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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.

A Very Jazzy Christmas

Jazzy Christmas

Here is a great free playlist of streaming music to get you into the holiday spirit. "A Very Jazzy Christmas" includes tracks from our Jazz Music Library database:

  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen performed by Marian McPartland
  • Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) performed by David McKenna
  • Christmas Time Is Here [Instrumental] performed by Vince Guaraldi
  • Ole Santa performed by Dinah Washington
  • Christmas In New Orleans performed by Louis Armstrong
  • Christmas Island performed by Ella Fitzgerald
  • And many more!

eBooks for iPhone and Android

Overdrive Media Console for iPhone and Android

New apps launched today - December 7, 2010. With the new free OverDrive Media Console app you can download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audio eBooks directly to your iPhone or Android phone.

Update: if you've downloaded the previous version of Overdrive's app, and are having problems with the e-books appearing after you download them, you may need to delete the app and download it fresh. See commenter Mark's thread below.

Denver Knows, Libraries ARE a Smart Investment

Denver Public Library

Library Journal gives Denver Public Library a 5 star rating. "What our libraries deliver to our communities have always mattered, but they may now be more important than ever. In the face of the ongoing and broad cuts libraries are seeing nationwide, it is vital to illustrate the accomplishments of libraries."

The star ratings are based on visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet terminal use. Community involvement and your participation are the driving forces to earn this rating.

Flag of Chile

"Flag of Chile." Image. CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 13 Oct

When I tuned in to the rescue of the Chilean miners, I wondered why the Texas flag was everywhere. It didn't take me long to realize that it was the flag of Chile. The flag of Chile is very similar to the Texas flag. CultureGrams helped me see that I wasn't completely off my rocker.

CultureGrams is a great resource to learn about countries of the world and also about the states of our Union (and, for that matter, the provinces of Canada.) 

Learn more about Chile. See the flag and maps, listen to the national anthem and read about the history, the people, the customs, the lifestyle and even a few recipes that those miners can enjoy again now that they're back above ground.

New Value Line adds Small & Mid-Cap

Value Line Logo

Value Line Plus Small & Mid-Cap is available online for Denver Public Library card holders. This new expanded version now offers small & mid-cap information online. Whether you are investigating playing the stock market for the first time or you're an experienced investor, there is something for you here.

The Value Line Investment Survey, published weekly, tracks approximately 1,700 stocks in over 90 industries. Its Timeliness Ranking System ranks stocks on a scale of 1 to 5 for probable market performance over the next 6 to 12 months. The Small & Mid-Cap Survey reports on approximately 1,800 small & mid-cap stocks not included in The Value Line Investment Survey. These mostly small-capitalization stocks are ranked for Performance, Technical Merit, and Safety.

Trove of Maps at DPL

Sanborn Insurance Maps, photo from Denver Post

Did you see this article in the Denver Post about the Library's historical map collections? Trove of Maps at Denver Public Library takes explorer on historic trip (8/31/2010).

It talks about historic Sanborn Fire Insurance maps that show historical views of Denver and other places. "As buildings changed, the maps were updated with paste-overs.... It's like showing geologic layers of Denver."
 

The Help: Have you read it yet?

One Book Events

This year's One Book, One Denver selection is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Have you read it yet? Check it out from the Library or use the coupon here to buy it from Borders.

The Help is available from the library in several formats:

Streaming Music Databases - Send-to-Mobile

Send to mobile device

Music Online and all of the Library's streaming music collections now offer Send-to-Mobile functionality. What this means is that you can now send an audio track, album, or playlist from our streaming collections to your mobile device to listen to later. The item that you send stays on your device for 48 hours.

Go to Music Online or any of our streaming music databases and look for a cell phone icon ("Send-to-Mobile") next to each track, album, or playlist. Wherever you see that icon you can click it to obtain a “shortlink” to send and enable playback on your mobile device.

There are several ways to send this link:
 

Oxford Dictionaries Online

Oxford Dictionaries Online is a handy resource for help with word definitions, modern usage, grammar, punctuation and even puzzles.

Find it under Research - Dictionaries and Encyclopedias, right next to the old standby Oxford English Dictionary which gives more of the etymology and changes in a word's use over time. Library card required.

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