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New Year’s Traditions Issue Date: 12-31-2017

Cool Spots image How Do People Celebrate New Year Around the World?, bbc.co.uk/newsround/38341760, is a look at traditions that mark the worldwide changing of the calendar year. Because of different time zones, in some parts of the world, 2018 will start hours earlier than in other countries, where it will still be 2017. Watch a video to find out which part of the world welcomes the new year first. The people of Denmark have a unique tradition that brings good luck to friends – do you know what it is? In Brazil, eating lentils at the New Year is a sign of good fortune. You’ll love the vivid photographs of these celebrations!

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White House Renovation Issue Date: 11-26-2017

Cool Spots imageAfter President Harry Truman and his family moved into the White House in 1945, they discovered that the home was in need of extensive repairs. When a leg of the family piano fell through the floor in 1948, the Trumans had the home inspected for structural safety and found that it was in serious danger of collapsing. Saving the White House – Truman’s Extreme Makeover, trumanlibrary.org/whitehouse/exhibit, chronicles the renovations made to the country’s most famous mansion. The Renovation details the debate about how best to complete the restoration. Examine Photographs taken by Abbie Rowe during the project.

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Thanksgiving Parades Issue Date: 11-19-2017

Cool Spots image The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, macys.com/social/parade, is enjoyed by millions, both in person and on television. The primary purpose of the parade is to kick off the Christmas season. You can watch videos and images from parades dating back to the 1920s. Listen to details about themes, people and creative artists who designed the floats that have mesmerized millions for nearly a century. Find out how World War II affected the parade in the 1940s. Because of a helium shortage in the 1950s, Macy’s had to find another way to keep floats in the air – can you guess what they used?

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Lincoln Memorial Issue Date: 11-05-2017

Cool Spots image The Lincoln Memorial, tinyurl.com/yd6vqo65, is a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, one of our most beloved and respected presidents. In Reflections, ranger Robert Healy shares his knowledge about the memorial and the meanings of its intricate details. For instance, have you ever wondered why Lincoln is seated and wearing common clothing? He dedicated his life to liberty, equality and justice. Former soldier Gilbert Lyons describes fighting for America at a time when it was still segregated, and listening to Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the memorial. Learn why Lincoln’s life’s work is still so important today.

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Explore the Park Issue Date: 06-11-2017

Cool Spots imageYosemite National Park was established in 1890. Tour of Yosemite Valley, tinyurl.com/kae5lqv, is a virtual look at its beautiful sights. Located in California, Yosemite is considered one of the world’s best rock-climbing destinations and is home to the highest waterfall in North America. Watch Experience Your Yosemite to see giant sequoias, the world’s biggest trees. Long before it became a national park, Native Americans called Yosemite home. Visit People to learn more. Watch the fearless Dean Potter climb formidable El Capitan. For more adventures, check out Half Dome.

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