Time Magazine: Top 10 Everything of 2008

As we say farewell to 2008, let's celebrate the year with a boatload of top 10 lists from Time Magazine!

There are 50 top 10 lists in The Top 10 Everything of 2008, which include such topics as:

  • Odd-ball news stories
  • Olympic Moments
  • Late Night Jokes
  • iPhone apps
  • Viral videos

I particularly liked this entry in the Top 10 T-shirt worthy slogans category.

Health Care Information Site for Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission has created an excellent new Website called Who Cares: Sources of Information About Health Care Products and Services.

This site provides information on:

  • Care and services -- including facilities, therapies, etc.
  • Pills and Products
  • Scams and frauds

A PDF version of the site is also available, making it easy to take the information to your doctor.

Website for safe toys:

'Tis the season to buy toys. If you have concerns about the safety of the toys you buy and the use of chemicals in them, then check out

You can browse by toy brand or type. There are also lists of the best and worst toys.

It's a Mystery 12/06/08

Did You Know ...?

While browsing some mystery authors' websites, I discovered some interesting facts about the writers.  Here are just a few things I learned.

  • Alexander McCall Smith (#1 Ladies Detective Agency series) was a Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and served on national and international bioethics panels.

A Resource to Help Injured Service Members and their Families and Caregivers

The National Resource Directory is a Website maintained by the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs that provides information--both medical and non-medical--to help wounded/injured/ill service members and their families.

Information comes from a range of organizations, including all levels of the government, academic institutions, non-profit and faith-based organizations, etc.

What Parents Need to Know about Social Networking Sites: A Resource Guide

Social networking sites are all the rage, from Webkinz and Club Penguin for small children, to Facebook and MySpace. Many parents have concerns about these Websites.

The library has prepared a guide to safe participation in social networking sites. The guide includes instruction on how to check your personal computer to make sure your kids are sticking to safe sites. To get the guide, click on the computer.

Name the next Mars rover!

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in cooperation with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' movie WALL-E from Pixar Animation Studios, will conduct a naming contest for its next Mars rover. The car-sized Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled for launch in 2009.

Image: Artist's concept of the Mars Science Laboratory roving the surface of the Red Planet.  Image: NASA/JPLThe contest began November 18, and is open to students 5 to 18 years old who attend a U.S. school and are enrolled in the current academic year. To enter the contest, students will submit essays explaining why their suggested name for the rover should be chosen. Essays must be received by January 25, 2009. In March 2009, the public will have an opportunity to rank nine finalist names via the Internet as additional input for judges to consider during the selection process. NASA will announce the winning rover name in April 2009.

Disney will provide prizes to students submitting winning essays, including a trip to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., where the rover is under construction. The grand prize winner will have an opportunity to place a signature on the spacecraft and take part personally in the history of space exploration.

The Mars Science Laboratory rover will be larger and more capable than any craft previously sent to land there. It will check whether the environment in a carefully selected landing region ever has been favorable for supporting microbial life. The rover will search for minerals that formed in the presence of water and look for several chemical building blocks of life.

Information about the contest is available at: .
More information on Mars Science Laboratory can be found at:


Entry forms and a selection of books about Mars are available from a special display in our library's Youth Services area!


Think hard, write well, and good luck!

New Spam Attacks Lure with Current Events

In this article from Government Computer News, we learn that email spam attacks are attempting to lure people based on their interest in President-elect Obama's victory or the current economic crisis.

I personally received one of the Obama emails within a day or two after election day.

New Site for Kids Teaches Business Concepts

The US Federal Trade Commission has launched a site that teaches kids to be smart consumers.

The site, You Are Here places kids in an mall environment. In this interactive site, kids can learn about advertising: evaluating ads for reliable claims, and creating an ad for a shoe store.

It's a Mystery 10/30/08


More 2008 mystery awards have been handed out for books written in 2007 and there are two novels which have nearly swept the various awards.