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Free Federal Resources For Educational Excellence

“FREE makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government.  More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly.”–From website.  Would be helpful to all library users.

Finding And Using Online Primary Sources From the Library of Congress Manuscript Division

“The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress is a treasure trove of such source materials, including presidents’ letters, explorers’ journals, notes of scientists and inventors, poets’ manuscripts, ships’ logs, slave narratives, and more. Some of these are available online. Digitization has made rare, unique and often fragile materials such as these …”–From the Website.

State Animals

“ is an educational web site which contains photos and descriptions of Official State Animals of the United States. Our objective is to provide simple yet concise information about these Officially Designated State Animals as well as providing clear documentation of a unique part of America’s heritage.”–From the Web site.


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U. S. Public Library Websites With Information in Spanish

REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking, and an affiliate of the American Library Association, provides this list of public libraries that offer their websites in Spanish or offer some information in Spanish on their websites.

Governmentwide FAQs–

The database containing over 2000 of the most frequently asked questions about government programs and services can be searched here.

Question about Memphis City Council Super Districts

From Doris Dixon (Raleigh):

Question: Why were the Memphis City Council Super Districts formed?

The Newsbank database for the Commercial Appeal includes the following articles that may jumpstart the research of curious customers:

Chris Conley, “Judge OK’s City Council Remap Plan,” Commercial Appeal, June 20, 1995, A1.

Chronology of Lawsuits,” Commercial Appeal, April 26, 1995, p. 11

According to Thomas Jones, the Memphis Room clipping file subject heading for this topic is “Memphis–City Council–Election Districts.”

Note: Links work in the library only.

Thanks to Doris for all of the research!

QUESTION: Books by Character Name?

I am looking for a resource that indexes books (preferably Children’s books) by the character names.  Does anyone know of a website or book that does this?

I found one website ( that does allow the user to search by character name, but it doesn’t seem to be very comprehensive. 

A few print resources might be of use, but they are a bit dated:

My Name in Books: A Guide to Character Names in Children’s Literature by Katharyn E. Tuten-Puckett, 1993. Call number: 809.92703 T966m.

Characters in Children’s Literature by Raymond E. Jones, 1997. Call number: 809.30083 J78c.  (Thanks, Keshia!)

Dictionary of Fictional Characters by Martin Seymour-Smith, 1992.  Call number: 820.3 S521d.  (Thanks, Nathan!)

Any other suggestions?  Please use the comments section to share any ideas.  Thanks!

QUESTION: Employee Identification Numbers

From a customer inquiry at Raleigh (Thanks to Doris for passing this on)…

Does anyone know of a service or resource that can be used by the public to look up EINs (Employer Identification Numbers)? 

So far, we have the following information:

  • will give up to three (3) EINs with a free registration.
  • Nonprofit EINs can be found at
  • The IRS office can be reached at 1.877.777.4778.
  • The Department of Labor suggests using the SEC’s EDGAR database, which is not the easiest resource for the layman.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Feel free to use the comments section to share any ideas you may have…