The National Archives
celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a free special display of the original document from Dec. 30, 2012 - January 1, 2013. The document is displayed for a limited time each year because of its fragility. Download a free commemorative brochure
to learn about the preservation of this important piece of American history, and for a list of special events.
If your New Years' resolutions include finding ways to better manage your money, there are lots of tools that can help. Value Line
offers in-depth ratings and advise on the stock market. Morningstar
includes comprehensive information for stocks, mutual funds and ETFs. Bankrate
can help you find and compare rates on over 300 financial products like CDs, credit cards, mortgages and other consumer loans if your goal is a new mortgage, auto loan or a higher yield savings account.
On Sunday, Jan. 13, from 2–3:30 p.m., Augsburg Park Library
hosts a Master Gardener who will discuss how plants - from trees to perennials - are admired for their beauty in winter, complementing the magic of hoarfrost. Some plants bring wildlife to your winter landscape, others show off when they drop their leaves.
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.
provides resources. Find toll-free multilingual Disaster Distress Hotline (1-800-985-5990), tips for talking with children, guidance for students, parents, teachers, caregivers and more.
Surface, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, or the iPad Mini -- how to choose? OverDrive, our eBook provider, has a holiday gadget guide
with descriptions of the popular devices, including kid-friendly tablets, on the market this holiday season. More info
|posted Dec 17, 2012 by Dulcey H.
may be in the car business, but their mission is to help people drive less, not more. Most car sharers use cars less often and more efficiently. They walk more, they take advantage of light rail and buses, and they have been known to enjoy their bicycles.
In his book, "The Mister Rogers Parenting Book", Fred Rogers provides advice on helping children process scary events they see in the news. Get the book
or read an article
with excerpts and see a video
of Mister Rogers on this topic on PBS's Mister Rogers' Neighborhood site for parents and teachers
provides a wealth of fast facts about time and weather including historical
temperatures and conditions for the current day.
The "Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project Construction-Related Business Impacts" will be available for public review from Dec. 14, 2012-Jan. 30, 2013. Print copies can be viewed at the Minneapolis Central, Franklin and Southeast libraries. Visit www.centralcorridor.org
for more information and a schedule of upcoming public hearings.
for fresh decorating tips flowers, fruits, and evergreens to create home decor throughout the season.
When you use Twin Cities Free Market
you can benefit the environment, save money, and make someone’s day! The Free Market website allows you to see what items people in your community are looking for, what items people have to give away and how to connect with them.
a classroom is to exchange a lecture or presentation by the teacher during the school day, with a video to cover new subject content after school. The teacher then spends the school day reinforcing the new content by working with students in small groups or one to one on related assignments. The number of flipping resources online is growing. Learn about it from your colleagues.
A powerful GIS-based site selection tool
allows you to search for commerical and industrial properties in the 13 county metro area. Offered by Greater MSP
, a private-public promotional partnership, this tool give you the option to locate buildings or land, pull up site-specific demographic data, create "heat maps" based on various demographics, and generate reports from this data.
In 2009 a team of engineers suggested that a series of surge barriers
or tide gates be installed in New York Harbor. Now, after the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, city officials are seriously considering a number of costly measures to minimize future storm damage.
|posted Dec 12, 2012 by Denis Mclaughlin
In December, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
takes on an added responsiblity, above and beyond their
duty to protect the airspace over the United States and Canada. They track Santa Claus
on his trip from the North Pole to all his stops on the globe. What a job! You can find answers to such questions as How can Santa travel the world within 24 hours
On Wednesday, January 9th, at 10:30 am, 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.
Our FCCC also offers on-site access to Philanthropy In/Sight, an interactive data visualization tool that allows you to map patterns of giving.
The Christian Science Monitor
reports on an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) study of how various e-Reader platforms do or do not track users. The findings of the EFF study are detailed in a useful E-Reader Privacy Chart
Before you donate to a charity, find out if it meets the standards of the Charities Review Council
. Search for reviews of charities, tips on how to give smart and safe, and information on donating cars and goods.
We have many classes you can take, check our listing of computer classes
and sign up!
|posted Dec 10, 2012 by Dulcey H.
supports and encourages parents raising children in more than one language and culture. It is about living multilingually
, in each and every way possible.
Holiday events make great memories. The Food Network
has tips on finger food, budget tips, and, of course...cookies!
The 2012 winners of the AAAS Science Journalism awards
have been announced. One of the winning articles was published in the June issue of the New York Times. Did you know you can access the full text of this and other New York Times articles through the Hennepin County Library Database, General Reference Center Gold
|posted Dec 10, 2012 by Roberta R.
Learn the basics
of lighting, temperature, humidity and regular maintenance for keeping indoor plants healthy for many, many years. Discover the different needs and problems common to all plants with a Master Gardener at Brooklyn Park Library on Sunday, January 13. Registration required; begins Dec. 13.
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.
The popular, longstanding series of Background Notes
on countries of the world has ceased being published as of May 2012. The series is being replaced with Fact Sheets
that emphasize U.S. relations with each country. Numerous links to further information are also provided. The State Department continues to provide access to in-depth information on countries of the world.
Family heritage scrapbooks
are a great way to share information on genealogy. Whether in digital or book format, design pages, with a family tree, photos, documents, recipes and more. Scrapbooks celebrate family history and they make great gifts!
|posted Dec 5, 2012 by Trudi C.
December is bursting with multicultural holidays: Interfaith Calendar
provides calendar dates, while Beliefnet
has information about the holidays of the world.
Whether you are choosing where you want to work or preparing for an interview, Business Source Premier
and other databases available through the library can help. You can get industry profiles reporting on the latest trends, the legal issues, the leading companies and their chief competitors. In depth company reviews include financial, product, and personnel information.
hosts the "Fearless and Friendly Knitting Group" on second & fourth Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., and second & fourth Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., through February 13, for men and women at all skill levels. Make new friends while creating your own handmade masterpieces! Drop in, or stay the whole time. Learn how to knit or practice new techniques. Bring your own needles and yarn, please.
Sponsored by Friends of the Nokomis Library.
With the rise of online shopping and e-filing, the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
has a wealth of information on protecting yourself from identity theft, avoiding scams and unwanted offers, as well as what to do if you fall victim to cyber predators.
Knowing your family health history is important. Organize yours using the My Family Health Portrait
tool made available free by the U.S. Surgeon General
See Car Care
for a video about winterizing your car. Note other Car Care videos too.
|posted Dec 1, 2012 by Jerry B.
The holiday season is a great time to talk with children about manners--from showing gratitude to knowing how to act at the dinner table. Start the conversation using a book from our booklist
, "Helping Kids Relate: Manners".
Increased enrollment at the Minneapolis Public Schools has led to a need for increased financial support. Learn about a proposed raise of four percent in the school levy
payable in your city property taxes in 2013. A meeting is scheduled December 11th at 6:00p,m. at the Davis Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave. Minneapolis.
The federal government
continues to make important information easier to access on your mobile device. Visit the gallery
of mobile apps to track everything from the President's daily activities to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.
Here's a selection of tech gift guides to peruse: c|net
, PC Magazine
, and Consumer Reports
. May you find the perfect gift!
|posted Nov 26, 2012 by Dulcey H.
On Monday, December 10, 2012, Project Homeless Connect
will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Over 100 organizations will be available to assist people who are homeless find mental and chemical health care, employment training and placement, medical and dental care, haircuts, and ID assistance. Volunteers
If you hire a home building or remodeling
contractor, inquire about subcontracts before the work begins. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) reminds contractors that in addition to their own registration or licensing requirements, they will now need to comply with the subcontractor requirements of the new law. The new law establishes a framework, including the longstanding nine-factor test, within which individual construction workers shall be determined to be employees or independent contractors. Contractors must also ensure their subcontractors' business filings are active with the Secretary of State and must have written contracts with their subcontractors in order to be able to treat them as independent contractors rather than employees.
Explore our subject guide on Education and Libraries
for more information to support your child. Look at Financial Aid & Scholarships, Homeschooling Resources, K-12 Education, Special Education, Test Preparation and more.
The nonpartisan publication CQ Weekly
, Congressional Quarterly's magazine of government, commerce and politics, reports on events and issues facing Congress and the nation during these last days of the legislative session.This week's cover story is about redefining the Republican Party. Use the library's subscription to read the online version.
Our local Three Rivers Parks
offer a myriad of opportunities to get out and get that turkey dinner settled. Take the whole family on a stroll and come in pink cheeked and ready for pumpkin pie! The library has both children's
materials with activity ideas, too.
In December, several libraries are hosting craft classes
: Stitch a tiny stuffed animal that you can hang on your holiday tree, make into a keychain or give as a gift. Choose your favorite creature - birds, dogs or zombies - and bring it to life. Materials provided. Find related books and more
at the Library.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with Textile Center.
Find volunteer opportunities with over 300 nonprofits in the Twin Cities area with HandsOn Twin Cities
. Search for volunteer positions that fit your interests and availability.
