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State Flag or Country Flag?

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I'm a big fan of flags. Sometimes I think we should all have our own flag.

Flags have been in the news lately and I've found myself looking at various state flags and paying attention to them. One thing I noticed was how few I could actually pick out or identify on my own. The Western History/Genealogy department also wrote a great blog post about the history of the Colorado state flag.

How the Library Prepared Me to Buy a Used Car!

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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: 

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!!  

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?

Denver Tool Library - and a quiz!

Denver Tool Library

Have you heard about the new Denver Tool Library?  It's opening up April 4th and it's going to be way cool. 

St. Patrick's Day Quiz

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Beannachtai Na Feile Padraig Oraibh!  Now that I've wished you a Happy St. Patrick's Day, let's see how well you do with these questions I've put together to test your knowledge.  Best of luck!  

The twelfth-century work Tales of the Elders details a meeting between St. Patrick and members of the Fianna, a band of warriors led by the mythical Irish hero:

Why are (some) dolls so creepy?

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What is it about dolls?  Everyone has a scary or creepy doll story... or a grandmother who has a creepy doll... something.  

What's in your future?

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It's hard to believe 2014 is coming to an end.  Seems like just yesterday we were awaiting Y2K, judgment day, purple skies and people running everywhere.

Ebola in the News Quiz

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Ebola virus is making headlines everywhere these days and for good reason. Out of curiosity, I thought it might be interesting to look at the reporting on Ebola over time in something like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. It turns out, Ebola has been making headlines and reported on in both since the 1970s.

Take the following quiz and see how much you already know!

The New York Times, Dec. 1, 1976
The Ebola virus was previously referred to as:

Who are the Yezidis (Yazidis)?

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We are hearing a lot about the Yezidis (or Yazidis) in northern Iraq and on Mount Sinjar. I'm embarrassed to say that I'd never heard of this group of people!

So who are they? What do they believe? What is their culture like?

Check out these great resources:

Yazidis: Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life

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