Week of March 1, 2009

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In what year did Florida's Boom Town Days begin?

Where are saltwater mangroves found?

Where does
the word “photography” come from?

Remember the Riches

dragon puppetTake time to appreciate the communities that surround you at The Library of Congress' Local Legacies, www.loc.gov/folklife/roots. This site will show you all the local wonders near you, or in any state about which you may be interested in finding out more. Did you know Texas has a polka-dot festival or that Florida takes time out to celebrate the peanut? Click on any event and you will find photos, articles and even interviews. There are also links to other sites that will help you explore further.
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Trees We Need

temperate forestTake a trek through Forests: Our Lifeline, the Deforestation Dilemma, http://library.thinkquest.org
, to discover how the different types of forests are all essential to our planet's survival. Deforestation is one of the main problems that forests face. Find out how it can be controlled so that you can make educated decisions about your wood consumption. See what else can be done to help the forests in Solutions, where serious conservation efforts and deforestation pledges are being made.

Shining a Light on Photography

old-fashioned cameraClick! Discover the art behind photography at the National Gallery of Canada’s Drawing with Light, http://cybermuse.gallery.ca/
. Take a virtual tour through the Gallery of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography to see several samples from its collection. Next, stroll over to Illumination and find inspiration in the photographs that other young people like you have taken. If you are more interested in equipment, be sure to browse through Cameras and learn about their evolution and their role in witnessing history.
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Awesome Animals

Anyone who has pets probably knows that animals can do some cool things. Did you know that dogs and cats can tell when you're having a bad day? Maybe that's why my cat seems extra snuggly when I'm feeling blue. Some pets are even heroic. I always enjoy reading stories about animals that have helped or even rescued humans from danger. You can check out some great stories about amazing animals at All About Animals, www.allaboutanimals.
. Next, read about a caring elephant, a friendly chimp and other stories of animal kindness at National Geographic Kids, http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/animalsnature/can-animals-be-nice.

It's also important for us to be kind to animals and treat them with respect. If you have pets, be sure to always take good care of them. You can also help animals by volunteering at a local animal shelter, or you can make a bird feeder to hang in your yard. I bet you can think of even more ways to be kind and have fun at the same time!


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