Today is Give to the Max Day
, when every donation you make gives your favorite organization the chance to collect even more money. Hundreds of nonprofits and schools are offering the opportunity to match your dollars throughout the day.
. Currently, only usage as a noun is recognized and defined by Oxford Dictionaries Online
; the verbal use will need to gain sufficient currency to be considered for inclusion in the future.
If you're looking for some new Thanksgiving recipes, check out "Let's Talk Turkey
." This e-book, published by the Hearst Corporation, contains 100 recipes from a variety of popular magazines. This could become a popular item during the holiday season.
|posted Nov 14, 2012 by Denis Mclaughlin
So join a conversation circle
and perfect your English while making new friends. It's free!
On Wednesday, December 12th, 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 between 60 and 90 minutes.
Interested in funding for individuals? Ask at Minneapolis Central Library about our Foundation Grants to Individuals print directory and online database.
November 24 is Small Business Saturday
(SBS), a chance for small businesses to promote their enterprise during the holiday season. Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday this Shop Small movement event is sponsored by American Express and will be supported with national advertising. Download free materials from the SBS site to market your business that day.
If you've ever searched for legal forms on the web, you know how frustrating it can be. The Legal Forms (Gale)
database contains hundreds of official Minnesota and federal legal forms for business and personal use. Forms cover incorporation, bankruptcy, employment, real estate, power of attorney, taxes, wills and much more. Forms are blank and can be printed or filled out electronically.
The National Science Digital Library
is an online library collection for science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM). A great resource for teachers and learners.
|posted Nov 12, 2012 by Roberta R.
Honor those who've served in the United State Armed Forces on Sunday, November 11. A national ceremony
wil be held at Arlington National Cemetery to honor and thank miliatry veterans. The Minnesota Dept of Veterans Affairs will also host a ceremony
The American Chemical Society
(ACS) has created excellent resources via the Green Chemistry Institute and the ACS Education Division. The goal of these materials is "to increase awareness and understanding of Green Chemistry principles, alternatives, practices, and benefits within traditional educational institutions and among practicing scientists." In the Online Resources section, visitors will find downloadable pocket guides to basic green chemistry principles, "Greener Education Materials for Chemists" from the University of Oregon, and more. Perhaps the best section of the site is Activities and Experiments, where visitors can look over activities like "Gassing Up Without Air Pollution" and "Cleaning Up With Atom Economy."
The president and Congress now face the task of avoiding automatic budget cuts and raised taxes to be imposed when the Budget Control Act expires on December 31. This McClatchy - Tribune Business News article
from our business databases describes the challenges ahead.
Check out the newly redesigned website
for the Minnesota State Legislature. It's one-stop shopping for everything you need to know for the upcoming session. Get connected
to all the latest news on your mobile device too.
Check on election results from the Minnesota Secretary of State
From the menu to the guests, learn the real story behind this national holiday from the Baltimore Sun
, the Oyate Web Page
and NPR's All Things Considered
. For further history, the Native American Experience
database is a rich source of information.
has been devleoped by Carnegie Mellon University to "empower you to secure your part of cyberspace."
|posted Nov 5, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Election location changes, early voting implementation, and absentee ballot information for eastern states is available from the civil rights group Election Protection
Attitudes about older workers show signs of improving, but a survery of hiring managers shows where seniors may want to sharpen their interviewing
Available online from the Minnesota Board on Aging
or by calling Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433. This is the only comprehensive, objective statewide publication that provides information about all Medicare options on the open market for Minnesotans.
In addition to Thanksgiving food preparation tips
, the USDA's November calendar includes information on American Diabetes Month, National Education Week, and Native American Heritage Month. Check out the SNAP-Ed Connection (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) for nutrition through the seasons.
See cars of the future at ConsumerGuide Automotive
|posted Nov 2, 2012 by Jerry B.
Twice a month Minneapolis Central hosts counselors from LegalCORPS and SCORE
(retired members of the business community) to provide free advice on business start-ups, managing established companies and legal issues. Upcoming dates are Nov, 13 & 27 from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Sign up on the day of the program at the second-floor information desk.
Find current recalls on everything from vehicles and boats to food, cosmetics and medicine at Recalls.gov
Whether you are learning
something the first time or refreshing your memory Sophia.org provides you with multiple tutorials designed to fit your learning style. You can work independently or with a group you have created. All the basic school subjects are covered. Teachers can also find tutorials to help them teach and use Sophia to create study groups for their students.
Go green this month and choose to reuse items instead of purchasing new. Hennepin County partners with 80 local retailers to offer Choose to Reuse coupon books
valid through November 30. Copies are also at your local Hennepin County library. If you have items to donate, find businesses and non-profits that accept them with the Choose to Reuse Directory
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is alerting
inventors and trademark owners to be wary of some private companies using official-looking documents to sell unnecessary services.
FEMA is offering shelter locations from Hurricane Sandy by simply texting the word SHELTER and a Zip Code to 4FEMA
See what library information that WolframAlpha
has in its knowledge engine.
|posted Oct 29, 2012 by Dulcey H.
reports on a World Economic Forum study of gender inequality worldwide. According to the study, among the nations leading in equality of the genders are Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Nicaragua, and Cuba. The United States ranks 22nd
. The full study, The Global Gender Gap Report 2012
, is available online.
The need for food assistance
is on the rise, and food shelves are struggling to meet the community need for fresh, healthy produce. In 2012, The Garden Gleaning Project is expanding its efforts to three new areas in Hennepin County. Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) in Brooklyn Park/Brooklyn Center, St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP), and CAPI (a non-geographically based non-profit that serves Southeast Asian community members) will join Waite House and Little Kitchen as partnering food shelves. Each food shelf is being supported by a Neighborhood Coordinator that works to build relationships in their communities between their food shelf and nearby community and home gardeners.
Each food shelf has different preferences. The most important thing is to talk with your nearest food shelf where you plan to donate to see what they want! For lists of foods preferred by the food shelves in The Gardening Gleaning Project, click here and scroll down to "Planning for the Next Growing Season".
At this national award-winning fair
on Nov. 3, learn about genealogy resources at the Library and elsewhere, connect with some of Minnesota's leading genealogy experts, browse literature from genealogy organizations and tour Minneapolis Central Library’s genealogy resources. Registration
is required. More info
|posted Oct 25, 2012 by DJ
features Native American author talks, documentaries and dancing. Now through December 15.
follows selected marine animals, mostly sharks and tunas, tagged by scientists of the National Science Agency of Australia. See the tracks and learn how scientists are using the data to understand where and when fish travel.
|posted Oct 24, 2012 by Roberta R.
Who is hiring, a manager or a machine? Some companies are using talent management software
to select employees who exhibit certain personality traits rather than specific experience in a particular job.
Do you want to see who will be on your ballot including judges, and other county offices? Enter your zip code or county in the Polling Place Finder
from the Minnesota Secretary of State. Besides the sample ballot you may also be able to find a list of "candidates on my ballot" with links to more information on web sites.
is a handy guide to computer and internet terminology.
|posted Oct 22, 2012 by Dulcey H.
The database MasterFile Premier
is a great place to begin shopping for homemade gift ideas. To locate it on the Library Home Page, select "Databases A-Z", and scroll down to MasterFile Premier. (Have your library card handy for access.) Plug in keywords, such as "toys homemade" or "toys woodworking" for patterns and recipes. Parents can teach children about everything from chemistry to fractions by creating Play-doh, marble runs, "Tinker Toys", and marshmallow catapults. You can also listen to an article on MasterFile Premier, or download an article to your MP3 player.
Did you know that you can download language learning books? Never be trapped in your car again! See what's available through the Bookspace
page and be ready for your next trip abroad!
Newsweek announced today
that its print publication will cease at the end of 2012, but it will continue in an online digital format.
October is Personal Finance
Month, and there is a wealth of information available to help you manage your money. Get data reports, rankings, in-depth analysis and ideas to help answer the question, "How Can I Afford Retirement
It's just that: animated engines
! Simple, clean, animated line drawings.
|posted Oct 16, 2012 by Dulcey H.
"Americans are Barmy Over Britishisms
," according to a recent story in the New York Times. "Call it Anglocreep. Call it annoying. Snippets of British vernacular...are cropping up in the daily speech of Americans..." Want to join the trend? Take a look at the standard reference title, British English A to Zed
or follow the blog, Not One-Off Brtishisms
Apps save you time and stress when they're good. From baby monitors to grocery lists to scheduling, discover Babble's 50 Best Apps for Parents of 2012
. Talks about apps for both Apple and Android devices.
October 15 to December 17 is when ALL people with Medicare
can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2013.
Hunting in Minnesota
isn't just about deer and ducks. Did you know there is a snipe season? How about bagging your own turkey for the Thanksgiving table? Have you considered the bear or moose lottery? But while legal hunting is designed to manage the wildlife population, poaching can be a big problem. The TIP
program encourages the public to report natural resource violations. Apply today
for your hunting license at area Service Centers. Materials on hunting and the rationale for hunting seasons are available through the library, too! Start with the subject heading 'hunting
' or Ask a Librarian
You can view a print copy of the Vikings' Stadium Environmental Assessment Worksheet at the Central Library
, Business/Science and Government Documents Department ( 2nd Floor). The online copy will be coming soon to the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority web site.
