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NEWSLETTER
Celebrating the Spirit of Innovation
June, 2007 Volume 9 Number 6  

HOT PRODUCTS
As light and compact as the original, this LED version of the Itty Bitty book light rules out the possibility of a bulb burning out during the crucial last chapter. Its two tiny heat-free LED bulbs provide adequate reading light for a grand total of 100,000 hours--enough to keep you reading through decades of use. Clipped to your paperback or hardcover book, the light shines directly on the pages instead of on your sleeping partner.  Check our Great Idea Award Winner.
WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT
Ihe invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440, should be classed with the greatest events in the history of the world. Culture and knowledge, until then considered aristocratic privileges peculiar to certain classes, were popularized by typography. By 1450, German inventor Johannes Gutenberg's printing press process, with refinements and increased mechanization, remained the principal means of printing until the late 20th century.
GENIUS AT WORK
On March 12, 1901, Andrew Carnegie, one of the world's foremost industrialists, offered the city of New York $5.2 million for the construction of 65 branch libraries. The Scottish immigrant's fortune eventually would establish many more libraries and charitable foundations. Carnegie founded 2,509 libraries in the English-speaking world.  At the time of his death in 1919, Carnegie had given away over $350 million.
YOU DON'T SAY
Children begin with quite vivid imaginations, and education (and the socializing process) quickly discourage their imaginations in favor of coloring between the lines. This wonderful book by Dr. Seuss extolls the creative process and liberates the child to use their imaginations. It's like getting a license to use your natural creativity. The book, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Suess, encourages creativity in a variety of effective ways.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Founded in 1966, Reading Is Fundamental is the oldest and largest children's and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through a national, grassroots network of community volunteers at 21,000 program sites, RIF provides 5 million children with 17 million new, free books and literacy resources each year.
SPECIAL FEATURE
Our Resources On The Bookshelf section contains a listing of published resources related to bringing recognition to intellectual property items and there authors. We have collected information on history, inventors and how-to-books that will help provide an inspiration to our visitors.
WORDS OF WISDOM
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." - Anonymous

"The man who enters a library is in the best society this world affords; the good and the great welcome him, surround him, and humbly ask to be allowed to become his servants...."--
Andrew Carnegie, 1895

"The web of human-readable document is being merged with a web of machine-understandable data. The potential of the mixture of humans and machines working together and communicating through the web could be immense." -
Tim Berners-Lee

"It's a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations." -
Winston Churchill
 WHAT'S NEW
INVENTION FACTS INVENTOR BIOGRAPHY
Invention of the Lava Lamp  updated
Invention of Lionel Trains  updated
Invention of the iPod  updated
Invention of the Outboard Motor  updated
Invention of the Integrated Circuit  updated
Invention of the Potato Chip  updated
Invention of the Reaper  updated
Gummed Paper  removed
Invention of the Shopping Cart  updated
Invention of  the Typewriter   updated

Invention of the QWERTY Keyboard  updated
Invention of the Toaster  updated
Edward Walker
Joshua Lionel Cowen
Tony Fadell
Ole Evinrude
George Crum
Cyrus McCormick
Sylvan Goldman
Christopher Sholes
ARTICLES CATEGORIES
It's About Time - May  
SHOWCASE FEATURES
"itty bitty" LED booklight  
RESOURCE CENTER GUEST SERVICES
  Reading is Fundamental  updated
TGIF Newsletter - May  2007
 
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DID YOU KNOW?
In 1809 Patent # 1041X was issued to Mary Kies. The first women to recieve a Patent.
FUN FACTS
In 1937 Margaret Mitchell won the  Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With the Wind"
EVER WONDER
Did you ever wonder how they kept food cold before the refrigerator was invented?
Learn more.
TRIVIA
The Coca-Cola script logo was designed by the company bookkeeper.
Learn more...
QUOTATIONS
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln
HOLIDAY ORIGIN
Did you ever wonder about the origin of Mother's Day? 
Learn more..
70 YEARS AGO
The dirigible Hindenburg burned while landing at the naval air station at Lakehurst, N.J.
60 YEARS AGO
James Dyson, vacuum cleaner inventor, born in Norfolk, England
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