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Banned Books Week, Sept. 29 through Oct. 6 Friday, September 28, 2007

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Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose and the freedom to express one’s opinion, even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them. Intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met. Observed since 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Some books that have been challenged include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen, The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine, and United States Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967 (The “Pentagon Papers”) U.S. Dept. of Defense. [Source: 100 Banned Books, Censorship Histories of World Literature. Nicholas J. Karolides, Margaret Bald & Dawn B. Sova.]

We invite you to explore what the week means. Reflect on your freedom to read, cherish it, and, by all means, read what you want to read. As the author of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, said, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”


Database of the Week Thursday, September 27, 2007

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Full-text coverage of Tiara’s Treaties and Internationl Agreements Online includes a “comprehensive and accurate text for more than 15,000 treaties and international agreements including international tax treaties”.  All United States treaties in force, regardless of date are included as well.  A system supplied template provides easy access and the ability to pinpoint your area of interest.  Updated monthly, the user can be confident that they are researching a database that is current. 

Early American Newspapers, 1690-1922 Thursday, September 27, 2007

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Early American Newspapers is a full-text, searchable database the nation’s historic newspapers. Contributors include the American Antiquarian Society, Connecticut State Library, Library of Congress, as well as other nationally known repositories. This collection is published in parts and the Connecticut State Library has subscriptions to Series, 1, 2, 4 and 5. The majority of the collection dates from the late 1700s to mid 1800s; Series 1 is complete while content is still being added to Series 2, 4 and 5. At this time there are 58 newspaper titles from 15 Connecticut cities and towns. The database may or may not hold a complete collection for each title; for example there are only 5 issues of Sharon’s weekly newspaper, Rural Gazette while a full run of the Middlesex Gazette is available from November 1785 through December 1828. This resource is available to patrons using the public access Internet terminals of the Connecticut State Library.

Museum Day in Connecticut, and around the Country Thursday, September 27, 2007

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If you want to check out some great local museums for free (other than ours) this Saturday is the day to do it! Click on the link below to learn which museums are participating in the Smithsonian’s Museum Day event.


Acts Effective 10/1/07 Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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Many new laws take effect on October 1 each year. See Acts Effective 10/1/07 for this year’s list. Passed by the Connecticut General Assembly during the 2007 session, the Acts include PA 07-168, banning pesticide use on school grounds; PA 07-116, appointing conservators and setting their powers; and PA 07-163, creating a new crime of firearm trafficking and requiring stolen or lost firearms to be reported within 72 hours of discovery.

New Resources @ CSL: Connecticut Local History Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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Building the Loom City; Rockville, Connecticut, 1821-1908. S. Ardis Abbott. F 104 .R7 A2 2003

Echoes of Old Thompson; A Pictorial History of Thompson, Connecticut. The Thompson Historical Society, Inc. F 104 .T4 E28 2003

New Haven; From Puritanism to the Age of Terrorism. Michael Sletcher. F 104 .N657 S55 2004

Seldom Told Tales of Sharon. Ed Kirby. F 104 .S53 K57 2004

Stamford; An Illustrated History. Estelle F. Feinstein, Joyce S. Pendery & Robert Lockwood Mills. F 104 .S8 F4232 2002

Database of the Week Friday, September 21, 2007

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PAIS Databases

The PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) International database contains references to more than 553,300 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. These entries cover areas of interest to the social scientist and public policy researchers. The PAIS Archive database contains entries from the PAIS Annual Cumulated Bulletin, Volumes 1-62, published 1915-1976, providing a historical perspective on many of the 20th century’s public and social policies.

New Public Policy Resources @ CSL Friday, September 21, 2007

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Federal Resources on Missing and Exploited children; A Directory for Law Enforcement and Other Public and Private Agencies. U.S. Dept. of Justice.
Fed Doc PR 42.8:C 43/R 31/2007

John Tyler, the Accidental President. Edward P. Crapol. E 397 .C73 2006

The Race Beat; The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff. PN 4888 .R3 R63 2006.  Pulitzer Prize Winner.

Revolving Gridlock; Politics and Policy from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush. David W. Brady and Craig Volden. JK 421 .B73 2006

There Is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster; Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina. Chester Hartman and Gregory D. Squires, editors. HV 636 2005 .L8 T44 2006

Database of the Week Thursday, September 13, 2007

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Social Sciences Full Text 

Full text and page images from scores of key social sciences publications, plus abstracting and indexing of hundreds of others. Social Sciences Full Text covers the latest concepts, trends, opinions, theories, and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences. Includes indexing of over 625 periodicals as far back as 1983, nearly 400 of which are peer-reviewed. Full text of articles from some 215 journals as far back as 1995. Topics covered include: Addiction Studies • Anthropology • Area Studies • Community Health & Medical Care • Communications • Corrections • Criminal Justice • Criminology • Economics • Environmental Studies • Ethics • Family Studies • Gender Studies • Geography • Gerontology • International Relations • Law • Mass Media • Minority Studies • Planning & Public Administration • Policy Sciences • Political Science • Psychiatry • Psychology • Public Welfare • Social Work • Sociology • Urban Studies

New Public Policy Resources @ CT State Library Thursday, September 13, 2007

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America’s Kingdom; Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier. Robert Vitalis.
HD 9576 .S334 A738 2007

Generation Digital; Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet. Kathryn C. Montgomery. HQ 784 .M3 M66 2007

The Persistence of Poverty; Why the Economics of the Well-Off Can’t Help the Poor. Charles Karelis. HC 79 .P6 K37 2007

Serve, Support, Simplify. Subcommittee Reports and Survey Findings. Report of the President’s Commission On Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors.
July 2007. PR 43.8:W 25/C 18/REPORTS

Soldier Dead; How We Recover, Identify, Bury, and Honor Our Military Fallen.  Michael Sledge. U 353 .S58 2005