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Freedom of Information Day

Sunday, March 16 is Freedom of Information Day.  This yearly celebration is always on or around the birthday of James Madison, who strongly believed in the freedom of information. The Freedom of Information Act, which was enacted in 1966, protects the rights that all American citizens have to federal knowledge.  For more information on this act, come check out Government Information’s Guide to the Freedom of Information Act or access it online. Access to this and many other materials are available to members of the Miami community through the Federal Depository Library Program. “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” –James Madison Happy Freedom of Information Day!

Earthy Education

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. Government Documents has all the resources you need to be informed and active in protecting our planet.

We have print materials with titles, such as

Plants for People: The Psychological and Physiological Effects of Plants,

Herbs and Herb Gardening: an annotated bibliography and resource guide

and Landscaping for Energy Efficiency.

To hear some “green tips,” be sure to check out some of these podcasts from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

That’s not all! There are plenty of relevant events and opportunities all around the country worthy of your attention. On a closer level, visit the EPA’s “Cleanups in My Community” page. Finally, find out even more you can personally do to protect and preserve our atmosphere by reading some of these simple steps.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/earthday or stop by Government Documents in Ground Floor, King Library.

 

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Sites and Memorials in Honor of Our Presidents

As Presidents’ Day approaches, celebrate and honor some former leaders of the United States. Check out the various maps, guides, and histories of some nearby presidential sites and memorials. The five places listed below are each within five hours from Miami University and would make perfect day or weekend trips. Under each site listed is a link to the official website, along with a link to a print publication located in Government Information, King Library, Ground Floor.

So pack the car, fill up the gas tank, and stop by to check out some literature on your next road trip destination!

 

Fort Benjamin Harrison (Indianapolis, IN)

http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2982.htm

A history of Fort Benjamin Harrison, 1903-1982

 

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site (Larue, KY)

http://www.nps.gov/abli/index.htm

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, Kentucky: official map and guide

 

Lincoln Boyhood: National Memorial (Lincoln City, IN)

http://www.nps.gov/libo/index.htm

Lincoln Boyhood: National Memorial, Indiana

 

James A. Garfield National Historic Site (Mentor, OH)

http://www.nps.gov/jaga/index.htm

James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Ohio

 

William Howard Taft National Historic Site (Cincinnati, OH)

http://www.nps.gov/wiho/index.htm

Brick walks: William Howard Taft National Historic Site: Cincinnati, Ohio

 

William Howard Taft National Historic Site (less than one hour away!)

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Movies, Maps, & More

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 21st. It is a day to honor the life and work of a man who strived to improve the civil rights of our nation. Listed below are a number of films about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy:

Martin Luther King, Jr "I have a dream."

Citizen King

Martin, the Emancipator: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

Memphis Dreams: Searching for the Promised Land

A Day to remember, August 28, 1963

Great Speeches Volume V

These and many others are located in the Instructional Materials Center.

While nearby, be sure to check out some other materials not only on King, Jr. and his day of honor, but also on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site! (Attention Education Majors: Be sure to take a look at the lesson plans and teacher guides this website offers), located at 450 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30312.

A print map of the site, along with these additional materials, can be found in the Government Information and Law collection, King Library, Ground Floor:

Now is the Time: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Make it a Day On, not a Day Off

Living the dream, let freedom ring!: The National Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration, Monday, January 15, 1990

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service--January 18, 1999 "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve."


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Be Safe This Month!

December is a treasured month for many college students. It’s a time for relief when exams are over, a time for getting together with close friends back home, and a time for celebrating a variety of holidays.

It is also, however, a time to use caution. December is Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month. With all the holiday shopping, credit card swiping, and entertainment and social events of the season, it is important to be vigilant. To keep you well-informed and making wise choices, Government Documents has compiled a small collection of literature concerning identity safety. We have copies of hearings on topics such as:

Additionally, there are multiple pamphlets and further literature on the subject that are deserving of your attention. You can even take ONE more exam this semester (you were hoping for one, right?) with

Are you at risk for identity theft : test your "identity quotient."

So come on down to the IMC, Ground Floor King and brush up on your holiday safety measures before heading home to ring in 2013.