(December 1, 2011) Stuck inside? Need a project? Try your hand at deciphering the Voynich Manuscript; Yale has put images of the whole thing online. Looking for holiday gift ideas? Take a look at the NYT's 100 Notable Books of 2011. For the younger reader, Publishers Weekly's list of best picture books is a good place to start.
(November 17, 2011) The Shawshank Redemption, A Christmas Story, food show episodes--all filmed in Ohio. Scene in Ohio is your guide to landmarks, locations, and restaurants that you have seen at the theater or on TV. Looking for something different to serve for dinner next Thursday? Allrecipes, Foodnetwork, and Taste of Home are ready with Thanksgiving recipes. And Thanksgiving crafts for all ages await at Family Fun.
(November 10, 2011) November is National Novel Writing Month. So there's no better time to start that novel you've been thinking about all these years. Popular Science has picked the 10 Most Amazing Databases on the Web, all they are all free, so learn something new. Still savoring this fall's exciting World Series? Check out the History of the Baseball Uniform from the Baseball Hall of Fame.
(November 3, 2011) Election day is Tuesday, 11/8. If you're uncertain where to vote or want to make sure that you're registered, the Board of Elections in the county where you live can help. Contact the staff at the Carroll, Columbiana, and Stark County Boards for more information. Information on the three state-wide ballot issues is provided by the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, and copies are also available to pick up here at the library.
(October 25, 2011) Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty with images of the Statue from the Library of Congress. Spend some time traveling around the world and back in time with vintage newsreels and travelogues from the Travel Film Archive. And sit back and enjoy the sounds of yesteryear with free downloadable Halloween radio shows.
(October 19, 2011) It's time to get cracking on this year's Halloween costume and Family Fun magazine, Parenting magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens have instructions for making many different costumes for kids. Looking for something more complex? Martha Stewart and the crafty folks at Instructbales will give you more than enough to think about. Meanwhile, figure out what to do with all those apples with great recipes from Allrecipes and the Foodnetwork.
(September 21,2011) Unsure about canning the rest of the harvest? The latest revision of the USDA Home Canning Guide is online for free, and HGTV is ready to help you prepare your lawn and garden for fall. The first day of fall is September 23. Learn all about the Autumnal Equinox from the knowledgeable folks at EarthSky.org.
(August 26, 2011) Track Hurricane Irene with the National Hurricane Center. The Ohio Dept. of Education has just released the state Report Cards for each Ohio public school district; take a look. Confused about apostrophes? Wondering whether to use "lie" or "lay"? Dr. Grammar is ready to help.
May 10, 2011) Wondering where all the oil and gas wells are in Ohio? Curious about where abandoned underground mines might be? The Ohio Geological Survey can answer those questions and more with several nifty interactive maps. And speaking of maps, the Census Bureau has a map that displays the change in the center of U.S. population between 1790 and 2010. Would you like to send books to troops overseas? Galleycat has compiled a list of programs that will get books to the troops.
(April 25, 2011) It's Nation Preservation Week, and time to make sure your own mementos, keepsakes, and collectibles, are stored and displayed correctly. The Northeast Document Conservation Center has many online resources explaining how to care for your family artifacts, including digital formats, as does the Library of Congress. Civil War Sesquicentennial observances continue at university libraries in the Southeast organizedtheir digital collections about the Civil War in the South.
(April 12, 2011) Spring is here. Watch the Decorah, Iowa bald eagles and their eaglets live on Eagle Cam. Get ready for gardening with expert advice from the free pamphlets online at the OSU Extension Service. Observe the beginning of the Civil War Sesquicentennial with the official Ohio website.
(March 18, 2011) Follow the ongoing crisis in Japan with the timely updates in text and video from the BBC. The Atlantic magazine's In Focus section has posted many striking photographs from the disaster, and also created a good aggregation of useful links to online information about the earthquake and tsunami. Google has set up a resource page focusing on information useful to people in Japan.
(March 10,2011) The Census Bureau has just released the basic county-level data for Ohio. Take a look at the interactive map. Celebrate Mardi Gras with Tulane University's Carnival Collection. See a slide show reviewing the history of the children's picture book from 1658 to 2008.
(February 28, 2011) The Space Shuttle Discovery is on its final flight before retirement. Check out NASA's history of the shuttle program. Wondering where to look online for up-to-date weather information. Weather Underground has been compiling and posting forecasts since before the Web existed. Celebrate a belated Presidents Day reading the letters and papers of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln collected by the Library of Congress.
(February 10, 2011) Celebrate Jules Verne's birthday week with a site full of collectibles and links to many books available to read online. And if you're looking for a craft project, why not build a paper model Nautilus?People in politics say all sorts of things, and Politifact tries to measure the accuracy of pronouncements from elected officials and political commentators. And get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day with the Library of Congress.
(January 29, 2011) Have recent events in Tunisia and Egypt spurred your interest? Get up-to-date background information on the history, politics, economy, and culture of countries around the world from the U.S. Department of State's Background Notes. Work your way through a different kind of reading list by checking out some of the books that were on the bestseller list the week you were born. Too many books at home? Donate them to the library. Or, turn some of them into attractive handbags.
(January 4, 2011) Happy New Year from the Trustees and staff of the Minerva Public Library. Wondering what the new year will bring? For one thing, reapportionment of Congressional districts, and the Census Bureau can explain what the changes in states' populations will mean. Want to look back at 2010? The Reuters wire service, Information Please Almanac, and Yahoo, each have things to say.