Web Site of the Week: Navigating the Green Book

February 9, 2016 Leave a comment

Between 1936 and 1967, a black postal worker from Harlem named Victor Green published an annual directory known as the Green Book. In it, Mr. Green listed businesses that would gladly (and safely) serve African American travelers, including hotels and restaurants, nightclubs and bars, beauty salons and gas stations. Here readers will find an inspiring new project from the New York Public Library (NYPL) that engages public domain collections of the Green Books. Readers may browse covers from the 1947, 1948, 1955, 1956, and 1960 issues, explore the Digital Collection itself, or Map a Trip using aggregated data from a number of the books. This last feature offers the most creative way to navigate the Green Book. After entering a starting point and a destination, the program uses data from the original guides to visualize where black travelers would have been allowed to stop for a drink, buy gas, eat at a restaurant, or sleep. For readers interested in the history of discrimination in the United States, these excellent resources will pay big dividends. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.


Web Site of the Week: the Art Story

February 2, 2016 Leave a comment

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Founded in 2008, the Art Story Foundation has been working ever since to demystify modern art and share the ideas of modern and contemporary artists with the world. On the site, readers will find five main sections: Modern Artists, Styles & Movements, Timelines, Ideas & Critics, and the Art Story Blog. The Timelines are a great place to start, revealing historical overviews of the most important works in modern art, a synopsis of major trends, and a timeline of Jewish artistic achievement, among others. The Styles & Movements sections is also excellent. Here readers will find an alphabetized list of modern art’s most important movements and styles. Each article provides a Synopsis, Key Ideas, and other information to help readers gain a better understanding. In addition, Artists can be scouted alphabetically, with biographies of Josef Albers, Grace Hartigan, Pablo Picasso, and dozens of others who have shaped modern art in the 20th century. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.


Digging out Inter-library Loans

January 27, 2016 Leave a comment

The recent snow has caused some delays in the transfer of material from other libraries across the state.    We apologize for any delays and will have your requests filled ASAP.


Categories: Gadgets

Web Site of the Week: Constitutional Rights Foundation

January 26, 2016 Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 9.59.52 AMThe Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Los Angeles, seeks to educate young people about the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the benefits of civic participation. On the site, educators will find many Common Core ready resources. Readers may like to start with the Teachers tab, which navigates to the Teacher’s Lounge. Here, lessons abound on such topics as the Syrian Refugee crisis, the foundations of Enlightenment philosophy, and the Federalist Papers. The CRF Blog, which boasts several dozen categories, from Africa to Intellectual Property to Urban Issues, is another strength of the site and links to related blogs and resources around the web. Of course, the aptly titled Free Lessons tab harbors many civics-related lessons drawn from various CRF publications, including U.S. Gun Policies and the Declaration of Independence, among others. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.


Web Site of the Week: Home Movie Registry

January 19, 2016 Leave a comment

Since the 1920s, home movies have been produced by everyday people, documenting daily activities and offering a wealth of information about twentieth century American life. The Home Movie Registry, a curated search engine from the Center for Home Movies (CHM), is an innovative project designed to bring together the swarth of amateur films digitized and collected by participating archives. The About section of the site details the portal’s extensive efforts and provides useful context. From there, readers may like to explore the two Exhibits currently featured on the site, one of which highlights Home Movies and the African American Community, while the other provides a look at Home Movies and Television. Readers may also simply scroll down the fascinating list of amateur-made films on the home page, which illuminate such ephemera as a 1950s Chicago picnic and a 1975 homemade travel documentary. For more targeted research, historians, artists, documentarians, students, and others will find an excellent search bar for easy filtering through the Registry’s video troves. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016.



January 12, 2016 Leave a comment


Between February of 2013 and February of 2014, C-SPAN teamed up with the White House Historical Association to produce a series of videos on America’s 45 First Ladies, including explorations of their private lives and public contributions. Amazingly, all 45 one-and-a-half hour episodes are freely watchable on the C-SPAN website. Drawing from experts on American history and policy, the series examines the unique lives and thoughts of the first ladies, beginning with Martha Washington and culminating with Michelle Obama. For readers short on time, segments of the episodes are also available on the side bar, including short clips related to First Lady Michelle Obama and topics such as Dealing with the Press, Proud of my Country, Father, and Campaign Speech. For educators looking for resources to bring to life the first ladies, or for anyone interested in these fascinating women, this C-SPAN series will pay dividends. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.


Web Site of the Week: TECHKNITTING

January 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Knitters of the web rejoice – TECHknitting can elevate your skills and answer your questions. With archives dating back to 2006 and hundreds of entries on everything from stitches to patterns, both simple and abstruse, the TECHknitting blog offers tips, tricks, and advice on nearly every conceivable aspect of the knitting adventure. Looking for directions for the perfect ski hat? You can find them in a multipart series from March 2007. Looking for a YouTube tutorial for a unique buttonhole? Have a look at the June 1, 2010 blog post. Other recent posts have covered such topics as Picking up stitches along a selvedge, slip stitch surface decoration, and many others. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.



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