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Home and Garden Home and Garden Older Americans Month Older Americans Month
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Note: Although we have tried to provide sites that are current, the Internet is a constantly evolving resource. Therefore, there are no guarantees for the types of materials accessible via these sites.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Updated 4/2013

Library of Congress Asian Pacific Heritage Monthext link - Events, images, audio/video recordings and information for students and teachers from The Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian and other cultural and governmental agencies.

National Register of Historic Placesext link is pleased to promote awareness of and appreciation for the historical contributions of Asian and Pacific peoples in the United States and its associated territories.

Scholastic's Celebrate Asian Pacific American Hispanic Heritageext link - Find out what it means to be Asian Pacific American and all the Asian cultures that exist in the world and in America. The Research Starter area offers ideas for Confucianism research papers and includes links to related resources.

Teacher Resources from Smithsonian Institutionext link - Numerous lesson plans for educators about various Asian American cultures and histories.

US Census Bureauext link - facts about Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.


Updated 4/2013

Baseball Almanac History of the World Seriesext link - Learn about all of the games played from 1907 to the present.

coverBooklist - Play Ball! Baseball in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Videorecordings.

Chicago Tribune Baseball pageext link - Keep up with the latest baseball news.

FreeBaseballRadio.comext link - Are you at work? Traveling? Need to listen to a baseball game but can't find where. Then you've come to the right place. If it's being broadcast, you can listen to it, FREE.

Official Site of the Chicago Cubsext link - Scoreboard, stats, schedule, fan forum, audio, video.

Official Site of the Chicago White Soxext link - Scoreboard, stats, schedule, fan forum, audio, video.

Major League Baseballext link - the World Series.

Spalding's Official Base Ball Guideext link - was perhaps the premier publication of its day for the game of baseball. It featured editorials from baseball writers on the state of the game, statistics, photographs, and analysis of the previous season.

Wrigley Field ext link - Brief history of Wrigley Field (Wikipedia)


Home and Garden

Updated 3/2013

Bob Vilaext link – Home improvement tips, including some video demonstrations from the DIY guru.

Chicago Botanic Gardensext link – Gardening tips, advice on selecting plants and more.

DIY Networkext link – Home and gardening improvement ideas and projects from the Do It Yourself Television Network.

Events & Classesext link - U of I Extension, Kane County

Home and Garden Televisionext link – Decorating, remodeling, gardening, crafts and more.

Hometimeext link – Home improvement and remodeling projects, including video instruction.

Hort Corner from University of Illinois Extensionext link – Advice on plants, gardening, and more from U of I Extension Service.

Morton Arboretumext link – More local plants and gardening tips.

Perennials in Focusext link - Perennials for Chicagoland Gardens

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretumext link – The “Great Plants” section of this site is recommended by Midwest Living.

This Old Houseext link – Site from the venerable PBS program credited with starting the home improvement and do-it-yourself craze.

Old House Journalext link – Old-House Journal is the original magazine devoted to restoring and preserving old houses from every era.

Rain Gardenext link - plant a small garden which takes advantage of rainfall and stormwater runoff in its design and plant selection, and which can withstand the extremes of moisture and concentrations of nutrients.

Wisconsin Master Gardener Programext link – Click the Horticulture button and then Gardening Online for a nice list of online gardening resources.

FindIt - More on our site about gardening.

Memorial Day

Updated 4/2013

Arlington National Cemeteryext link - Learn more about our National Cemetery, its monuments and memorials, who is buried there, and the ceremonies that take place there.

DailyFlagStatus.comext link - how you should display your United States flag on a daily basis.

Illinois Digital Archivesext link - In honor of Memorial Day we shine the spotlight on Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White's Illinois Veterans History Project.  You can find nearly 3,000 completed Illinois Patriot Information Forms with information about the heroic service provided by Illinois soldiers.

Illinois Veterans History Projectext link - Honor the patriots in your family and share your remembrances. Your loved one’s history will be archived in Springfield.

National Memorial Day Concertext link - Get information about the concert, submit an online eulogy, or just learn more about the concert and the national holiday.

U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairsext link - Find a history of Memorial Day, along with information on how to display the flag, why the poppy is a symbol of war remembrance, and more.

USA.govext link - Information about war memorials, patriotic songs, travel and food safety and even recipes can be found here.


Mental Health Month

mental health monthUpdated 4/2013

TriCity Family Servicesext link
A local private, not-for-profit, community-based counseling agency offering affordable professional behavioral health services for all in need.

Gateway to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Informationext link
A gateway to four nonprofit sites that offer PTSD information and resources. Four national and international organizations are here to help, with articles, references, web-links, mini-courses, 800 phone access and e-mail pen-pal resources.

Internet Mental Healthext link
An encyclopedia of mental health information created by Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Phillip Long, for professionals, patients, their families and support groups. It presents online information about the most common mental health disorders, diagnostic programs, information on psychiatric medications and numerous Internet links.

National Alliance for the Mentally Illext link
This national coalition of local support groups includes patients, their families, mental health professionals and policy advocates working to support each other, enlighten the public and influence public policy.

National Institute of Mental Healthext link
This site offers information on all aspects of mental health and reviews current research on areas of need. It is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal government’s principle biomedical and behavioral research agency.

National Mental Health Associationext link
The National Mental Health Association is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

Information about the signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorderext link (ADHD)
What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, getting help.

Bipolar Disorderext link
What is Bipolar Disorder? Signs and symptoms, treatment, getting help.

Depressionext link
What is Depression? Signs and symptoms, treatment, getting help.

Eating Disordersext link
Introduction, treatment, research findings.

Guide for Teens: Depression and Suicide

Suicide Prevention ext link
NIMH Information on Suicide Prevention.

FindIt - More on our site about mental health.


National Bike Month

Updated 4/2013

TrailLink.comext link - Discover more than 30,000 miles of bike trails, walking trails, equestrian trails, and hiking and running trails including interactive trail maps, trail descriptions, photos, reviews and more.

Kane County Bike Mapext link - grab a bike, bring along this map, and discover where in Kane County the Bikeways System can take you! (Be patient - it is a LARGE PDF and takes time to load.)

Commute by Bikeext link - Tips, Hints, Reviews and Safety for Bike Commuting.

Bicycle Rules of the Roadext link - The best way to avoid injury is by being prepared for the dangers that streets pose to bicycle riders and by obeying the rules of the road.

Bike-Pedestrian Safetyext link - Do you know the correct way to wear a helmet? Coloring pages and bicycle safety tips for kids.

League of American Bicyclistsext link - The League of American Bicyclists has been working to improve the quality of bicycling in America almost as long as there have been bicycles.


Older Americans Month

Updated 4/2013

AOA Administration On Agingext link - Find local programs, check for benefits, helpful print and web resources.

Illinois Department on Agingext link - The Illinois Department on Aging helps older people live independently in their own homes and communities. This is also where to find circuit breaker/pharmaceutical assistance forms, legal assistance, help for caregivers, a senior help hotline, and more.

55+ - This collection of links from the Library and other area providers, pulls together information with a special focus on older adults, not yet "senior," and not yet "retired." 

Local Information and Human Services - A searchable collection of information on a wide variety of local topics.  Includes: consumer information, local government agencies, health service providers, farmers markets, senior services providers, animal rescue facilities, local contacts for national organizations and much, much more.

Older Americans Month: May 2013ext link - Census Bureau’s Facts for Features

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