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2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently updated its Plant Hardiness Zone Map. What’s a plant hardiness zone? It’s a zone based on the “average annual extreme minimum temperature during a 30-year period in the past” and helps gardeners determine whether a plant has a chance to thrive in that zone. The 2012 map is more … Continue reading »

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Ten ways to use Pinterest in your library

Ellyssa Kroski, at iLibrarian, posted ten good ideas for using Pinterest in your library. Create recommended book boards. Highlight library staff. Spread the word about author talks. Create patron-contributed boards. Have a Pinterest board contest. Showcase educational videos and podcasts. Create an e-books board. Give patrons a library tour. Market upcoming events. Highlight a special … Continue reading »

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WordReference.com is my favorite online translation site. It has multilingual dictionaries to/from English and Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic. It has very active discussion forums for vocabulary, translation, and grammar for the languages listed above plus Catalan, Latin, Dutch, Hebrew, Greek, Hungarian, Finnish, Tagalog, and … Continue reading »

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Preview of new weather.gov website

The National Weather Service has released a preview of its redesign of weather.gov. The press release has pictures of the national front page, a “service point” forecast page (in this case, Chicago’s), and the mobile version.

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Real-time airline flight tracking

Over on Search Engine Land, Gary Price has an overview of Heavy Duty Real-Time Airline Flight Tracking Tools. He covers Flight Aware, Plane Finder, various apps, and how to listen to live air traffic control radio.

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Sewing machine threading diagrams

Website: SewUsa. I found this website while answering a reference question. The patron needed a manual for a used sewing machine she had just bought. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find one for free online or in WorldCat; I could only find them for sale — about $10, various places. SewUsa was one of those … Continue reading »

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