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February 2013

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    Inquiring Minds - Social Security Cards ()

    Social Security Administration

    Every week, librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review.  Here's this week's socially secure inquiry!

    Q.  Is it true that you can tell where a Social Security card was issued depending on its number?

    A.  Yes, until very recently, the first three numbers of your Social Security number indicated what in what state or (after 1972) what Zip Code area you lived when you first received your card.  If a Social Security number starts with three digits ranging from 468 to 477, you know that individual got his or her card in Minnesota.  In mid-2011, the system ceased to give any...

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    Tags: Inquiring Minds, Reference

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    Recommendations and More ... Right in Our Catalog! ()

    Courtesy of NoveList

    Looking for recommendations?  A list of books in a series?  Links to book discussion guides and more?  Ratings and user reviews from Goodreads

    We now have all that and more ... right in the Ramsey County Library catalog via NoveList Select!

    Click on the attached photo (courtesy of NoveList) to check out some of these features for George R.R. Martin's ...

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    Tags: Recommended, Reference

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    Books in the News - 2/24/13 ()

    When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky

    Here's all the book news from the local newspapers in this last week of February 2013.

    At the Pioneer Press, we have:

    Haints by Clint McCown - Collection of interconnected stories

    Dakota Child, Governor's Daughter: The Life of Helen Hastings Sibley by Bruce A. Kohn - Biography of Henry Sibley's daughter

    A Minnesota Kid: In Search of Heroes and Ghosts by David Butwin - Memoir of growing up in St. Paul

    When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet and One Extraordinary Riot by Lauren Stringer - Picture book by the Minnesota Book Award...

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    Tags: Newspapers

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    Books in the News - 2/17/13 ()

    Facing the Wave

    What books are being discussed in the local papers this weekend?  Here's your handy guide!

    At the Pioneer Press, Mary Ann Grossman profiles author Paulette Alden, her debut novel, The Answer to Your Question, and her experience in self-publishing.

    Also mentioned was Plots and Pints: A Pub Quiz taking place at O'Gara's Bar and Grill on February 21 at 7:00 pm. The quiz entry fee benefits the Minnesota Book Awards.

    Over at the ...

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    Tags: Newspapers

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    Inquiring Minds - Saint Valentine ()

    Celebrate Valentine's Day

    Every week, librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions asked at the Roseville Library and sends them to the Roseville Review.  Here's this week's question!

    Q. Who was Saint Valentine? Is he the patron saint of florists?

    A. You might well expect that of a saint whose feast day has brought such prosperity to the florist industry over the years, but, in fact, Saint Valentine is not the patron saint of florists—or of chocolate candy makers either. In fact, the legend of St. Valentine—the man whose name is associated all those frilly pink-and-red greeting cards---is so shrouded in mystery that the Roman...

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    Tags: Inquiring Minds, Reference