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General/multi-subject resources

50somethinginfo is a website where information wanted by 50somethings is sorted and culled by a real-life reliable librarian, and delivered simply and quickly. It is a resource for people who didn’t grow up with computers and the internet. This site delivers the best of the net to adults 50 years old and better and assures them of an online experience they will trust and enjoy. 

American Association of Retired People is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over, dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age, leading positive social change and delivering value to members through information, advocacy, service and a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for members.

Senior Journal  publishes senior citizen news and information daily on the Web.

Elder Care Online is an online community for people caring for aging loved ones, whether a spouse, parent, relative or neighbor, where supportive peers and professionals help you improve quality of life for yourself and your elder.

CareGuide@Home Everything families need to understand, plan and manage care for their elderly loved one.  Free and fee-based services are provided.

California Department of Aging  is part of the California Health and Human Services Agency. It administers programs for supportive services, in-home services, congregate and home-delivered meals and a system of multipurpose senior centers; the program for community service employment;  programs for advocacy and protection; and programs which provide health insurance counseling, case management, Alzheimer's Day Care Resource Center and Adult Day Health Care services.

U.S. Administration on Aging  Access information about the agency, its mission, budget, and organizational structure. In addition, you can learn more about the Older Americans Act, the federal legislation establishing the AoA and authorizing a range of programs that offer services and opportunities for older Americans and their caregivers.



Boomer Fact: 80 percent of Baby Boomers wish to continue working; 15 percent of those want to start their own business. By 2015 Boomers are expected to represent 20% of the workforce.

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business", a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide, is America's premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs.

Retired Brains connects older workers (boomers, seniors, retirees and those about to retire who are looking to find jobs after retirement) with employers seeking to hire them and provides  important senior-focused information and links to charitable organizations and non-profits looking for volunteers.

Senior Corps, is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation,  connects today’s over 55s with the people and organizations that need them most, helping them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations.


Finance/Investing/Estate Planning

Boomer Fact: Boomers account for over 40% of all consumer demand, spending $2 trillion on goods and services, control 48% of all discretionary purchases, 80% of all money in savings accounts, own 79% of America's financial assets.

Retire Early is an online magazine for people who used to work for a living, the Retire Early Home Page is one of the Web's first totally spam and scam free sites devoted to saving and investing for retirement.

Social Security Administration

Estate Plan Center helps the general public understand basic estate planning principles, providing free and fee-based articles and products that help the general public understand their estate planning options, organize their affairs to simplify the estate planning process, easily communicate their wishes to their family and save hundreds if not thousands on their estate plan.


Health/Medical/Well Being

Boomer Fact: Boomers don't know they are old. A survey from the Boomer Project  ( found the the average 54-year-old considers himself to be 41 and has a psychological age of 39.

The Senior Resource Center for Medicare Information is a resource for Medicare beneficiaries, public agencies and private organizations that provide consumer information and services about the Medicare program and its health plan options and serves as a conduit for information, enabling professionals and non-professionals to serve the Medicare community more efficiently and without bias.

Medicare The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mayo Clinic

Merck Source offers a wide variety of core health tools and resources, including Health Centers with information tailored for men, women, children and caregivers; advice from Dr. Marie Savard, a patient advocate, to help better manage your health; information resources, such as suggested questions to ask your doctor, quick access to support groups, and symptom checkers; Virtual Body Tour and 3D Medical Animations, which provide an up-close look at over 140 body systems, processes and health conditions; easy-to-use Health Tools, including health trackers, disease risk assessments, and "calculators" for weight, BMI and other important health information; and free newsletters emailed directly to you about your condition of interest.  Provided by Merck & Co., Inc.

Lifelong Fitness Alliance (formerly Fifty-Plus Lifelong Fitness), a nonprofit organization that advocates lifelong wellness and the benefits of physical activity, provides information and opportunities for health and fitness to teach people that misuse and disuse of the body and mind are more the cause of disability than chronological age alone.

Family Caregiver Alliance  A community-based nonprofit organization that addresses the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. FCA offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.


Retirement Living

National Center For Assisted Living (NCAL) is the assisted living voice of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the nation’s largest organization representing long term care. Provides leadership in the assisted living profession, serving members through consumer education, networking opportunities, public affairs, professional development and a respected voice in public policy advocacy.

Assisted Living Directory is a free service created to provide a highly useful and simple-to-use site for the assisted living market. The site provides original videos, interviews, tutorials, and contributions from industry experts.

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Science General


San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts museum of science, art and human perception.

MadSci Network
The laboratory that never sleeps! MadSci Network represents a collective cranium of scientists providing answers to your questions and it provides a variety of oddities as well.

10 Universities Offering Free Science Courses Online


Astronomy and Space
From the publishers of Astronomy Magazine. Includes a special "For Beginners" section.

