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Backyard Beekeeping in Denver

The bad news is that honey bees are suffering from colony collapse disorder, thought to be caused by the combination of viruses, bacteria, parasites and pesticides. The good news is that those of us who live in Denver can actually do something to help our insect girlfriends.

As of 2008, it’s legal to have 2 domestic honey bee hives in your Denver yard… here are the specifics:

  • 2 hives per zone lot
  • Hives must be in rear third of zone lot with a 5 foot setback from side and rear zone lot lines
  • The hives must be screened so that the bees must fly over a 6-foot barrier, which may be vegetative, before leaving the property
  • No outdoor storage of any bee paraphernalia or hive materials not being used as part of a hive

Write a book review and you could win an iPod Shuffle!

Submit Book Reviews Now for Summer of Reading!

The Summer of Reading book review extravaganza has begun! Write a book review from June 25-July 31 for the chance to win an iPod Shuffle! The more reviews you write, the better your chances of winning!

Teens visit Make Waves!

Kids visit Make a Splash!

Reviews are accepted only for books in the library's collection. All reviews will be entered into a random drawing and the winners will be announced in August. Good luck!

Free Nonprofit Class : Learn to use the Foundation Directory Online

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Free nonprofit class July 13 or July 15, 2010.
Learn how to use the Foundation Directory Online to find funders for your organization.

Join us for a demonstration followed by hands-on research of the Foundation Directory Online, the nation's leading online funding research tool. Developed by the Foundation Center, a national nonprofit service organization founded over 50 years ago, it provides the most current, accurate, and comprehensive information available on U.S. grantmakers and their grants. This information is drawn from reliable sources, including IRS Form 990s, grantmaker web sites and annual reports, and the grantmakers themselves.

These classes are full. Registration is closed.

Recharge Colorado: New website details energy conservation rebates and incentives

Recharge Colorado

Energy just got easier. The Governor’s Energy Office is pleased to announce the launch of its new comprehensive website,, to offer Coloradans an unprecedented tool to save money and advance Colorado’s New Energy Economy.

Visit the site for information about GEO programs and initiatives and to access information about financial incentives, service providers, grants and more.

Rebates are currently available for appliances, insulation, furnace replacement, home energy systems and more!

Watts Up?

Watts up energy meters

Power Check is an easy way to get a grip on the electricity bill... in partnership with Xcel Energy, the Denver Public Library has added portable Watts Up? meters to our circulating collection.

Visit the Power Check page to put a meter on hold and watch a quick instructional video. You can also find out about rebates and the environmental costs of producing electricity.

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