Earth Bits - Global Warming

Earth Image

For Earth Day 2006, lessons on global warming were developed by Google and publisher Scholastic. They built a site that "lets students literally fly across the world and see for themselves how the earth is changing" using satellite imagery. It is designed for 6th to 8th grade students, and can be found at "Explore Your Earth". Educators need to download Google Earth in order to use the lesson plans but the basic version of the virtual globe is free.

Craigslist: 21st Century Classifieds


AADL Select Sites : Ann Arbor / Washtenaw County

Use Ann Arbor’s page on craigslist to find a job, an apartment, or an antique, milk glass parlor lamp (see photograph) and more. You can look for love on the personals pages, and even post messages on the missed connections page, in hopes of recreating the special moment from last Tuesday with that super cute barista at Starbucks on State and Liberty.

Craigslist is user-friendly and no frills, and best of all, it’s free. You don’t even have to register with them to send or read postings (hello, annoying digital camera picture websites!), and a flagging system helps keep out the inappropriate and sneaky commercial stuff. Craigslist can even be entertaining—check out best of craigslist for reader-nominated posts of variable merit—everything from misspelled rants to stunningly off-target personal ads.

Happy craigging!

Death Becomes Them

Dead or Alive

AADL Select Sites : Reference Tools

A macabre site for the morbidly curious, Dead or Alive? features the vital status of “reasonably famous people” from all walks of life: sports stars, scientists, politicians, movie stars and more. A mysterious administrator obsessively updates the site, which to date catalogues 7430 people, more of them listed alive than dead. View site statistics and deaths arranged by cause (more “reasonably famous” people have been killed by volcanic eruption (3) than balloon crash (1), for example), or compare the status of people in different fields. If perusing the lists does not prove addictive enough, the site features quizzes that regenerate every 15 minutes.

Should accuracy concern you, the site claims to have made only one confirmed mistake in the status of a person in three years.


Earl Alone

AADL Select Sites : Kids

Yahooligans—Yahoo’s site for kids—is packed with news, info pages, links, and, perhaps most importantly, free games kids can play online!

There are loads of links on all kinds of subjects—from Sports and Recreation to Arts and Entertainment, school subjects, and more. Find out which famous artist shares your birthday or what the Peruvian flag looks like.

Kids can Ask Earl, a sort of cyber-librarian, whatever questions they desire, or browse questions others have asked before. Discover, for example, the name of the first video game ever invented, or the height of the famous escape artist, Harry Houdini.

Last, but not least, concerned parents and curious teachers can check out the Parent’s Guide to Safe Surfing or the Yahooligan’s Teacher’s Guide.

You too can keep tabs on Bush administration shakeups

Porter Goss
Porter Goss (image from Wikipedia)

AADL Select Sites : World

The recent resignation of CIA Director Porter Goss has followed a string of a high-profile personnel changes in the Bush administration. Other changes include replacing the Press Secretary Scott McClellan with Fox News and radio pundit Tony Snow and Joshua Bolten stepping in as Chief of Staff, a position previously held by Andrew Card.

With all these changes, it can be dificult to keep the people in power straight here in the U.S., to say nothing of what's occuring worldwide. That's where, one of our handy AADL Select Sites, steps in. This website details how leadership has changed in countries over their histories. For instance, you can see the powerful people in France throughout history, including its kings, emperor, and presidents. also tracks recent changes in country officials and royalty. May 2006 has seen not only Goss's resignation, but also new cabinets in Israel and Afghanistan and a reshuffling of the British cabinet. Simply click the the month and year in which you're interested from the homepage.

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Eastman Photo

AADL Select Sites:Art and Art Museums

Just a few more weeks to visit the University of Michigan Museum of Art before it moves into its temporary home on South University. The final exhibition before the move, Rethinking the Photographic Image, presents “a fresh and expansive look” at the history of photography. While the State Street site is renovated, the museum will store many of the objects in its permanent collection, and instead display focused, theme-based exhibitions. Check out the website for information about visiting the museum while it’s under construction, as well as an FAQ about the project as a whole.<--!break-->

The Library's CPI Table


The Consumer Price Index [CPI], published by the United States Department of Labor, is the most widely used measure of price changes and inflation. It represents a weighted index of a fixed market basket of goods and services and is published monthly for the Unites States and bi-monthly for the Detroit-Ann Arbor Area. There's a lot more information about the CPI at the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics website. For your convenience, the format of the CPI table on the AADL website enables users to compare price changes over a ten-year period in an easy-to-use one-page format.

Once Upon a Time...

AADL Select Sites:Books & Reading

First Lines: “A sort of literacy test.”

Bibliophiles test your memory of hundreds of first lines, from children’s books to murder mysteries. From easier than easy: “We called him Old Yeller;” to a bit more challenging: “Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith;” (Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein), First Lines beats another tired game of Solitaire and serves as great fodder for the booklover’s eternal question: “what should I read next?”

Tired of the same old Google?

Vivisimo logo

AADL Select Sites:Internet Search Engines

Sure, we've all "Googled" when we needed to find something on the internet. But have you ever "Asked," or even "Vivisimoed"? and Vivisimo are two of the handy search engine alternatives to Google found in AADL Select Sites. These web tools can help you really find what you're looking for. Coupled with one our helpful guides to internet searching, you'll be a web searcher to be reckoned with!

Women In Science

4000 Women In Science is a site compiled by two astronomers. It features short biographies on some 125 women researchers along with active links to notable 20th Century women in sciences.

from "Website Reviews by John Peters", March 2006 School Library Journal, pg 89

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