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"Sites of the Week"
are posted on the blog at http://swilsasow.blogspot.com/
and run as an RSS feed on our home page.

For Kids:

bulletChildren's Stories (some with audio)
bulletChildren's Television Workshop (Sesame Street)
bulletDiscovery Channel Online
bulletEducation.com --Lots of coloring and activity sheets (sorted by topic or age group).
bullet Great Web Sites for Kids from ALA
bulletInternational Children's Digital Library -- nearly 4000 short books online in English, Spanish, Finnish, Mongolian, German, Arabic, Swahili, Portuguese, Farsi and more.
bulletInternet Public Library's KidSpace
bulletKid's Click (web search site designed by librarians)
bullet Literacy Center Education Network (online activities)
bulletMaking Friends -- crafts for kids
bulletMr. Rogers' Neighborhood
bulletNational Geographic Kids
bulletStudent News from CNN
bulletYahoo! kids

For Seniors:

bulletAdministration on Aging
bulletElderhostel Home Page
bulletSocial Security Online
bulletUSA.Gov for Seniors

For Librarians:

bulletAutomated Libraries in:
[ SWILSA ] [Central LSA][ East Central LSA ] [Northeast LSA ] [Southeast LSA ]
bullet Average Book Prices 2010 (School Library Journal)
bullet BLOGS for librarians:  Tame the Web (Michael Stephens); David Lee King; Library Garden; Information Wants To Be Free; Free Range Librarian; SWILSA News & Views; SWILSA Sites of the Week.
bulletBookPage online
bullet Copyright Advisory Office (Columbia University)
bulletDisaster planning
bulletElectronic Resources for Genealogical Patrons  (also in Word doc format)
bulletGreat Web Sites for Kids Selection criteria
bullet Iowa Library Association
bulletIowa Library Service Areas
bulletLibrary Automation Systems and Vendors on the WWW
bulletLinks for Librarians
bullet Multiple Copies for Book Discussion Groups
bulletOpen Meeting and Open Records booklets in pdf format from Iowa League of Cities
bullet School Library Journal's Spending Survey (March 2011)
bulletTelling the Library Story
bulletTutorials--Computers, the Internet, Applications software

Services to Children and Young Adults:

bullet Association of Library Service to Children (division of ALA)
bulletAuthors and Illustrators--Learning About the Author and Illustrator Pages
bulletBibliography for Children's Collection Development (from Roy Kenagy's Juvenile Nonfiction Collection Anaylsis workshop)
bulletBulletin of the Center for Children's Books
bulletCaldecott Medal Home Page
bulletCarol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
bulletChildren's Book Council
bulletChildren's Literature Web Guide
bulletCostume bookings--Storybook characters
bullet Great Interactive Software for Kids 2010
bullet Great Web Sites for Kids
bullet Iowa Children's Choice Award
bullet Iowa Teen Award
bullet Iowa Youth Services (State Library of Iowa)
bulletJuvenile Fiction Collection Development--Websites  (from Roy Kenagy)
bulletKathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
bulletMister Rogers' Neighborhood
bulletNational Children's Book Week
bulletNational Storytelling Network
bulletNewbery Medal Home Page
bullet Notable Children's Books, 2010
bullet Notable Children's Recordings 2010
bullet Notable Children's Videos 2010
bullet School Library Journal Online
bulletSelected Youth Web Sites
bulletYA Books in Series and Sequels (Bettendorf Public Library)

Services to Adults and General Public:

bullet Books on NPR (reviews and feature stories)
bullet"Bullish on Books" -- reviews from CNBC
bulletGPO Access (Government Printing Office)
bullet Publisher's Weekly (bestseller lists)
bulletReader's Advisory links from the Iowa Library Service Areas website
bulletWeb Sites for Public Library Collection Development    updated (Roy Kenagy's list)

