songs and music that will transport you to the Emerald Isle with our Global Folk: Ireland series! Registration required.
posted Feb 12, 2013 by Phuoc T. Category: Cultures/Diversity

Hennepin County Public Assistance
If you need help but don't know where to go, take a look at Hennepin County Public Assistance services. Find programs to assist with health care, food, mental and chemical health, services for immigrants, seniors, people with disabilities, and more.
posted Feb 11, 2013 by Susan L. Category: Social Issues

Best Plants for Tough Sites
Cover Art At Webber Park Library, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 6-8:30 p.m., you can explore the best plants for 30 tough sites such as alkaline and clay soils with a Master Gardener. Also covers boulevard and rain gardens, shrubs for shade, deer-resistant plants and plants that will survive under a walnut tree.
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.
posted Feb 11, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

More Than a Magazine
Looking for a map of the Roman Empire or for some rare photographs of American Civil War battlefields, why not try the online version of National Geographic magazine? In addition to issues dating back to 1888, the reader will have access to a wide variety of books, images, and videos. Regardless of your interests, this source has something for everyone.
posted Feb 7, 2013 by Denis M. Category: News/Weather

So Sámi
The Minnesota Daily notes the Dinkytown opening of the only Sámi-inspired coffee house in North America, concurrent with an exhibition about Sámi (or, if you prefer, Saami) culture at The American Swedish Institute.
posted Feb 7, 2013 by Keven L. Category: Magazines/Newspapers

POC Zine Project
In a recent article, Colorlines highlights the POC Zine Project, whose mission is to make all zines by people of color easy to find, distribute, and share.
posted Feb 6, 2013 by Keven L. Category: Magazines/Newspapers

Tips for the 2013 Tax Season
The 2013 tax season started about a week later this year due to tax law changes in early January. USA.gov has some helpful tips about your tax filing preparations if you're using specific forms related to general business credits, energy credits, and depreciation and amortization.
posted Feb 6, 2013 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

Fixit Clinic
Cover Art On Saturday, Feb. 9, noon–4 p.m., bring in an item to the Brookdale Library that needs fixing, and a volunteer with repair skills will help you troubleshoot, repair and save it from going into the trash. Volunteer tinkerers with skills in soldering, computer or electrical repair, sewing or woodworking who like teaching others should contact Nancy Lo at 612-348-9195.
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services.
posted Feb 4, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Consumers’ CHECKBOOK database
Consumers’ CHECKBOOK evaluates the quality and prices of local service firms and stores, such as auto repair shops, plumbers, dentists, banks, and insurance companies. Includes articles with buying advice. Available only on library workstations.
posted Feb 1, 2013 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

Top Safety Picks
See what vehicles were chosen by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as 2013's top safety picks and top safety picks plus.
posted Feb 1, 2013 by Jerry B. Category: Automotive

Minneapolis Elections
Minneapolis will be electing a new mayor in 2013. Get all the information you need from the Elections and Voter Registration page for the city. Learn more about ranked choice voting.
posted Feb 1, 2013 by Paula F. Category: Politics/Elections

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