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Why are (some) dolls so creepy?

Creepy dolls

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?

future

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.

Government Recalls Quiz - Exploding toilets? Partial Finger Amputations?

Easy Bake Oven

A recent Washington Post blog headline said "It’s the worst year ever for auto recalls." You definitely hear a lot about automobile recalls in the news. Food recalls, drug recalls, consumer goods recalls, cosmetics recalls. The U.S. Coast Guard even investigates boat recalls.

Seven Commandments of Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping

I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving, but Holiday craziness and shopping stresses me out - it all seems to be creep further into the loveliness and peacefulness of Thanksgiving every year.  

One of my favorite resources, Consumer Reports, has put out a useful one-page guide to help shoppers manage spending and financial decisions through the holidays.  I especially like #5.  

The seven commandments they've come up with are:

Fighting Ebola with Information

Ebola Outbreak Info

Wouldn't it be great if everything you needed to know about the Ebola virus was in one place, easy to find, and from trusted sources? Instead, there's Facebook and Twitter, the Internet, radio, TV, newspapers, email and on and on...

Ebola in the News Quiz

ebola virus

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:

Got Research? Meet with a librarian - now available by chat!

Got Research?

Big school project to work on?

Term paper for English?

National History Day idea?

Debate to prepare for?

Not-so-big school assignment coming up?

Don't know where to start or just need some help?  

Who are the Yezidis (Yazidis)?

Yezidi boys

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

Test your knowledge! Timeliness? Beta? Value Line?

stock market cartoon

Here's some investment humor:  You know you've gone to the wrong stockbroker when you ask him/her to buy 1,000 shares in IBM and he/she asks you how to spell it.

Now that you're relaxed and done laughing, see how you do on the following quiz:

Beta, a measure calculated by Value Line, measures:

Extra! Extra! Denver Business Journal portal at DPL!

Denver Business Journal

Good news for Denver Business Journal readers!! The Denver Public Library has a new online Denver Business Journal portal available from any Denver Public Library location.

The online portal provides access to articles published on an ongoing basis and links to special features like Biz Leads, Court Records, Current Lists, and People on the Move. Additionally, there are links to the digital editions of the weekly print publication as well as the Book of Lists and other special publications.

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