The EAW will be explained at a public meeting
on Tuesday, 10/23 from 5-7 pm. The public comment period ends on 10/31/12.
Good News! ReferenceUSA
has increased the number of records that can be downloaded at one time to 250 for both in-house and remote use. ReferenceUSA is one of the most heavily used databases at Hennepin County and is useful for entrepreneurs looking for sales leads, contact info, and competitors. Three new modules have been added to Hennepin County's subscription that you might want to check out: U.S. New Movers/Homeowners, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, and Canadian White Pages.
While several cities in Texas enjoyed temperatures in the 80s, residents in northern Minnesota were coping with their first major snowstorm
of the season. Rouseau, a city 10 miles from the Canadian border, recorded over 14 inches of heavy snow. Meteorologists say that snowfall will be above normal for this part of the state.
|posted Oct 13, 2012 by Denis Mclaughlin
On Wednesday, November 14th, at 10:30 am, 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.
There's a new link in the Grants & Nonprofits Subject Guide: ERI Nonprofit Organization Information. This is a free, searchable database of nonprofit organizations' reported financial data.
Test your curiosity about a vehicle. See Motor Trend
for a road test.
|posted Oct 9, 2012 by Jerry B.
In most cases, there is no single document
that will provide you with a complete history of your home, property, or neighborhood. A first stop might be the Minneapolis Collection at Minneapolis Central Library, which covers all aspects of the city’s history. It includes books, photographs, high school yearbooks, archival and manuscript collections, periodicals, maps, and thousands of files of newspaper clippings.
Find a Flu Shot Clinic
provided by the Minnesota Dept. of Health.
Will you be away from your polling place location on November 6? Find out how to cast an absentee ballot
prior to Election Day.
It's hard to win a pennant, but it's harder losing one
. And so it begins
Ever wonder what your ancestors did for a living? Were they a soldier, farmer or even a pirate? Our Ancestors at Work and Play
web guide can help you research your ancestor's work history.
Learn more about GLBTQ history through our Cultures and Diversity subject guide
, or select a book from BookSpace's GLBTQ Voices
The third annual Twin Cities Birth & Baby Expo
will be held on Saturday, October 13th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Midtown Global Market. The Expo's mission is to "connect local families with empowering, multicultural resources and education that promote healthy birth and parenting and celebrate the transformative experience of becoming parents."
HCL has compiled a list of resources for voting, see our Politics & Elections
|posted Oct 1, 2012 by Dulcey H.
In a special October issue
, Consumer Reports rates 552 clinics across Minnesota, on the quality of care for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The report is based on data collected by Minnesota Community Measurement
, a non-profit that works with the medical community to improve health care and reduce cost.
Learn what you can do to stop bullying at Pacer Center's National Bullying Prevention Center
. Information from various government agencies on what bullying and cyberbulling are, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying can be found at StopBullying.gov
. Also, find the latest news, research, and links to health and safety resources regarding bullying at MedlinePlus
Does school success require more than intelligence? Listen to the September 14th episode
of radio show This American Life which discusses ideas from Paul Tough's book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
. Education Watch also addresses the topic and speaks to the author in its podcast
, "Is Intelligence Really the Key to Success?"
Learn the basics of free publicity at this Southdale Library program
and how to use it to get the word out on your business to potential clients. Neil F. Anderson, national speaker, published writer and owner of The Courage Group Inc. will share his expertise gained in working with entrepreneurs over the past 20 years. Saturday, October 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free - no registration necessary.
Teaching children about the United States goverment can be fun and easy at Kids.gov
. Newly redesigned, this kid-friendly site has something of interest to kids, parents, and teachers. Find interactive games, videos, history, science and art projects, lesson plans and homework tips.
CNN has a list of intriguing activities
taking place during the UN General Assembly this week.
The New York Times
reports on a joint Stanford and New York University study of the effects on civilian populations of drone attacks in Pakistan. The complete study, “Living Under Drones”
, is available online.
See the finalists in the Tekne Award
, honoring those who play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate, improve lifestyles and impact people's lives and futures.
|posted Sep 24, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Create your own cookbook
by adding recipes you select on the USDA's Recipe Finder database. Recipes are submitted by nutrition and health professionals.
For the first time ever, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office will allow third parties to participate in the review
of pending patent applications.
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatiory
in Duluth MN is one of the premier locations in North America to witness the fall migration of raptors. If you can't get there in person, visit their website to learn more about raptor research, migration and bird banding in Minnesota.
|posted Sep 22, 2012 by Roberta R.
A poor economy and a drop in impulse buying resulted in a 10 percent decrease in magazine newsstand sales
for the first six months of 2012. Although most magazine categories suffered a decline in sales, food and home publications showed some improvement.
|posted Sep 21, 2012 by Denis Mclaughlin
Connect to online tutors 7 days a week from 1 to 11 p.m. on the library website or find tutors in library buildings. Our Homework page
gives you the details. Be sure to check the right sidebar for more suggestions for independent study.
U. S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently recognized 269 schools across the nation as Blue Ribbon Schools
for their high performance and significant improvements in academic achievement. The list
includes seven Minnesota schools. Congratulations!
In honor of Hispanic heritage month, we spotlight materials available in Spanish
. Whether you are a native speaker or just beginning your language journey, the library has a fantastic collection of books, DVDs, ebooks and audiobooks en español for your reading, viewing and listening pleasure. ¡Disfruta!
Autumn is one of the best times to enjoy Minnesota
! Whether you are looking for local events, day trips, and weekend adventures, Minnesota has so much to offer, and the Library
has plenty of material to help you plan for maximum enjoyment.
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.
The Hennepin County Library now has online access to Canadian residential listings through the database, Reference USA
. Link to Reference USA through this subject guide or through the list of Databases A-Z. You will need to enter your library barcode number if you want to access the database outside the library.
Music Online American Song
allows you to listen to and create playlists of music from a large historical collection of people, events and genres from America's past. Liner notes are available in PDF.
|posted Sep 14, 2012 by Jean B.
With busy schedules, it's not realistic to consider sewing
everything from scratch for your next trip. Threads Magazine developed a strategy for the crafty DIY-er to focus sewing time where it counts: on key pieces.
Economic policies are central to this year's elections. To be a better informed voter, visit the Economic Policy Institute
or the American Institute for Economic Research
, both dedicated to independent research and educating the general public.
Safely dispose of unused medicines at Hennepin County's
green medicine drop boxes located in the lobby at each of the six locations.
Chris Stevens expressed in a letter
to friends the positive direction he observed in Libya as he settled into his new position.
Join us as we celebrate Vietnamese history through the arts
at the Mall of America®. Enjoy photo and art exhibits, music, cultural performances, cooking demos, storytelling, a dragon dance, hands-on activities, a talent show, and mid-autumn festival!
In Minnesota you can register to vote on election day, but why wait? Voter registration applications can be found at any Hennepin County Library or can be printed from Minnesota Votes
. Also at Minnesota Votes find your polling place
or how to vote absentee
. If you decide to wait until election day, find out what you need to bring with you from the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State
Are you interested in a computer class at HCL? Here
is our full list of classes. Happy learning!
|posted Sep 8, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Whether creating more space or remodeling
a kitchen or bathroom, consider these tips from the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI
). Also check out the HomeMods.org
web page on Home Modification Resources: a Consumer Guide For Home Adaptation.
Planning to buy a car? Note the clues at the website, Car Buying Tips
|posted Sep 6, 2012 by Jerry B.
are on in London and the US is doing great!
The first Presidential Debate will be held in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday October 3. The first Vice Presidential Debate will be on Thursday October 11 in Danville, Kentucky.
See the Commision on Presidential Debates
for all the details.
September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Learn more about your Latin heritage through Cyndi's List-Mexico
, Cyndi's List-Central & South America
, and Cyndi's List-Spain
Celebrate September 15 - October 15 by attending one of the many library events
or by learning more about Latin
Want to know what other consumers have to say about a product?
Find out at Viewpoints.com
Tips for parents and students on School Health from the National Library of Medicine
Cherished and delicious
, the nutritious and versatile tomato can do more than top a burger. Fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org posts seasonal produce lists, tips on saving money, recipes and menus, shopping lists, as well as ways to involve kids in healthy cooking and shopping.
The digitized newspaper card index
is keyword searchable. The index facilitates locating local articles online from the Minnesota Daily (1900-1922, 1963-1977), Minneapolis Tribune (1940-1945, 1950-1954) and the Minneapolis Star (1964-1970). The results are an image of the original card with the subject heading, citation to the title of the article(s), date and page. Search the online index by keyword or by the assigned subject heading. Be sure and review the information about subject headings. The index was compiled by the University of Minnesota Wilson Library staff.
The microfilmed newspapers of the Minneapolis Star and Minneapolis Tribune newspapers, for the dates indexed, are available at Minneapolis Central Library, 3rd floor. (The Minnesota Daily
is available online by date as a PDF.)
