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Lexile - Search by what you are interested in -- title, author, plot setting, character, etc.

Authors On the Web - Author profiles, upcoming books, author appearances, more.

Best Books of Indiana - From the Indiana Center for the Book.

Best Sellers List - USA Today's Top 50 list; "Beyond the Top 50" list. Posted each Wednesday night.

BookBrowse - Excerpts from current bestsellers and new titles; summaries of books, previews and reviews; author biographies.

Booknotes - Transcripts and audio clips of authors and others who have been interviewed on the "Booknotes" TV program on C-SPAN.

Book Page - Reviews of new fiction, non-fiction, business, children's titles, reviews of spoken word audio titles, interviews with authors.

BookReporter - Reviews and excerpts from today's best books, interviews with writers, more.

BookSpot - Good starting place for everything to do with books and reading. Links to many literary sites.

BookTV (C-Span2) - TV schedule of book events, book fairs/festivals.

BookWire - The book industry's online information source including news, features, reviews, links to book-related sites, more.

Caldecott Medal Winners - A listing of all Caldecott Award winners (for most distinguished picture book for children).

Coretta Scott King Award Books - From the University of Calgary (Canada), a listing of all Coretta Scott King Award winners (presented annually to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution).

Early Word - News for Collection Development and Readers Advisory Librarians.

Faithful Reader - Christian reads, awards, author interviews, study guides.

Fantastic Fiction - Browse for authors or series names, or search for authors or titles to get comprehensive bibliographies.

GetGlue - A social network for entertainment -- books, DVDs and music reviews.

Good Reads - See what others are reading; find user reviews of books; enter your own reading list and reading wish list.

KidsReads - Reviews, author interviews and more for kids and parents.

LibraryThing - Online book-cataloging tool for all. Catalog your collection or browse extensive lists and suggestions by other readers.

Newbery Medal Books - A listing of all Newbery Award winners (for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children).

Notable Book list - Published by the American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association. The year's best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. These titles have been selected for their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge and for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers.

Omnivoracious - blog.

Oprah's Book Club Library - All the books Oprah has featured on her television show.

Overbooked - Literary and genre fiction information and booklists for the ravenous reader.

Papercuts - New York Times blog on books.

Readers Advisory - Compiled by the Michigan City Public Library, lists for "If you like...", Book lists, literary awards, teen booklists.

Reader's Circle - International directory for book clubs, reading groups and literary salons of all kinds.

Reading Group Guides - Everything you need to make your reading group better, more than 575 discussion guides.

Shelfari - Social network for book lovers. Create a virtual bookshelf to show what you are reading, see what others are reading, discover new books. Requires free account signup.

Shelf Life - Entertainment Weekly blog on books.

TeenReads - Articles, author interviews, book reviews for teens.

Today in Literature - Calendar of engaging stories about great books, authors, and events in literary history.

Unabashedly Bookish - Barnes & Noble Book Clubs blog.

WeRead - Share your book ratings with others, get recommendations for new books and authors, find people online with similar reading interests, more.

Cooking and Food

Al Dente - blog on food and wine.

Betty Crocker - Recipes from Betty Crocker kitchens; "What's for Dinner" plans a week's worth of dinners and prints a calendar, recipes and shopping list; "What's on Hand" lets you find recipes based on what's in your refrigerator and cabinets; special occasions recipes.

Campbell's Community - Searchable recipe database; create a meal using what's on hand; more.

CopyKat Recipes - Olive Garden, Boston Market, even Girl Scout Cookies -- if you ever found yourself wondering how your favorite restaurants create your favorite dishes, this site gives you recipes to recreate those dishes at home.

Crockpot Kitchen - Crock Pot slow cooker recipes.

Culinary Connection - Browse or search through thousands of recipes online; over 250 culinary web links; ask CyberChef for advice on menu preparation, recipes, or other topics. Food - Feature recipes and articles; type in an ingredient and find a recipe; search for recipes by category or type.

GourmetSpot - Links to food sites, recipes, more.

Jell-o - Every diet needs a little wiggle room. Jello recipes galore.

Joy of Baking - Recipe resource for those who love to bake.

