Monthly Archives: November 2011

Reference Resource of the Week

 The Folklore of World Holidays

Need information on world holidays: Stir-Up Sunday, Advent Season, Bear Festival, Odo, Hanukkah, St. Barbara’s day, St. Nicholas Day, Materice, Christmas, New Year’s Day… ? Want to learn about the folklore, foods,traditions, habits, celebrations and festivals of holidays in different countries?  Check out this resource!

Did you know that…?

 “On the first Sunday in Advent Season in Sweden, all Swedish families take out a special candlestick… On the second Sunday, both the first candle and the next are lit for a while: and so on until, on the Fourth Sunday, the candles look like a small row of organ pipes. Their four-fold light means that Christmas is almost here.”

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Reference Resource of the Week

Census Atlas of the United States: Census 2000 Special Reports

The United States Census is one of our nation’s most valuable sources of information.  However, that wealth of information can be challenging to interpret and put into context.  Not to worry!  The Census Atlas of the United States is here to help!  Covering the main areas of the census like education, work, and housing, the Atlas presents data in beautiful, full-color maps to show changes, decade by decade, in a way that’s easy to understand and downright exciting!

Did you know that…?

College completion has increased by nearly 20%  nationwide since 1950?  Our geographic area has some of the highest college completion rates in the country!  Encouraging, right?

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Reference Resource of the Week

Gestures: The DO’s and TABOOs of Body Language Around the World

Gestures: the DO's and TABOOs of Body Language Around the World

Heading to a foreign country and wondering how to hail a cab and shake a hand like you were born there?  Want to know how to tell someone to buzz off without starting a fight in the streets?  If you want to communicate like a pro no matter who you’re talking to, check out this resource!  Gestures gives general background information on how body languages differ from culture to culture, and then gives detailed notes country by country.  Fascinating reading!

Did you know that…?

“In the ‘down under’ country, posing the thumbs-up gesture might just get you ‘down and out.’ In Australia flashing the upright thumb and then making a slight jerk upward is generally used to silently signal”…something VERY rude!

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