Monday, December 3, 2007

History of Children's Book Illustrations

See a slide show of children's book illustrations through history:

Thursday, November 29, 2007

JFK Video: The Dallas Tapes

The JFK Video: The Dallas Tapes website contains vintage and exclusive video reports of John F. Kennedy's assasination. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza assisted with research and contributed some of the videos. Most of this audiovisual material can be found nowhere else on the web.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Awesome Library

The "Awesome Library" website organizes 35,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education. Categories include the arts, English, mathematics, science, social studies, health, technologies, language, authors, reference, news, geography, nursing, special ed, family, politics, biographies, terrorism, the environment, medical care and sports. This resource is geared towards educators, students, librarians, and the public. Explore:

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Learn A Language Online Free

Mango beta is an online enterprise-level language learning system freely available to everyone. Learn at your own pace with a suite of features that make language learning more engaging and fun. Try it at

Livemocha is the social way to learn a language. It is the first-of-its-kind online language-learning community with fun interactive lessons that are self-paced. The best part is it is free! Check it out at

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Family Genealogy and History Internet Education Directory

If you are interested in your family history and genealogy, check out this professional worldwide humanities and social sciences mega portal. It connects directly to numerous related sub-sets, with billions of primary and secondary family genealogy records. This is an extremely comprehensive online handbook, how-to-guide and manual.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Trial Access to AP Images Database

Through November 21, 2007 you will have access to photographs from the Associated Press chronicling history from the 1820s to the present, updated with thousands of new items daily.

You may access AP Images at with the following login:
Username: AW228263
Password: TRIAL

The AP Images database contains 3.5 million photographs and more than 100,000 graphics - including maps, timelines, logos and graphs. The new functionality of the database also allows you to search by events, decades, people or places. All content may be downloaded by users in the library or from home for educational purposes.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Books Tool Box

I have added a link to, the Books Toolbox. It contains over 50 sites for book lovers. My favorite is, What Should I Read Next? Just type in the names of your favorite books, and the site will recommend other books you may like. It is easy to use, and fun too.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

New Search Engine Tool

Intelways is a fast and convenient one-stop search tool to search for just about anything on the web. It is a comprehensive set of search channels organized into different categories. You can easily find web content and information in different formats, topics and media types, by retrieving results from multiple online providers and search engines.

You type your search question and select any one of the search tools and the results appear in a frame below the search boxes. The Intelways menu remains at the top of the screen as you scroll through your searchresults, and can switch from one search engine to another. The selection includes several Google search indexes, Wikipedia, several multimedia search engines, social bookmarking sites, and even Amazon and eBay. There are also categories of tools for general searching, images, video, news, searching by file type, and reference sources.

Intelways also has a country-specific filter, currently for 11 countries.

Please try out this useful site where you can find most search engines all in one place.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Substance Abuse and Treatment Databases

Barbara Weiner of the Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists association has compiled an annotated webliography of 80 databases and other online resources on substance abuse and treatment. Please feel free to utililize this information or pass on these links to others in need.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Internet Archive: American Libraries

I have added a link above for the American Libraries Internet Archive. You can access digitally recreated books in full color and black and white. The British Museum, Smithsonian, University of Illinois and others have partnered to scan in (digitize) books. Books are available for free download in pdf, DjVu, plain text or the 'flip book' where you actually 'turn' the pages (based on software by British Library).

Have fun! Some of the illustrations are beautiful.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Library Booklists & LibraryThing

I have added a link for Library Booklists. If you need any suggestions for fiction books of any genre these links from libraries across the country will help you.

LibraryThing is a great site to create your own personal catalog of books you have read and to check out what others are reading.


Friday, August 24, 2007

New Databases and Homework Help

Don't forget to check out the George Hail Free Library ( website for new electronic databases that can help with genealogy, homework, readers advisory, as well as newspapers, magazines and other general information all from the comfort of your own home.

Click on the Reference Department link on the main page to access the Marshall Cavendish digital library, which contains information on plants, animals, geography, health, sciences and culture.

Click on the Research Databases link to access EBSCO databases which include Auto Repair Reference Center, Consumer Health Complete, Student Research Center, Kids Search and NoveList.

NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and more for over 135,000 fiction titles. It also includes other interesting stuff for fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists. There is also guidance for teachers and school media specialists.

You can also access Alt Healthwatch, Academic Search Premier, Regional Business News, MasterFILE Premier, Health Source (Consumer and Nursing/Academic Edition), Clinical Pharmacology, Newspaper Source, Primary Search (magazines), EBSCO Animals and TopicSearch (current events).

If you would like to explore your family history, click on the Genealogy link on the front page to access Ancestry (only available at the library), and HeritageQuest Online.

Please take advantage of the wonderful resources, compliments of your library!

Friday, August 3, 2007

New Reference Links

Please check out some of the new reference links above, especially Temple University's comprehensive Internet and print resources.

Rotten Tomatoes is a great website to get all reviews for movies all in one place, including the percentage of reviewers who gave the picture a thumbs up or down.