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Plant Your Seeds of Greatness...Act on Your Dreams and Ideas

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February is Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month, a campaign designed to encourage everyone to take steps to "remove barriers and make a change in your life for the better." Reflect on how you can make a difference for yourself, your family, your business, or your community. Then acquire the tools and skills you need to act on your ideas and dreams.

 

Planting the seeds of greatness aligns so perfectly with one of the Library’s strategic impact statements: “People’s lives are improved by acquiring the resources and skills needed to prosper and contribute...” If you are ready to sow the seeds of improvement and turn your goals into reality, the library has a useful collection of tools to help you succeed.

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New Statistical Abstract Database for Research & Fun Facts

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.

Our tried-and-true Statistical Abstract of the U.S. is now available online to Denver Public Library card holders. Use the table of contents to drill down by topic, or use the search box to search by keyword or table number.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S. can be found in Research under Government or in the Databases A-Z list.

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ATTENTION, STUDENTS OF ALL AGES

Happy 2013! A new year means new school assignments, and we'd like to help you have the best learning experience possible by offering you a one-on-one appointment with your very own librarian.

Our goal is to supply you with reliable and scholarly sources of information that are customized to your particular topic. We'll even share all of our secrets and tips so you can do it on your own next time. All learning levels are welcome, from grade school to college.

Resources that we offer include:

Oh, no! You used a catachresis!

The Oxford English Dictionary is more than a dictionary – it is more like a history of the English language. Save $1000 by using our online version! With more than 600,000 words and millions of quotations, it can show you how words have changed meaning over time or how many were introduced by Shakespeare. Learn some advanced tips and tricks and become a power user.

Generous, majestic, lonely, laughable. These are all words introduced into English by the Immortal Bard himself, Shakespeare. How many English words are from this one person? What are they? To answer this with authority, there is only one place to go - the Oxford English Dictionary. Save $1000 and find the OED on our website under Research Resources in Dictionaries & Encyclopedias or under Databases A-Z.

Magazine of the Month

Highway sign - Future

"The future ain't what it used to be." - Yogi Berra

This time of the year there are lots of predictions about what will happen in the next year. But how good would you be at predicting what will happen 100 years from now?

In December 1900 John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. wrote an article for Ladies Home Journal entitled "What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years." Watkins, whose father was a curator of technological collections at the U.S.

'The Sun is Low': Aspects of the Winter Solstice

Winter solstice, Newgrange, Ireland.

I have news for you: 

The stag bells, winter snows, summer has gone

Wind high and cold, the sun low, short its course

The sea running high...

       -- Anonymous, Ireland, 9th Century
 

Stags and sea?  In Denver?  Not so much, but wind and cold are certainly ...usually ...typical of winter on the Front Range.  And darkness?  Oh yes.  Daylight has been in steady decline since the autumnal equinox on September 22, and will not increase until after the winter solstice on December 21.  Whether you are a modern commuter coping with

Finding Sheet Music at the Library

Aïda in Full Score

With over 10,000 sheet music anthologies at the library, customers can find everything from Broadway show tunes to American Negro Spirituals, Irish street ballads to classical symphonies.

In theory, it’s a veritable treasure trove! In practice, any musician or musical director knows how hard it can be to locate a particular song within a universe of songbooks and score anthologies.

Library staff are always happy to play musical detective with you. But to search on your own, I offer you four tools for successful song sleuthing:

PETAID COLORADO ANIMAL HOSPITAL - NONPROFIT OF THE MONTH

It's every pet owner's worst nightmare - your dog is injured or in need of medical care and you can't afford the necessary vet bills. Fortunately, PetAid Animal Hospital (formerly Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital) is here to provide comprehensive and compassionate veterinary care for pets of the economically disadvantaged and has been doing so since 1990.

The animal hospital is just one of the services offered by its umbrella organization, PetAid Colorado, which collaborates with veterinarians and community partners (like the Animal Assistance Foundation) to prevent animal suffering and relinquishment through a unique array of programs, including PetAid Care Grants, PetAid Disaster Services, and

LOOKING FOR BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS SALES LEADS? TRY REFERENCEUSA

A recent visitor to the Reference Department had just opened up a commercial janitorial service and asked if we had any resources to help him find customers.

I suggested we look at ReferenceUSA, one of the library's most popular licensed databases, which allows you to search for business listings by combining search parameters such as geographic location, industry, sales volume or number of PCs. He wanted to focus on small offices in an industrial area near 2nd and Tejon, so I showed him how to formulate a search that combined the zip code for that area with privately owned businesses whose square footage is no larger than 2,499.

There's no debate...the Library has great resources

"Debate and Oratory," 1909 University of Washington yearbook, public domain

French essayist Joseph Joubert said, “It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle a question without debating it.” He understood that debate, forensics, and persuasive writing foster critical thinking skills, analytical self-reflection, intellectual curiosity, and a respect of difference.

Increasingly, students are being asked to justify, synthesize, and analyze complex issues into persuasive written and oral arguments. Assignments like these tie into the recently adopted Common Core Standards which “reflect... the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.”

The library has both online and print resources to help students assemble research content, understand the mechanics of debate and persuasive writing, and polish a presentation.

Databases

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