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.
Library Classes and Appointment Services
Technology Training Would you like to master a technology skill to stay more competitive in our digital world? Do you need basic computer lessons on subjects like how to use a mouse and keyboard? What about intermediate topics like using Microsoft Office products or advanced sessions on creating websites in HTML and CSS? Our Community Technology Center offers a rotating suite of classes at Central Library and our branch libraries to help you learn any number of technology skills.
Job Search Assistance Looking for a new job? Need help creating and editing your resume? The Community Technology Center offers monthly drop-in resume and job search workshops.
Biz Boost: Free Small Business Research Help The Denver Public Library has many sophisticated resources, both electronic and in print, to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Our goal is to find quantitative numbers and statistics to give credibility to your business or marketing plan. Request a free 30 to 60 minute appointment with a reference librarian.
Patent and Trademark Services Do you have an invention you want to produce and protect? The Denver Public Library is a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center. We have access to publications and databases that can help with your preliminary patent and trademark search. Schedule a one-on-one appointment, and we will share patent search strategies and resources to help you.
Database Tools to Help You Build Your Skill Set and Improve Your Life
Business Plans Handbook This digital collection features a compilation of actual business plans by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. If you need examples of how to approach, structure, and compose your own business plan, you'll appreciate this resource.
Consumer Health Complete Are you planting the seeds for a healthier life? Consumer Health Complete provides access to easily understandable health and medical information. Search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles. Find expert sources on food, nutrition, and exercise.
Learning Express Library Are you applying for school admission? Testing for a professional credential? Do you want to study mathematics, English as a second language, grammar, or business writing? Learning Express Library offers practice tests for GED, GRE, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, Advanced Placement (AP), civil service exams, citizenship or ESL courses for Spanish-speakers, skill-building material, and a job and career help center.
Mango Languages Maybe you'd like to learn a new language. The Mango Language lessons focus on practical, common conversation skills and include instruction on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more (how 'bout Pirate, matey?!?). Spanish speakers and others can learn English.
Grow Your Best Self with a Book
Thank you for laying out these great resources to help guide folks on the path to greatness, Robin! Nothing will hold back someone who has the desire and will to better him/herself, armed with the right stuff--the tools needed to start that journey, clearly stated & outlined in this blog! WoW--we're on our way...now!
Thanks, Leigh Ann. The library is such a valuable resource for people who are ready to make great changes in their lives.