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A College Examination
Online courses or in person instruction, which is more effective? With a 46% increase in public college tuition since 2000, are amenities like state of the art fitness centers used to attract student enrollment sensible? Why has the graduation rate fallen to just over 50 % overall? The answers are sought in five new books reviewed here and available through your library.
posted Sep 27, 2013 by Mary Linden Category: Education/Libraries

Government Shutdown?
Congress and the President have until September 30 to pass a bill funding government agencies. What happens if they don't come to an agreement? The Congressional Research Service reports on the causes, processes and effects of a federal government shutdown.
posted Sep 25, 2013 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

Homework help
The internet is your friend when it comes to doing homework. Find homework resources for all ages online. Help includes free online tutoring for students in grades 3-12 and adults. More info.
posted Sep 24, 2013 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Community and Local Food Resources
Community and Local Food Resources from the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
posted Sep 23, 2013 by Linda P. Category: Minnesota

Career Choices
If you are looking for a career O*NET online is one good place to start. It offers many ways to search: by abilities, interests, values, work environment, job category, employment outlook and more. This site is part of a family of O*NET online tools you can learn about at the O*Net Resource Center. At the center, the public can take an interest profiler and a work importance profiler that help to identify individual characteristics and at the same time pinpoint standard workforce terminology used to describe and categorize jobs.
posted Sep 19, 2013 by M Linden Category: Jobs/Careers

Easy and Inexpensive Halloween Costumes
Cover Art On October 5, at 2 p.m., learn tips and techniques for making creative costumes at Augsburg Park Library. Embellish ordinary garments with decorative touches and accessories made from household items that might otherwise be recycled or tossed.
Sponsored by Friends of the Augsburg Park Library.
posted Sep 18, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

How many objects does it take to..
WolframAlpha can now help you find out how many ping pong balls it takes to fill a Boeing 747, or other important questions.
posted Sep 17, 2013 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Constitution and Citizenship Day Sept. 17
Celebrated each year on September 17th, this day commemorates the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787 and recognizes all who have attained US Citizenship. The Law Library of Congress tracks the history of this annual observance with primary documents from the Legislative and Executive Branches.
posted Sep 17, 2013 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

Free Community Meals
Find a listing of free community meals at CSR Minneapolis. Meals are located at various organizations in Minneapolis and the western Metro area.
posted Sep 15, 2013 by Susan L. Category: Social Issues

Home Energy Savings
Cover Art Want to save money on your utility bills, be more comfortable in your home and help out the planet? On Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis Park Library, specialists from the Center for Energy and Environment will teach energy-saving tips, answer questions surrounding energy consumption and set you up with a customized home energy visit. You'll leave with the tools to improve your home's energy use. Presented in partnership with Center for Energy and Environment.
posted Sep 12, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

September 11, 1973
Cover Art Today marks 40 years since the coup that ended the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile, and installed the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship. The Guardian recalls the events, as do various titles in the Hennepin County Library collection, including The Nixon administration and the death of Allende's Chile, and Chile, the other September 11.
posted Sep 11, 2013 by Keven L. Category: Magazines/Newspapers

FCCC Orientation & MN Charity Search
On Wednesday, October 9th, 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.

FYI: Minnesota's Attorney General maintains a searchable database of charities registered in the state.
posted Sep 11, 2013 by Roger L. Category: Grants/Nonprofits

Back to School Genealogy
Looking for an ancestor's yearbook photo or school? Try these School & Institutional Records, which include several helpful databases and websites.
posted Sep 10, 2013 by DJ Category: Genealogy

Homework Resources for Countries & Cultures
Researching other countries, cultures and histories? Try the CultureGrams, Lands & Peoples and U.S. History in Context databases!
posted Sep 9, 2013 by DJ Category: Cultures/Diversity

School athletics information
A highlight of the new school year is participation in team sports, and the Minnesota State High School League has all the facts for parents and student athletes. From heat index guidelines to calendars for every competition, the MSHSL is there to help you.
posted Sep 5, 2013 by Kay D. Category: Sports/Recreation

Climate Concern
Given an increase in severe droughts, frequent blackouts, and raging wildfires, the Department of Energy suggests a series of steps to reduce future damage to our power supply system. With rising levels of carbon dioxide, the study emphasized the urgent need to reduce climate-altering emissions in the atmosphere.
posted Sep 4, 2013 by Denis M. Category: News/Weather

Car-Buying Tips
Car shopping? Checkout Car-Buying Tips for suggestions and scam avoidance.
posted Sep 4, 2013 by Jerry B. Category: Automotive

MNsure Contact Center Now Open
Ask questions about your health coverage options 7:30 am to 8 pm M-F and 9 am to 4:30 pm Saturday. Toll-free number is 1-855-3-MNSURE, or 1-855-366-7873. Assistance available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali and interpreter services for more than 140 other languages. Read more at MNsure.


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

Small Businesses need to notify employees of healthcare options
Many small businesses are unaware that they are required to notify their employees by October 1 about the Affordable Care Act marketplaces options available in their state, even if they don't offer healthcare insurance to their employees. The U.S. Department of Labor has posted information about the notification requirement on its website along with model notices that can be used by employers to notify their employees. In Minnesota the new central health insurance marketplace is MNsure.
posted Sep 4, 2013 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

All of Europe Genealogy Links Portal
All of Europe Genealogy Check out this easy to use portal to European countries useful genealogy records and information. To date, the countries alphabetically from Albania to Norway have been completed to date.
posted Sep 3, 2013 by JoEllen H. Category: Genealogy

2013 Energy Legislation Update
Cover Art The 2013 Minnesota Legislature set several new policies intended to boost the state’s distributed generation, defined as the generation of electricity on-site or close to where it is needed in small facilities designed to meet local needs. Learn about state legislative progress toward meeting goals on the Minnesota Department of Commerce website: Value of Solar Tariff, Made in Minnesota Solar Incentives, Energy Studies, and Commerce-led Stakeholder Processes.
posted Sep 3, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Scams are nothing new.
But now Social Security, Medicare and supplemental insurance beneficiaries across the country report getting calls claiming beneficiary files need to be updated. The Minnesota Attorney General's office has advice for how to handle these fraudulent calls.
posted Sep 3, 2013 by Mary B. Category: Consumer Information

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
For the first time ever, the National Archives will host a virtual Genealogy Fair on Sept. 3 & 4, 2013. Participate in live lectures and chats, or a call-in genealogy help line. See the schedule for both days. Find links to handouts too.
posted Sep 1, 2013 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

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