Reference Help:

bulletAcademic Info Subject Guides --  resources for research on lots of topics
bulletAcronym Finder
bulletBabelfish Translation
bulletBackground Notes --  facts about countries around the world compiled by the State Department.
bulletBest of the Web -- Internet Index Site
bulletBiographical Dictionary
bulletCalendar--10,000 Year Calendar
bulletCatalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
bullet CIA World Factbook
bulletCode of Iowa
bulletCollege application and aid information--Iowa colleges
bulletCurrency Convertor
bulletDictionary of Occupational Titles
bulletDirectory of Health Organizations Online
bulletEveryrule: rules of games, sports, etc.
bulletForms.gov -- the 500 most-used federal forms
bulletFedStats--statistics from more than 70 agencies of the federal government
bulletHolidays--from Kathy Schrock's guide for Educators
bullet ipl2 (Merger of Internet Public Library & Librarian's Index to the Internet)
bulletLegislative:  Contacting your representatives in Iowa Legislature
bulletLegislative: Contacting your US Representative
bulletLegislative:  Contacting your US Senator
bulletNational Association of Counties -- county information including maps, demographics, elected officials, etc.
bulletNational Atlas of the United Sates of America
bulletOccupational Outlook Handbook
bulletOne Look Dictionaries -- links to hundreds of foreign language dictionaries, glossaries, medical & technical terminology
bulletPaperboy -- links to 5339 newspapers around the world.
bulletPoetry Resources
bulletPublic Record Finder -- free public records
bullet Rogets II: The New Thesaurus
bullet Statistical Abstract of the United States
bulletSwitchboard (phone numbers and addresses)
bulletThomas--for U.S. Congress & Senate info
bulletThomasNet  (formerly Thomas Register of American Manufacturers)
bullettimeanddate.com -- calendars, time zones, phases of the moon, etc.
bulletU.S. Census Bureau
bulletU.S. Code
bulletU.S. Postal Service (ZIP Code lookup; postage rates, etc.)
bulletThe Weather Channel -- local forecasts and current conditions
bulletWebster's Dictionary
bulletWWW Virtual Library
bulletYahoo! Shortcuts -- currency converter, dictionary, flight tracker, etc.

Consumer Information:

bulletA. M. Best insurance ratings -- registration is required, but free
bulletBetter Business Bureau
bulletBBB Wise Giving Alliance (info about charities, informed giving)
bulletConsumer Product Safety Commission - Publications
bulletConsumer Report's WebWatch
bulletConsumer Sentinel -- fighting consumer fraud
bulletConsumer World
bulletEdmund's Automobile Buyer's Guides
bullet Environmental Working Group
bulletFederal Citizen Information Center
bulletgethuman -- (tips for getting better customer support over the phone)
bulletGuideStar -- information about nonprofit organizations
bulletKelley Blue Book
bulletRecalls.gov -- Online Reference for Recalls

Homework Help:

bulletA+ Math -- for practice materials, games, etc.
bullet Academic Info Subject Guides --  resources for research on lots of topics
bulletBest of History Web Sites
bulletB.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
bulletBest Information on the Net (St. Ambrose University)
bulletCountry Reports -- national anthems, flags, weather, etc.
bulletEasyBib -- creates a bibliography from information you enter
bulletFact Monster (from Information Please)
bulletKnow Play?  -- basic reference tools gathered in one place: dictionary, thesaurus, Bartlett's, Encarta, etc.
bulletMultnomah County Library Homework Center

For Genealogists:

bullet1895 Atlas
bulletAncestry Search
bulletCemeteries and Cemetery Symbols
bulletCemetery Junction  
bulletCemetery Records Online 
bulletCommon Internet and Electronic Citations for genealogy
bulletCyndi's List
bulletElectronic Resources for Genealogical Patrons  (also in Word doc format)
bulletFind a Grave -- Where everybody who was anybody is buried...
bulletGenealogy Gateway
bulletGenealogy Learning Center
bulletIowa GenWeb
bulletIowa Genealogical Society
bulletNational Archives
bulletNational Genealogical Society
bulletObituary Daily Times Web Site
bulletRoots-L Resources Page
bulletSociety Hall
bulletSoundex Converter
bulletTwin Territories (links for Native American genealogy)
bulletU.S. Census Bureau
bulletU.S. Civil War Center
bulletVital Records Information
bulletWorldGenWeb Project 


