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General Consumer Information
- Consumer Reports is available through the database.
Just type in your library card number and choose Gale Group, General
Reference. Other consumer magazines available in the database include:
Canadian Consumer, Commonsense Consumer Column, Consumer Comments, Consumer
Guide Magazine, Consumer Multimedia Report, FDA Consumer, Journal of
Consumer Affairs, Journal of Consumer Research, Consumers Digest and
Consumers' Research Magazine.
- Federal Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, CO
- Consumer Action
- National Consumer Law Center
- Massachusetts Consumer Guides
Attorney General's Guides: includes new ones on consumer credit, retail
rights and Landlord/Tenant Rights
- Federal Trade Commission:
booklets about credit, automobiles, telemarketing, e-commerce, energy,
business opportunities, privacy, young consumers, health & fitness, and
- Mass. Attorney General's booklet, Consumer
Advisory: Medicare Reform, is available on the web and in the library.
Mail and Phone Programs
- Do Not Call
Program: remember to register your cell phone as well. You can register online.
- Tip: To Reduce Unwanted Credit Offers call 1-888-567-8688 or 1-800-353-0809 and ask all three credit reporting agencies
Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion not to provide information about you to companies wanting to send you loan offers.
Car Buying and Repairs
This database includes auto repair information supplied by Point 5
Technologies under license from Nichols Publishing. There is information on most
manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles from 1945 to the present. It
includes over 150,000 factory drawings and step-by-step photos, approximately
70,000 technical service bulletins, over 100,000 wiring diagrams and more. You
will need a North Attleboro library card to access from
home, but can be used by anyone inside the library.
Toll-Free and Package Delivery Info
- Passport and Visa Information:
includes Travel Warnings
- FareCompare: look for cheapest
- Backpack Europe on a Budget Backpackers will find helpful information, frequently updated, on packing, hostels, transportation, and links to other sites.
- BootsnAll Travel Network A well-organized and easy-to-navigate site for independent travelers, with information on airfares, hotels, hostels, and more. You can book some flights and hotels and search rates across numerous web sites.
- The Couch Surfing Project:
For those looking for alternative (and free) accommodations, this site, run by a nonprofit seeking to create a better world through cultural exchange, allows you to register to offer your couch to a traveler or search for a couch by destination.
- Eurocheapo: Valuable reviews of budget European hotels with rate and contact information and maps. Some city guide information is also available.
- Eurotrip: Forum for budget backpacker travel in Europe, with over 17,000 registered users, features rail and flight information as well as hostel reviews. Travelers can also book their trip on this site.
- Hostelling International: A global booking site for HI member hostels, including family hostels. Also links to rail travel provider Rail International.
- Kayak: Started by the founders of Expedia, Orbit, and Travelocity, this excellent search engine looks for the cheapest airfares as well as the lowest hotel, car rental, and cruise rates across 140 travel sites.
- Travel Beyond Vacations: Travel author Reid Bramblett's award-winning trip-planning site, with articles and travel tips organized by destinations and activities. Entries include “12 Steps to Cheaper Airfare” and “Beyond Hotels,” listing and describing a variety of nontraditional accommodations.
- Travelfish.org: Well-organized for travel to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. In addition to maps, weather info, and accommodations (with reviews), there are itineraries. Pricing and value information (i.e., what will $5–$10 get you) is very useful.
Sites with Information about Global Warming and what
we can do
Here are some websites for more information on global warming
and how to "lessen your carbon footprint" :
to Useful Internet Resources
One way to help the environment is to buy local food and goods, thereby
cutting down the transportation pollution. The Southeastern Massachusetts state
list of local produce farms that you can search by kind of produce and miles
from your town. It includes listings of restaurants that use local foods.
list of organic farms by region
- www.100milediet.org : this is
website will support you in your lifestyle change of eating locally.
- www.foodroutes.org: good source
for educational materials
includes recipes, support information and a limited list of stores that
sell local goods
: a political action site
: a chart of when produce is available and how long to store it
list of Massachusetts Farmer's Markets
Chronicle article from April 2007 about Crystal Spring in Plainville.
Death and Dying Resources
Product Safety and Trade Resources
Christmas for Kids
Attleboro Area Council for Children sponsors Christmas for Kids. Participants
(after the initial year on the program) have to complete 8 hours of classes. The
library offers online classes through the Universal Class that can be used for
this purpose. The classes are often 13 lessons long -- which could very well
take the full 8 hours. Classes to consider include job hunting classes,
parenting, stress management and financial management. Upon completion of the
class, participants will get a certificate that lists the number of lessons,
quizzes, assignments and log-ins. Take this certificate to the Attleboro Area
Council for Children office as proof that you took the class. To sign up for the
class you need either a North Attleboro library card (click below) or an Attleboro
to Useful Internet Resources