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Thursday Thirteen #110

This week, by request of Jehara, I bring you information about her local library: The Burton Barr Central Library branch of the Phoenix Public Library. It’s fun to see what different libraries offer.

13 Cool Things At the Phoenix Public Library:
1. They offer booklists on their website, like this parenting one.
2. Burton Barr Central Library has a teen program called Wii Wednesday and offers a resume workshop for job seekers..
3. PPL offers reading level screenings for kids in grades 1-3.
4.The Burton Barr Central Library has 280,000 square feet of space on five levels and contains 705,700 items in its collection.
5. The Burton Barr Central Library is also the home to the Accessibility Center. Need Talking Books, or books in Braille or Large Type? Those are only a couple of the services that they offer.
6. Have a yen to see a page from a Gutenberg Bible or a Shakespeare folio? Check out the Rare Book Room.
7. Need to take a look at an Arizona City Directory from 1892 or some correspondence from Rough Rider James H. McClintock? The Arizona Room is the place for you.
8. The Law Collection is where you can research a law that interests you.
9. The Burton Barr Central Library carries materials in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
10.The Phoenix Public Library offers free wireless internet hotspots as well as on site computers. The Burton Barr Central Library has 151 internet PCs.
11. Need an article for your research project? Try the article databases on the Phoenix Public Library website.
12. Can’t make it into the library today? Check out the Phoenix Public Library’s digital media collection. They offer ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and downloadable video files.
13. Who doesn’t love a good story? Check out the Storyline (English): (602) 262-4868 & Storyline (Spanish): (602) 262-4039

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Thursday Thirteen #109

This week I’m celebrating the different things you can find in the libraries in my system. What cool things do your local libraries offer?

13 Things You Can Find in the Alameda County Library:
1. Computers that you can use, for example, to access tax forms and helpful information related to said tax forms.

2. TV Shows on DVD such as Supernatural, Cheers, Father Knows Best, and Project Runway.

3. Librarians to help you with your reference question, whom you can contact in person, via telephone, by email, or on IM. (AskaLibrarian)

4. Music on CD in English, Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. This includes everything from Muse to Juanes and Jatin-Lalit to Yo-Yo Ma.

5. Computer classes on topics such as Internet Basics and Microsoft Word.

6. Book Sales! (Both tiny daily ones and larger ones scattered throughout the year.)

7. Storytime for babies of various ages.

8. Fliers for local events, college class schedules, bus schedules, and DMV booklets.

9. WiFi (though you will need a library card number or day pass to get on.)

10. Study rooms.

11. Audiobooks (CD, MP3, and Cassette) such as Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Outlander, Home: A Memoir, and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.

12. Local Newspapers, with old issues on microfilm. (Darn handy for those “day you were born” reports.)

13. Books. Lots of books. Even ebooks. Picture Books, Chapter Books, Teen Books, Large Type Books, Paperbacks, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Romance, Short Stories, Westerns, Bestsellers, Fiction, Non-Fiction…

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Thursday Thirteen #108

We recently got a new database here at the Alameda County Library called AtoZ the USA. It has everything from antique maps for the states to state energy profiles. Definately an excellent resource for those darn state reports. So, here’s thirteen facts I’ve uncovered using the database.

13 Facts I found in AtoZ the USA:
1. People from Kansas are called “Kansans.”
2. Alabama’s State Motto is: Audemus jura nostra defendere (“We dare to defend our rights”)
3. Colorado’s State Nickname is: “The Centennial State”
4. The Delaware State Bird is the Blue Hen (Gallus gallus).
5. One of the film festivals in Florida is called “15-Minutes Of Fame Festival Of Shorts.”
6. Generally, Athens, Georgia has 113 clear days a year.
7. In 2002, Honolulu, Hawaii had 8488 Motor Vehicle thefts.
8. The State Population of Iowa is: 3,002,555 (2008 estimate)
9. “Louisiana ranks fourth among the states in crude oil production, behind Texas, Alaska, and California (excluding federal offshore areas, which produce more than any single state).”
10. Big Sky, MT is home to the Big Sky Farmers Market.
11. The First Governor of Nebraska was David C. Butler (February 21, 1867-June 2, 1871).
12. Fort Sill is one of the National Historical Landmarks in Oklahoma. (Current Use: Active Military Base, access restricted.)
13. The Pennsylvania State Mineral is Celestine.

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Thursday Thirteen #107

Surprise! You can browse all 137 years of Popular Science (or Popular Science Monthly as it was once called) online for free. (When you get a chance, check it out here.) So, this week I went back to February 1873 to give you a taste of science past.

13 Article Titles from “The Popular Science Monthly” – February 1873:
1. The Law of Storms Developed by Professor Thompson B. Maury of the Signal-Office, Washington.

