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Forget Mercury Retrograde. Solar Storms are the Real Deal

Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun (NASA image)

Did you know Mercury is in retrograde right now? I didn't, until I saw people posting about it on social media sites. When I looked it up, I discovered that the planet Mercury sometimes appears to move backwards across the sky. People who believe in astrology think that when this happens, communications of all kinds--technological, interpersonal, you name it--go haywire (Mercury was the Roman god of messengers, after all, and he was a bit of a trickster).

1968 - The Fashion

Hulton Getty Picture Collection 1960s - false eyelashes

The 1960s were quite a decade! And 1968 was quite a year! According to the exhibit at History Colorado, "It was the year that rocked history." Oh, and yours truly was born.

1968 rocked history but it also rocked fashion!

Plaza Voices: Stories from Angel Island

Cover of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, available from DPL

This year marks the 105th anniversary of the opening of Angel Island, an immigration station near San Francisco that is sometimes called the Ellis Island of the West. However, Angel Island primarily acted as a detention center for immigrants, especially those of Asian descent.

Quiz Time! You're in Good Company!


How good are you at figuring out what certain images have in common?  

Take a look at these - how are they linked?  SPOILER ALERT - Answers below.  

If you need a little help - try using some of our databases (library card required). 

Don't have a library card - register now to get started!  

Plaza Voices: Important Update on Driver's Licenses and IDs under SB-251

Car key

Senate Bill 13-251, The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, authorizes driver's licenses, instruction permits, or identification cards to be issued to individuals who are either unable to demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S., or can demonstrate only temporary lawful presence.

U.S. Presidents Quiz - What about these?

Thomas Jefferson

There are a lot of things in common among U.S. Presidents.  So far, they have all been male, that's one.  Many of them (but not all) appear on Presidential $1 Coins.

What is the unusual distinction that is shared by these five presidents? 

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Martin Van Buren
  • James Buchanan
  • Chester Arthur

In a related way, what do these two presidents also have in common?  

How Colorado Got So Rugged: Books on Colorado Geology

Messages in Stone Book Cover

If you want to see geologic marvels, Colorado is the place to be. Tall mountains, deep canyons, desert mesas, dinosaur bones, glacial valleys--this state has it all. But have you ever wondered how it got this way? Why is Colorado so rugged, when states like Iowa and Kansas are so flat? What raised those mountains and carved those valleys?

Open Enrollment For Health Insurance Is Almost Over. Get Enrollment Assistance Now!!

Connect for Health Colorado

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began November 15, 2014 and runs through February 15, 2015. This means we are nearing the home stretch for open enrollment. During open enrollment you can enroll for the first time, renew your current plan, or switch to a different plan. If you were enrolled in a plan for 2014, the benefit year ended on December 31, 2014.

Plaza Voices: Free Citizenship and Immigration Assistance

American Flag

The Denver Public Library's Services to New Immigrants team is offering a number of free workshops at several locations to assist immigrants with questions related to citizenship, Colorado's driver's license law, SB 13-251, and the recently passed Executive Actions on Immigration.

How to Have a Nicotine-Free 2015

“It doesn't matter where you start.  Just start."

It's that time of year once again, when we make a list of resolutions for the coming year. If you can't think of any, the United States government has thoughtfully provided us with a list of the most popular resolutions and how to achieve them. Third on the list is to quit smoking.

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