‘Virgin Birth’ Mammal Rewrites Rules of Biology: NewScientist.com:

‘Virgin Birth’ Mammal Rewrites Rules of Biology: “Explains the process by which a mouse “that is the daughter of two female parents” was created by scientists at the University of Agriculture in Tokyo. Provides background on the process of parthenogenesis, which is also known as virgin birth. Includes a diagram illustrating the creation of the mouse, related news stories, and links. From the online version of New Scientist magazine” (annotation from Librarian’s Index to the Internet).

GeoLib: A Demogrpahic Census Data

GeoLib: A Demogrpahic Census Data: This site offers piles of demographic data broken down geographically. A user could select an area and ask for total population, age, race, economic status of individuals within that area. This tool is intended for public libraries to use to bettern understand their local area, but the data is from the census department and could be applied to a range of uses.
Mission:“GeoLib’s mission is two fold. First, to improve access to digital geographic information in libraries, regardless of whether the information is desired by library users or by library managers. And secondly, to apply marketing solutions to library problems. Since 1996, GeoLib has been actively involved in projects that support its mission. A nationwide library study funded by the U.S. Department of Education in 1996 helped provide the funding for this web site. GeoLib.org is designed as a portal to other web sites that provide information about easy-to-use digital geographic information for researchers, librarians, geographic information system (GIS) specialists, and the general public. These resources encourage users to become aware of how important geographic information can be in the decision making process. GeoLib is supported by professionals from many disciplines experienced in creatively solving problems using advanced computing resources and geographic information systems. Many work within the university and institute, while others are experts from the public and private sector.”

Books for Beginning Readers

Education students have been looking for books for beginning readers. Be aware that a subject heading catalog search won’t help you much and that the PZ7’s (juvenile belles lettres) are where appropriate books are found. We have quite a few., Including “There’s an alligator under my bed,” “The doorbell rang,” “A letter to Amy,” “Goggles,” “My family vacation,” “Just grandpa and me,” “No fighting, no biting,” “Midnight on the moon,” “Night of the ninjas,” “Rain player,” and “Crow boy.” Also consider “Make way for ducklings” PZ10.3.M1295 MAK and “The first forest” PZ8.3.G543 F1 1989.

Solemates: The Century in Shoes

Solemates: The Century in Shoes: “This site offers a decade-by-decade look at shoes and their place in fashion and culture from the 1900s-1990s. For each decade you can read an essay, view examples of footwear, see advertisements from the period, and view QuickTime “Scenes from the Decade.” There are also three feature articles: Dangerous Shoes, Ga-Ga for Gaza [Gaza Bowen, shoemaker], and Ruby Slippers. Includes a pre-20th century chronology of “great moments in shoe history.” (citation from Librarians Index to the Internet)

Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam and Better Together by Robert D. Putnam and Lewis M. Feldstein

The monster that Frankenstein created made quite an impact on his community. In light of this aspect of life,
What has happened to a favorite American character trait of joining together for a common purpose? Is the “club” or “community organization” falling on hard times?

You can read all about the changes that are occurring in the way we Americans see ourselves and our interaction in our communities in Bowling Alone and its follow-up Better Together. Click on the title to look at some of the reviews from Barnes and Noble.

Yes, MVCC owns these two books.