2. Heat and Life by Fernand Papillon (translated from the French by A.R. MacDonough, Esq.)

3. Nervous Health and Moral Health (from the London Spectator.)

4. Brain-Work and the Emotions (from the London Lancet.)

5. The Romance of Medicine by Frederick Arnold.

6. The Expression of the Emotions (Author?)

7. The Study of Sociology by Herbert Spencer (VII. Subjective Difficulties – Emotional.)

8. The Warming of Houses by John P. Seddon, Esq.

9. Is Electricity Life? by Henry Lake

10. Do Birds Improve in Nest Building? (translated from The Revue des Deux Mondes. By J. Fitzgerald, A.M.)

11. The Antipodes and PeriƓci by Hezekiah Butterworth, Esq.

12. Useful Things by Edmond About

13. Charles Robert Darwin (No author given)

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Thursday Thirteen #106

Well, it looks like I’ll be continuing on with the blog even though I’m changing jobs in the Library. So, dear friends, this is not the end. While I’m runing around like a crazy person trying to finish up things this week, please enjoy a list of reference sources that can be found on the Alameda County Library website. Then, stop by your local library’s website to see what they have on offer.

13 References Sources on the Alameda County Website:
1. PowerSearch is an article database that can search 34 different databases at the same time.
2. Ancestry, which can only be searched from inside of the library, is a very popular genealogical database.
3. A to Z Maps Online is pretty much what it sounds like.
4. My favorite database is Biography Resource Center. You get not only several different kinds of biographical information, but also an image of the person, if available.
5. Grzimek’s Animal Life will help older students with their animal assignments.
6. Gale’s History Resource Center: World has all sorts of information relating to world history.
7. Informe! is the spot for articles in Spanish.
8. a href=”http://www.aclibrary.org/research/articlesDataBases/default.asp?topic=ArticlesDataBases&cat=AlphabeticalListing”>Learning Express Library is your best bet for studying for your GED, Computer Skills Tests, or any number of other tests. It’s like an online version of those test books you so often see…except it’s more interactive.
9. Gale Legal Forms is pretty much what it sounds like…and is dead handy.
10. Mango Languages allows one to study a new language. Which language do you want to study?
11. Naxos Music Library can only be played from home. They have Bagpipe music!
12. Reference USA is an excellent business database. Need to know where all of the local shirt printing businesses are in your area, and also how many employees they have? Reference USA can do that.
13. What Do I Read Next? is exactly what it sounds like: your source for reader’s advisory.

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Thursday Thirteen #105

March is just around the corner. Can you believe it? Here are some things headed your way next month.

13 Things About March 2010:
1. March is National Caffeine Awareness Month. How much caffeine do you take a day?
2. March 1-7 is Return the Borrowed Books Week. *ahem* *taps foot*
3. March 1 is National Pig Day. Be nice to a piggy today.
4. March 1-7 is also National Procrastination Week. (No, you can’t procrastinate with the Borrowed Book from #2.)
5. March is also National Umbrella Month. Celebrate this fabulous invention.
6. Ron Howard will turn 56 on March 1.
7. I Want You to Be Happy Day falls on March 3. So does What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day. I’m guessing that would make Dogs and Cats happy.
8. I have a couple of friends who would love to learn that March 4 is National Grammar Day.
9. Penn Jilette turns 55 on March 5.
10. March 8 is Fun Facts About Names Day. What does your name mean? Don’t know? Find out on March 10, which is Learn What Your Name Means Day. Middle Name Pride Day is March 12.
11. Micky Dolenz will turn 65 on March 8.
12. Chuck Norris will be giving 70 a good swift kick on March 10.
13. On March 7, I am starting a new job.

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13 Mystery Spots

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Thursday Thirteen #104

This Summer I fully plan to visit the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, CA. So, I thought that I would share a list of similar spots around the USA for you all to enjoy. Have you visited the one near you?

13 Mystery Spot-type Places:
1. Confusion Hill – Piercy, California
2. Mystery Spot – Santa Cruz
3. Big Mike’s Mystery House – Cave City, Kentucky
4. Mystery Spot – St. Ignace, Michigan
5. Paulding Lights – Watersmeet, Michigan
6. Montana Vortex and House of Mystery – Columbia Falls, Montana
7. Mystery Hill – Blowing Rock, North Carolina
8. Mystery Hill – Marblehead, Ohio (reportedly closing after the 2010 season)
9. The Oregon Vortex – Gold Hill, Oregon
10. Gravity Hill – New Paris, Pennsylvania
11. Cosmos Mystery Area – Rapid City, South Dakota
12. Wonder World Park – San Marcos, Texas
13. Mystery Hole – Ansted, West Virginia

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