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Library Card Database Clean Up

In an effort to clean up our patron database, library cards were recently purged for those who had not checked out materials in several years. Unfortunately, our current system does not count online transactions such as eMedia checkouts or database use. If your card is no longer recognized - the error message is "Can't find that ID" - you will need to register for a new library card.

Register online to receive a temporary library card number, which will allow access to library databases. Visit any Denver Public Library within 28 days to complete the registration and pick up your new permanent library card.

Lunch Travels: Brazil

Photo by Amanda Parkhurst-Strout

Can't afford a trip to a far off land right now? Join us at the newly renovated Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library on Tuesday, August 3 at noon, for Lunch Travels: Brazil! Enjoy a photo journey through Curitiba, Iguazu Falls, Salvador, and the tiny island of Boipeba.

Brazil is home to one of the three largest waterfalls in the world, Iguazu, as well as the world's largest tropical rainforest. After hearing about the breathtaking scenery, delicious street food, and charming nooks and crannies of Brazil, you may want to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture or prepare for a trip of your own!

Summer of Reading - Pick Up Prizes By August 7

Another Summer of Reading program has ended, but you can still pick up your prizes. The last day to claim prizes is Saturday, August 7.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Summer of Reading 2010! Please take a moment to complete a short survey online and tell us what you liked, didn't like, and if you have any ideas to improve the program.
The winners of the drawings for the iPod Shuffles and Dell laptop computers will be notified in August.

Streaming Music Databases - Send-to-Mobile

Send to mobile device

Music Online and all of the Library's streaming music collections now offer Send-to-Mobile functionality. What this means is that you can now send an audio track, album, or playlist from our streaming collections to your mobile device to listen to later. The item that you send stays on your device for 48 hours.

Go to Music Online or any of our streaming music databases and look for a cell phone icon ("Send-to-Mobile") next to each track, album, or playlist. Wherever you see that icon you can click it to obtain a “shortlink” to send and enable playback on your mobile device.

There are several ways to send this link:
 

Happy Birthday Ken Burns!

Born today in 1953, Ken Burns has been entertaining and educating audiences for 30 years, and is credited with perfecting the long documentary style, epitomized by his opuses Jazz and Baseball.

Calling PBS home, he has directed over 19 films, most recently The National Parks: America's Best Idea.
With only a few minor exceptions, the library owns Burns' complete works.

I love Freaks & Geeks

Great TV shows are constantly being released on DVD, and the library is a fabulous place to revisit wonderful shows that you may have missed. Freaks & Geeks was a comedy drama that aired during the 1999-2000 television series.

It was produced by Judd Apatow, who brought you various comedy hits such as Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin.

Marketing Your Job Search

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Come to this free class to learn how to improve your job search.

    DATE: Friday, July 30, 12-2 p.m.
    LOCATION: Central Library, Level 4, Computer Training Classroom

 

You should look at job searching as a marketing campaign, with you, the job seeker, as the product. Learn techniques to identify the types of employers who would be looking for an employee with your qualifications. 

    * Keyboard/mouse/Internet skills required.

CLASS IS FREE. No registration needed. The class is on a first come, first serve basis. Seating is limited, please arrive early.

Backyard Beekeeping in Denver

The bad news is that honey bees are suffering from colony collapse disorder, thought to be caused by the combination of viruses, bacteria, parasites and pesticides. The good news is that those of us who live in Denver can actually do something to help our insect girlfriends.

As of 2008, it’s legal to have 2 domestic honey bee hives in your Denver yard… here are the specifics:

  • 2 hives per zone lot
  • Hives must be in rear third of zone lot with a 5 foot setback from side and rear zone lot lines
  • The hives must be screened so that the bees must fly over a 6-foot barrier, which may be vegetative, before leaving the property
  • No outdoor storage of any bee paraphernalia or hive materials not being used as part of a hive

Sinner or Saint

I enjoy watching Ovation and was recently reminded of the amazing talent of Sarah Vaughan. Her vinyl album Sarah Vaughan in Hi-Fi, produced by Columbia, was a favorite at home.

I would duet with Sarah as a kid and while too young to understand the pathos of the lyrics, I was old enough to appreciate her incredible voice. If you're not familiar with Sarah Vaughan, treat yourself to 16 Most Requested Songs. I am fond of her ballads which are featured on After Hours.

America's Best Idea

Back in the day camping was cheap entertainment for large families.  My dad could fit five kids in a Volkswagen bug (before seatbelt laws) and we'd inch up Golden Gate Canyon.  When the car began to roll backwards, that's when we'd stop and pitch our tent.

Consequently, I am a big armchair traveler and have visited many of the 392 national parks via video and just a few in person. My favorite production produced by Ken Burns was shown on PBS last year and is available at the library: The National Parks: America's Best Idea. I have also been fortunate to visit many parks in person. Given that my bucket list is r-e-a-l-l-y long, I use the library's books and travelogues to help me prioritize my trips.

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