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This Week's Facts:

  1. Online Tools Assist with New Year's Resolutions

  2. Track the Indiana Legislature on the Web

  3. Net Cetera Connects Kids to Online Safety Tips

  4. This Week Help Raise Folic Acid Awareness

NASA: Earth as Art

NASA Presents Earth as Art

Satellites provide us with a lot of valuable scientific information.  However, did you know that they can also be a source of artwork?  The USGS in conjunction with NASA presents Earth as Art, a gallery of images of Earth, taken from the Landsat-7 satellite and the Terra Satellite’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER).  You can browse the images by continent or check out the index.  Each image also contains information about the landmark being featured.  There are both “actual” photographs and thermal images; the latter are colorful and very interesting to look at!  All images are also available for free download.

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Katharine Springer
State Data Center Coordinator

Elisabeth O’Donnell
Documents Librarian
Kim Brown-Harden
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Online Tools Assist with New Year's Resolutions

INShape IndianaAt midnight, December 31, 2009, people all over the country made resolutions for the New Year.  The most common resolutions are to lose weight and stop smoking.  INShape Indiana’s website has useful tools to help with nutrition, physical activity , inspiration, and other resources for obtaining a healthy lifestyle.  If you need help with smoking cessation, the website also has information and resources to help you break the habit.  If you are ready to get healthy and make lasting changes, click here to join with your fellow Hoosiers.  The federal government also has sources for reaching your goals.  In addition to weight loss and smoking cessation,’s Popular New Year’s Resolutions page has information on stress reduction, travel, education and more.  Make this the year for lasting, healthy changes.  Here’s to a Happy New Year and a new you!

Track the Indiana Legislature on the Web

Indiana General AssemblyThe Indiana Senate and House of Representatives are back in session.  This year, Legislators will have a short session to make numerous decisions that will affect Indiana citizens.  Do you know your legislators?  Click here to get an alphabetical listing of all the members of the Indiana.  If you do not know your legislator by name, click here to find your legislator by office.  For your convenience, you can watch the General Assembly in action from the comfort of your home or office to get the latest on politics and issues of the day.  The Indiana General Assembly’s website has useful information and ways for Hoosiers to get involved or learn about the democratic process on the State level.  2010 is an election year; knowledge is the key in making informed decisions!

Net Cetera Connects Kids to Online Safety Tips

Net CeteraRecent frigid temperatures mean that more and more kids are staying inside this winter.  Those same kids are probably also spending more time on the computer.  In order to promote online safety, the Federal Trade Commission has released Net Cetera: chatting with kids about being online.  It is full of tips for parents and caregivers on how to talk to your children (of all ages) about everything from sexual predators on the internet and cyberbullying to keeping your personal information and passwords safe.  It is available for free download but can also be ordered from the FTC directly.  You can view it in English or in Spanish. 

The FTC also has a variety of other free publications.  Check out their website to find out more information about car buying, home improvement, or even avoiding telemarketing scams.

This Week Help Raise Folic Acid Awareness

Folic Acid Awareness MonthThe week of January 4-10 has been declared Folic Acid Awareness Week.  Folic acid is a B vitamin and is used to make new cells.  Women who may become pregnant in the near future are especially encouraged to take folic acid, as it also helps prevent birth defects related to the brain and spinal chord.  These defects most often occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy – usually before a woman knows she is pregnant.  By taking 400 mg of folic acid each day for at least a month before she becomes pregnant, a woman can reduce the risk of such defects by up to 70%.

There are several ways to get folic acid over the counter.  You can either take it as an individual supplement or as part of a multivitamin.  Many breakfast cereals have been fortified with extra folic acid, so be sure to check the label!

**Annual State Documents Checklist Now Available**

The latest annual checklist for Indiana state documents is a great way to review and identify what State documents are in the Library’s collection! The checklist is available online. Please call or email the State Documents Coordinator if you have any questions or concerns.