December Newsletter

The ipl2’s December newsletter is packed with star-studded resources that everyone can enjoy. First, a movie version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest comes out this month.  To learn more about this star of the stage, William Shakespeare, check out the ipl2’s special bookshelf collection and other brilliant Shakespeare links.  Next, we turn to the night sky. People have been gazing at the stars for centuries, and the ipl2 is happy to share a universe of resources on a captivating hobby for people of all ages.  Lastly, if stargazing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of spectacular events here on earth.  We have highlighted some entertaining festival resources to help you celebrate almost anything imaginable with your friends, family, and community.  New resources that will be added to the ipl2 are noted NEW! All other resources are already listed in the ipl2 collections.  We hope you enjoy this star-studded collection!

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare Bookshelf
http://www.ipl.org/div/shakespeare/
Quick links to the complete works of William Shakespeare, plus study guides, discussion groups, glossary and criticism.

Internet Shakespeare Editions
http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/
Find here “scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare’s plays, multimedia explorations of the context of Shakespeare’s life and works, and records of his plays in performance.” Includes materials dealing with the overall structure of the editions, refereed materials, a database of historical and current performance records, less formal texts useful to Shakespearean scholars, links to related sites on Shakespeare and the Renaissance, and a discussion forum. Searchable. From the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Shakespeare for Kids
http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=588
If you like Shakespeare, check out this page! You’ll find facts, word games, coloring pages, and displays of artifacts and manuscripts from Shakespeare’s time. You can also learn about Queen Elizabeth and explore current careers related to Shakespeare.

NEW! Open Source Shakespeare
http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/
“An experiment in literary technology. Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be the best free website containing Shakespeare’s complete works.  It is intended for scholars, thespians, and Shakespeare lovers of every kind.”  Search for specific words in plays using the concordance, search for phrases or lines using the keyword search, or search by characters in the plays.  Sonnets and poems are also available, as well as a mobile-device version of the site.  Created by Eric M. Johnson for his MA thesis at George Mason University.

Space and Stargazing

ipl2.org — Resources by Subject — Science and Technology — Astronomy — Stargazing
http://www.ipl2.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&cid=1&tid=7122&parent=7116
Fifteen resources to get you started stargazing: star maps for your location, buying your first telescope, stargazing diaries, Hubble telescope photos, and more.

ipl2.org — For Kids — Math and Science — Air and Space — Astronomy
http://www.ipl2.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=12&cid=3&tid=4303&parent=4302
Twenty-seven resources to excite children’s interests in space exploration and technology, the solar system, stars, and more.

Space.com
http://www.space.com
A space resource for all ages!  This site is “dedicated to space and all space-related subjects” by focusing on news, information, education and entertainment.

Earth and Moon Viewer
http://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/vplanet.html
“A great resource for clickable satellite maps of the Earth and the Moon. You can select views of Earth from the Moon or from the Sun, locate specific craters on the Moon by name, zoom in and out, and select different types of displays including topographic maps, weather maps and cloud maps.”

Entertainment

The Film Festivals Server
http://www.filmfestivals.com/index.shtml
This site features coverage of current and past film festivals around the world, film reviews, and a searchable listing of all film festivals from 1995 to the present.

Documentary Film Festivals
http://festivals.documentaryfilms.net/
As part of the DocumentaryFilms.net website, this page primarily focuses on festivals that are exclusively documentary in nature. However, there is also an extensive alphabetical listing of links to full film festivals from around the world.

Festivals.com
http://www.festivals.com
A list of upcoming “community festivals, fairs and special events” worldwide. Searchable and browsable by subject.

European Festivals Association
http://www.efa-aef.eu/
Eurofestival Infocentre’s “information about the member festivals of the European Festivals Association (music-dance-theatre). The aim of this organisation is to promote the work of artistically high quality performing arts festivals across Europe.” Also available in French.

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One Response to “December Newsletter”

  1. will brennan Says:

    On the earth and moon viewer article –
    I hope the upcoming total eclipse of the moon (12/21) will be viewable across North America weather permitting. I haven’t seen one in about 3 years. I particularly love seeing the reverse of the process with the moon completely emerging from the umbra.
    Thx. Keep up the reliably informative posts.
    Will


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