Top Websites – Cultures, Money & Children’s Books


  • Native Planet
    Source: NativePlanet.org 

    “The ancient cultures of native peoples, threatened by modern assimilation, are the only known, proven time-tested models for the sustainable consumption of the Earth’s threatened natural resources.” (NATIVE PLANET) Explore the fascinating world of indigenous peoples and their unique cultures while learning about the importance of preserving their way of life.

  • Your Life, Your Money
    Organization: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) 

    “Your Life, Your Money features compelling, real-life stories of young people facing and overcoming intense economic challenges. This one-hour special will empower our youth with sound, simple financial advice–raising awareness on banking, credit, investments, budgeting, insurance, self-employment, and more.” (PUBLIC BROADCASTING SERVICE) This web site offers financial advice to young adults.

  • Children’s Book a Day Almanac
    Organization: Roaring Brook Press 

    “Discover the stories behind the children’s book classics and the new books on their way to becoming classics. The Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac is a daily love letter to a book or author. Here you will find events, trivia, and celebrations for every day of the year, as well as a featured children’s book to explore in more depth.” (CHILDREN’S BOOK A DAY ALMANAC) “While the Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac includes books for toddlers to teens, it’s also organized by age, genre, and theme so that you can find recommendations for the young readers in your life.”

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How to use Databases


Got two minutes?  Learn how to use a database! Visit On the Road–Virtually! for 3 short videos on how to use these databases:

  • CultureGrams
  • The New York Times 1855-2005
  • SIRS Issues Researcher (Opposing Viewpoints)

As an extra bonus you can download and print out a quick start guide for each database.

There is also a video Why Databases – The Human Element (a little longer – 5 minutes) on why you should use a database instead of using a search engine on the Internet.

Videos can be found under the How-to Videos of On The Road–Virtually! Select How to Use Databases.

What is CultureGrams?


In just two minutes or less you can find out what you will find in CultureGrams available through the Virtual Library. Just click on the video below;  Click the Video menu; Click By Product and Click CultureGrams.

CultureGrams Updates


culturegramsemailDid you know that an Email option is available for every report in  CultureGrams online research tool?

Find the main page for any country, state, or province, and an “Email report” link appears in the upper right-hand corner. For example, access the main page for our newest World Edition report — Kosovo — and you’ll see the “Email report” link in the area above the “Did You Know?” box.

Click on the link and you’ll open a small window in which you can enter the recipient’s Email address. You can also enter your (the sender’s) name, a subject line, and a message, if desired.

It’s also possible to Email the information on any section page — such as Population, Language, Greetings, Diet, etc. — by clicking the “Email this section” link underneath the heading.

Users can email CultureGrams content to anyone. Or, when students find a report or section they’re interested in, emailing that content to themselves is a convenient way to keep track of it — without the expense of paper and toner!