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Welcome Law Librarians!

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a new blog in town.  We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the Law Librarians to the Library of Congress blog space! In many ways there is a strong relationship between business and law.  We often have visitors in our reading room conducting research for starting […]

You, Me and Debris: The Perseid Meteor Shower

The 2010 Perseid Meteor shower began  July 13 and lasts until August 26. Next week (Aug. 12-13), the Earth will be passing through the densest part of the debris field from the comet Swift-Tuttle (originator of the Perseids).  This will be the peak time to view the meteor shower. Primarily visible in the Northern Hemisphere […]

Americans with Disabilities Act 20th Anniversary

Our guest author today is Ellen Terrell, Business Reference Specialist. According to the U.S. Census in their report Americans with Disabilities: 2005, there are roughly 54 million Americans with a disability. 11 million people age 6 and older need personal assistance with everyday activities and 46% of the people ages 21 to 64 having some […]

Today’s Scoop

Most would agree that summer is the peak season for ice cream consumption. Therefore it makes perfect sense that, in the United States, July was proclaimed National Ice Cream Month. It was President Ronald Reagan’s Proclamation 5219  promoted this national observance, designating July 1984 as National Ice Cream Month. Today  ice cream manufacturers carry on this tradition […]

“Resolved, That the money unit of the United States of America be one dollar.”

On today’s date in 1785 the Continental Congress set the dollar as the official currency of the new United States. Also on this date it was Resolved “That the several pieces shall increase in a decimal ratio.” As a side note Thomas Jefferson wrote on this very topic in “Notes on the establisment[!] of a […]

For the love of Barbecue

 Being a vegetarian, it may seem strange that I am writing about cooking meat. To be honest, I love the smell of barbecue.  There must be a part of my ancestral brain that gets triggered, because my stomach starts to growl every time I smell the sweet smoke of a barbecue. Since prehistoric time humans from […]

Is there a pyrotechnic display in your future?

234 years ago the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain.  It has been estimated that there were approximately 2.5 million people in this new nation at that time. [1] Today a celebration of our independence takes place every year on the anniversary of the signing of […]