Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Remodeled Redmond Library Reopens January 11th

Redmond Library reopening January 10th The Redmond Library will reopen for full service on Saturday, January 10th at 10:00 AM. The entire library building will be closed January 7-9 in order to complete the renovations.

Stop by and see all the new improvements!

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

For the Common Good: The Library of Congress Flickr Pilot Project

Library of Congress building
On January 16, 2008, the Library of Congress launched a pilot project on Flickr, the popular photosharing Web site. The public was invited to tag and describe two sets of approximately 3,000 historic photos at The Library of Congress’s photostream.

The Collections
The News in the 1910s series shows the daily news scene from almost a hundred years ago, as photographed by the Bain News Service in the years 1910-1912. The following image shows Herman A. “Germany” Schaefer of the Washington Senators baseball team trying out a camera during a game:

Library Of Congress: Herman A. Schaefer

The 1930s-40s in Color series contain vivid color photos from the Great Depression and World War II. These photos capture an era generally seen only in black-and-white. Photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created the images between 1939 and 1944. The following image shows a woman aircraft worker checking electrical assemblies for the Vega Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, California:

Library Of Congress: Woman aircraft worker

The World War I Panoramas series contain long panoramic photos showing U. S. military personnel and camps, patriotic parades, and European battlefields and cemeteries related to World War I. The following image shows the the farewell parade in Indianapolis, Indiana March 28, 1918 for soldiers leaving for Europe:

Library Of Congress: Soldiers' farewell parade

The Public Reaction to the Collections
The Library of Congress has received an enormous amount of positive feedback from within Flickr, from the traditional press, and from the Web 2.0 community at large. Public reaction to the pilot from a broad array of users made it clear that the existence of these freely available digital materials was a welcome surprise. As suspected, many people have long been unaware of the rich historical and cultural resources available through libraries.

Here are some interesting statistics that attest to the popularity and impact of the Flickr pilot project:

  - 10.4 million views of the photos on Flickr.
  - 79% of the 4,615 photos have been made a favorite incorporated into personal Flickr collection.
  - 7,166 comments were left on 2,873 photos by 2,562 unique Flickr accounts.
  - Less than 25 instances of user-generated content were removed as inappropriate.

For more information, see the Library Releases Report on Flickr Project posting on the Library of Congress Blog.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Maps for the City of Redmond

The City of Redmond provides a set of downloadable maps that include information on city streets, public safety, and recreation. You can download the PDF-format maps from the City Maps Web page. Here are some of the maps in the collection.

Redmond Street Map
This Public Works Department map shows the streets of Redmond, and is updated as needed. Here’s a portion of the map showing the Grass Lawn neighborhood. Notice that the property boundaries are marked:

Redmond street map: Grass Lawn neighborhood

For details on a specific property, see the King County Parcel Viewer.

Fire Response Area Map
The Redmond Fire Department provides a map that shows the fire response areas for each of the city’s Fire Stations. Here’s a portion of the map showing the fire response area for Fire Station 11:

Redmond fire response area map: Fire Station 11

Redmond Watershed Preserve Map
The Redmond Parks Department provides a map showing the network of trails in Farrel-McWhirter Park and the Watershed Preserve. Here’s a portion of the map showing the Novelty Hill Road entrance to the Watershed Preserve.

Redmond trail map: Watershed Preserve

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

3 Days, 3 Ways: How to Prepare for an Emergency

First Aid Kit 3 Days, 3 Ways, Are You Ready? is a public awareness campaign that helps families and communities prepare for emergencies and disasters. 3 Days — that’s the minimum number of days you should be ready to survive on your own following a disaster. 3 Ways — that’s the number of steps you need to follow to be prepared:

Step 1Make a plan
Step 2Build a kit
Step 3Get involved

The 3Days3Ways Web site provides a wealth of resources on disaster and emergency planning, specifically targeted for residents of Washington state.

Emergency Resource Guide
Emergency Resource Guide The 2008 version of the Washington State Emergency Resource Guide is available for download in both English and Spanish. This 48-page guide provides practical advice for preparing your household for emergencies, such as learning how to shut off your water, gas, and electricity. The guide is also available in print at no cost from the Washington State Printer’s General Store Web site. Click here for more info.

Redmond Emergency Info
For up-to-date info on winter storms and other emergencies, check the City of Redmond’s Emergency Web page.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

The New $5 Bill: Interactive Content from the Bureau of Engraving

Redesigned $5 bill The new $5 bill entered circulation this year. Explore the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's 5$ Interactive Bill content to find out how this bill has been redesigned to help foil counterfeiters.

About the Redesigned Currency
In order to stay ahead of counterfeiting, the United States government continues to redesign our paper money. A new $5 bill was issued on March 13, 2008. It will be followed by a new $100 bill. Redesigned $10, $20 and $50 bills are already in circulation.

The redesigned $5 bill retains two of the most important security features that were first introduced in the 1990s and are easy to check.

Watermark on the new $5 billThere are now two watermarks on the redesigned $5 bill. A large number "5" watermark is located to the right of the portrait of President Lincoln. A second watermark — a column of three smaller "5"s — has been added to the new $5 bill design and is positioned to the left of the portrait. Hold your bill up to the light and look for the two new watermarks.

The embedded security thread appears to the right of the President Lincoln portrait on the redesigned $5 bill. The letters "USA" followed by the number "5" in an alternating pattern are visible along the thread from both sides of the bill.

Security thread on the new $5 bill

The embedded security thread glows blue when held under ultraviolet light. Hold your bill up to the light and look for the embedded security thread. For more info on the redesigned $5 bill, see About the the New 5$ Bill.