Offshore crude production has been shut
down as Hurricane Isaac passes through.
The first Labor Day parade was held in New York City on September 5, 1882. Some 10,000 workers took part. Congress passed legislation making Labor Day a holiday in 1894. The Library of Congress
team up to inform you on the history of this National Holiday.
All the numbers you need about the Great Minnesota Get Together:
Finance & Commerce
has a look at the Fair in terms of money and real estate. R.C.'s Twin Cities Beat
provides an interesting list of 'didja know' facts--didja know that almost 200 baby animals are born in the Miracle of Life building during the Fair? As for the nutrition numbers on all that Fair food, thank DiabetesMN
for compiling an enlightening list.
Find local news and housing
resources for each state on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website.
Search card indexes created by University of Minnesota Libraries, digitized and made accessible online. The Minneapolis Newspaper Index
covers the Minnesota Daily (1900-1922, 1963-1977), the Minneapolis Tribune (1940-1945, 1950-1954) and the Minneapolis Star (1964-1970).
Thinking about the upcoming Presidential election or the effect of the European elections on the world economy? Why not take a look at Access World News
. Here the reader can explore a wide range of views on such subjects as business, politics, science, and entertainment. For your local, national, and international news, this would make an excellent choice.
Playing games teaches kids new words, helps them explore their environment and new concepts, and learn how to socialize. Use Every Rule
to find out how to play hundreds of games of every type, whether for kids, computers, sports, cards or boards.
Hennepin County libraries offer access to the Internet to anyone with a valid library card registered in our system. All 41 libraries have free wireless Internet access. Software available includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher. More info
|posted Aug 21, 2012 by Dulcey H.
When children go back to school this fall hunger
should not turn their thoughts away from learning. The Food and Nutrition Services Office of Minnesota administers several Federal programs to provide healthy food for hungry students: the National School Lunch Program, The National School Breakfast Program, The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program, The Farm to School Program and the After School Snack Program. Find out if your school participates.
Are you still an undecided voter? Answer a few questions about policy issues on Minnesota Public Radio's Select a Candidate
page, to help you make a decision.
, you can reserve a car when you need it, drive it where you want to, and be an environmental superstar.
Formerly known as Byki, but updated and expanded, Transparent Language Online
offers dozens of language learning activities, access to language related social networking sites and cultural information about the language you want to learn. Try it for quick language learning today!
is an online application that connects you with state and county services to help meet your basic needs. Apply for Cash Assistance, Food Support, Health Care and Child Support. Or call 612-596-1300 to schedule an appointment.
Find statistics about children's poverty, health, education, and more with the 2012 State of America's Children Handbook
, produced by the Children's Defense Fund
Each year, the Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism, issues Country Reports on Terrorism
. The 2011 report was just issued in late July and is a fascinating, detailed look at the government's efforts around the world to resist terrorism.
Try using efolio,
a free electronic resume service for a versatile web presence! You can upload photos, documents, videos, publications and more. It's available from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for all residents of the state.
Choosing local businesses and service providers has never been easier with Consumers' Checkbook
. See ratings, comments and buying advise tip sheets. Search for articles or browse the latest issue online. Consumers' Checkbook is only available on library workstations. You can also find print copies of Twin Cities Consumers' Checkbook
in the library catalog and available for requests.
The Butterflies of North America
website has identification tools, sightings, distibution maps and a breathtaking image gallery.
You may also download a checklist of species in specific geographic areas and submit your sightings and photos to the website.
|posted Aug 8, 2012 by Roberta R.
According to an article published in August, 1862, Minnesota had 43,900,000 acres of land open to free settlement. It consisted of rolling prairie, interspersed with frequent groves, oak openings and belts of hardwood timber watered by numberless lakes and streams and covered with a warm dark soil of great fertility. Minnesota's population went from 172,000 in 1860 to 439,406 in 1870. Check out images of Minnesota during the 1860s at Minnesota Reflections
(search under Frontier and Pioneer Life) and the Library of Congress's Primary Documents in American History: Homestead Act
Keep out the heat
of summer with tips on window treatments from Decorators Secrets.
In the Ancestry.com
database, move your mouse over the word "Search" (between Home and Charts and Forms on the toolbar). From this dropdown menu, select Card Catalog. Use keywork search terms like German or Caribbean or Lutheran to find helpful resources.
Another useful tool is FamilySearch's Research Wiki
This site can inform you of the types of records available for specific groups, geographic regions, and how to access them. Here is the link to the home page for researching German genealogy
and the link to the African American
|posted Aug 6, 2012 by JoEllen H.
Explore the Possibilities
of Olympians, with quick access to photos, video, news, and behind the scenes stories.
Go to CalRecycle
to check your vehicle's oil change interval (2000-2012).
|posted Aug 4, 2012 by Jerry B.
Smithsonian Global Sound
is the largest streaming audio collection of world music with over 42,000 tracks. Listen to music from virtually everywhere in the world, every ethnic group, and on any instrument imaginable. Browse lists of folk music, blues, American Indian traditions, world traditions by continent, jazz, spoken word, sounds, children's recordings, and more!
Cars, credit and shoddy construction once again topped the list of complaints made to state and local consumer protection agencies, according to a survey by the Consumer Federation of America
Fall is the time to plant bulbs and to prepare your yard and garden for winter. At the Brooklyn Park Library
on Monday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m., find out what to do for your lawn, what and when to fertilize, proper techniques for composting, protecting shrubs, winterizing roses, and covering perennials. Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.
Try PC World
and CNET for starters
! Also, with a library card, you can view Consumer Reports
|posted Jul 30, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Preparations are already underway for Census 2020 by the staff of the U.S. Census Bureau
and members of The Census Project
. Preserving adequate funding for the American Community Survey
, the tool that tracks the nation's social, economic and demographic characteristics is a top priority.
Is No. 1 common worth considering? Can you flatten a cupped board? Before you buy, read these tips
from American Woodworker.
: the torch has reached England! Cheer for Team USA
, follow local athletes, and plan your viewing
from Opening Ceremonies on July 27 through the close on August 12.
A lack of rain and searing heat
have forced many ranchers to sell their cattle. The severe drought, one of the worst in recent memory, could lead to a big drop in beef supply and higher consumer prices in the coming months.
The Library’s Freegal service, which offers up to three free music downloads per week from the vast Sony Music Catalog, has released a mobile app for iOS and Android. Get it from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store. More info
|posted Jul 23, 2012 by Dulcey H.
features fruit & veggie recipes, art work, games, and activity pages. For middle graders, WebMd's FitKids
features some of the same games, as well as "challenges" for food, mood, moving, and recharging.
If obscure comic books from the Golden and the Silver Age are to your liking, you can read many online at Comic Book Plus
. Here you will find hundreds of titles and thousands of issues, including dozens in Spanish. Among the treasures are such titles as Atomic War!
, Crime Smashers
, Winnie Winkle
, and Ten-Story Love
On Saturday, July 21, at the Sumner Library
, learn how to grow plants that beautify your landscape year after year. Learn about their care, ideal sites (shade, sun, moisture), soil conditions, pest control and varieties ideal for Minnesota. Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.
|posted Jul 19, 2012 by Holly Rakocy
With news reports
recently stating that furry pets may help your baby become more resistant to respiratory infections like colds, here's some great advice on Pets and Children
. Need help deciding on a pet? Oprah's Pick the Right Pet for You
helps you ask the right questions.
Many business are taking advantage of rock bottom commercial real estate prices by purchasing the property their business occupies. The Small Business Administration 504 loan
requirement that the property be primarily occupied by the borrower, along with the below market fixed interest rates and 10% down payment make it ideally suited for the small business owner.
Each year, the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table selects the top government-produced publications
from the previous year. Search the library's catalog for online or print versions of these notable documents.
Summer is half over and soon freshman college students (and their parents) everywhere will be gearing up for this next big step. Need a little help preparing yourself and your child? Try one (or all) of these:
The University of Minnesota's Parent Program provides tips and information
helpful for any college parent (whether or not the child attends the U of M).
Parent and Communications Professor, Ellen Bremen, suggests 12 starters to "Two-Minute College Prep Conversations
" with your child.
College Parents of America
provides articles and advice on every stage from move-in day to graduation.
The Jed Foundation
provides resources for guidance on addressing the emotional health of college students.
Search for affordable rental housing in Minnesota at Housinglink
. See the status of subsidized housing waiting lists
in the Twin Cities metro area and sign up to receive newly listed housing and waiting list openings by email or text message
Swimming is the second most popular sports activity in the U.S.
offers information on its benefits and how to be safe.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, eleven Minneapolis area gardens
designed and tended by master gardeners will feature on-site demonstrations and tips for low-mow lawns, vegetable growing strategies, designing a rain garden, shoreline restoration, landscaping with native plants and creating outdoor rooms. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.
Order tickets online at www.hennepinmastergardeners.org, or stop at the HCMG
office, 479 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie. Call 612-596-2130 for information.
Stay Safe! Boating in Minnesota
|posted Jul 12, 2012 by Linda P.
