Students Love Biography in Context

Student love Biography in Context! In a recent survey by ForeSee Results, Inc. An analysis of ForeSee survey data revealed a significant increase. High school student satisfaction increased an impressive 5 points to 76 for the period ending Nov. 2011, and college student satisfaction continues to be exceptional, scoring above 80.  Changes in satisfaction over time are very meaningful – a sustained change of 2-3 points (up or down) is statistically significant and changes greater than 5 points are considered major events.

In addition, the results show that high school student satisfaction in all measured categories – content, look and feel, navigation, search, site performance, likelihood to return and likelihood to recommend – has increased for the time period ending Nov. 2011:

  • Content – 81 (+5 points)
  • Look & Feel – 71 (+1 point)
  • Navigation – 76 (+5 points)
  • Search – 73 (+1 point)
  • Site Performance – 78 (+3 points)
  • Likelihood to Return – 83 (+2 points)
  • Likelihood to Recommend – 71 (+3 points)

If you have not used Biography in Context, give it a try and let us know if you agree with the high school and college students surveyed.

Are You Living with Arthritis?

The population is getting older, and we’re all starting to ACHE! Is it Arthritis?

How can I tell? And what can I do about it?

This FREE booklet Living with Arthritis from US Department of Health and Human Services can answer your questions!

This government document and many more can be founded by searching the Library Catalog.

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March Health Program Ideas

March health program ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center.

Colorectal cancer — cancer of the colon or rectum — is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States and the second most likely to be fatal. Most cases occur in adults over age 50, and if everyone 50 and older were screened annually, more than half of these deaths could be prevented according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Screening and prevention, must begin with awareness, however, which is why March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Promoting it will be easy with these free resources and with information from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

  • Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages and other activities for children and teens.
  • Featured Resources: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
  • Book Club: adult book club ideas
  • Tie In: ideas for library programs
  • Community Resources: local agencies to contact
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize National Colorectal Awareness Month at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: links to interactive websites and apps

Quick and Easy


Reliable Online Information for Children:

Reliable Online Information for Adults:

Book Club

The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Simon & Shuster, 2010). Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction.

From the publisher: “The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.”

Tie In

Women’s History Month: Eartha Kitt, a Legendary Women Killed by Colon Cancer

Born on a cotton plantation in South Carolina in 1927, Eartha Mae Kitt was the original diva. A legendary jazz singer, cabaret star, stage and screen actress, and human rights activist, she is probably most popularly remembered for her 1953 recording of “Santa Baby” and her role of Catwoman in the final season of the popular 1960′s Batman Series, where she shows off her trademark purr. She died at the age of 81 from colon cancer.

Remember Eartha Kitt at your library by introducing her to a new generation. She is a shining American success story, a versatile star who continued working until shortly before her death.

Community Resources

Find a local agency to partner with, a speaker, or other local resources here:

Fun Stuff

Interactive Web Sites for Children and Teens

Interactive Web Sites for Adults

  • Send a colorectal cancer awareness e-card.

Brain Teaser: 100 Greatest Films

The British film critic Barry Norman recently produced his list of “The 100 Greatest Films of All Time”. See if you can identify these films chosen from his list. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online.

1. Walt Disney computer-animated film (2001) about an ugly smelly green ogre with a heart of gold.

2. 1989 film for which Meg Ryan is best known for the scene in which she fakes sexual ecstasy in a busy restaurant.

3. 1941 film that looks back on the life and career of a fictional newspaper magnate played by Orson Welles.

4. 1972 film musical starring Liza Minnelli as the cabaret singer Sally Bowles.

5. 1959 film comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as two jazz musicians who disguise themselves as women.

6. 1938 Errol Flynn film about the outlaw hero of innumerable tales and legends set in medieval England.

7. 2007 film of book by Cormac McCarthy about the violent world of drug-trafficking near the Rio Grande.

8. 1933 Marx Brothers movie whose title refers to an easily accomplished task or assignment.

9. Award-winning 1997 film adapted from 1990 novel by James Ellroy.

10. Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 film about mutinies in the French Army during the First World War.

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (

Whose kids are living in poverty?

Kids who don’t get enough food, or have safe places to live, have a much harder time later in life.

Are only minority kids living in poverty? Has the economic downturn increased the number of kids in poverty? And who’s getting hurt worst?

The US Census Bureau has looked at that, and is giving you that information here!  Child Poverty in the United States: 2009 and 2010.

This government document and many more can be founded by searching the Library Catalog.

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