The following video shows the new $5 bill being printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing:

Uncut sheet of $5 bills The public can buy uncut sheets of $5 bills and other denominations directly from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. This is real money. For more info, see Uncut Currency.

The Digital Resources page on the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Web site provides downloadable materials available to the public, including podcasts, screensavers, and desktop wallpaper. Visit The Bureau of Engraving and Printing for more info on U.S. banknotes and how they are made.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Virtual Flights Over Mount St. Helens

U.S. Forest Service Take a 360° virtual helicopter flight along the rim of the Mount St. Helens volcano and over Spirit Lake. Or maybe you'd rather fly over the blast zone. Better yet, how about flying into the crater of an active volcano. These three 2-minute interactive videos are available from the Teacher’s Corner of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, courtesy of the US Forest Service.

Virtual Flights
360° virtual flight around Mount St. Helens:

Fly along the volcano rim and over Spirit Lake   Video 1
Fly along the rim of the volcano and over Spirit Lake
Mount St. Helens blast zone fly over   Video 2
The Mount St. Helens Blast Zone fly over
Fly into the crater of an active volcano   Video 3
Fly into the crater of an active volcano
Once the video is playing, you can change the viewing perspective of the helicopter flight. Click and hold the left mouse button, then drag left, right, up or down. To keep the new view, lift the mouse button.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

KCLS Featured Book: Race to the Polar Sea

Race to the Polar Sea Elisha Kent Kane, scion of a wealthy and influential Philadelphia family, became a legend of 19th-century America. Before he was 30, he had descended into a volcano in the Philippines, infiltrated a company of slave traders in West Africa, and narrowly survived hand-to-hand combat in the Sierra Madre while carrying a secret message from the president of the United States.

 Elisha Kent Kane Yet Kane would achieve his greatest fame by exploring the High Arctic, an adventure that began when he sailed in search of the lost expedition of Sir John Franklin and the open water of an alleged “polar sea” around the North Pole. In the mid-1850s, Kane pushed farther north than any other voyager, then spent two years trapped in the ice before leading a desperate but heroic retreat that only added to his legend.

Race to the Polar Sea by Ken McGoogan tells the story of a romantic adventurer driven by dreams of glory. It is a tale of heroism, courage and conspiracy that evokes an age when the Arctic seemed a white, booming emptiness, beautiful and unknowable.

The Polar Sea
In 1853, Kane wintered over in Rensselaer Bay, Greenland, which is east of Nunavut, Canada, and north of Baffin Bay.

Kane wintered over in Greenland

Baffin Bay (French: Baie de Baffin) is a sea between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. It is 1130 km (700 mi) across from north to south. It is not navigable most of the year because of the presence of large numbers of icebergs.

Iceberg in Baffin Bay

About the Author Ken McGoogan
Ken McGooganBorn in Montreal and raised in a small French-speaking town, Ken has lived all over Canada — Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick, and the Yukon — as well as in California, Greece, and Tanzania. In his twenties, Ken worked as a bicycle messenger in San Francisco, a forest fire lookout in the Canadian Rockies, and a French teacher in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Later, he visited the High Arctic, explored Europe and the United States, and rambled around Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, India and Sri Lanka.

Along the way, Ken attended universities in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism (Ryerson) and a master’s degree in creative writing (University of British Columbia). He worked as a journalist at The Toronto Star and The Montreal Star, and spent more than a decade as books editor and columnist at The Calgary Herald.

For more info on the author visit his Web site at Ken McGoogan surfaces at your invitation…

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Suzzallo Library: A Case Study of Collegiate Gothic Architecture

Suzzallo Library window The Suzzallo Library is the central library of the University of Washington in Seattle, and perhaps the most recognizable building on campus. It is named for Henry Suzzallo, who was president of the University of Washington until he stepped down in 1926, the same year the first phase of the library's construction was completed. The library is open to the general public and is a great place to explore.

The library was built in the Collegiate Gothic style, which was part of the Gothic Revival architectural movement, hugely popular in the United States. Interestingly, the number of Gothic Revival structures built in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries exceeds the number of authentic Gothic structures that had been built during the Middle Ages.

The following image shows the Suzallo Library at the eastern end of Central Plaza, better known as Red Square:

Suzzallo Library in Red Square

Graduate Reading Room
Suzzallo Library grand staircase A climb up the grand marble staircase takes you to the third floor, where you can find the Graduate Reading Room. This room takes up the entire third floor of this section of the library. It is 250 feet in length and 65 feet in height, with Tudor style arches spanning the sides. Lighting is provided by 22 chandeliers and 36 foot high stained glass windows. Cork floors muffle the sound of footsteps. Oak bookcases are topped with hand-carved friezes, representing native flora of Washington State. This is a delightful place to sit for a while.

Suzzallo Library Graduate Reading RoomThe Graduate Reading Room’s distinctive look, reminiscent of the great halls of Oxford and Cambridge colleges, is said to have been inspired by Henry Suzzallo's belief that universities should be "cathedrals of learning."

Visiting the Library
Suzzallo Library The Suzzallo & Allen Libraries Home page provides info on the libraries hours, current exhibits, and tour info. You can also find info on the history and architecture of the library.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Redmond Library Re-Opening in Early January

Redmond Library closureThe re-opening of the Redmond Library, originally scheduled for December 15th, has been delayed until the first week of January. During the Redmond Library’s closure, the Kirkland Library has expanded its Sunday hours and now stays open until 8:00 PM.

Limited services will be available in the Redmond Library’s meeting room, including holds, pick-ups, a small reference collection, and some computers during the following hours:

Monday-Thursday10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday1-5 p.m.

Automated Book Return
The automated book returns will remain open and will be checked daily.

Automated book returns will remain open

For latest updates on the Redmond Library closure, click here.