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Featured Federal Government Publications: Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

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Instead of our usual “State Doc of the Week”, today we are featuring a federal document.  Since the Government and Heritage Library also collects federal documents, this week we have an interesting and informative publication from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

Now that traditional schools have begun and lessons have been assigned, Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids is a wonderful site for students wanting to explore the political side of things. This resource can be utilized by educators, parents, and students K-12. It is customized to teach schoolchildren and their parents about our government and how it works.  Included in Ben’s Guide is a link to the U.S. Government Bookstore where librarians, teachers, and parents can purchase new and best-selling educational books, posters, etc. with free shipping and no sales tax.

There is also a link to U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) Access, a free service funded by the Federal Depository Library Program that provides free electronic access to products produced by the Federal Government. Ben provides web information for kids,, access to federal government libraries and The Catalog to U.S. Government Publications (CGP), which provides a finding aid for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. Government. You can also order Ben’s Activity Book or download it in PDF format.

The  Government and Heritage Library  is a Selective library for the  Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). As part of the FDLP initiative, the GHL is mandated to provide free and public access to various federal publications across all North Carolina.

Family History Fair, Saturday, October 25, 2014

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The annual fair celebrates links to our heritage and this year offers presentations on specific records that are important sources of information for family researchers and genealogists.


Hispanic Heritage Month: Mexican Genealogy

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Last Mohispanic_heritage_monthnday marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 – October 15 each year.

According to the Census Bureau, people of Hispanic or Latino origin make up the largest minority in the U.S. with 54 Million Americans at 17% of the American population. Of those 54 million with Hispanic and Latino origins, 64% of are Mexican origin.  (more…)

NC County of the Week: Clay County

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The NC County of the Week for September 21, 2014  through September 26, 2014 is Clay County, NC

Clay County, NC

Clay County was formed in 1861 and named for U.S. congressman and presidential candidate Henry Clay.

For more information on this county located in the NC mountains this week, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation by using hash tag #nccotw. Be sure to also check out our Pinterest board!


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