Would you like help getting started with your family history? Have you hit a brick wall with your genealogy research? At Minneapolis Central Library, 4th
floor, genealogy experts are available to help you with your search. Check out the many opportunities to visit with a genealogist!
Tuesdays 5-8 p.m., Wednesdays 10-1 p.m., First Tuesday of the month 1-4 p.m., Second & Fourth Thursday of the month 5-8 p.m., and First & Third Saturday of the month from 12-4 p.m.
|posted Jul 12, 2012 by JoEllen H.
Are you registered to vote? Check with the Secretary of State's
office to make sure. If you are not registered you need to pre-register by July 24 or you may register at the polls. Many libraries have voter registration forms to fill out and mail in. To find your polling location check this polling location finder
by zip code or county name. Absentee voting
is also discussed.
website is for students, teachers and fans of languages and world cultures. What's happening in language study around the world, where the job opportunities in linguistics are, where and when are language conferences, and where to find study abroad opportunities. Also, the magazine itself is available online digitally!
This month, MyPlate.gov
is celebrating its one year birthday. The site includes printable materials, as well as nutrition & health information for children, families, pregnant women, dieters, educators & teachers. Note: From 2005-2011, "The Food Pyramid" was the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture food guidance system, adding a band of oils and the concept of physical activity.
at least for now. Check out TwinCitiesGasPrices
for the best deals where you live or work.
We have a YouTube channel
! We recently added a video on eBooks.
|posted Jul 9, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Take a virtual
tour of the geologic heritage the nation's most popular national parks courtesy of the U.S. Geologic Survey. 3D
and photographic tours featuring park geology and natural history can be found on the education
page of the USGS
|posted Jul 9, 2012 by Roberta R.
When is it appropriate to communicate by email with a potential employer? Virginia Tech addresses this question and many others in a thorough primer
on email style, content and etiquette for job seekers. You can find this site on this subject guide under "Interviewing and Resumes".
Family Handy Man
features DIY tips on building a raised garden bed, stopping invasive plants, shrub removal, deck building, moving heavy stuff, remodeling a garage.
The Pew Research Institute just released a report on e-books and libraries. This public survey presents some telling statistics. For example, sixty two percent of the public don't know that libraries have e-books available for loan. If you are reading this you probably know Hennepin County library has e-books to loan, but read here
for additional findings.
Enjoy yourself safely in the hot and humid weather common this summer. Scroll down on the National Weather Service
page to read great tips, or go to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
and the Minnesota Department of Health
for more tips and links.
4th of July
and other Minnesota entertainments.
|posted Jul 2, 2012 by Linda P.
Sit back and philosophize with your friends and neighbors at one of the many meetings
this summer. The topic is decided by popular vote at the beginning of each meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Summer in Minnesota means its fishing season, but don't forget the DNR
requires a license & the Hennepin Water Patrol
may be out in force looking for violations!
|posted Jul 1, 2012 by Trudi C.
the health of all Minnesotans. Read more at Minnesota Dept. of Health.
Today the U. S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act.
to learn about the key features of the law and how the changes affect you. Find the authentic electronic version of Public Law 111-148 from the Government Printing Office at FDSys
Given a steady decline in readership, the New Orleans Times-Picayune
, an award-winning newspaper, will only publish three days per week. The newspaper website will supplement its print version with continuous updates.
With 20th century lamps, chairs, sculpture and rugs, an apartment can be an interpretation of the Arts and Crafts Home
We do! See if one of our eBooks classes
works with your schedule.
|posted Jun 25, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Seventeen of Minnesota's best private colleges and universities offer free campus tours and general information sessions from June 25-29. Register online
to schedule your visit.
View 30 second videos on healthy fruit and veggie tips
for kids, for eating at home, for eating away from home on the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) website.
Rich in area history, HCL's tumblr blog
features gems from our Special Collections.
|posted Jun 19, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Research anything medical, including herbal supplements and alternative medicine, in the Health & Wellness Resource Center
, paid for by the library. Information is also available in Spanish.
You can easily follow the votes cast on various key bills and resolutions by your Senator or Representative through the "Washington Post" Votes Database. Here is a link to how Representative Keith Ellison
of Minnesota's 5th Congressional District has voted lately.
The publisher of the magazine The American Conservative
maintains an author searchable website, unz.org
, which, in addition to books and videos, provides access to an eclectic collection of magazines in PDF format. These range chronologically from the 1820s
to 2011, and include titles such as Argosy Weekly, The Saturday Review,
The world's first "talking" English-Ojibwe dictionary
contains photographs and around 60,000 audio clips of Ojibwe
words and sentences. The online project is the result of extensive work by faculty and students in the U of M's Department of American Indian Studies in collaboration with tribal elders and other partners, including the Minnesota Historical Society and the U of M Libraries.
The Greater MSP Partnership
was formed in 2011 to aggressively market Minneapolis-St. Paul and get the story out on "the exceptional benefits of working, living and playing here." Along with their information-packed website check out this promotional video
on the metro area. Besides intending to be inspirational, the video relates such facts as Minnesota having more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined and being the 4th
best job market in the U.S. Hail to thee Minnesota!
Find a short list of popular mulches
and recommendations about where they work best, on StarTribune.com.
No longer do older workers view their future in terms of a dichotomy: either choose to work or retire. Now many want to remain in the workforce but in a different way. Find out how your choices have expanded and give your input at this forum: Good for Business: Making the Most of a Maturing Workforce
, at Southdale Library, June 25, 2012, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
has a great beginner's guide
, essentially a user generated list of links/news.
|posted Jun 11, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Second Harvest Heartland
has teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Education
to help facilitate the Summer Food Service Program and help bring more meals to more kids this summer. Use this map
to find a free lunch near you.
New Bicycle Markings
in Minneapolis are just one of the many features on the City's web page, highlighting Minneapolis' status as one of the best biking cities in the country. Find Bicycle touring
, Bicycle trails
, and Bicycle repair
info at the library and have a free wheeling summer!
If you can't get enough of the news coverage on the 2012 election campaigns across the country, then C-Span's Campaign 2012
site is made for you. Their video library is full of speeches, addresses and campaign events.
What better place to "grow
" special family memories than in a garden? The National Gardening Association suggests kid- and family-friendly activities, including reading gardening books, such as "Grandpa Green" by Lane Smith.
Learn about particle astrophysics on your summer vacation. Daily tours of the Soudan Underground Physics Lab
have resumed for 2012. The University of Minnesota website offers visitor information and a virtual tour if you prefer to explore the lab from above ground.
|posted Jun 6, 2012 by Roberta R.
On June 6, at 5:30 p.m., women
of all cycling abilities are welcome to tour off-street trails and on-street bikeways that connect to downtown Minneapolis. Meet in front of the YWCA. Presented in collaboration with Anoka County Commute Solutions, Bike Walk Twin Cities, Bicycle Alliance of MN, Commuter Connection, Commuter Services, Midtown Greenway Coalition, Minneapolis Bike Walk Ambassadors, Metro Transit, St. Paul Smart Trips, and Transit for Livable Communities, and many other regional partners.
Practice your elevator speech, a job fair at the Mall of America coming up soon!
South Metro Job Fair
June 13, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Mall of America, in the Rotunda
Up to 40 employers will be seeking workers for a wide range of job opportunities. Social service organizations that assist job seekers will also be in attendance.
Look at The Old Car Manual Project
and scroll down for ads, owners manuals and brochures.
|posted Jun 4, 2012 by Jerry B.
We have help for you! On our Overdrive
page, click on "Overdrive Digital Help" on the right. "My Help" is the most useful link.
|posted Jun 4, 2012 by Dulcey H.
In the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes, issues relating to shorelines and water abound. The Minnesota DNR
provides basic information about property rights as they relate to shore land. The site also include information about installing docks
, public use of shoreline and more.
|posted Jun 3, 2012 by Trudi C.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Humes follows the trash in his new book Garbology. He recently joined MPR's The Daily Circuit
, exhorting followers to Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle.
If you've been thinking about applying for a patent stop by at the Minneapolis Central library's Patent Workshop for Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners. This introductory workshop, offered June 6 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., covers intellectual property basics, the patent process, and how to do a preliminary patent search. Register online
or call 612-543-8000.
These workshops are offered monthly at Minneapolis Central which has Minnesota's only complete U.S. patent collection.
The White House recently released its Digital Government Strategy
, a plan for delivering better online service and access to federal government information. One objective is to deliver information anywhere, anytime, and on any device.
Given the dramatic changes in our weather, readers should examine this timely website
. The material on the site lists current tips on tornado safety. In addition, it also provides interesting information on tornado forecasting and some fascinating insights into the world of the storm chaser.
Studying for June ACT or SAT college entrance exams? Try the online practice tests from LearningExpressLibrary
, available 24/7 via the Education & Libraries subject guide
|posted May 30, 2012 by Dulcey H.
For access to 1700 newspapers from 92 countries in 48 languages, use Newspaper Direct
As described by Representative Jerrold Nadler
(D-NY) [via The New York Times Motherlode blog
], the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would 'require an employer to make a reasonable accommodation for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, unless this creates an undue hardship on the employer.'
