2013 This Week on the Web

(April 26, 2013)  Shake it up and celebrate the birthday of Ohio's own Charles Richter and the earthquake magnitude scale he devised.  What to read some Shakespeare but don't know where to start?  The What Shakespeare Play Should I Read?  flowchart will point you in the right direction.  Seeking interesting things to look at?  Visit the Digital Public Library of America which gathers digital collections from around the country.

(April 17, 2013) It's National Poetry Month and the Poetry Foundation can set you up with all the poems and poets you could ask for.   Why not commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord with the Library Congress and then visit the Paul Revere House and read The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.    And Remember the 1906 San Francisco earthquake with a good exhibit from the USGS.

(April 9, 2013) Batter Up!  Keep up with the Indians online.   Learn about Ohio baseball history with cards, photos, and more from the Ohio Memory Project.  Look to the skies and remember the April tornado outbreaks of 1965 and 1974.  And commemorate the sinking the Titanic with the wealth of information at the Encyclopedia-Titanic.

(February 12, 2013) Mark the 40th anniversary of Operation Homecoming, the return of US POWs from North Vietnam.  Whether you know them as groundhogs, woodchucks, or marmots, they are aren't very reliable weather forecasters.  And celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12, 1809, with a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

(January 30, 2013)   Enjoying the mild weather?  Revisit the January  blizzards of 1977 and 1978, and the flood of 1959 with online exhibits at the Ohio Historical Society.  Five poets have read or recited their work at a Presidential inauguration.  The Library of Congress had a detailed discussion of Richard Blanco's poem from this month, as well as links to the text and video for the other four poets. Can't wait until this December for the second part of The Hobbit? Check out this Timeline of the One Ring to help while away months.

(January 14, 2013)  Feeling puny?  You're not alone.  Track the flu across the US and get plenty of useful health tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health. Take a look at the National Archives exhibit on the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and then view the PBS documentary online.

(January 2, 2013)   Putting together a reading plan for the winter?  Here's a list linking to hundred of best books of 2012 lists from newspapers, magazines, blogs, radio shows, etc. Observe the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Archives and the Library of Congress, as well as an article and video from the Smithsonian Institution.