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Unique Finds from Reference Room Wanderings

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I was hired as a Denver Public Library Reference Librarian in August 2015 and since then I’ve been slowly working my way through the vast array of resources available at my fingertips. While we have an impressive collection of online databases and resources, my favorite place to delve is the Reference Services Department or Reference Room. The Reference Room is located on Level 3 of Central and was built during the 1990 renovation with designer Michael Graves.

Your 24/7 Reference Shelf: Gale Virtual Reference Library

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When you're working on a research project, wouldn't it be great if you had a whole collection of reference books you could use any time of day or night? Well, if you have a library card and access to the Internet, you do! Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is an online reference collection that students can access from home, with over 3,500 electronic reference books—including encyclopedias, almanacs, biographies, guides to current events and controversies, and much more.

Send me an angel (investor)

Angel Investor

The 27th annual Colorado Capital Conference is coming up next week (Monday, Oct. 12 and Tuesday, Oct. 13) here in Denver. Attendees will learn about and discuss trends in Angel Investing and Venture Capital. Take this quiz to see how much you know! Good luck!

Which of the following statements is NOT true?

Time for a Kombucha Quiz!

Kombucha

Brew Ha!Ha! is all about brewing - beer, coffee, tea, and... what?  Kombucha?  How well do you know your kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented beverage prepared using a SCOBY (a mass of bacteria and yeast). Which of the following is NOT another name for Kombucha?

Teachers: Request Research Pathfinders for Your Students

claassified research by throgers, Flickr: The Commons, Creative Commons license

When you are guiding your students through research projects this year (large or small), take advantage of the Library's Research Pathfinder service.

Students - Let Us Help You Succeed with Your Research Project!

Essay, Extended Essay, Argumentative Paper, Research Paper, National History Day Project, Book Report....The start of school means new assignments and we are here to help. If you are a student who would like some one-on-one assistance from a librarian to help with research for your project please check out our Student Research Appointments service. You can work online with a librarian or come to the Central Library in person.

A Bicyclist Beats the Horses!

 The Story of the Bicycle.  Harper's Weekly. April 11, 1896. p. 359
  • Jack Prince, a champion bicycle rider, beat three local race horses at Thunderbolt Race Park in Savannah, Ga. on Dec. 6, 1892 - that's right, 1892!

So, excitement about bicycle racing is not new. Articles in The New York Times appeared in abundance in the 1870s about this burgeoning spectator sport. Such events were sometimes referred to as tournaments, contests, or matches and were often combined with other athletic events.

Medicare - Not for Communists - Whoops!!

Medicare has been in the news lately for turning 50 years old!  President Johnson signed Public Law 89-97 on July 30, 1965, creating Medicare.  The new law provided access to basic health care benefits available to all citizens 65 or older, regardless of income.  

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.

Nothing Says Summer Like the Extended Essay

Summertime! High school students turn their attentions to hanging out at the pool, snagging tickets to the area's best concerts, and making money with a summer job.

And then there is a group of International Baccalaureate (IB) students who are using the summer months to begin a research journey known as the "Extended Essay."

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