The legislation would also prevent employers from using a worker’s pregnancy to deny her opportunities on the job, force her to take an accommodation that she does not want or need, or force her onto leave when another reasonable accommodation could help keep her on the job — all rules that should already be familiar to employers, thanks to the Americans With Disabilities Act."
Harvard University and MIT will offer online classes for free to anyone with internet access. EdX
will develop an open-source technology platform to deliver the online courses using MIT and Harvard content. Find out how this opportunity
might work for you.
Are you afraid you missed out by not purchasing Facebook stock during its Initial Public Offering? Are you wondering what impact the departure of veteran officials and restructuring at Best Buy will have on its stock? Use Value Line
to rate these and other stocks and to view stock price and financial forecasts. Value Line rates and reviews over 1700 stocks and 90 industries. Learn more about this essential investment tool here.
Minnesota's signature arts festival
for children and families-and one of the only of its kind in the nation-features artists hailing from all around the globe, telling stories about different cultures through the uniting power of the performing arts.
Throughout this year, the Minnesota Historical Society is introducing a wide range of initiatives to encourage discussion and reflection about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
. Check out this website for historical background, a timeline of events, 2012 public programs, books, links to photos, documents & artifacts relating to the war, and resources for researching family history.
Formerly GPO Access, FDsys
provides free online access to authenticated publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Browse the collection
to see what dates are available in digitized format for each publication.
Find Business News
in the Corporate Affiliations database. You'll also find business profiles for major public and private companies world wide.
and People's Voice winners
of best websites announced May 21!
|posted May 21, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Those who have experienced a bullying supervisor may be interested in reading the City Pages
article “What to do About Your Bad Boss
”, concerning events that led to a whistleblower’s termination, and the litigation that followed. Featured in the article is Stanford University’s Bob Sutton, author of Good Boss, Bad Boss
five gardens with plants native to Minnesota on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR
Two upcoming programs feature noted conductor Mischa Santora
discussing the vibrant Parisian Music scene of the 1780s
, on Tuesday, June 26, 7 p.m. at the Plymouth Library, and the friendship of George Gershwin
and Arnold Schoenberg
on Monday, July 16, 7 p.m. at the Ridgedale
Library. Please check here
for more information and how to register.
|posted May 17, 2012 by Jean B.
Hennepin County Library is now an official FamilySearch
affiliate library! FamilySearch
has billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land and court records from over 130 countries. HCL
patrons now have access to all of these historic microfilm collections.
To order microfilm, visit the FamilySearch website
. The site charges $7.50 per reel. Microfilms requested are sent to the Interlibrary Loan office at Central. When they arrive at Central, ILL staff will contact you and ask which library you would like the film sent to Bd
, Rd, Sd
, or Central where microfilm readers are located. Like other microfilm that is received through ILL, these microfilms are for in-library use only.
For further information, contact JoEllen
, Minneapolis Central, 4th
|posted May 15, 2012 by DJ
On June 5, 2012, the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
will provide public talks and safe viewing of the planet Venus crossing the path of the sun. Not to be missed! The next time this will occur will be in 2117.
|posted May 15, 2012 by Roberta R.
The Metropolitan Council recently released a demographic profile
of what the seven-county Mpls-St
. Paul area might look like by 2040. Population is projected to grow by 893,000 with the arrival of 463,000 international immigrants.
On Wednesday, June 13th
, 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.
Interested in funding for individuals? Ask at Minneapolis Central Library about our Foundation Grants to Individuals print directory and online database.
Do you want to learn about various sides of controversial issues? CQ Researcher
compiles weekly reports on current topics, such as recent ones about distracted driving, internet regulation, and immigration conflict, among many others. Opposing Viewpoints in Context
provides facts as well as arguments for and against a wide range of topics.
Try the online practices tests from LearningExpressLibrary
which is available 24/7 on the Library's website.
Search local, national, and international newspapers, journals, newswires
, newsletters, television and radio transcripts, and other sources simultaneously in the Access World News
database. Searches can be limited geographically and chronologically. The database provides access to over 90 sources in Minnesota, and over 6300 sources worldwide.
Hennepin County Library offers free technology classes
for adults. Learn skills ranging from mouse and keyboard basics to online services such as email and social networking, basic and intermediate skills in Microsoft Office, and more. All classes require advance registration.
|posted May 7, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Tune in to radio stations from around the world. Radio Locator
has links to over 13,000 web pages and over 7000 audio streams from radio stations in the U.S. and worldwide.
Prepare for fishing season by visiting the MN DNR
, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
, and the Library, where MN fishing maps
and materials on all aspects of fishing are available.
Research your Asian ancestry with Cyndi's List
or attend one of the library's Spice & Slice of Asia
programs to learn more about Asian culture & history!
Look at the variety of links in Autoshop101
. Click on the category you want to explore and be informed.
|posted May 2, 2012 by Jerry B.
help you choose the best credit card for you.
A celebration of countries and cultures, the Festival of Nations
is a great way to meet people and hear languages from around the world. This year, the festival celebrates its 80th
anniversary - come join the fun!
With baseball fever in the air, catch the latest scores on this award winning website
. In addition to a wide variety of sports, check out the latest news on health care, immigration reform, and global warming. Regardless of your interest, this site will have something for everyone.
Minnesota Business First Stop
and the federal government's BusinessUSA
are new one stop websites developed to provide easier access to the services and information businesses need, whether they are a new startup or an established firm. These government sites cover everything from starting a business or exporting a product, to information about a program to compensate fisherman for fishing gear lost to oil and gas activities.
Visit the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
to find state documents and historical information including House and Senate seating charts, vote totals going back a century, flow charts showing the legislative process, and much more. You can even take a virtual tour of the Capitol.
HomeSpot allows homeowners to set up maintenance schedules, plan home improvement projects, and keep a history of their home.
You don't have to be a Master Gardener
to plant your own bit of earth. Join us at Nokomis
Library on Tuesday, April 24, 6 p.m.
to learn about fertilizers, common pests, and diseases.
Urban Expedition: LIBERIA!
Musser Cortile; 1 to 3 pm; FREE
Travel the world without leaving St. Paul! This program will feature the music, dance, food and crafts of Liberia. Featuring main stage performances by Universal Dance Destiny. For more information call 651-292-3267
Hennepin County provides low-cost child and adult immunizations
(shots) to people who don't have adequate health insurance.
According to an infographic
from Mother Nature Network, the number of Americans growing food and the size of food gardens has increased. The National Gardening Association's report, The Impact of Home and Community Gardening in America
, also indicates that food gardening is on the rise.
If this inspires you to join the ranks, take a look at this chart from The Cheap Vegetable Gardener to help determine the Most Profitable Plants in Your Vegetable Garden
Don't forget that we have online tutorials
for using a mouse (in several languages), and links for help with Microsoft Office and Open Office.
|posted Apr 23, 2012 by Dulcey H.
On April 21, celebrate Earth Day
learning about edible landscapes at Northeast Library.
The Wildlife Rehab Center of Minnesota
has a tip sheet and FAQ list on what to do when you find young wildlife, such as an orphaned bunny or a baby bird that has fallen out of a nest. You can also find a link to the center on the Animal subtopic
page of the Science Subject Guide.
|posted Apr 18, 2012 by Roberta R.
Check out the government website fraud.org
for assistance and filing a report.
|posted Apr 17, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Watch the video Light Up The Night
which celebrates HCMC's
role as our state's first and most influential teaching hospital.
Parent Hacks has collected some tips for Summer Fun
. Explore categories like summer activities, learning, organization and quick clean up tips, meals/snacks/treats, health, and low-effort summer "fashion."
Looking for Summer Camps
? Want to plan a vacation using our Countries & Trave
l subject guide? It's not too early to start. Hope you have a great summer!
April 14-15 marks the 100th
anniversary of the Titanic disaster. Read an excerpt
from the U. S. Senate's final report on the investigation into the sinking of the ship. Visit the Minneapolis Central Library to read the print version of the full transcripts of the hearings issued on May 28, 1912 by the 62nd
Congress. A report from the British Government is also available in the U. S. Senate document collection. Visit the second floor iDesk
for more information.
The annual rite of spring is underway: college tours by prospective freshmen. Each one is searching for the school that provides right fit for his or her individual requirements. But what if "fit" is not something to be found, but something that develops over time, something that involves work and change rather than comfort and predictability? The Chronicle of Higher Education hosts this challenge
to the concept. Read it here or find it in our Academic Search Premier database.
If you are a senior or a caregiver, the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
can connect you with community services including financial assistance, in-home help, transportation, health insurance counseling, and more.
and organizations coordinate with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for neighborhood clean-up. No pre-registration is required. 9:30 a.m.-Noon. A volunteer coordinator is available at each site to assist volunteers and answer questions.
A visual dictionary is excellent for reinforcing language learning, and is also a great tool for the traveler. Check out these and other visual/picture dictionaries at your local library!
