2012 Voting Guide from LWV

The League’s 2012 Voter Guide for the November 6th General Election is now available for download. Click here to download the PDF. This year, the Guide is being published electronically. This will allow you to search the PDF for specific races or names. In addition, the Table of Contents is hyperlinked to the appropriate section. Also, clicking on the website names of the candidates will take you straight to their websites.
At this time, information on the U.S. Presidential race is limited. As more information becomes available, the Guide will be updated, so check back often to see if we have new information to publish.

From the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease : What it means to you

“Smoking is bad. mkay?” We may mock Mr. Mackey on Southpark but, let’s face it – smoking’s really bad.And it’s not just bad for you. It’s really bad for everyone around you.The Surgeon General’s report about how smoking is bad is 700 pages long. (yikes!) This is NOT that report! This is 20 quick pages about how it’s bad, why it’s bad, and who it’s bad for. Share this! It’s an easy read, and kinda scary. How tobacco smoke causes disease : what it means to you.

Smoking is bad, mkay?

Checkout these other Library resources:

Want to quit smoking? Here’s help:

Library Books & DVDs:

Kicking Butts: Quit smoking and take charge of your health

Oh, go ahead. Remove!

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Go ahead & remove the reference books!

Brain Teaser – Nine & Ten

All the questions in this week’s brainteaser are about the numbers nine and ten. Need help? Use Credo Reference.

1. According to the proverb, which animal has nine lives?

2. What is the meaning of the phrase “the whole nine yards”?

3. Who starred in the 1979 film “10″ as a sexually obsessed middle-aged composer who marks his girls 1 to 10?

4. What is or was a “cat-o’-nine-tails”?

5. According to the Old Testament, which Hebrew leader was given the Ten Commandments engraved on two tablets of stone?

6. Who appeared in the 1980 film “Nine to Five” and composed the song of the same name which won a Grammy award in 1981?

7. In Roman numerals, what letter represents the number ten?

8. Who was the “nine days’ queen” (1537-1554)?

9. Who wrote the poem “The Old Vicarage, Grantchester” which includes the lines: “Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?”

10. The 1919 book “Ten Days that Shook the World” by US journalist John Reed was about which historical event?

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 (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Credo Reference contains these dictionaries of quotations, where you will find many of the answers.

Congratulations to Mei Xiang

Congratulations to Mei Xiang, a giant panda at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo who gave birth on Sunday night. Giant pandas belong to the family Ursidae, the bear family, although there is some controversy over whether they’re more closely related to bears or raccoons. Giant pandas are an endangered species: their habitats are shrinking as people cut down the bamboo forests they feed on, poachers kill pandas for their fur, and pandas naturally mate and give birth very rarely. So it’s especially exciting when a panda gives birth. You can learn more about Pandas in these Library resources:

Endangered Species

Pandas – World Book Online for Kids