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Addiction Resource
Addiction Resource is a free online resource on substance abuse and addiction. Our goal is to provide resources to help patients and their loved ones so that they may stay on the road to recovery, and can successfully overcome addiction for life.
The Natural History Museum
The mission of The Natural History Museum is to affirm the truth of science. By looking at the presentation of natural history, the museum demonstrates principles fundamental to scientific inquiry, principles such as the commonality of knowledge and the unavoidability of the unknown. The Museum inquires into what we see, how we see, and what remains excluded from our seeing. It invites visitors to take the perspective of museum anthropologists attuned to the social and political forces inseparable from the natural world.
Best Value Schools
Best Value Schools is dedicated to helping future students find the best school for their needs and plan for success.
We’ve researched thousands of colleges and universities to find the very best schools that meet the most important needs of prospective students for the best possible price.
The Aid and Attendance Pension application process can be a daunting task, but simplifies the process for veterans as the website provides a breakdown of the process. The website provides the application assistance to veterans for no costs.
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Ghost Stories
Halloween trick-or-treating probably originated with a ninth-century European custom called souling. On All Souls Day (November 2), early Christians would walk from village to village begging for soul cakes, square pieces of bread with currants. In exchange for the cakes, the beggars would promise to say prayers on behalf of the donor’s dead relatives. Thus the Halloween association with ghosts. This week’s collection of Halloween treats are for those who like to read and write ghost stories.
Apples 4 the Teacher: Halloween Short Stories
In addition to Halloween crafts, games, and printables, Apples 4 the Teacher brings us Halloween short stories authored by The Brothers Grimm (The Old Witch) and Washington Irving (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), just to name a few.
Haunted Rooms: Top 5 Ghost Stories for Kids
"Whether you're trying to scare yourself stupid by watching the latest horror movie or are looking for ghost stories for kids to give them a little bit of a jump scare, the creepiest stories are a fabulous way to give yourself a bit of an adrenaline rush." This collection includes stories for both younger and older kids. "Enjoy, and try not to get too spooked!"
The Moonlight Road: Kids Ghost Stories
Specializing in "strange tales" from the American South, this page is stories just for kids. For older readers, you can also explore the much bigger Ghost Stories section (look in the right-hand vertical menu for the link).
Poe Stories: Short Stories
Not all of Edgar Allen Poe's stories are scary, but that is certainly what he is known for. This page is a collection of stories, and there is another page just for poems.

Scary for Kids
"This website is designed to spook you, creep you out, freak you out, chill your bones and tingle your spine." You will find ghost stories in a variety categories (listed on the right-hand menu) including Stories for Kids, Ghost Stories, Creepy Stories and Halloween Stories.

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Statue Of Liberty
The copper lady dressed in robes that stands at the entrance to New York harbor is one of the largest statues ever built. Her full name is Liberty Enlightening the World, but she is better known as the Statue of Liberty, or simply Lady Liberty. The imposing statue was a gift from the people of France, designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and built by Gustave Eiffel. Lady Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

CNN: Statue of Liberty Fast Facts
"The total weight of copper in the statue is 62,000 pounds (31 tons) and the total weight of steel in the statue is 250,000 pounds (125 tons). Total weight of the statue's concrete foundation is 54 million pounds (27,000 tons)." In addition to the fast facts, CNN provides a Statue of Liberty timeline that starts in 1865 when French historian Edouard de Laboulaye proposed the idea of a monument to commemorate American's upcoming centennial.

National Park Service: Statue of Liberty: History & Culture
Learn the who, what, where, when, why and how of the Statue's creation and history. "Between 1886 and 1924, almost 14 million immigrants entered the United States through New York. The Statue of Liberty was a reassuring sign that they had arrived in the land of their dreams. To these anxious newcomers, the Statue's uplifted torch did not suggest enlightenment, 'as her creators intended, but rather, welcome.'" Statue of Liberty Paper Cutout
This paper cutout of the Statue of Liberty was an unexpected find! Print, color, cut, fold and glue to create your own three-dimensional Statue of Liberty. To access dozens more (including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building), return to the front page by deleting everything to the right of the slash in the address.

Poetry Foundation: The New Colossus
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore." American poet Emma Lazarus is best known for the sonnet, The New Colossus, that she wrote to raise funds for Lady Liberty's pedestal. Lines from it were engraved on the statue's pedestal in 1903. You can read the sonnet here at the Poetry Foundation, and then click on Lazarus' name for her biography.

The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation: About the Statue of Liberty
"The Statue of Liberty is more than a monument. She is a beloved friend, a living symbol of freedom to millions around the world. These exhibits are a tribute to the people who created her, to those who built and paid for her, to the ideals she represents, and to the hopes she inspires." This online exhibit includes details of how the Statue was built, how it was paid for, and how it traversed the Atlantic in 214 crates.

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Looking for a great read? Take a scroll through these recommended sites featuring book reviews and lists of award-winners for both children and young adults. Your next reading adventure is waiting for you.
Association for Library Service to Children: Notable Children's Books
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), dedicated to supporting children's libraries. This page lists dozens of books, some of which won Newberry or Caldecott awards this year, and others who are chosen as "notable" by the ALSC. The books are organized into four age categories.
Goodreads: Children Book Lists
The Goodreads booklists are part of their Listopia feature; they are lists created and voted upon by readers. This link goes directly to the most popular children's booklists. These include What Book Got You Hooked?, Best Series, Favorites from My Childhood, and What to Read After Harry Potter. There is also a young adult list; you'll find a link to it in the Browse by Tag section in the right-hand column.
Kirkus: Young Adult Book Reviews
"Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been an authoritative voice in book discovery for 80 years." Wow, not many can claim such a history. This particular link will take you to young adult reviews, which you can sort and filter in a variety of ways. For children's book reviews, hover over the Book Reviews menu item. In addition to the reviews, both children's and young adult books have blogs (which you'll also find in the navigation menu.)
National Education Association: Booklists
This NEA page is a list of lists, including 20 Great Titles to Read Aloud, Native American Booklist, Kids' Top 100 Books, and Spanish/English Bilingual Booklist (just to name a few!) "In addition to taking advantage of these booklists, NEA recommends that you seek out your school librarian or the children's librarian at your local public library."


Reading Rockets: Award Winners
Reading Rockets provides links to current winners of the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, but that's not all. Scroll down below the winning books, and you'll find links to even more children's book awards, including (but not limited to) the Geisel Awards, Wilder Awards, and Boston Globe's Horn Book Awards.

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