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Are you (ahem!) old enough to remember the green set of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature in your library? For decades, the Guide was the gold standard access point to US and Canadian magazines.
If you wanted to read all the article coverage of the lunar landing, for example, the Readers’ Guide would provide you with a list of citations across magazine titles, saving you the time of combing through each individual publication.
I was listening to Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life on our new record player recently and the track "Black Man" came on. I have to admit that I didn't really know this one but it's great, just like the entire album is great.
Watching a lot of World Cup games has been and will continue to be a lot of fun and exciting... and entertaining. I've heard a few groans about how there's way too much drama and bodies flopping all over the field. It doesn't bother me too much and it certainly doesn't make me NOT want to watch as much as I can.
Hey, Kids! Want to learn a new language? Check out our fun new Muzzy Online software.
Denver Public Library has had the popular Muzzy series of language learning videos and DVDs for years. Now, we're expanding to include the Muzzy Online language program.
You can find the same silly videos, games, and favorite characters you already know and love online with your library card - no more waiting! Muzzy Online teaches French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Italian, and Portuguese and has courses to improve English, geared toward new English speakers.
Library staff have been blogging in anticipation of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is celebrated every September 19th. Did you know the Library's language acquisition database, Mango Languages, features Pirate as one of the 60 language courses available to customers?
French essayist Joseph Joubert said, “It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle a question without debating it.” He understood that debate, forensics, and persuasive writing foster critical thinking skills, analytical self-reflection, intellectual curiosity, and a respect of difference.
Increasingly, students are being asked to justify, synthesize, and analyze complex issues into persuasive written and oral arguments. Assignments like these tie into the recently adopted Common Core Standards which “reflect... the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.”
The library has both online and print resources to help students assemble research content, understand the mechanics of debate and persuasive writing, and polish a presentation.