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Check Out Oxford Islamic Studies Online

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Oxford Islamic Studies Online.jpgRamadan just began this Monday, July 8th. If you would like to explore this tradition and much more about Islamic culture in a new way, try logging in to Oxford Islamic Studies Online. See beautiful photos of the art and architecture of the Arab world, gain a deeper understanding of the various denominations, use a map to learn more about current international events or find out for yourself what the Qur'an really says. A nice feature is the timeline, which puts over 1,000 events in Islamic history in context with landmarks of world history. Log in to this website and many more through the MPL website by clicking on "Research Resources," and "All Library Databases."

It's Money Smart Week @ The Library!

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green piggy bank.jpgDid you know that if you spend $6.00 a day less on fast food, you can save $2,190 dollars a year or $43,830 over 20 years? Learn more tips that can help you control your financial future at visit any Milwaukee Public Library year-round to pick up a copy of the Money Smart Week Resource Guide.

Go Vote Today!

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wisconsinvote_button.pngToday is election day, and it is your last chance to cast your vote for this election cycle. Many have voted early, but those of you who haven't had the chance should make your way to the polls now. Polls are open today, Tuesday November 6th from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M. People who are in line to vote at 8 P.M. will get to cast their vote, so stick with it, even if the lines are long! To find out where you will vote and what you need to bring if you need to register at your polling place, look at the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board's My Vote Wisconsin site. There you can check to see if you are already registered to vote. If you would like to preview a sample ballot for this election, you can view it by entering your information and clicking on the link for a sample ballot for your voting district. Now that you've got the tools to vote, make sure you spread the word.

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Google is looking for curious, inspired and innovative students between the ages of 13-18 for the Google Science Fair 2012 online science competition. The competition challenges students to explore real-world questions through scientific investigation. Participating in the fair is your chance to engage with the scientific community, compete with peers from around the world and be eligible for life-changing prizes.

Submissions are due April 1, 2012. Check out Google's Science Fair 2012 website for information on submissions, judging, and prizes. There are also resources for educators interested in getting their students involved in the fair.

Everyone has a question. What's yours?

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January Inauguration Day

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January 20, 1937 was the first time the presidential inauguration was held in January. Franklin D. Roosevelt first inauguration was held on March 4, 1933. The constitution originally set the March inauguration date to allow enough time after Election Day to ensure a smooth transistion. However, with advances in communication and transportation, inauguration day was moved up to January 20 with the passage of the 20th amendment in 1933.

Fascinated by this fact? Learn how the modern office of the president was shaped through book and documentaries.

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Explore Treasures of the Bodleian Library

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Qur'an.jpgQur'an from the Kingdom of Mysore. Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford .

The University of Oxford Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and home to some of the rarest and most beautiful books and manuscripts from around the world. With millions of items in the library's collection, the "treasures" of the Bodleian are sights to be seen. The Treasures of the Bodleian Library was a 2011 exhibit which has now been transformed into an online catalog with items such as the lyric poems of Sappho; Marco Polo's Travels; The Bhagavadgita; J.R.R. Tolkien's Conversation With Smaug; the Magna Carta; and William Shakespeare's First Folio.

Explore the treasures with interactive features such as podcasts (readings from texts in the original language and English) and videos of experts. Don't forget to cast your vote for the book or manuscript you think should be permanently included in the Bodleian's list of treasures.

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Holiday Tips from

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led-christmas-lights.jpgVisit for their 12 Days of Holiday Tips! Daily tips help with planning, saving and celebrating during this holiday season.

Today's holiday tip is: Save Money with LED Holiday Lights!

Electricity bills can grow during the holidays if you decorate with strings of lights. Light-emitting diode, or "LED," holiday lights offer a quality alternative to traditional lights and save both energy and money. The Department of Energy estimates that if every household switched to LED holiday lights, the country would save approximately $410 million in electricity costs. Learn more about the benefits of LED holiday lights.

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