Astronomer: Encyclopedia of Life is born

Many of the world's leading scientific institutions announced the May 9 launch of the Encyclopedia of Life, an unprecedented global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on Earth. For the first time in the history of the planet, scientists, students, and citizens will have multi-media access to all known living species, even those that have just been discovered.

"The Encyclopedia of Life will provide valuable biodiversity and conservation information to anyone, anywhere, at any time," said Dr. James Edwards, currently Executive Secretary of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

Dover Center School

About 1870 in Dover Township, the 1839 frame school house on Dover Center Road south of Center Ridge was replaced by a two story building on the west side of the road. Because of its central location, the upstairs room became a school for advanced learning for the young people living in the area. Here students prepared for college entrance, for teachers’ examinations, or for positions as bookkeepers. The teacher, R. T. Elliott, was well-versed on all subjects. The two-story building was tall and narrow, with a ladder from the second story into the belfry. It is said that on Halloween, some of the boys in Dover would push and pull a neighborhood goat up into that belfry. The Dover Center School served as a center for advanced learning until the Red Brick School was built at the turn of the century.

Midomi: search for songs by singing

Midomi is a cool music search tool. If you have a microphone hooked up to your computer, you can sing or hum part of a tune in order to find a song. Your recordings become part of the database.

Midomi is also a community of music fans, for any music genre. You can rate other users' recordings, too.

Astronomy Day 2007

Saturday, April 21 is Astronomy Day. Across the U.S. and in other countries special programs and activities will emphasize humanity's place among the stars.

Greater Clevelanders are fortunate to have one of the most interesting affairs of the day; that's thanks to a cooperative effort between a local science center, an area astronomy club, and NASA.

Celebrate Astronomy Day and learn more about the wonders of the universe from 10 AM to 11 PM during the annual "Star Gazing" extravaganza at NASA Glenn's Visitor Center. If the sky is clear an after-dark "star party" will feature views of celestial objects through telescopes set up at NASA Glenn by their astronomy club owners.

"Star Gazing" is presented in partnership with the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's Walter R. Schuele Planetarium, the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Solar System Ambassadors.

Admission is free. Access to the center is limited to U.S. citizens and adult visitors must present a government-issued photo identification to enter. Vehicles and bags are subject to inspection.

For more information about the NASA Glenn event, including times for talks and programs, visit:

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will also have special programming and exhibits observing Astronomy Day. Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. See their site for program and admission details.

Just the Facts: Need a dentist?

Looking for a dentist? You could use our database Reference USA or you could look at the database of dentists maintained by the Ohio State Dental Board at Click on "licensure verification." At the next screen you can check the licensing date, education, and area of practice of a particular dentist or you could generate a list of licensed dentists in a specific geographic area.

Just the Facts: Get Human

If you're tired of coping with endless phone trees, take a look at and see if the company you're trying to communicate with is listed. If it is, you'll find specific instructions to be able to talk to a human being. The companies are categorized. If you prefer to skim an alphabetical listing, click on "alphabetical listing for printing."

Nickel Plate Railroad

While attending church in 1883, the Clifton Aldrich family of Dover Township heard that the trestle across Rocky River had been completed, and the first train would be traveling through to Lorain. Mr. Aldrich hitched the team to the big farm wagon. Even before the locomotive whistle was heard down the line, the Aldrich children climbed into the wagon and rode to Bassett Road to watch the first train rumble through Dover. Along with the coming of the railroad, the town of Dover needed a station stop. Dover Center Road was chosen for the site. The Depot, also known as Dover Station, was built on the north side of the tracks.

More new picture books 4/04/07

Spring heralds the arrival of many new fabulous picture books in the Youth Services Department. We have received loads of new picture books and as much as I would love to share a little sneak peek of each one with you, unfortunately I do not have the time nor the I thought I would share a few of my new favorites with you.

Ten Naughty Little Monkeys by Suzanne Williams

Mail warning: sign out!

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Don't let strangers read your mail!

Yahoo! Mail users are now offered the option to "Keep me signed in for 2 weeks unless I sign out." This can be a real problem for users of public PCs like those we offer at this library.

Unless you sign out of Yahoo! Mail, the next person to visit Yahoo! sitting at the same PC you used will find your account completely open!

Aging-Related Info on the Web: Ageline

Consumer Searches To Go is an information service of AARP. The site features categories of information with the general consumer in mind.

Categories include:
• Health
• Money
• Long-Term Care
• Retirement
And more.

For more specialized information on aging-related topics, try Ageline Search, which is geared more toward professionals than the general user.