bullet Best Midwest State Parks (including Iowa)
bullet Carrie Chapman Catt Childhood Home, Charles City
bulletCarsten's 1880 Farmstead, Shelby
bulletDanish Immigrant Museum
bulletDanish Windmill
bulletEffigy Mounds National Monument
bulletGerman-American Heritage Center, Davenport
bulletHerbert Hoover National Historic Site
bulletHistoric Pella/ Tulip Time
bulletIowa Campground and RV Park Directory
bulletIowa College Student Aid Commission
bulletIowa DOT Maps
bullet Iowa Events
bulletIowa Genealogical Society
bulletIowa Geologic Survey Bureau--articles about Iowa
bulletIowa Guide: All About Iowa on the World Wide Web
bulletIowa Jobs (Iowa Workforce Development)
bulletIowa Legislature
bulletIowa Lincoln Highway Association
bulletIowa Newspaper Association
bulletIowa State Fair
bulletIowa State Parks (Iowa DNR)
bulletLiving History Farms
bulletLoess Hills National Scenic Byway
bulletNational Czech and Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids
bulletOfficial State of Iowa website
bulletRAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa)
bulletSalisbury House, Des Moines
bulletSilos and Smokestacks, a National Heritage Area in northeast Iowa
bulletState Historical Society of Iowa


bulletCenters for Disease Control and Prevention )CDC)
bulletEnvironmental Working Group
bulletFDA Food Pyramid
bullet Healthfinder
bulletInteractive Health Tutorials from MedLine Plus
bulletOncoLink--Univ. of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
bulletNORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders)

Search Engines:

bulletAlta Vista
bulletAsk.com (formerly Ask Jeeves)
bulletHot Bot
bulletInternet Sleuth
bulletMamma: The Mother of all Search Engines
bulletNorthern Light
bullet WolframAlpha -- statistics & computations

Spanish Language Resources:

bulletWebjunction's "Outreach to Spanish Speakers"
bulletAmerica Reads Spanish (e-newsletter, book reviews, interviews with celebrities like Javier Bardem and Catherine Zeta-Jones)
bulletSOL --Spanish in our Libraries (signage, etc. -- for library staff)
bulletCNN en Español (CNN in Spanish)
bulletNoticias y Revistas -- index to online newspapers and magazines
bulletESLPDF.com -- free ESL handouts, worksheets and printables
bullet businessenglishsite.com -- Business English for ESL students
bullet learnspanishfeelgood.com -- Spanish grammar and vocabulary exercises
bullet learnenglishfeelgood.com -- ESL Resources


Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Iowa Legal Aid


bulletHUD website at www.hud.gov
bulletIowa Finance Authority at http://www.iowafinanceauthority.gov/.


bulletDepartment of Veterans Affairs at www.va.gov

Small Business:

bulletSmall Business Administration at www.sba.gov
bulletIowa Entrepreneur Network
bulletMore sites at http://www.ilsa.lib.ia.us/helpintoughtimes/entreprenuers.htm.


bulletIowa Compass-- Disability Information and Services
bullet Disability Resources


bulletIowa Workforce Development
bulletOccupational Outlook Handbook
bullet Job Seeker Survival Guide
bulletMore sites at http://www.ilsa.lib.ia.us/helpintoughtimes/jobseekers.htm.


bulletFinancial Aid
bulletFAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
bulletIowa College Student Aid Commission

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* The Library Service Area provides the above links to assist libraries in managing their libraries and using the Internet.  While we try to provide generally reliable links, we are not responsible for information at the linked sites, or for sites linked from them.   The LSA does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available on these sites.  We support copyright compliance and if any of the above are a violation of copyright it is inadvertent; if you have knowledge that any of the above are in copyright violation, please contact us.

Sites added 4/25/2011.   Links checked 7/16/2010.

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