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USA Pro Cycling Challenge - Downtown street closures this weekend

USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Several streets around the Central Library will be closed on Saturday and Sunday for the exciting conclusion to the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The final stage will take place on Sunday, August 28, 2011 with a free party in Downtown Denver's Civic Center Park. The seven-day, 500-mile race across Colorado will end with live national television coverage on NBC and an estimated Denver crowd of 50,000.

Riders are expected to cross the finish line at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Broadway directly in front of the Colorado State Capitol after completing six loops on a circuit that encompasses portions of Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue, continuing through Downtown Denver next to Civic Center Park and then across the finish line on Broadway. Free festivities for spectators, including concerts and bike demos, will begin at 10:00 a.m. on race day in the park. After the awards ceremony, the Flobots will perform a free concert for all spectators in Civic Center Park.

eMedia Site Maintenance

Down for maintenance

Our eMedia site for downloading eBooks, audio eBooks and eFlicks may be down for maintenance Friday night and Saturday night.

Interruptions may occur between 9 p.m. Friday, August 5 and 4 a.m. Saturday, August 6 Mountain Time and between 9 p.m. Saturday, August 6 and 4 a.m. Sunday, August 7, Mountain Time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tips to Manage your Holds for Books, CDs and DVDs

My Account: Holds

In the new library catalog, you have a lot more power over your account than you used to have. Here are some tips to manage your Holds.

Use My Account to keep track of your holds. Select Holds in the My Account submenu.

To Cancel Holds

Learn to speak Pirate, courtesy of Mango Languages

Jolly Roger - skull and crossbones

Mango Languages is offering this free course 'til the end of June - Learn to Speak Pirate. Scroll down to "Start Learning Pirate." As you can imagine, it's not on our regular Mango subscription list so we'll have to use this link. The cultural and grammar notes in the language lessons, not to mention the Pirate voices themselves, are hilarious!

How do you say: Oh my gosh, the ship isn't moving!
Answer: Blow me down, the ship's becalmed!

If this inspires you to learn other languages, like Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Greek and more, check out DPL's Mango Languages database (library card required) and more language resources.

Denver Run-off Election Resources

The June 7, 2011 Municipal Run-Off Election will be a mail ballot election. The ballot will contain candidates for Mayor, Clerk and Recorder, and City Council Districts 1, 5 and 8.

Ballots will be mailed to voters approximately May 20, and voters will have the option of mailing their ballots back or dropping them off at a Voter Service Center.

Important Dates
May 20: Mail-in ballots sent to voters
June 7: Election day and last day to turn in mail-in ballots

Election  Resources

April is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month, in honor of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, later amended by the Housing Amendments Act of 1988. The Fair Housing Act barred housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. The 1988 Act added extended protection against discrimination based on disability or on familial status and strengthened enforcement.

Celebrate by knowing your rights!

Businesses Beware!

When I opened the letter addressed to my small business, it looked like an official government mailing. It even cited a section of the Colorado Revised Statutes (a touch only a government documents librarian might appreciate). After closer inspection of this mailing from an entity calling itself the "Corporate Controllers Unit," I surmised they were trying to prey upon people who didn't have the time or skills to decipher a con.

I made plans to expose this bogus use of C.R.S. sections 7-90-301 and 7-90-501 as soon as possible. Other outraged businesses have beat me to it. Here is part of an April 4th News Alert sent out from the office of the Colorado Secretary of State:

Dividend Achievers

Mergent Online

Remember the Handbook of Dividend Achievers? It was a quarterly paperback that profiled stocks that paid out good, reliable dividends, which is something of a niche investment market. We no longer carry the handbook, but the same information is available online.

In Mergent Online, click the dropdown marked "Index" and you will find Dividend Achievers right under Denmark. Leave the search box on the left blank, and you will get a list of Mergent's designated achievers. You can also limit by SIC code or exchange. A few words about dividends.

See more Investing resources.

The National Anthem - 80 years

The Star Spangled Banner - American flag surrounded by fireworks

80 years ago this week, the Star-Spangled Banner was designated the national anthem of the United States by Act of Congress (on Mar. 3, 1931, to be exact.) The words were written by Francis Scott Key during the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Sept. 13-14, 1814.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

New source for current New York Times

New York Times

Our New York Times database is now available from Newsbank. In a continuing effort to make efficient use of scarce library funds, we regularly evaluate our databases and found that we had duplication of content.

The current New York Times full text is available in our America's Newspapers package from Newsbank. As a cost-saving measure, we are now linking directly to the New York Times from Newsbank.

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