[library-media] FW: SIRS Spotlights of the Month

Paula Zsiray paula.zsiray@cache.k12.ut.us
Thu, 2 Jan 2003 09:56:48 -0700


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SIRS SPOTLIGHTS OF THE MONTH
January 2003
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SIRS RESEARCHER
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SIRS RESEARCHER SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH, NATIONAL POVERTY IN AMERICA
AWARENESS MONTH, focuses on poverty in the United States despite the
great wealth in our country. Poverty contributes to homelessness, high
crime rates and is a known health-risk factor among other things. SIRS
Researcher provides articles covering numerous poverty-related issues
such as crime, living wage laws, child poverty and hunger.  Articles
include "How Much Is a Living Wage," "Hungry in America," "Poverty One
of Most Consistent Health-Risk Factors," "The Persistence of Poverty,"
"To Be Young and Homeless" and "The Working Poor."

SIRS GOVERNMENT REPORTER
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SIRS GOVERNMENT REPORTER SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH, SPACE EXPLORATION,
covers the many and varied aspects of exploring space. The United
States' space program began in 1958, with the creation of the government
agency known as NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Space exploration helps us to understand more about our own planet, as
well as other parts of our vast universe. Missions into space have led
to the development of many useful products and technologies with diverse
applications here on Earth. Just a few of these include advanced
materials engineering, aeronautics research, medical and pharmaceutical
products, telecommunications and weather satellites, and even
agricultural advancements. The achievements and discoveries gained are
featured in such articles as: "Soybean Plants Thriving Aboard Space
Station," "Air Pollution Monitored from Space," "Moon Rocks and Moon
Germs," "Exploring the Invisible Universe: The Chandra X-Ray
Observatory" and "Air Force Astronaut Encourages Women to Fly."

SIRS RENAISSANCE
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No simple definition can describe the world's myriad religions and
spiritual traditions. For many people, religion is an organized system
of beliefs centering on the worship of one supreme God. For others,
religion involves a number of gods; still others follow beliefs in which
nature is worshipped. The SIRS RENAISSANCE JANUARY SPOTLIGHT OF THE
MONTH, WORLD RELIGIONS, highlights the origins, practices and beliefs of
many religions and spiritual teachings, including Buddhism,
Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, Taoism,
Paganism and more. Selected articles include "How to Become a Hindu,"
"The World Is Full of God," "Who Was Buddha?" "Jainism: A Portrait,"
"Turin Shroud May Be Genuine" and
"Muhammad: The Universal Man of All Times."

SKS WEBSELECT
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SKS WEBSELECT SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH, NATIONAL POVERTY IN AMERICA
AWARENESS MONTH, focuses on the poverty issues of homelessness, hunger
and welfare reform. Carefully selected Web sites from leading
educational institutions, national and international organizations, and
government agencies are featured. Listen to interviews of American
children living in poverty at The Forgotten Fourteen Million: The
Politics of Poverty at
http://www.americanradioworks.org/features/14_million/index.html
 explore the available hunger and food programs in the U.S. at the Food
Research and Action Center at http://www.frac.org/  or review reports
from the Joint Center for Poverty Research at http://www.jcpr.org/
Additional sites that highlight the global issue of poverty are
included, such as UNICEF at http://www.unicef.org/ and the United
Nations Foundation at http://www.unicef.org/.

SIRS DISCOVERER
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NATIONAL RECREATION AND PARKS is the subject of the SIRS DISCOVERER
SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH. Visitors at many national parks can participate
in recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, canoeing and
horseback riding. They can also view national monuments and explore
spectacular natural formations. Careful land management and maintenance
are critical to the survival of parks. Reducing pollution in parks is
also vital, as parks contribute to the protection of endangered species
of plants and animals. Recreational activities and various parks around
the United States are highlighted in articles such as "Bryce Canyon
National Park," "Endangered Species in the National Parks," "Travel the
Unbeaten Path," "On the Fly," "Appalachian Trail" and "Canyonlands
National Park."

DISCOVERER WEBFIND
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DISCOVERER WEBFIND SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH, PARKS AND ZOOS, provides the
very best sites on parks and zoos for students in grades 1-9. Naturally,
Yellowstone National Park is highlighted at Yellowstone: America's
Sacred Wilderness at http://www.pbs.org/edens/yellowstone/ as is the
wonderful Gorilla Forest Congo Gorilla Forest at
http://www.congogorillaforest.com/home.html at the Bronx Zoo and the
world-renowned San Diego Zoo Kid Territory at the San Diego Zoo at
http://www.sandiegozoo.org/wildideas/kids/.

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SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH topics are selected mainly from CHASE'S CALENDAR
OF EVENTS. Articles are also accessible within the main database and
remain in the SIRS SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE for one year. For more
information about SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH on SIRS RESEARCHER, SIRS
GOVERNMENT REPORTER, SIRS RENAISSANCE, SKS WEBSELECT, SIRS DISCOVERER or
DISCOVERER WEBFIND, call 1-800-232-7477 or visit www.sirs.com.