Kitchen Link - Searchable and browsable database of recipes in over 150 categories.

Kraft Interactive Kitchen - Searchable Kraft foods cookbook; tips and techniques; good food ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and special occasions. - Recipe-generating website that can make recipes from what you have in the fridge.

Martha Stewart Living - Recipes from Martha Stewart's daily television show.

Pillsbury Central - Recipes and food information from Pillsbury and the Pillsbury Bake-Off; mealtime solutions; more. - Vegetarian recipes and news, discussion boards, ask the expert, more.

YumYum: Virtual Vittles & More - Database of 10,000 recipes, searchable by title, keyword, category. Browsable by keyword or category.

General Indexes

Yahoo! Recreation and Sports - Amusement and theme parks; cooking; dance; games; hobbies; house and garden; sports; toys; travel; more.

Hobbies & Interests

AllCrafts - Free patterns and projects in a variety of crafts.

Ballroom Dancers - Lessons on how to do the dances, a directory of teachers, studios, and dance venues, more.

Coin Universe - Resources for coin collectors; price guide; news; links to other coin-related sites.

National Model Railroad Assocation - Information on the association, the largest organization devoted to the development and enjoyment of model railroading; also, information on model railaroads and projects.

Puzzability - Crosswords and word play puzzles online.

Roller Coasters: World of Coasters - History, locations, pictures, reviews, statistics.

Sotheby's - Auction results and coming sales; collecting information; how to care for your collection; how to assess value; more.

World Wide Quilting Page - How To's; diagrams and directions for many traditional quilt blocks; quilt block of the month; links to other quilting sites on the Web.


Christmas Information from - White House Christmas trees through the years, safety information from the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Christmas at the White House from the National Archives, probability of a White Christmas from the National Climatic Data Center, Christmas traditions from the Library of Congress, White House Christmas greetings through the years, more.

Halloween Information from - Folklore of Halloween from the Library of Congress, safety tips from the FDA and Consumer Products Safety Commission, safe Halloween tips from the Centers for Disease Control, White House Halloween, and more.

Hanukkah Information from - Hanukka messages from the White House, the Hanukkah postage stamp from the United States Postal Service, history and traditions from the National Endowment for the Humanities, more.

How Halloween Works - Background about where Halloween customs and traditions come from; links to related material on how to carve a pumpkin, how to throw a Halloween party, how light sticks work, and more.

Kwanzaa Information from - Kwanzaa messages from the White House, the meaning of Kwanzaa from the Smithsonian, history and traiditions from the National Endowment for the Humanities, more.

Thanksgiving Information from - Thanksgiving in North America from the Smithsonian, White House Thanksgivings, poetry from the Library of Congress, when Thanksgiving was established from the National Archives, the annual pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey from the White House, and more.

Home and Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden - Information on the gardens; searchable plant index; best plants for the Midwest; special topical reports; month-by-month garden tips.

Garden Guides - Guide sheets for flowers, vegetables, herbs, more; tips and techniques; articles.

Purdue University's Consumer Horticulture Home Page - Gardening news and publications; Indiana Master Gardener program; Purdue Horticulture Gardens; "Down the Garden Path" newsletter; links to other gardening sites.

Weekend Gardener - Practical horticulture for busy people; articles; fast facts; growing from seed; resource center; growing guide; links to other gardening web sites.

Wildflower Center - The site of Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center, this site offers a botanical dictionary, native plant bibliography, native plants database, and image gallery. Also provides national suppliers of wildlfowers and listing of organizations devoted to wildflowers and gardening.

Movies, TV and Theater

Armchair Commentary - blog on movies and TV.

Blockbuster - Looking for a video to rent? Need to see the latest in music? Visit Blockbuster's site to review videos, music, games and books. Reviews, cast listings, "behind the scenes", video and audio clips (clips take time to download).

CinemaSpot - Links to movie sites, popular movies now showing, more.

Entertainment Tonight - Online version of the TV show.

EPGuides - Current and past television show episode listings with plot summaries and guest star listings; also original air dates.

Internet Broadway Database - On this day in Broadway, current shows, searchable database.

Internet Movie Database - Search the database by title, cast member, character name, etc.

