Research News

Take a Hike: Books, Maps and Websites for Picking the Perfect Trail

Trails Illustrated Map of Rocky Mountain National Park

If you're into hiking, it's hard to beat living in Denver. Some of the best trails in the nation are within an hour's drive of the city. Whether you like casual strolls or scaling fourteeners, Denver Public Library can connect you with great resources to help you find the perfect trail.

Books

How the Library Prepared Me to Buy a Used Car!

Used Car sign

I'd like to say that I tend to keep a car until it dies, but that would be a lie.  Both cars I've had in my adult life have been hit and deemed total losses.  Both were about 2 years old when I got them.   Both were paid off when hit.  So I'm forced to look for another car.   

A few weeks ago, our 2002 Honda was hit and deemed a total loss.  I turned to what I know best - the resources at the library.  And I asked a lot of people a lot of questions.  

Here's what I found really helpful: 

New and Updated Medical Titles in Reference Services

Pictorial Atlas of Acupuncture

The Reference Services Department at the Central Library is always receiving new and updated titles for our collection on a variety of topics.  Take a look at some of the medical titles we've recently acquired:

Plaza Voices: Earthquake in Nepal

Flag of Nepal

The recent earthquake in Nepal has displaced an estimated 2.8 million people, and at least 7,500 lives were lost. Some expect this number to reach 10,000.

Did Orville and Wilbur Wright Fly Like Birds?*

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

So, how much more could we possibly learn about the legendary Wright Brothers? With a master wordsmith at the pen, it turns out, quite a bit. McCullough painstakingly takes the reader on quite a journey about these young men and the progression of their lifelong dream of flying in his new book, The Wright Brothers. The pace may be a little slow at the beginning but, be patient because it will be well-worth the ride.

Listening for the Tommyknockers

Tommyknockers in a Mine. Joseph Blight, 1873

'Ave you 'eard of the Tommy Knockers
In the deep dark mines of the west
Which Cornish miners 'ear?
And 'tis no laughin' jest,
For I'm a Cornish miner,
An' I'll tell you of it today,
Of the "knock-knock-knock" of a tiny pick,
As we work in the rock and clay.

- Old miner's ballad

STEM Quiz!

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The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition was formed in 1999  to advocate for financial and political support of STEM programs for all students.  

Test your STEM knowledge below - good luck!!  

Poetry in the Reference Room

Jean de la Fontaine

When I started working here in 1996 B.G. (Before Google), questions about poetry were frequently asked in what was then called the General Reference and Nonfiction Department. More often than not, patrons were older people who had memorized poems in their youth and wanted to verify the texts that they recalled. This pedagogic practice has gone out of fashion, but anyone of a certain age will smile at the recollection of rhymes and meters mastered long ago. I can still recite poems by Jean de La Fontaine that I learned by heart in eighth grade in 1968.

Entrepreneur? Startup? Take this quiz!

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Do you have the next big idea? Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Do you have a startup you want to get started?

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