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  1. Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in May

  2. Online Directory Connects Hoosiers to Local Farmer's Markets

  3. Help Raise Skin Cancer Awareness this Month

  4. CDC Provides Helpful Prom Safety Tips

State Document of the Month - Year Book of the State of Indiana

The Year Book picks up where the Indiana Documentary Journal ends. The Year Book was established by the General Assembly of 1917; and its first volume was issued in 1918. It runs approximately from 1917 to 1950. Year Books include reports and statistics from each department of State government for the State fiscal year. They also provide descriptions of some state offices and county government. In addition, the Year Book contains general and primary election returns. This publication is a great resource when researching state government history. Copies in print are available in the Indiana Reference Collection at the State Library (328.7 IY), and you can research online via the Indiana University Digital Library here. (Click the Browse Collection tab to access all years).


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Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in May

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month In the month of May, we celebrate the contributions that people of Asian/Pacific American heritage have brought to the United States – with the 2010 theme of Leadership to Meet the Challenge of Changing World. For an overview of the federal laws and proclamations which led up to this celebratory month, see the Research Help page for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month at the Law Library of Congress website.

An estimated 15.5 million U.S. residents described themselves as Asian-American and 1.1 million described themselves as Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders in July of 2008, according to the statistics on the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features. Several federal agencies including the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution, have collaborated on the web portal which features exhibits, images, videos, and many teaching materials. The National Register of Historic Places profiles several historically rich sites that are related to Asian/Pacific heritage here, including those in Guam, Hawaii, and California.

President Obama issued this year’s proclamation and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi encouraged the celebration in an April 29th press release as a memorial to several recently passed members of the Asian/Pacific Islander community, “As we celebrate the significant progress made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, it is right for us to honor the memory of great leaders of the AAPI community who have recently passed away -- including Fred Korematsu, who dared to challenge the U.S. government over the Japanese internment camps, John Tsu, former chair for the White House Initiative on AAPIs and longtime community activist, Patrick Okura, a great civil rights leader and Japanese American internee, and Magdaleno Duenas, a Filipino veteran and community leader.”

Online Directory Connects Hoosiers to Local Farmer's Markets

Directory of Indiana Farmer's MarketsIt’s that time of year again!  Farmer’s Markets provide an abundance of Indiana grown produce, meats, cheeses, wines, and other specialties.  The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has an online directory that is searchable by product, city, county, or site type.  Some farmer’s markets are open year round, while others have limited hours.  Before you visit, you can check out the harvest calendar to find out if your favorite fruit or vegetable is in season.  Enjoy your Indiana homegrown delights! 

Help Raise Skin Cancer Awareness this Month

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention MonthMay is Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month, sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2009, there were nearly 69,000 new cases of melanoma in the United States. Before the summer sun begins to brighten the sky, now is the time to be aware of melanoma/skin cancer risks. The ADA provides 31 Days/31 Ways to prevent and detect melanoma (and other skin cancer) for the month of May on the Melanoma Monday website. The Centers for Disease Control Skin Cancer and the National Cancer Institute Melanoma homepages both provide overviews of what you need to know and options for prevention.

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center also has a wealth of resources for melanoma and other skin cancer. Free skin cancer screenings for Central Indiana are listed in this recent WTHR story. For skin cancer screenings offered across the U.S., use these search tools from the AAD. If there are no results for your search, select only “state” and leave “city” blank. See a colorful slideshow of the history of the Skin Cancer Screening Program here.

CDC Provides Helpful Prom Safety Tips

For many high school students around the country, this time of year means Prom.  While Prom is a great opportunity for teenagers to get dressed up and have a good time, it’s important for them to remember to be safe as well.  The CDC has a great site with safety tips.  While it also includes information on safe behavior during and after the Prom itself, this site primarily focuses on tips on proper preparation for the big day.  Many teens – girls in particular – are in danger of trying to lose too much weight too fast or going overboard on tanning.  The CDC provides tips for health weight loss and how to protect your skin.  It also provides information on preventing stress, whether it regards cost, safety plans, finding a date and encountering peer pressure.

The CDC isn’t the only government agency with good tips for teens.  For information on how parents can better address underage drinking, see the Department of Health and Human Services website on alcohol.  If you’d like to know more about teen driving safety, check out this page from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Finally, has a great list of resources geared specifically for teenagers.  Topics range from driving tips and mental health issues to education and employment.

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