Metacritic - Archive of reviews of movies, DVD, music and video games with rankings on a 1 to 100 scale.

Musicals 101 - Cyberencyclopedia of musical theatre, TV and film.

Netflix - Even if you don't want to rent a movie, find reviews and movie information here.

Playbill Online - US and London theater listings; articles on the industry; Who's Who; more. Search by play type, location, or "suitable for children".

Roger Ebert on Movies - Full text of recent reviews; searchable archive of reviews going back to 1985. - Entertainment news.



Billboard Online - Online version of the music industry magazine; music charts; clips from chart-toppers; new releases; more.

ChordStrike - blog for major music lovers.

Classical Music Home Page - Information on classical music; links to other web sites; basic repertoire list; classical CD buying guide; recommended readings; composer information.

Flash Piano - On-screen keyboard to play with.

Guitar Lessons - Interactive lessons and printable worksheets for learning to play guitar.

Piano Lessons - Interactive lessons for learning to play piano.

Sheet Music:

Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 - From the Library of Congress American Memory Project, 3,042 pieces of sheet music frawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University. Particularly strong in antebellum Southern music, Confederate imprints, and Civil War songs and music.

IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana - Access sheet music from the Indiana University Lilly Library, the Indiana State Library, the Indiana State Museum, and the Indiana Historical Society. View online or download a PDF of the music.

Indiana University Sheet Music Collection - Searchable index of some of the holdings from the Lilly Library's approximately 150,000 pieces of sheet music, including those for which there are digitized images available.

Mississippi State University Libraries Sheet Music Collection - Search almost 6,000 pieces of sheet music including foxtrots, show tunes, war songs, blues, movie tunes and ragtime numbers. Browse by composer, date of publication, genre, or title.

Sheet Music Magazine Index - From the Sterling (Texas) Municipal Library.

Ultimate Band List - Indexed list of recorded music and related resources on the Internet. This list's focus is primarily popular music, but other listings are here as well (classical, jazz, country, etc.).

Worldwide Internet Music Resources - Maintained by the Indiana University Music Library, this site provides links to a wide variety of music-related Internet sites.

Yahoo! Music Sites - Extensive list of links to all types of music on the Internet.


Wag Reflex - blog for pet lovers unleashed.

Yahoo! Pet Sites - Extensive information on all types of animals and pets.

Sports and Recreation

Ballparks of Baseball - Ballpark information on past, present and future ballparks of Major League Baseball; ballpark news, webcams, seating charts, attendance information, comparisons, more.

Birding - Birding information and links to other sites.

Calumet Region Bike Maps - Courtesy of Calumet Citizens for Connecting Communities.

CBS SportsLine - The latest news in the sports world.

Chicago Cubs - Official web site of the Cubs; player information; ticket availability; spring training information; statistics.

Chicago White Sox - Game summaries; box scores; schedule; history of the club; more.

CNN/SI - CNN and Sports Illustrated team up to provide the latest news from U.S. and world sports.

ESPN - Information on every sporting event you can think of. Instant score updates 24 hours a day.

Great Outdoor Recreation Pages - Hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, scuba, and other outdoor sports; information on parks, trails, rivers, forests with recreational facilities; information on lodging, tours, etc.; many links to other recreational sites.

Indy Car - News; race previews and updates.

Major League Baseball - Official site of Major League Baseball. Updated news; schedules; feature articles; scores; virtual ballpark tours; standings; team information; more.

NASCAR - News, race previews and more.

National Baseball Hall of Fame - Information on the Cooperstown, New York Hall of Fame and Museum, Exhibits and Features, Library of baseball information.

National Basketball Association - Official site of the NBA. News and features; players; teams; scores and stats; rules; more.

National Football League - Official site of the NFL; news; stats; schedules; team and player information.

PGA Online - Pro Golf Association site; PGA news; PGA and Senior PGA schedules; reference library; chronology of past PGA tours.

The Sporting News - Up-to-the-minute news.

USA Today Sports - The latest sports news.

Women's Sports - Links to women's sports worldwide; issues in women's sports; organizations and associations; athletes; more.

Yahoo! Sports - Schedules, scores, articles on many sports.


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