My name is Jim White and I am the Director of Community Affairs for the Volunteers of America. I have worked here for almost 31 years and obviously believe we do our best to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. If asked, however, about another organization that truly makes a big difference in the lives of those it touches I would immediately say the Denver Public Library.
The thousands of individuals and families that use the library everyday are never the same after they receive their library card. Whether they walked into their local branch looking for a book, an educational bit of information, a cd or even a movie for pure relaxation their life has been changed. At Volunteers of America we have had the good fortune to partner with DPL on “I Love To Read” events for very young children. The ongoing aggressive effort that the library embraces year round to encourage young children to read is phenomenal yet often not something they are recognized for.
September 2, 2010 marks the 7th anniversary of AskColorado! AskColorado is a free online information service provided by Colorado libraries where you can chat live with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except major holidays).
Since opening for business on September 2, 2003, AskColorado has answered nearly 300,000 questions from the children, students, parents, business owners, and residents of Colorado. Wondering how to legally change your name in the state of Colorado*? Need an authoritative source that identifies the number of bills sponsored by Hillary Clinton in the 110th Congress for a paper that's due tomorrow*? Can't go to sleep until you figure out Queen Latifah's real name*? AskColorado can help and best of all, it's free for all Colorado students and residents.
As we are rearranging the books in the Central library as part of the Central Library Bond Improvements, we are unearthing many treasures that deserve attention. We have relocated many of our books that are in world languages and much of the 400s.
The library has many items in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Don't see your favorite language? Be sure to try Interlibrary Loan for even more choices!
As summer comes to a close and the garden has much to offer, I have been thinking a lot about garden-to-table eating. The new wave of localized eating and knowing the source of one's food has led to many beautiful cookbooks that help you make the most of your garden.
Even if you skipped the heirloom Lemon Oxheart tomatoes this year, Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes provides many stunning photos and recipes, as well as inspiration for next year's garden plan.
I, for one, left out the potato patch this season, but the following recipe for herbed french fries cannot be missed. The volunteer Purple Peruvian Fingerling potatoes in my backyard will soon go under the knife to be made into these:
Saturday is the first ever International Read Comics in Public Day! It also happens to be Jack Kirby's birthday! Whether you read manga, graphic novels or classic Archie comics, share your love of reading!
What's the big deal about the 19th amendment? In addition to giving women the right to vote, it was an integral moment in the civil rights and equality movements. Victory took decades and few of the initial supporters lived to see their dream realized. Ratified 90 years ago today, we celebrate our freedoms and those who inspired them.
Our 19th amendment guarantees, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Tennessee provided the requisite approval of three-fourths of the states, being the 36th state to ratify the amendment.
Reunited again with original vocalist Skye Edwards, Morcheeba's Paul and Ross Godfrey have managed to recapture the band's classic sultry vocal trip-hop chill-out vibe that fans have been waiting for through two experimental albums.....effectively, the blood is pumping again and swirling in the lemonade.
Seven years is a long time to wait for an album but the titans of trip-hop have returned full circle to the marriage of the Godfrey brothers beats and the sly vocals of the lovely Skye much to the relief of their fans.
Have you ever noticed the fantastic collection of cooking magazines at your local library? I'm kind of addicted to them. This week's recipe review will be picked from your favorite of three: Bon Appetit, Cook's Illustrated or Cooking Light. Take the poll and help me choose!
Right after I gave birth to my son, I found it difficult to complete an entire novel so I started checking out the library's magazines. Reading in short spurts; I could do that! And what a great variety. I especially appreciate the culinary magazines:
For those about to begin High School, we salute you. Because many schools start back up this week, we have celebrated teachers on film, and while you could not pay me to relive High School, watching movies about this particular rite of passage is just darn amusing.