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Northern Exposure
If you enjoy following the latest in news, sports, science and drama, you're going to love CBC 4 Kids, the site brought to you by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Point your antenna due north to www.cbc.ca/kids and tune in to the coolest games and information for kids on the World Wide Web. Future radio and television broadcasters will love getting the scoop on what's Behind the News or catching a song or two at the CBC 4 Kids Radio Festival. The Time Machine takes you back in time and off to the future, while A Word or Two lets you drift away to distant lands. You'll find holiday features, a wacky science lab, news on International Children's Day and, of course, the Canadian History Challenge. Bring your mittens, and get ready to have a blast!

A Virtual Tour Go back in time to the land of the Samurai and the Shogun at the Edo Virtual Tour. Edo is the ancient name for Tokyo, Japan, and it represents the essence of "traditional" Japanese culture. The Orient awaits at www.us-japan.org/ edomatsu where you'll enjoy the best in Edo fashion, culture and cuisine. Wandering around this fair city, you'll enjoy the eclectic neighborhoods and friendly people that made Edo a great international destination. Plus, you can sneak a peak at some of Japan's finest art inside the Emperor's gallery. Between castles and sword fights, you will have an Asian adventure like never before. Tokyo may be a mega-city to the world, but its spirit of Edo still lives on.

Everybody's Photo Album
You can learn a lot from old family scrapbooks, but you can learn even more from America's biggest photo album-the Library of Congress collection. Flip over to the pages of http:// lcweb2.loc.gov/ ammem for an in-depth look at the American Memory. Just click on a photograph to open the door to an amazing collection. Or, if you don't have a particular favorite topic, just browse around. There's a little bit of everything in this scrapbook, from George Washington to Houdini. Not only will you find amazing pictures and information, but you can also listen to history. Hear folk songs from the 1930s and speeches from World War I! Now that's an amazing scrapbook. It's the Library of Congress' job to make sure that major historic events are preserved for generations to come. Take advatange of this national treasure.

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1. When was the first special collection at the Library of Congress purchased?

2. The CBC lab says farmers buy beds for cows because...?
If cows sleep longer, they eat less.
Those farmers are just really nice, caring people.
Cows that are comfortable produce more milk.
3. What is the name of the highway from Kyoto to Edo?
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Dear Amy: What is Webring and how are its Ringsites different from other Web sites?-Jay, Pasadena, CA

Dear Jay: Webring at http://dir.webring.com/rw is a company that offers a free way to link up homepages that share the same interests. Each site uses preconfigured HTML code that creates a "Next" or "Previous" link driven from the Webring server. When you visit a member of a Webring, you can travel to tons of pages as if you are going around a ring. In a way, each ring is a virtual community. You can ask to have your site included in a ring or you can start a ring of your own. Some of the individual rings claim to be kid safe, but the RingWorld directory is not, so use the same safe surfing rules you do when you use a search engine.

Dear Amy: What are some great places for kids to go to on the Web?-Alison, Lincoln, NE

Dear Alison: I always find great places to go on the Web at "Cool Spots" www.4kids.org/ coolspots. They have links to more than 250 places that are fun, educational and safe. WWW.4kids.org has games and an interactive "Surftificate" to let your folks know what you are doing on the Web. Also, I've moved my homepage there! I put up all my favorite links for learning HTML and an FAQ to answer questions that kids ask me.

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