John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2007

The Campbell Award (and a list of previous winners) named In War Times by Kathleen Ann Goonan the Best Science Fiction Novel of 2007. The award was created to honor the late editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine (now called Analog). Many writers and scholars call Campbell, who edited the magazine from 1937 until his death in 1971, the father of modern science fiction.

You might remember back in January 2008, In War Times was picked as the best 2007 SF novel by the American Library Association's Reading List Council Genre Fiction Awards. For a list of the major literary award winners, check out our new service : BookLetters.

Mario Kart!

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Mario Kart has been released for the Wii and is, pardon the cheesy language, super fun. The game has sold more copies than the previous five Mario titles for the Wii combined and is a solid investment guaranteed to entertain you for hours on end (as you compete with friends in person and online). But of course, one of the most exciting updates to the game is the implementation of the Wii remote as the steering wheel. If you find video games interesting, you may enjoy looking into the library's databases' information on the history of gaming. Try running a search for Video Game History in General Reference Center Gold or First Search, and let us know what you think of the databases!

New Electronic Database: the Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary is now available online at all library locations and to Ann Arbor District Library cardholders from home or office. The Oxford English Dictionary is a historical dictionary providing the meaning, etymology, pronunciation, and usage for over half a million words from across the English-speaking world.

The advanced search offers some useful features. You can use wildcards in your search. The question mark, “?”, can be used to replace any one single character. The asterisk, “*”, can be used to represent any number of characters (or no character at all). In the advanced search you can combine two or more words in your search. You can use “and”, “or”, “and not”, and “near” to combine words. With “near” you can choose whether your search words need to appear within 1, 2, 5, or 10 words of each other.

If you want to find a word for a lover of words, then you can enter “love*”, select “near” and enter “words”, then choose within 2 words from the pull-down menu on the right.

The eight search results include logophile, defined as a lover of words.

HomeWork Bits - Online Science Fair Sites

School Library Journal provides an "Online Science Fare" resource list for Science Fair season.
Here it is, and hope it HELPS !
Science Fair Project Resource Guide from the Internet Public Library.

Online (and Hands-on) Activities created by the San Francisco Exploratorium.

Science Fair Project Resource Guide created by Librarians, "a well-known classic among science fair veterans". And

ZOOMsci with simple experiments especially good for elementary students and teachers looking for in-class projects

New Border Crossing Rules Begin Jan. 31st

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Beginning today, travelers crossing into the United States via land will be required to show identification documentation. Also effective January 31, 2008, U.S. and Canadian citizen children ages 18 and under will be expected to present a birth certificate issued by a federal, state, provincial, county or municipal authority. The Dept. of Homeland Security website includes an FAQ for travelers.

Rosetta Stone Will No Longer Be Available After March 31, 2008

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Rosetta Stone has sent us “formal notice that Rosetta Stone Online will no longer be available to public libraries for use in online database offerings.”

Therefore, the Ann Arbor District Library will no longer be able to provide online access to Rosetta Stone after our current contract expires on March 31, 2008. At that time all public library registered users will no longer be able to log on to Rosetta Stone.

Foreign Language Materials at the Library

In the Foreign Languages section of the AADL Select Sites you can find some basic online instruction through the BBC Languages, FSI Language Courses, Livemocha, and Mango Languages.

We will be adding the substantial subscription price for Rosetta Stone to the library’s budget for foreign language learning materials in order to provide the Pimsleur Language Programs on compact disc (the beginning, intermediate, and high intermediate (Levels I, II, and II) courses).

The library has very good collections of print and audio courses available for check out. Click on Read More for links to the catalog for a few foreign languages or search the catalog under the name of the foreign language you want to learn.

An Economist holiday

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If you've never read the annual holiday edition of The Economist, you're missing a rare treat. In addition to the magazine's typical insightful reporting and commentary, this edition includes several special reports on as sundry topics as professional poker to Mao Zedong's management style. Here are just a few articles that I enjoyed from this year's issue:

* Why humans' hunter-gatherer era wasn't quite as idyllic as we think
* The political sensitivity and power that comes from the Census
* China's attempts to encourage panda sex, and why we should care
* The political implications of electing a Mormon president.

Has your interest been piqued? Want to check out this issue of The Economist in its full-text glory? You're in luck! You can access it online in General OneFile, one of our great research databases. After you get into the database, just click the "Publication Search" link and search for The Economist. You will need to login to your aadl.org account to follow the database link.

Tired of Google?

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Like a lot of locals I’m thrilled to have the Google Company move to town. However when I’m looking for information I’ve grown tired of the typical search result of millions of hits. Too many answers are useless to me. Maybe you’ve got time to go thru them all. I don’t.

Fortunately I’m not alone in my frustration. Try Clusty search engine. It searches for your requested information and presents the results in clusters. It’s a refreshing way to get the answers. Try it! You’ll like it. I did.

Becoming and Staying Healthy During Recovery From Addiction

Whether you are in recovery from an addiction or are part of the support system for someone who is, take advance of the resources the library has to offer on the health issues for those in recovery. Check out The Wellness-Recovery Connection: Charting Your Pathway To Optimal Health While Recovering From Alcoholism And Drug Addiction, The Sober Kitchen and Safe Medicine For Sober People, which provide advice on becoming and remaining healthy during recovery. For more information and resources on wellness, consider using Health Wellness Resource found under databases on our Research Databases By Subject page.

One Stop Shopping for Information about Businesses

If you're looking for detailed information about a corporation, try Reference USA. You may be surprised to learn that you can get contact information for major American corporations, just by clicking into this database. Maybe you thought Reference USA was mostly for phone numbers? Wrong. Check again. This is an excellent database that includes management directories, images, competitor reports, public filings, and Uniform Commercial Code profiles.

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