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Magazine of the Month: Fortean Times

Blue spiders, horned women, surfing rats, alien abductions, canine telepathy - all stories you will find in the pages of Fortean Times - "The Worlds Weirdest News Stories."

Started in 1973, Fortean Times is a British monthly magazine devoted to strange news from around the world.

Putting your garden to bed

It's that time of the year for gardeners that is both bitter and sweet. It is sad to reflect on the end of the harvest of beautiful flowers, delicious fruits and vegetables. At the same time, it is wildly liberating to think that the endless weeding, watering and energy required to maintain that garden is drawing to a close. There's something almost cathartic about looking out on a snowy landscape knowing your gardening chores are mostly done.

All you have to do is remember these simple ABC's for end of the season gardening:

A - Amend the soil
Have your soil tested and make the necessary adjustments. If you do it in the fall, by spring your soil will be ready to plant. Contact your County Extension Office for soil testing laboratories.

B - Bring in the last of the fruits and vegetables that won't survive frost

THRIFT STORE COSTUMES - CHEAP, PHILANTHROPIC, GREEN AND FUN

Everyone knows the best part of Halloween (aside from miniature Kit Kats) is figuring out your costume. Instead of renting or buying a costume, you can create a unique  look by visiting your local thrift store and taking advantage of the special Halloween section which usually has lots of themed used clothes, actual costumes and a frightening number of ghoulish accessories. 

Got brains?

WHERE WERE YOU IN '86?

25 years ago, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, the Oprah Winfrey Show debuted, and over 5 million people joined in Hands across America.  A gallon of gas cost $.89, but a Tandy 600 portable computer cost $1599.00.

While Imelda Marcos was fleeing the Philippines (without her famous collection of 1060 pairs of shoes), we were going to the movies ($3.75 per ticket) and seeing:

Alien

Down and Out in Beverly Hills

An American Tail

Everybody's Doing It!

Kids on Bikes

International Walk (or bike) to School Day is Wednesday, Oct 5th!

In the 1960's about 1/2 of all kids walked or biked to school. Now nearly 90% arrive in cars or buses. Take a walk with your child and cash in on the environmental, safety education and fitness benefits together! Children ages 1-15 years of age typically receive less than $1 in traffic education and the cost of an injury involving a vehicle is staggering.

Safe Travel for the Elementary School Child
Children need adults to teach them how to be safe around vehicles, not to dart between parked cars, to watch for turning cars and not to play behind a parked car, even if it is in their own driveway. Here is a bicycle and pedestrian traffic safety education training course with K-5 curriculum from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

50 YEARS AGO

What do Night of the Iguana, James and the Giant Peach, Breakfast at Tiffany's, West Side Story and Barack Obama have in common? They're all eligible for an AARP card because they turned fifty this year.

Long before Harry Potter or the Baudelaires and their Series of Unfortunate Events, Roald Dahl wrote James and the Giant Peach, the story of a small boy who is orphaned when his parents are eaten by a rampaging rhinoceros. He is then sent to live with his two horrible aunts and finally escapes by entering a giant peach and having surreal adventures with its insect inhabitants.

AVOIDING IDENTITY THEFT

It's great to be number one. Just last year, Colorado was named the fittest state in the nation in a report produced by the Trust for America's Health.

Turns out we're also number one for identity theft crimes, according to the Federal Trade Commission, with Greeley leading the way.

Below are 10 tips you can follow in order to help secure and protect your personal information and ensure that your identity or your credit have not been compromised:

Versatile, Sustainable, Influential Bamboo

Image: panda

Did you know that bamboo:

Was the first plant to re-green after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945?
Is actually a grass that can grow 3-4 feet in 24 hours?
Provides houses for over 1 billion people?
Is a crucial element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
Has the tensile strength of mild steel?
Furnishes 90% of a panda's diet?

No wonder bamboo is considered to be a critical element for lifting thousands of people in developing countries out of poverty. Its fast growth and many options for large uses, such as flooring or building materials, benefit small-scale farmers as well as those employed in the construction industry.

Magazine of the Month - Make

Discover your inner geek with Make magazine.

Make is a quarterly magazine published by O'Reilly Media that focuses on do-it-yourself projects involving computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking as well as other crafts. Think of it as a younger hipper Popular Science.

"...I've got the Homework Blues"

It's the age old dilemma for parents. You are so ready for the kids to be back in school, but then there's that dreaded homework. How can the library turn homework headaches into homework heaven? Our mantra for you is "be prepared" and we're no Boy Scouts. Follow June Cleaver's lead and be ready when they say those dreaded words at 10 pm, "I have a paper due tomorrow..."

With only your library card in hand you are armed with an arsenal of homework help for all ages. Our database selection is available 24/7 so you can be the parental role model you've always wanted to be. Share this knowledge with "your" special student and then gleefully leave them to do their own work. Here are some favorites divided into age groups that are sure to please.

Elementary students:

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