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Free Online Tutoring

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FREE ONLINE TUTORING is available for Knox County residents via the KC Public Library. All you need is a library card.

Residents of other counties can get a Knox County Library card for $40 per year. 

The tutoring is available for college students, K-12 students, and non students.

To learn more about this program, go to www.tutor.com/TutorTN . The page includes a brief film showing how the service looks to the user. Also see http://tnsos.org/Press/story.php?item=583 at the Tennessee Secretary of State site.

If you already have a library card, you can go any time to the above page, enter the card number, then select the subject (including math, science, writing and history) and level. There is also tutoring for resumes, GED, attaining citizenship, and more. This may be something for you, your school-aged children, and other relatives.

To apply for a new card, go to Knox County Library card number. The direct URL is http://knoxrooms.sirsi.net/rooms/documents/2010-KCPL-Application.pdf .

Tutors are available 3:00 to 10:00 daily. It can be accessed via computers, mobile devices, and at the library.

*This pilot program ends June 30, 2014. However, if considered successful, it will be expanded to all Tennessee students beginning fall term 2014. 

See also the brochure on the library double doors.


FCT Library Blog 


China Hacks U.S. Weapons

PBS NewsHour (video 8:43). Published on May 28, 2013. A new report shows Chinese hackers accessed designs for more than two dozen U.S. weapons systems. To learn what this breach means for U.S. security, Jeffrey Brown talks with Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike, a cyber security company, and James Lewis, a director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Reuters photo of F-35 JSF assembly at Lockheed Martin's factory in Texas.

 aircraft construction






And the most well-read city is

Inside McKay’s Used Books, Knoxville

McKays bookstore








“And the most well-read city is …” #2 Knoxville,Tennessee;

#1 Alexandria, Virginia; # 3 Miami, Florida … according to Amazon.

Read the article at:



Women’s History Month

March Is Women’s History Month

Below are a wide range of women's history resources for your enjoyment and edification.

Nation Women’s History Project http://www.nwhp.org

There are a variety of items on this site.
See these biographical resources in particular:

The following quizzes are also all about notable women most of us have never heard of:

Internet Scout Report Resources

A collection of annotated links to additional Women’s History resources can be found via The Scout  Report  March 1, 2013 Edition. https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2012/scout-130301. The Internet Scout is a resource by and for librarians and others. Some of these are linked directly below; the rest can be linked via the Scout link in this paragraph.

Article/Resource Titles in This Issue of The Scout Report:

===== General Women's History ===
1. Discovering American Women's History Online Based at Middle Tennessee State University, this resource provides access to 600 digital collections.
2. The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
3. WomenWatch: UN Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Empowerment
4. National Women's History Project [featured above in this blog post]
5. Wisconsin Women's History
6. Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World
7. International Museum of Women
===== Specific Aspects of Women's History ===
8. Women's Legal History
9. The Frances Perkins Center
10. Women in Science 
11. Chicago Women's Liberation Union Herstory Project
12. African-American Women: Online Archival Collections
13. Women Artists of the American West
14. By Popular Demand: "Votes for Women" Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920
Portraits Parades Picketing Cartoons
===== Teaching Women's History ===
15. Smithsonian Education: Women's History Teaching Resources
16. Teaching with Historic Places: Women's History Lesson Plans
===== In the News ===
17. The movement for equal pay for women continues to gain steam across the United States




Meteor Sparks “Gold Rush” in Russia 

meteor-from-neighborhood-smOn Friday, February 15, 2013, a meteor crashed near the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia. It occurred about 9:20 AM local time, as people were driving to work and others already at work. More than 1000 people were injured (400 treated) by shattering glass and other injurious effects. The effects were caused not by the crash itself, but when shockwaves from the incoming meteor broke the sound barrier. NASA estimates the energy release from the actual crash was about 500 kilotons.

