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The Edge: A blog about Occult philosophy, depth psychology, ancient times, future times and the frontiers of science.

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It's a Mystery is a blog about the Mystery genre and its many subgenres.

Just the Facts - In Reference, we learn something new every day. What we find, we share with you.

Let's Talk Trending keeps you up to date with the latest and greatest in what's happening in Popular Culture.

The Media Maven's goal is to help you understand what resources and databases the library has access to, how to use them, and sometimes give reviews to books she thinks you might enjoy.

Music Musings on Monday features music news, releases, and everyday musings.

Pics & Tricks - Need help? Tips and tricks about illustration and graphic design on library computers.

The Playful Parent - Make the most of your family time with ideas for activities and crafts that entertain and educate!

The Sports Section covers the world of sports, from alpine skiing to yachting.

STEAM - all about Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math.

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: MarsRoverName.jpl.nasa.gov .
More information on Mars Science Laboratory can be found at: MarsProgram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl.

 

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.

The Laughter of Dead Kings: A Vicky Bliss Novel of Suspense By Elizabeth Peters

Art Historian and Sleuth, Vicky Bliss returns to Egypt with her significant other, John Tregarth and her boss, Herr Doktor Anton Schmidt in an attempt to find King Tut. The mummy of King Tut must be returned before the authorities and the press find out he is missing or heads will roll! Read and Enjoy!

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.

Rough Justice by Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins authored the runaway best-seller The Eagle Has Landed, in 1975. Rough Justice is set in modern times and continues the saga of British General Charles Ferguson's band of fighters. General Ferguson, Sean Dillon, Major Roper, Harry & Billy Salter, and the new guy, Major Harry Miller together try to thwart a terrorist plot against the West. Read and Enjoy!

It's a Mystery 10/30/08

Award-Winners

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. 

Astronomy: Journey to Palomar on TV

A new PBS documentary about the history of American astronomy premiers Monday, Nov. 10. Entitled The Journey to Palomar, the film is about George Ellery Hale and the building of the giant telescopes at the Yerkes, and Mount Wilson Observatories, and Hale's crowning achievement at Palomar.  The 90-minute program premiers nationwide on PBS November 10.

The filmmakers write, "More than a science film, The Journey To Palomar is the story of America's 'can-do' spirit at its very best. The combination of Hale's dramatic personal story set against the backdrop of American history and humankind's reach into the far corners of the universe creates a film with appeal to viewers of all ages."

A Novel of Political Ambition

Run
By Ann Patchett

Maisie Dobbs is Back!

An Incomplete Revenge
by Jacqueline Winspear