The Link

April 2010

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Kids Corner

Earth Day

This site provides numerous ideas for children celebrating Earth day, celebrated annually on April 22. Includes online games, coloring activities, clip art, word searches, language and science activities, and much more.

April Fools Day

The Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time

This site presents the origin of April Fools’ Day, pranks played, and a quiz challenging readers to sort the truth from the outrageously false stories reported by the media on April 1st. It also includes a chronological index of hoaxes from 1698 to 2005, and an essay on reasons to hate the observance. From the Museum of Hoaxes.

National Library Week

National Library Week

Information about National Library Week, celebrated in April, including a list of the celebration dates for upcoming years. Provides the history of the celebration and links to library promotional events. From the American Library Association (ALA).

Tax Day

Understanding Taxes

“The IRS has developed an interactive, instructional tax program … to provide high schools, community colleges, and the general public with a technology-based instructional tool.” It includes teacher and student sections, with teaching modules, lesson plans, simulations, tutorials, and an option to create a custom resource list allowing for later online access.

San Francisco Earthquake (1906)

The Great San Francisco Earthquake

Companion site to a Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBS) American Experience program about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Includes a transcript of the show, quake history quiz, photos, teacher’s guide, short bibliography, and links to related sites.

The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Information about this earthquake that hit at 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906. Includes information about the size of the quake, casualties and damage from the earthquake and fire, information about other notable quakes in the San Francisco Bay Area after 1906, and links to photo collections and eyewitness accounts. From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

World Health Day

World Health Day: 7 April

Collection of links to sites related to World Health Day. “On this day around the globe, thousands of events mark the importance of health for productive and happy lives.” Also includes links to recent UN documents on the subjects of human health and illness prevention and treatment. Available in several languages. From the Dag Hammarskjöld Library of the United Nations (UN).

Earth Day

Earth Day

Information for children and teachers about the annual celebration of Earth Day on April 22. The site features a history of the day (including information about U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who introduced the idea in 1969).

Earth Day Online

This website compiles a comprehensive list of Earth Day events (for the current year), regardless of size, geographic location or organizational affiliation. Includes the history of Earth Day.


How Easter Works

Explains “the origin and significance of the Easter holiday and of many of the traditions Associated with it.” Includes information about religious observations, such as Lent and Shrove Tuesday, and cultural customs.

Ukraine and Ukrainian Easter

Description of Ukrainian Easter traditions. Topics include when Easter is celebrated, contemporary practices, ritual spring songs and dances, ancient traditions, paska (Easter ritual bread), and Easter baskets.

Eastertide and Springtime

This colorful site presents a series of beautifully reproduced Victorian Easter cards and verses. From Malcolm Warrington (The Scrap Album).

The April 2010 issue of The Link: The Official Newsletter of ipl2 was created by the following students in Dr. Abels’ Winter 2010 Info 740 Digital Reference Service course at the iSchool at Drexel: Amber Quisenberry, David Howe, Kathleen Rabadeau. Michael Galloway served as advisor for the newsletter team.