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He or She Who Has the Most, Wins
There's a concept out there called gameification, which works on the premise that if you can make something into a game, people will be more willing to do it. Want to learn about how to deal with money but think it will be boring? Try our Finance Games subtopic to find a fun way to educate yourself.
posted Jan 29, 2013 by Jody W. Category: JobsMoney

Where Art Meets Application
The largest online social network for artists, deviantART, showcases a variety of mediums and artists. Designed to entertain, inspire and empower the artist in all of us, you can find images that will make you smile and make you think.
posted Jan 29, 2013 by Jody W. Category: BeCreative

Read All About It
The Minnesota Historical Society blogs about the 150 Best Minnesota Books. Titles include Betty Crocker's first ever cookbook to Sinclair Lewis' works of fiction to the children's books of Maud Hart Lovelace. Explore Minnesota in a whole new way by reading all about it.
posted Jan 29, 2013 by Jody W. Category: Minnesota

History Day Events
Right now you may be sharing your projects with your school. March is just around the corner, and so are the Regional Events in the Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota as early as March 2. If you don't have a chance to check out projects locally, hope you can make it to State History Day on May 4!
posted Jan 29, 2013 by Jody W. Category: HistoryDay

Love trivia? Want to know what happened on This Day in History ? The History Channel shares decades' worth of historic events that happened today. You can also browse backwards and forward. If you wanted to get really creative for someone's birthday, list what happened on that day in the past in their birthday card!
posted Jan 29, 2013 by Jody W. Category: History/Biography

Best Buy Teen Tech Center opening soon!
Join us on Thursday, January 31st from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for the grand opening of the new Best Buy Teen Tech Center! Be the first to check out this new addition to Teen Central, which will be available for teens to use after school.
posted Jan 24, 2013 by Cynthia M Category: TeenCentral

Do you know the difference between a primary source and a secondary source? Princeton shares a quick definition with examples to help you figure it out.
posted Jan 22, 2013 by Jody W. Category: Research/Primarysources

Movie cliches
We've all seen them: dogs know who the bad guys are and bark at them; a woman running from someone will always fall down, etc. What are your favorite movie cliches?
posted Jan 18, 2013 by Jan D. Category: Arts/Entertainment

Gun Control
Since the recent events at Sandy Creek School, gun control has come under much scrutiny. Opposing Viewpoints can help add context to the discussion.
posted Jan 18, 2013 by Janice D. Category: Government/Politics

What's the word for...?
You know there's a word for it but you just can't remember it! The OneLook Reverse Dictionary can help you find it.
posted Jan 18, 2013 by Janice D. Category: Encyclopedias/Dictionaries

Culture Grams
Whenever you need background info on a specific country, try Culture Grams: The World. You'll find maps, photos, sound bites, even recipes!
posted Jan 18, 2013 by Janice D. Category: Countries/Geography

Spy Museum
Did you know that there's a CIA Museum in Washington, D.C.? Take of virtual tour and learn about real spy missions and equipment.
posted Jan 13, 2013 by Jan D. Category: Government/Politics

Call now for free dental care
February 1 and 2 low-income kids through age 18 can get free dental care at participating dentists. Call 1.800.543.7709 to learn more. Appointments are needed. See Give Kids a Smile.
posted Jan 9, 2013 by Susan W. Category: EmergencyHelp

Does your New Year's Resolution include a big relationship change?
Cover Art Need a little help? Check out the Dating and GLBTQ Relationships pages, and the Counseling information. Or, look for the new book Relationship smarts: how to navigate dating, friendships, family relationships, and more by Joyce Markovics. You don't have to go it alone.
posted Jan 1, 2013 by Susan W. Category: Relationships/Sexuality

What's your new year's resolution?
If you want to get in better shape, check out the Active Minnesota website to find events for your favorite sports and activities. Or, go to YouTube to practice some new dance moves. My new favorite is Happy Feet Like to Move it. Either way, you'll be stronger and better able to handle stress.
posted Jan 1, 2013 by Susan W. Category: Sports

Start now to show some real love on Feb. 14
Make this Valentine's Day special at your school with an event demonstrating love (aka food and hygiene supplies) for the homeless. Getting organized now will make all the difference, whether you simply collect donations or raise money selling flowers and candy, here's a soundtrack for your event.
posted Jan 1, 2013 by Susan W. Category: GetInvolved