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This Week's Facts:

  1. Census to Release Summary File for Indiana Next Week

  2. This Week Marks Anniversary of Disabilities Legislation

  3. MedlinePlus Offers Healthy Advice in Multiple Languages

  4. NASA Debuts Portal for Aspiring Astronomers

  5. Ride w/the Governor to Help Hoosier Military Families

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Census to Release Summary File for Indiana Next Week

US Census Summary FileThe U.S. Census Bureau will release the Census 2010 data product known as Summary File 1 (SF1) next week for Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington. According to Tuesday’s news release, “these tables will provide the most detailed information available so far from the 2010 Census, including cross-tabulations of age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, characteristics of owners and renters, detailed race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups, and group quarters.” This information will be available at every geographic level down to the census block level. (Please see Census Bureau Geographic Hierarchy.) 

This Week Marks Anniversary of Disabilities Legislation

Americans with Disabilities ActThis week is the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or ADA. The current text of the statute, including amendments made in 2008, is available via the website here. According to the American Community Survey, 5 percent of children 5 to 17 in the United States have disabilities; ten percent of people 18 to 64 have disabilities; and 37 percent of adults 65 and older have disabilities. For more figures on disability, see the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features website. See the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s website for more Facts About the Americans with Disabilities Act.

MedlinePlus Offers Healthy Advice in Multiple Languages

MedlinePlusDid you know you can find health information for your patrons in many languages other than English? Health Information in Multiple Languages, organized alphabetically by language or health topic, is available via the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus website. Choose a topic, such as Animal Bites, and find health tips in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Information across the website is available in 47 languages with varying availability for each of the 325+ health topics.

NASA Debuts Portal for Aspiring Astronomers

NASA: Space PlaceHave you ever wanted to build a bubble-powered rocket? If the thought intrigues you, be sure to check out The Space Place. Powered by NASA, The Space Place is a website for the budding astronomer in all of us. Although it’s specifically for kids, adults can enjoy it too. The includes games as information on space, the solar system, and the people and technology involved at NASA. There is also a section for Parents and Educators. Each subtopic has many features. For example, if you click on Sun, you’ll find a gallery of sun images, songs about the sun, information about greenhouse gases, and more. You can even talk to scientists who specialize in this field. You can also find videos, quizzes, and downloadable coloring and activity books. As the space shuttle program ends, this topic is particularly timely. It’s a good place to direct patrons interested in space and the space program.

Ride with the Governor to Help Hoosier Military Families

Ride with the Governor: August 12This year’s annual Ride with the Governor will take place Friday, August 12. Governor Daniels, an avid motorcycle enthusiast, and ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education), will guide hundreds of motorcyclists over Indiana roads to help raise funds for the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund. The Relief Fund assists families of Indiana soldiers. The Indiana State Police will escort the Governor and all participants starting at the Indiana State House and ending at the French Lick Resort. Check out the video and photos of the 2010 ride on the Governor’s Motorcycle website.

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