If you are thinking of attending the 2012 London Olympics
now is the time to purchase your tickets and make travel arrangements! The Library has plenty of guidebooks
on London, too.
If you're interested in doing business with government agencies plan to attend the SADBOC Government Procurement Fair
on April 25 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. Combining education with marketing strategies, this event provides small businesses an opportunity to meet with representatives from Federal, State and local departments, commercial/prime contractors, and nonprofit organizations; access available technical assistance; and learn about upcoming contracts.
Sponsored by the Federal Executive Board's Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Council, in cooperation with PTAC
and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
has all the information you need to file your federal income tax on time, April 17. Don't forget to see if you qualify for the Earned Income Credit
. Minnesota income tax
is due the same day. If you are curious as to why the deadline is extended, the IRS explains
that since April 15 is a Sunday and April 16 is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia, the deadline for filing is Tuesday April 17.
is a good starting point for any debt management plan. Enter all of the credit cards and outstanding installment loans balances. Find out how much is owed and how long it will take to pay it off.
notes the start of the 14th
year of the “Untold Stories: Labor History Series
”, presented by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. Occurring at various venues around the Twin Cities, the series includes lectures, performances, and discussions, and runs from April 12 through May 21.
In a recent report the Federal Trade Commission
called for greater regulation of the personal data companies compile on millions of consumers. The FTC also asked for a provision that would allow people access to the information collected on them.
Looking for the cheapest gasoline price close to home? Try fueleconomy.gov
linked to MN cities.
|posted Apr 2, 2012 by Jerry B.
Want to explore some of the areas history? Look into the Minneapolis Landmarks and Historic District
page to find some exploring ideas.
Learn about local
and regional food systems, who participates in them, and their role in economic and community development. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides an interactive map showing supported food projects across the country.
School will be out soon. Do you know where your children will be? Minnesota Monthly has a review of summer camps
tailored to meet a variety of interests: music, math, art, theater, outdoor adventures and more.
Training and employment opportunities are available in renewable energy, building systems, manufacturing and construction in the metropolitan area for those who meet the income guidelines of the RENEW
program. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act this program is administered by local governments and implemented by many agencies and educational organizations to promote employment in "green" industries.
When digital access to the 1940 rolls out on Monday, April 2nd
at 9 am Eastern time, only the National Archives
will have the data. The 1940 Census will not have a name index for searching when it first becomes available. In order to locate someone, you will need to know his or her address and the Census enumeration district in which that address was located.
To determine the enumeration district, go to the Online Public Access
page put in the name of the town, the county and the state. Check the search results for the 1940 enumeration district number. With that information you will be ready to search the 1940 census!
Check out the detailed questions asked in the 1940 census
A helpful and entertaining National Archives video (which includes footage from a 1940 film to inform the public about the census) is posted at YouTube
Databases like Ancestry Library are working to have the 1940 census available on its site in the near future.
|posted Mar 30, 2012 by JoEllen H.
Soon many science textbooks
will take on a new look. Unlike the traditional hardcover works found in college bookstores, students will now have permanent access to these printed editions on their computer.
from all around Minnesota highlighting the High School Basketball Tournament.
Do your loved ones know your healthcare wishes? Free legal help on advance care directives available on April 16 at William Mitchell College of Law
. Learn more
. Search the catalog by subject, Advance Directives (Medical Care), for additional library materials.
is the authority to check out those forwarded emails and internet stories. Did it really happen? Likely not!
|posted Mar 26, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Don't turn your house into an assisted living center. Universal design incorporates attractive, east-to-use appliances and other devices.
The U. S. Government Printing Office (GPO) continues to develop mobile apps
to expand its mission of Keeping America Informed. Be sure to check out the apps
for official information from other Federal agencies too.
Donate your discards
. Hennepin County shares possible places to donate items you don't want.
|posted Mar 21, 2012 by Linda P.
The Digitization Project of the Einstein Archives
, to be completed in 2012, has 2000 images of documents written by Einstein and a searchable database of over 80,000 records of documents.
|posted Mar 20, 2012 by Roberta R.
Think your invention might be patentable? Click here
to get answers to your questions.
Dates: April 14, 2012 ; Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Highlights of the event at the Minnesota Historical Center include a fashion show sponsored by the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent; performances by the Tibetan American Foundation of MN dance group and the Vietnamese Hoang Anh dance group. Demonstrations and mini-classes in Laotian weaving, Thai and Nepali/Tibetan cooking, Thai fruit carving, Oriental paper crafts and Philippine combat.
Even after the recent grueling cold and flu season, the sniffling may not end soon. Unseasonably warm
temperatures may trigger an early and uncomfortable allergy season
. Wondering if your or your child's sniffles are allergy or cold induced? Watch this video
, learn more about allergies in children
, and monitor pollen and mold levels reported on Pollen.com
or the National Allergy Bureau
(for the latter, MN pollen counts will resume April 2012).
Metro Transit offers free rides on St. Patrick's Day
|posted Mar 15, 2012 by Linda P.
Named for the unexpected resolution to a musical phrase, NPR's classical music blog, Deceptive Cadence
is an unexp
ectedly refreshing take on classical music, performers, and news from near and far about a music genre that is "not only still breathing, thank you, but vigorously evolving."
|posted Mar 15, 2012 by Jean B.
, Coordinator of Cooperating Collections with the Foundation Center
, will conduct a free workshop on grantseeking
basics and proposal writing basics in the Best Buy Technology Lab at Minneapolis Central Library
from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesday, May 8th
Seating is limited, so please contact librarian Roger Lindsay at 612/543-8177 to reserve your space; please provide both phone and e-mail contact information if possible. Roger will confirm your registration and send you a more detailed description of the event.
Minnesota Public Radio
discussed this issue recently, and added some helpful links. The National Council of State Legislatures
lists voter id requirements for every state. Find out who is for and against voter ID and why from MinnPost
We let you know about programs, book sales, and more on Twitter
|posted Mar 12, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Find out where to dispose of appliances, electronics, mattresses, and more with the Hennepin County How to Get Rid of It Guide
. If you have items to donate including cell phones, bicycles, clothing, and more, find organizations that accept them with the Choose to Reuse Directory
. The Twin Cities Free Market
is another way to give away (and get) free items.
Inside Higher Ed
discusses predatory open access publishers, who charge fees to authors seeking to be published.
The multi-volume project will be complete in March with the publication of volume five (Sl
- Z). The 50-year endeavor known as DARE
starts with 'Adam's housecat
' and ends with 'Zydeco
'. The New York Times
provides the interesting story behind the making of this landmark resource and why it took so long to complete.
Too many small businesses miss out on the tax deductions they are eligible for. Small Business Administration has published a useful Fact Book
listing several of the special tax breaks passed by congress to help small businesses through such programs as Small Business Jobs Act, the HIRE Act, and the Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. Many of these deductions will expire after the 2011 tax year so take them while you can.
is the perfect time to sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture Farm (commonly referred to as a CSA). Find a few tips on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website.
Get your U. S. passport on Saturday, March 10 at the Minneapolis Passport Agency, 212 3rd
Ave South, Suite 100. No appointment is necessary and the office is open from 9am
. Regular passport processing fees apply. More more information, visit travel.state.gov
is a directory of U.S. and Canadian businesses, U.S. white page listings, new businesses.
The Startribune's Homegirls
is where you'll find a sampling of décor
and design tips, franks conversation about holidays, homekeeping
, home improvement. Also picks and pans of new products, stores and events.
Self-serve drop-off sites for unwanted prescription medicines, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and pet medicines are now available at three Hennepin County
Sheriff's Office facilities in Brooklyn Park, Spring Park, and downtown Minneapolis.
National Women's History Month is a perfect time to research female ancestors. "Invisible Women Ancestors"
provides great strategies for researching female ancestors who lived before the 20th
century and who may be more difficult to find in standard records
|posted Mar 2, 2012 by Trudi C.
Once every 12 months, you can get a FREE credit report from each of the three major nationwide credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion
. Go to AnnualCreditReport.com
has links to several auto shows in and outside the U. S. Scroll slightly down to check out the choices
|posted Mar 1, 2012 by Jerald B.
Considered the last word on words, the OED
is the Bible for lovers of the English language. This online version lets you search the OED, study timelines that show when words entered the English language, lists the authors and works most quoted in the OED, and has the ever popular, sometimes wacky "word of the day" Be ready to wax eloquent at your next fabulous gathering!
Students, do you have ideas about how education can be improved? You are invited to participate in a National Competition
by submitting a business plan and a video sales pitch for a new business or non-profit organization that offers an innovative strategy, product or service designed to address challenges in one of these four areas: 1. Middle Grades Matter, 2. Skills, Skills, Skills, 3. Education Pays or 4. Finish Faster. The deadline is May 1, 2012.
From New York to Chicago, daffodils and crocuses are already in flower. With temperatures in the 50's and 60's, even the magnolia trees are starting to bloom on the National Mall in Washington. Although the winter
has been an unusually mild one, a sudden cold snap could have a drastic impact on plants and trees.
