Reviews and Blog Posts: databases

"Black Man" - Who is Stevie Singing About?

Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life

I was listening to Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life on our new record player recently and the track "Black Man" came on.  I have to admit that I didn't really know this one but it's great, just like the entire album is great.  

World Cup Drama - All those injuries!!

Neymar World Cup injury

Watching a lot of World Cup games has been and will continue to be a lot of fun and exciting... and entertaining.  I've heard a few groans about how there's way too much drama and bodies flopping all over the field.  It doesn't bother me too much and it certainly doesn't make me NOT want to watch as much as I can.  

Test your nzambi (zombie) knowledge - before it's too late!

Zombies

Colorado Public Radio recently posted an essay (along with the audio of an interview) called "Could Colorado be ground zero for a zombie apocalypse?" and there certainly is a lot of teen fiction about zombies.

But what should we know about zombies... before it's too late?  Test your knowledge now!  

MUZZY - The Language Learning Program for KIDS

Muzzy

Hey, Kids!  Want to learn a new language?  Check out our fun new Muzzy Online software.

Denver Public Library has had the popular Muzzy series of language learning videos and DVDs for years.  Now, we're expanding to include the Muzzy Online language program. 

You can find the same silly videos, games, and favorite characters you already know and love online with your library card - no more waiting!  Muzzy Online teaches French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Italian, and Portuguese and has courses to improve English, geared toward new English speakers. 

Talk Like a Pirate Today...Speak Polish or Portuguese or Punjabi Tomorrow

Talk Like a Pirate Day

 

 

Library staff have been blogging in anticipation of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is celebrated every September 19th. Did you know the Library's language acquisition database, Mango Languages, features Pirate as one of the 60 language courses available to customers?

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

Tech, Tea, and Bond...James Bond

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

April is almost over, but that doesn't mean that Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programming is! Join us this week and learn some new technology, sip a beverage, or dream about having a martini with James Bond!

Want to take your investing to the next level? Learn to use the Denver Public Library database ValueLine at Ross University Hills during Tuesday Technology Night on Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. ValueLine has a wealth of information to help you make wise investment decisions--and it's always available with your library card from any computer!

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

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

Is the Purple Pill Right for You? - Get Health Information Online

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. 

Learn more in our free class, Is the Purple Pill Right for You?

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