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New York Times Current, Wall Street Journal and more

The New York Times

Current issues of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and several other major papers are now available online from National Newspapers Core.

  • New York Times: June 1980-current
  • Wall Street Journal: January 1984-current
  • Christian Science Monitor: October 1988-current
  • Los Angeles Times: January 1985-current
  • Washington Post: January 1987-current

eBooks: Update for iPod, iPhone, iPad, and how to return eBooks

iPhone

Reading eBooks on your trusty device is all the rage!

For everyone who reads or listens to eBooks or audio eBooks on your iPhone, iPad or iPod: With the upgrade to iOS 5, you'll need to update your Overdrive Media Console. This affects just about everyone using an Apple device, whether you're downloading directly or downloading audio to Windows and then transferring. Update Overdrive Media Console now.

Question of the week: How do I return an eBook early?

Use the same technology you used to download the book.

Library eBooks on Kindle!

Kindle

Denver Public Library’s eBook collection is now compatible with the Amazon® Kindle! Now you can download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more. To get started, visit our eMedia site.

We also offer eBooks and audio eBooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, MP3 player, and eBook reader like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader.

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:

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