View historic photos
of plant communities and natural environments in the United States from 1891-1936. From the American Memory project of the Library of Congress.
|posted Feb 29, 2012 by Roberta R.
Three Rivers Parks
offer a wide variety of summer experiences for children from 4 to 15. Teens 16 and up can volunteer
for camp and other park positions.
Try Technology Review
from MIT, CNN Tech
, and PC Magazine
|posted Feb 27, 2012 by Dulcey H.
This year's presidential election has gotten off to a rollicking start, in part because of new campaign finance guidelines. The Federal Election Commission
provides info on political donors, filing, compliance, PACs and much more.
|posted Feb 27, 2012 by Trudi C.
The Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association is having a educational event and job fair
for job seekers. Hear from the experts as they advise individuals on resumes, and interviewing skills. Select your next interviewing outfit from the professional clothes drive. Learn how to use Linked-in to find and further your career. It's free and open to everyone.
New Congressional District lines
were released today for Minnesota's eight Congressional Districts. There will be much commentary on the results in the days to come.The Humphrey School of Public Affairs Smart Politics blog
and the Star Tribune's Hot Dish Politics
discuss the ramifications of the newly drawn district borders.
Begin with Activity Tree
, where you can find kids lessons, classes and summer camps. Most of these events and schools charge a fee. For free events, check out your local library and park system.
Are we celebrating Washington's Birthday, both Washington's and Lincoln's Birthdays, or all U.S. presidents? The legal federal holiday on the third Monday in Feb. is Washington's Birthday. Presidents' Day has never had official legal designation as a federal holiday. Rather, it is an attempt to unify a conglomeration of the legally designated Washington's Birthday with an assortment of state observances on Lincoln's Birthday and U.S. presidents in general. For more details see Snopes.com
and Miller-McCune's article, President's Day: Just another Presidential Fable
If you are having problems with library technology (downloading ebooks
, for example), you can contact us on our webform
, or leave a message for callback on 612-543-8750.
|posted Feb 14, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Learn tips on how to save energy in your home, vehicle, or workplace with Energy Savers
. Also, find financial assistance information from the U.S. Dept of Energy
for energy efficient purchases and improvements in the form of tax credits, rebates, and energy-efficient financing.
Checkout the thorough coverage of the campaign from C-SPAN
blog The Digital Shift
reports that the Penguin Group publishers, which include Ace, NAL
, Berkeley, Dutton, Prentice Hall, Puffin, Putnam’s, Grosset
& Dunlap, Viking, and others, will not be providing new eBook titles to OverDrive
, Hennepin County Library’s eBook provider. Penguin and OverDrive
are negotiating to maintain access to titles already available.
Watch this video developed by the University of Arizona College of Medicine
to learn a hands-only CPR method that DOUBLES a person's chance of surviving cardiac arrest.
Print and online
versions of President Obama's Budget for the U. S. Government, FY 2013 will be released Monday, Feb. 13. The authentic online version will be available on GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys
) after 11:15 a.m. EST.
Find Fact Sheets
on the care and conservation of carpets and rugs, ceramics and glass, books, clocks, costumes and textiles, oil paintings, photographic materials, documents and archives, silver and plate, drawings, prints, watercolors, silver and plates, and archeological materials at the Institute of Conservation.
President Obama has given Minnesota a waiver on the No Child Left Behind learning laws
because a viable alternative plan was presented. "Under the deal, the states must show they will prepare children for college and careers, set new targets for improving achievement among all students, reward the best performing schools and focus help on the ones doing the worst."
Find Business Writing
guides as well as classes at LearningExpressLibrary
is a great networking source for finding people who are interested in languages. In the Twin Cities there are many Meetup
language groups for those who want to practice or maintain a language. You can also find groups related to a variety of cultural interests and activities.
Important events in the history of African Americans in the Military
provided by the Department of Defense for Black History Month.
The State Small Business Credit Initiative
is using 15.4 million in federal funds to provide greater access to capital for small businesses and manufacturers. The loans are offered through four programs:
The Capital Access Program
Emerging Entrepreneurs Fund
Small Business Loan Guarantees
Early Stage Fund
Check out the website to find the eligibility requirements and the application process.
Veterans looking for employment, education or a new career can find assessment and planning tools, referrals to employment opportunities and community support at Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.
There are resources for students in the United States who are not citizens. Click here
for scholarships available to undocumented students and links to post secondary schools that charge in-state tuition.
The Minnesota Orchestra has announced its 2012 -13 season
, Highlights include a performance of all of Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos, their first ever clarinet festival, and more.
|posted Feb 3, 2012 by Jean B.
Learn about the origins of the National Library of Medicine
and how it transformed from office reference to a national collection.
for the best- and worst-rated cars in fuel economy, initial quality, customer service and other categories.
|posted Feb 1, 2012 by Jerald B.
The Federal Citizen Information Center
, recently published its 2011 edition of the Consumer Action Handbook and launched a new website (publications.usa.gov
) offering free versions of this and other guidebooks. Download or order publications on subjects ranging from 'frog protection for homeowners' to 'online penny auctions.'
Minnesota Precinct Caucuses
are fast approaching. Next Tuesday, February 7, political parties in Minnesota will hold neighborhood caucuses. Find where yours is by using the Caucus Finder
from the Secretary of State's Office. Learn more about the political process involved from the FAQ page
Check out the Teen subtopic Mashup Tools
for some resources on creating online content, particularly videos.
|posted Jan 30, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Beginning with the March 2012 issue of Ladies' Home Journal
, the magazine
will take on a new look. Much of the content will now come from their readers and focus on such timely topics as parenting, health, and beauty.
This phenomenal online dictionary
was years in the making and a product of collaboration between the University of Minnesota Department of American Indian Studies and the Minnesota Historical Society. The website draws on the resources and expertise of each organization. The project is deeply indebted to Ojibwe
elders who were recorded for the talking dictionary. Their time and talents are a critical component of the dictionary.
Recent technologies made possible the illustrated, talking dictionary with photographs and drawings of Ojibwe
material culture and activities. The dictionary searches related words and includes expanded language information. The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment monies were instrumental in bringing this site up on the web.
Have a favorite person you follow on social media? You can nominate them for a Shorty Award
through Feb 17th.
|posted Jan 23, 2012 by Dulcey H.
The Library of Congress
celebrates by recognizing the contributions of Americans with disabilities to our society and workforce.
Several organizations pick a word or words of the year. Merriam-Webster
makes a top-10 list determined by the volume of user look-ups on its website; 2011's number one word was pragmatic
. Members of the American Dialect Society
take a vote for the word of the year, and the 2011 winner is occupy
. Visual Thesaurus
does an annual overview of words that defined the year; 2011's list includes occupy, Arab spring, tiger mom,
is a weekly science and music podcast on topics ranging from robots to dark matter. Created by the Earthsky
|posted Jan 18, 2012 by Roberta R.
The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show
is just over. If you want to check out some of the tech that may come to a store near you, this website is where to go!
|posted Jan 13, 2012 by Dulcey H.
Save money on fruits, vegetables, and meats with Fare For All
, a program open to everyone that supports local food shelves through the Emergency Foodshelf Network
Find election results, precinct by precinct
, for Tuesday January 10's special elections in Minneapolis. State Senate District 59 elected Kari Dziedzic
and State Representative District 61B
elected Susan Allen.
The Vietnamese Community of Minnesota proudly announces the 2012 Vietnamese Tet
New Year Festival – The Year of the Dragon on Saturday, January 21, 2012, from 10:00A.M. - 4:00P.M. at Kennedy High School
, 9701 Nicollet
Ave, Bloomington, MN 55420. The event is free and open to the public!
The Internet Storm Center
detects problems (i.e. worms, viruses), analyzes threats, and disseminates information.
|posted Jan 6, 2012 by Dulcey H.
reports that, in 2010, releases of toxic chemicals into the environment increased by 16% nationwide over 2009. The Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory
is a database, searchable by Zip Code, that identifies toxic releases and disposals in your area.
offers "moving tools", such as School Report, City Report, Salary Calculator, Move Planner, and Relocation Wizard. Data is updated at least once a year. Sources include the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local police departments, the national Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and recent sales information from local municipalities.
It is time for students to prepare for college entrance exams. Visit the College Board website to take practice SAT tests
or sign up for the examination.
Be part of the decision making process for the Bottineau Transitway
. Attend a Scoping Open House
to give input on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS
) that's currently under development.
This free online tool from the USDA
helps you customize your healthy food and activity choices. Read
more about it.
Don't buy a second-rate product just because it costs less. Cheapism.com
tells you which lower-priced items are worth buying.
At The Car Connection
, see the latest in car news.
|posted Jan 3, 2012 by Jerald B.
It's not too late! You have until February 5th to head over to the Minnesota Children's Museum to see the exhibit, Storyland: A Trip through Childhood Favorites
. Children from birth to age 8 (and their adults!) can immerse themselves and their imagination in the interactive displays based on seven cherished picture books by authors such as Beatrix
Potter, Ezra Jack Keats, and Arthur Dorros
. Visit the Storyland exhibit
page for more information.