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Study of Democratic Development
Nations in Transit 2013 is Freedom House's study of democratic development in 29 different countries. The publication measures progress according to the folllowing indicators: electoral process, civil society, independent media, national democratic governance, local democratic governance, and corruption.
Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) was signed into law 23 years ago this month. It provides civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities and ensures equal opportunity in employment, public accommodations; public transportation; state and local government services; and telecommunications.
CAMIO is OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online. Browse or search for high resolution images of artwork from all around the world and some of the most prominent museums.
Official White House Tumblr
Life at The White House isn't always serious. Keep up with some fun (and funny) events that happen there. Follow the Obama family's activities and travels on the Official White House Tumblr.
supports the many languages spoken in Minnesota families by providing language-related resources for parents and caregivers, teachers, and learners.
Need a fun outing? Try these museums!
Don't forget tech when planning a family outing. We are fortunate to have several museums with a science and technology bent: the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Bakken, The Works, and the Pavek.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
A federal tax credit is available to all private sector businesses to encourage employers to hire workers from eligible target groups who face high rates of unemployment. Potential tax credits can range up to $9,600 for each qualifying new hire. The program runs through December 31, 2013 with the option to apply online through Minnesota's Department of Employment and Economic Development site.
It's almost time for the The Minnesota State Fair. Applications for work at the fair are now being taken.
Will Cycling Catch On?
The StarTribune and MinnPost highlight U. S. cities' plans to move away from autocentric transportation. Cycling essentially leaves no carbon footprint.
Smith-Mundt Modernization Act
An article from the San Francisco Chronicle discusses the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, which for the first time allows U.S. government produced programming such as The Voice of America to be released inside the United States. More from the San Francisco Chronicle, and hundreds of other newspapers worldwide, can be found through the database NewspaperDirect Press Display.
Minnesota Discovery Center: Iron Range Research Center
Iron Range Research Center is an important repository of northern Minnesota history. It is open and available to the public. Their collections include books, archival and manuscript materials, maps, audiovisual, photographs, local and regional local history and government information for northern Minnesota.
Minnesota Naturalization Records
The website for the Iron Range Research Center offers database searching for alien, birth, cemetery, marriage records and naturalization records. This easy to use database can help make those Minnesota naturalization searches much easier. To get a copy of the record, you can order through Iron Range Research Center or go to the Minnesota Historical Society and view the microfilm and make copies.
Our summer reading website gives kids chances to win a free book by earning badges through online activities such as sharing book lists, writing book reviews, taking quizzes and creating blog posts to reflect on their summer learning. Enter a drawing by August 17 to win Twins tickets as well!
Geeking out about words
Wolfram|Alpha recently blogged about the additions to their dictionary, which may include anagrams, crossword puzzle and Scrabble scores, and frequency of use over time. Tech+dictionary=more!
Get It Done Online
Browse an A-Z list of over one hundred government services that you can access from your computer. Find instructions and forms for everything from changing your address to applying for a passport to locating vital records.
Water fun and safety for everyone
The Minnesota DNR's tips for boat and water safety will help you to enjoy the Land of 10,000 Lakes all summer long. At the Library, pick up materials on staying safe in the water. Minneapolis and the Three Rivers Parks have locations and activities for all ages.
View (maybe purchase) the classic cars of a local museum, Ellingson Car Museum.
The end of bullying begins with you
Find bullying prevention resources designed for all students, teens and youth, parents, teachers and schools from the Pacer Center.
The Privacy Act of 1974 (2012 ed.)
Wondering what the U. S. Government can collect and disclose about you? Take time to review this 2012 overview from the Department of Justice. The GPO also provides a helpful summary of this hot topic.
eBooks Collection Innovation
More than 325,000 eBooks have been checked out from Hennepin County Library so far this year — a record pace. We're always looking for better ways to deliver eBooks, and we've been recognized with an honorable mention by the Urban Libraries Council for implementing and integrating eBooks into our collection. Browse our eBooks collection now!
Evaluating a Job Offer
In a difficult job market it is tempting to eagerly accept a job offer without negotiating favorable terms. This article from the Harvard Review explains how to evaluate an offer on your terms.
Follow News from Around the World
See current headlines and articles from hundreds of online newspapers collected in one source, our database called NewpaperDirect Press Display.
Free Concerts and Film at Hosmer Library
This summer, Hosmer is hosting a World Concert & Film series. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Battle of Gettysburg 150th Anniversary
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the National Archives has posted documents and photographs of the ferocious battle that raged from July 1-3, 1863.
Looking forward to a weekend getaway, why not include this website in your travel plans. Whether you're interested in a one day or a seven day forecast, this site offers current information including marine conditions, satellite imagery, and timely weather alerts.
The People's Garden
In 2009 The People's Garden was started as a challenge to USDA employees to create gardens at USDA facilities. It's a rather neat idea; as the website notes, "the simple act of planting a garden can help unite neighborhoods in a common effort and inspire locally-led solutions to challenges facing our country." On the site, visitors can learn about the various gardens at USDA sites, check out recipes, and find a myriad of gardening resources. The Latest Blogs area contains links to recent updates from member gardens on subjects that include cotton cultivation, key plant pollinators, and success stories from around the United States. Visitors can use the Find a garden in your area option to find their own local garden. Finally, users will want to read the story of the Abraham Lincoln tomato, which is the heirloom variety created by the W. H. Buckbee seed company of Rockford, Illinois.
U.S. Historical Periodicals
See digitized articles from over 1100 magazines & journals with American Periodical Series Online 1740-1941. Articles cover art, history, literature, politics, education and general news. Original typography, drawings, graphic elements, and article layouts.
Electronic waste is growing.
Televisions, computers, cell phones, mobile phones, and more can be refurbished and donated to have a second life. Check out
E-cycling Central for more information.
E-cycling Central for more information.
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