Archive | December 2007

Local Kwanzaa Events

From an email sent by Audrey May (LINC):

“FYI – here is the link to the listing of some local Kwanzaa events sponsored by Kwanzaa International in Memphis, from the 12/20/07 Tri-State Defender:

(especially since the article states that ‘Kwanzaa schedules are available at public library branches and other locations.’)

The contact number for Kwanzaa International is included in the article – but I wouldn’t use the KI-Memphis website as it does not appear to have been updated since last year.”

Digital TV

The deadline for transition to digital TV is February 17, 2009.  For more information, the FCC has created a website to help people understand the changes that are coming.  Check out for all the answers to the questions we will undoubtedly receive.  The government site includes a Shopper’s Guide, but customers might also be interested in the CNET Television Buying Guide with product reviews.


From Kevin Dixon (Staff Development):

This site shows a map of the US with lots of dots that represent cities.  Point to a dot and see the current front page of that city’s newspaper.  Click on the dot to see a readable version which also has a link to that newspaper’s website.” 

Go to Today’s Front Pages to use the tool Kevin describes.  There are also a lot of great stories in the Exhibits and Theaters section.

Boomer Careers

From Philip Williams (Cordova):

“The mission statement of this Tennessee Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development web site reads:  ‘The Mission of Boomer Careers is to offer, and make known, the most effective, efficient and comprehensive workforce development services that are available to the largest population in Tennessee, the Boomers.’  There is much helpful information available here for Tennesseans who are aged 40+.”

One of the best ideas since sliced bread

I love the Imagination Library!  For those of us who have not heard of the program, it was founded by Dolly Parton and Governor Phil Bredensen.  This program provides any and all registered Shelby County children FREE books from the time they are born until they are 5 years old.  Registration just requires the child’s full name, DOB, sex, phone number, mailing address, parent/guardian’s name, and parent/guardian’s signature.  All Memphis libraries have ample copies of the paper registration, or parents can sign up their child online.  FREE BOOKS!!!  And I mean, FREE- what could be easier?

A Traditional Music Library

Thanks to Nita Dunn (Cordova) for passing along this site!

From the site: “A large traditional and folk music library of songbooks, tune-books, sheet-music, lyrics, midis, tablature, plus music reference, chord diagrams, scales and other music educational & academic reference materials.”  So if you’re looking for sea shanties, nursery songs or just classic American folk music, this is the place to go.

Mitchell Report on Steroids in Baseball

This is the .pdf version of Sen. George Mitchell’s report on his independent investigation into the use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball, released this afternoon.  The report is over 400 pages, so you might want to check out for related news and summaries.

Food Allergies Resource

Thanks to Christina Barnes (Business/Sciences) for passing this along!

This is a great resource for parents of children with food allergies, or for anyone with allergies for that matter.  There are recipes, support groups, useful links and much more.  This site was discussed in an article in the Commercial Appeal on Monday.  Check out the article here.

Access to Archival Databases

From Neat New Stuff:

“The National Archives is a goldmine of records for historians and genealogists. You can search all data files simultaneously, or browse through categories like war casualties, immigrants, soldiers, personal names, etc.”

Consumer Guides for Getting and Keeping Health Insurance

Created by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, this website offers guides for consumers from each of the 50 states on how to get and keep their health insurance.  Choose a state from the map, and you will be directed to a 45+ page document with a summary of protection, information on group and individual plans, small employer and self-employed information, a glossary and where to go for more assistance.  Very nice!