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Thursday Thirteen #113

I admit it. Place names fascinate me. So, this week I chose to hunt up some places with interesting monikers right here in California. You know…like Helltown and Bummerville. Do you have any interesting place names near you? Comment and let me know.

13 Interesting Place Names in California:
1. Sucker Flat (It’s not far from Smartsville)
2. Second Garrotte
3. Wimp
4. Blunt
5. Cheeseville
6. Weed
7. Elfin Forest
8. Sleepy Hollow
9. Zzyzx
10. Secret Town
11. Top of the World
12. Rough and Ready (Not to be confused with Rough and Ready Island)
13. You Bet

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Thursday Thirteen #112

I’ve lately become quite interested in place names. Some of them can be quite entertaining (tune in next week for more on that.) This week I’m looking at towns with colors in their name, like Red Bluff, CA. Do you have a favorite town with a color in it’s name? Please share in the comments.

13 Color-full Places in the USA:
1. Blue Earth, MN
2. Browntown, AL
3. Red Rock, AZ
4. Greenville, AR
5. Copperopolis, CA
6. Silver Springs, CO
7. Red Lion, DE
8. Orange Heights, FL
9. White, GA
10. Blackfoot, ID
11. Golden, IL
12. Greenfield, IA
13. Redfield, KS

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Thursday Thirteen #111

What are your favorite historic sites?

13 Historic Places:
1. Ash Lawn – Highland – Home of James Monroe
2. Monticello – Thomas Jefferson’s Home
3. The Alamo – You know, the one you’re supposed to remember.
4. Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.
5. Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
6. The Jamestown Settlement
7. Sutter’s Fort – Sacramento, CA
8. The Betsy Ross House
9. Route 66 – (where you go to get your kicks…)
10. Liberty Bell Center – Home of the Liberty Bell.
11. The Oregon Trail
12. The OK Corral – (keep on the good side of Wyatt Earp while visiting…)
13. The Library of Congress

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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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