NASA: Russia Meteor Not Linked to Asteroid Flyby

Russian Meteor Blast Bigger Than Thought (nice, short video and short article here)


The gold rush begins for fragments of Russian meteor selling for up to
£6500 each as astronomers warn UK had a lucky escape

Meteorite fragments spark Russia's newest gold rush

U. S. Political Cartoon

Meteor Showers in 2013
(Data from meteorscan.com)

Quadrantids - January 3rd       meteor-contrail-sm
Lyrids - April 21/22
Eta Aquarids - May 5/6th
Perseids - August 12th
Orionids - October 21st
Leonids - November 17th
Geminids - December 13th


Aaron Schwarz Memorial

At age 14, Aaron Schwartz co-created RSS,aaron-swartz Really Simple Syndication, a software communications technology now used 100's of millions of times a day, the world over. A few years ago, Aaron led a people's movement against Congress, and surpassed the computer industry's flagging attempts, to defeat SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act. He also co-founded Reddit. Last Friday, January 11, 2013, this remarkable 26-year-old committed suicide. 

All suicides are a tragedy for, at the very least, those who knew and loved the deceased. In this case, it is a tragedy for the world, especially for those of us who cherish youthful idealism and genius. More about this story will surely emerge. Yet, it is known that he was being hounded by federal prosecutors in great disproportion to the impact of his illegal acts. A person interviewed on NPR stated he believed that Aaron felt "his back was against the wall."

Here is a viewpoint from the Remembrance/Memorial Page, written by someone named Brian McConnell: "His crime was basically to photocopy obscure academic articles, not to make a profit, but to make the point that rent-seeking “publishers” shouldn’t be granted a monopoly to charge for access to other people’s research that the public has already paid for."

I do not know the facts of the legal case or whether Mr. McConnell's remards address the essence of it. However, the issue he addresses is about keeping the freedom of the Internet while also protecting intellectual property rights. The quote refers to a not-new and growing topical movement, rising among private and academic researchers of all ages. When the taxpayer has--in many cases--and certainly the researchers' institution has, paid for research, why should it be ethical and right that information vendors own the copyright to this information and/or be allowed to reap disproportionate revenue, and for many decades? (This means, disproportionate to the amount of value they have added to the information product.)

This death breaks my heart.  You may or may not feel the same. If you would like to comment (now or later), please write me your thoughts and feelings. It might be helpful, especially if you, like I, were not aware of Aaron as a person before this happened, to read some of the content on the Remembrance/Memorial Page, link below, prior to writing your thoughts.

Carol Bell
Fountainhead Librarian


1. NPR News Article on the death: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/01/12/169235633/aaron-swartz-reddit-cofounder-and-online-activist-dead-at-26

2. Memorial/Remembrances Page: http://rememberaaronsw.tumblr.com/.  There are photos of Aaron and eulogies.

3. Wikipedia article about  SOPA and the alternative legislation that Wikipedia supports: OPEN (Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act.

4. Wikkipedia article about Reddit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reddit


January Notes 2013

The word “January” means door. In Latin, it’s Ianua (Yahn-you-ah)—referring to “the doorway into the new year.” So, January was named after the door concept and also the god of the doorway Ianuarius (Yahn-you-ahr-ee-us). In English, this name is transformed into “Janus.” You probably have heard that Janus also means two-faced. That stems from the fact that there are two ways of looking through a door. Supposedly, January and February were added to the Roman calendar about 713 BCE. Before that, there were only 10 months plus a period each year during the cold time that was not considered a month. March was the first “month.” In other places and times in old Europe, this time of year was called variously, Wolf Month (Saxon lands), Winter Month (Charlemagne’s empire), and Millet Bread Month (Slovenia). [All this, according to Wikipedia.]



Carnation is the January flower. They are of the genus Dianthus. Also called Cottage Pink.





 In the United States, January 1 is the anniversary of the signing by President Abraham Lincoln of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. About a century later, the month of January came to contain the memorial holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. respecting and honoring him for his leadership and sacrifice to advance the civil rights of people of color. In so doing, he helped to liberate us all from the psychological and spiritual bonds and burdens associatmartin-luther-kinged weak personal and collective integrity. We were all freed from that  state which unavoidably accompanied that worldview in which all people were not treated equally in the sight of the law and in the values of the greater society.









On a lighter note, January contains the anniversary of the post-WWII invention by Walter Frederick Morrison that he originally called a Pluto Platter. When he sold the rights to the Wham-O Company in 1957, they renamed it the Frisbee. This is trademarked name which, like Coca Cola and Kleenex, has passed into common parlance as a generic name.


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