Celestrial Observer (CalSky)
A complete astronomical observation and information on-line calculator predicting astronomical events including satellite flyovers.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Follow the progress of current and future space exploration run by this premier space technology institution.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
America’s space program including a Web site for Students.

Nine Planets.Org
This website is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of the planets, moons and other objects in our solar system.
An award-winning Web site offering rich and compelling space, astronomy and technology content, including information, education, entertainment and business news.

Views of the Solar System
A multimedia guide to the solar system and the latest scientific information, the history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, spacecraft.



Create A Graph
Choose your design, enter your data and labels to produce beautiful graphs.

Conversion & Calculation Center
Create a custom conversion table or use online calculators.

From the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, resources to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students.

The Math Forum Resources by Subject
Internet resources, math library and math topics.

Instant solutions to your math problems.

The world's most extensive mathematics resource, this site is a comprehensive and interactive mathematics encyclopedia. Interactive entries visually depict math concepts in 2-D and 3-D motion.

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An all encompassing Web site with infomation for just about everything and everyone in the Susanville area with links to Web sites for those who have them.

Map of Our Area
View a scrollable, zoomable map centered on the Susanville, Lassen County area.


Recreation, Tourism

Lassen Land and Trails Trust - Biz Johnson Trail
A non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and restoration of land and improvements for historical, educational, recreational, productive, scenic and open space opportunities within Lassen County, California. LL&TT organizes numerous educational and recreational community events and is located in the historic Susanville Railroad Depot, which serves as the official trailhead of the twenty-six mile long Bizz Johnson National Recreation Rail Trail.

Lassen County Historical Society
Preserving the historic past of Lassen County. Sponsors Lassen Historical Museum on Weatherlow Street in Susanville. Open May thru October, 10-4 weekdays, 11-3 Saturdays or by appointment. Call (530) 257-3292 or 253-3434 or write P.O. Box 321, Susanville, CA 96130.

Lassen Historical Museum
Located on Weatherlow Street in Susanville. The Museum is sponsored by the Lassen County Historical Society and is open May thru October, 1-4 weekdays, or by appointment. Call (530) 757-3801 or 257-4584 or write P.O. Box 321, Susanville, CA 96130.

Lassen National Forest

Plumas National Forest

Lassen Volcanic National Park

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

CA Department of Fish and Game
Manages California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public. Lassen County is included in the Northern Region.

Bureau of Land Management
Ten Points of Interest within the Eagle Lake Field Office area.



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Multi-source / Multi-subject Web sites

These sites have links to just about everything 
Refdesk is a free and family-friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources. Note: some of the links on this site will take you to commercial sites.

Virtual Reference Shelf
Selected Web resources compiled by the Library of Congress. Includes a link to the Library's "Ask A Librarian" service. 

Librarians’ Internet Index
"ipl2: information you can trust" is a merger of the collections from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2. Thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals involved in answering reference questions for the Ask an ipl2 Librarian service contribute to the design, build, creation and maintenance of the ipl2's collections.


Atlases & Encyclopedias
An ideal online reference source for researchers, students, educators, and professionals alike, is a free, premier online library and research site and online encyclopedia: has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations. Puts millions of articles from some of the world’s most authoritative and highly respected publications with information about topics like the arts, science, sports, medicine, accounting, and management at your fingertips.

How Stuff Works
The leading source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works.

InfoPeople Chart of Web Search Tools
12 tools to search the Web.

Infoplease is a comprehensive reference source that combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas, and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records. A single search engine allows you to search all these sources at once.

The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Is an environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web. The Content Commons contains educational materials for everyone - from children to college students to professions - organized in small modules that are easily connected into larger collections or courses. All content is free to use and reuse.


Directories & Phone Listings

U.S Postal Service ZIP Code Lookup
Find zip codes and address information from the United States Postal Service.

The New Ultimates
Search resources from all over the net like phone books, email directories, and trip planners to find the person or business you are interested in. Search all resources at once or select one of these: White Pages, Yellow Pages, E-Mail Listings and trip planners.

LYCOS Yellow Pages
Find businesses by category and location.


Newspapers & Magazines

Lassen County Times
On-line news and information for Lassen County, California and surrounding areas.

Sacramento Bee
Daily news and information covering Northern California from Californa's capitol city, combining much of The Sacramento Bee newspaper with additional material available only on

Reno Gazzette-Journal
Daily news covering Northern Nevada from the Reno, Carson City, Tahoe area.

San Francisco Chronicle
Daily news covering the San Francisco Bay area and central California.
Online national and local news with coverage for 24 U.S. cities.

New York Times
National and international news from the leading newspaper of America's largest city.

Christian Science Monitor
An international daily newspaper covering international and U.S. news and features, published Monday through Friday.

The Economist
Analysis of world business and current affairs, providing authoritative insight and opinion on international news, world politics, business, finance, science and technology, as well as overviews of cultural trends and regular industry, business and country surveys.

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