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  1. NASA's Image of the Day is out of this World

  2. America Saves Week Promotes Financial Responsibility

  3. Entries Sought for USA.gov Video Contest

  4. SOS Office Launches Financial Literacy Initiative

Census Multimedia Center Offers Latest Promos

A stop at the Census Bureau’s online Multimedia Center reveals the newest videos, photos and audio supporting the 2010 Census. View a video of President Obama featuring a message about the importance of the public’s participation in the census. In addition, you can view fun TV ads for this year’s census, a sincere message about the mission of the census from Census Bureau Director Dr. Robert M. Groves, and historical videos from earlier censuses featuring former U.S. Presidents and celebrities.  Especially interesting is a 30 second music video with a “we can’t move forward until you mail it back” hook designed to reach out to the increasingly diverse American public. Have a listen – it’s quite catchy!

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NASA's Image of the Day is out of this World

NASA: Image of the DayPeople interested in space may want to check out NASA’s Image of the Day .  Every day, a new picture is uploaded, featuring either activities of the astronauts or images of Earth from space.  Some earlier images show the homecoming of the Endeavor, photos from NASA’s Day of Remembrance in early 2010 and infrared images of the galaxy.  To view these, click on the Gallery.  Each picture is accompanied by explanatory text and is also available for download.  Interested viewers can also subscribe to NASA’s RSS feed.

Image of the Day isn’t the only gallery available from NASA.  You can also check out their Mission to Saturn pictures, Mars pictures or Great Images in NASA.

America Saves Week Promotes Financial Responsibility

America Saves Week: February 21-28In these turbulent economic times, people all across the country are working harder to improve their finances and make better financial decisions.  February 21-28 is America Saves Week.  America Saves week is a national initiative to encourage people to prepare for the future financially.  The theme for this week is build wealth, not debt.  A recent survey conducted by the American Savings Education Council (ASEC) revealed that 77 percent of Americans are concerned about the impact of the current recession on their personal incomes, but they’re not exactly changing their saving habits as a result. The Indiana Secretary of State’s office has savings tips, and budgeting.  This is the time to renew your commitment to better financial management or just to review the tools and tips to remind you to keep on track.  

Entries Sought for USA.gov Video Contest

USA.govDo you have any patrons with good video skills who are interested in making some money?  USA.gov, the US government portal, is sponsoring a contest that might be just for them!  Users are requested to submit a 30-90 second video showing how they use the information on USA.gov to make their lives better.  This can include health information, financial information and anything else you might find on the site.  The more creative and entertaining the video, the better.  Entries can be submitted from now until 1 PM EST on April 2, 2010 and should be uploaded to YouTube.  For complete contest information, click here.  The top prize is $2,500.

In order to make a successful video, entrants should be very familiar with USA.gov.  This is a great opportunity for everyone explore the site, make a fun video and possibly win some cash.

SOS Office Launches Financial Literacy Initiative

Secretary of State: Team FinLitThe Indiana Secretary of State’s Office is dedicated to increasing financial literacy in Hoosiers of every age.  As part of this initiative, the Secretary of State is supporting teachers who incorporate personal finance in their classroom by hosting professional development workshops and providing financial literacy curriculum and resources.  In partnership with the Department of Education, the Secretary of State’s office has created Team Fin Lit, Indiana’s one-stop shop for financial literacy resources.  This online community brings together educators, businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, community groups, and others to share ideas and resources on how to best teach financial literacy to Indiana’s youngest citizens.  To protect young adults, membership is required to access the site.  Once approved, you will be able to view the site and enjoy the resources it provides. 

Another tool to help with this endeavor, Focus on the Future, is a free and on-demand webcast that covers a variety of topics such as banking, insurance, investing ID theft, fraud, and scams.  Each week, the webcast includes a guest who is a specialist in his/her field.   Education and finances are key tools in preparing young Hoosiers to make smart decisions regarding their finances and their future.

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