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Learn to speak Pirate, courtesy of Mango Languages

Jolly Roger - skull and crossbones

Mango Languages is offering this free course 'til the end of June - Learn to Speak Pirate. Scroll down to "Start Learning Pirate." As you can imagine, it's not on our regular Mango subscription list so we'll have to use this link. The cultural and grammar notes in the language lessons, not to mention the Pirate voices themselves, are hilarious!

How do you say: Oh my gosh, the ship isn't moving!
Answer: Blow me down, the ship's becalmed!

If this inspires you to learn other languages, like Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Greek and more, check out DPL's Mango Languages database (library card required) and more language resources.

Denver Run-off Election Resources

The June 7, 2011 Municipal Run-Off Election will be a mail ballot election. The ballot will contain candidates for Mayor, Clerk and Recorder, and City Council Districts 1, 5 and 8.

Ballots will be mailed to voters approximately May 20, and voters will have the option of mailing their ballots back or dropping them off at a Voter Service Center.

Important Dates
May 20: Mail-in ballots sent to voters
June 7: Election day and last day to turn in mail-in ballots

Election  Resources

April is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month, in honor of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, later amended by the Housing Amendments Act of 1988. The Fair Housing Act barred housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. The 1988 Act added extended protection against discrimination based on disability or on familial status and strengthened enforcement.

Celebrate by knowing your rights!

Businesses Beware!

When I opened the letter addressed to my small business, it looked like an official government mailing. It even cited a section of the Colorado Revised Statutes (a touch only a government documents librarian might appreciate). After closer inspection of this mailing from an entity calling itself the "Corporate Controllers Unit," I surmised they were trying to prey upon people who didn't have the time or skills to decipher a con.

I made plans to expose this bogus use of C.R.S. sections 7-90-301 and 7-90-501 as soon as possible. Other outraged businesses have beat me to it. Here is part of an April 4th News Alert sent out from the office of the Colorado Secretary of State:

Dividend Achievers

Mergent Online

Remember the Handbook of Dividend Achievers? It was a quarterly paperback that profiled stocks that paid out good, reliable dividends, which is something of a niche investment market. We no longer carry the handbook, but the same information is available online.

In Mergent Online, click the dropdown marked "Index" and you will find Dividend Achievers right under Denmark. Leave the search box on the left blank, and you will get a list of Mergent's designated achievers. You can also limit by SIC code or exchange. A few words about dividends.

See more Investing resources.

The National Anthem - 80 years

The Star Spangled Banner - American flag surrounded by fireworks

80 years ago this week, the Star-Spangled Banner was designated the national anthem of the United States by Act of Congress (on Mar. 3, 1931, to be exact.) The words were written by Francis Scott Key during the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Sept. 13-14, 1814.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

New source for current New York Times

New York Times

Our New York Times database is now available from Newsbank. In a continuing effort to make efficient use of scarce library funds, we regularly evaluate our databases and found that we had duplication of content.

The current New York Times full text is available in our America's Newspapers package from Newsbank. As a cost-saving measure, we are now linking directly to the New York Times from Newsbank.

A Very Jazzy Christmas

Jazzy Christmas

Here is a great free playlist of streaming music to get you into the holiday spirit. "A Very Jazzy Christmas" includes tracks from our Jazz Music Library database:

  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen performed by Marian McPartland
  • Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) performed by David McKenna
  • Christmas Time Is Here [Instrumental] performed by Vince Guaraldi
  • Ole Santa performed by Dinah Washington
  • Christmas In New Orleans performed by Louis Armstrong
  • Christmas Island performed by Ella Fitzgerald
  • And many more!

eBooks for iPhone and Android

Overdrive Media Console for iPhone and Android

New apps launched today - December 7, 2010. With the new free OverDrive Media Console app you can download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audio eBooks directly to your iPhone or Android phone.

Update: if you've downloaded the previous version of Overdrive's app, and are having problems with the e-books appearing after you download them, you may need to delete the app and download it fresh. See commenter Mark's thread below.

Denver Knows, Libraries ARE a Smart Investment

Denver Public Library

Library Journal gives Denver Public Library a 5 star rating. "What our libraries deliver to our communities have always mattered, but they may now be more important than ever. In the face of the ongoing and broad cuts libraries are seeing nationwide, it is vital to illustrate the accomplishments of libraries."

The star ratings are based on visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet terminal use. Community involvement and your participation are the driving forces to earn this rating.

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