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Watch Live Bears From the Safety of Your Computer!

If you are a fan of the outdoors and animals in their natural habitats but aren’t able to make the trek, the live bear cam for Katmai National Park in Alaska in a wonderful way to scratch that itch. You can tune in almost any time of the day and see such exciting sites as bears fishing for salmon or wrestling with each other in the stream. Definitely worth checking… Read more »

Libraries Rock and So Does This Interactive Music Map

In honor of our Library Rocks Summer Reading theme, check out this interactive music map! Discover the history of musical genres from electronic to jazz, hip-hop to country and everything in between. The website is full of interesting facts and helpful playlists to help get you started on your musical journey.

“The Book Was Better…”

Jake shares this video from PBS about how we feel when our favorite books get turned into movies. Speaking of books, check out the PBS 100 List for The Great American Read. How many have you read?

Midwest Coast for Arts and Culture of the Midwest

The Midwest can often be overlooked when looking at the arts and culture coverage across the Internet but luckily Midwest Coast is here to change that. Featuring interviews, videos and features from artists and musicians of all different backgrounds in the Midwest. The website is fairly new but is updated often with new and original content that is sure to spike the interest of arts and culture lovers regardless of… Read more »

BeanBeanBean: Trivia to Help End World Hunger

BeanBeanBean is an online trivia game where for each question you answer correctly, three beans are donated. There different categories ranging from multiplication to world geography. It’s a fun and easy way to help make a difference in the lives of other people. Try it out for yourself.

3D Face Reconstruction

This website is a demo of a paper by the University of Nottingham demonstrating the ability to reconstruct a 3D recreation of a person’s face using a digital image of that person. You can test it out using their sample pictures of people like President Barack Obama or actor Elijah Wood or you can upload your own pictures and see what happens!

Histography: Interactive History of the World

Histography is an interactive timeline using Wikipedia and other sources outlining major events in human history in an easy to use and gorgeous timeline. You can break down by era ranging from the Big Bang to present day and view timelines on subjects anywhere from Natural History to creative subjects such as music. Check it out for yourself at the link below.

The Creative Independent: A Great Resource for Aspiring Creatives

Are you someone who enjoys creating? Whether it’s art or music or writing, inspiration comes from all over the world. The Creative Independent is a website that aims to interview successful creatives from across the spectrum to find out about their process and inspiration and to give them a resource that may help inspire. Check out the link below to find out more.

Faces of Power: Learn Interesting Info About U.S. Presidents

Faces of Power is an interactive website designed to provide interesting information about the elections and people who became the 45 presidents of the United States of America. Featuring animations, graphs and other interesting tools, Faces of Power is an easy to use website that is useful in researching the presidents. Visit the link below to see for yourself.

Eclipse 101: Everything You’ll Need to Know About the Solar Eclipse

Eclipse fever is sweeping the nation and people from all over the country are getting prepared for the event wondering the best place to find out information. Luckily, NASA has prepared an awesome website full of resources including information on safety and what to expect when the eclipse happens. Check out the link below for access to multiple resources for all of your solar eclipse needs.