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GOVERNMENT WEBSITES: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Estes Park, Colorado

Imagine that you are hiking and you come across a rare Mohave Desert Tortoise. Did you know that you can get a free app from a government web page that allows you to not only submit information on your findings, but also learn all about this threatened species?

These days, government web pages are the primary way that civilians interact with their government. Here is a list of 12 citizen-friendly and engaging Federal sites that will help you find what you need in a quick, efficient and often fun way:

HAVE YOU HUGGED YOUR BOOKMOBILE TODAY?

Wednesday, April 11, is National Bookmobile Day! Help us celebrate this roving resource by visiting the bookmobile and thanking our hardworking bookmobile staff, sending an email to the library, or voicing your support to community leaders.

Today's bookmobile has come a long way from the first one, which was introduced by Washington County, Maryland librarian Mary Titcomb and hit the road in 1905. The horse-drawn book wagon was "filled with an attractive collection of books and drawn by two horses, with Mr. Thomas the janitor both holding the reins and dispensing the books."

MONSTER MAKEUP FX - HOW A SMALL BUSINESS BECAME FRIGHTENINGLY SUCCESSFUL

Midian Crosby

When Midian Crosby saw Michael Jackson's Thriller video at the age of six, she was instantly obsessed with monsters. She borrowed older brother Shawn's Fangoria magazines, watched Elvira and developed empathy for misunderstood monsters like Frankenstein.

Supportive parents who encouraged her interests supplied her with dark children's stories and movies such as the Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddy Kruger, aliens and werewolves made her happy; what really frightened her were parasites, snakes and spiders.

Magazine of the Month - Mental Floss

Do you like trivia? Are you a fan of "Jeopardy"? Need to find the answers to such burning questions as - Does hand sanitizer really work? If I touch a baby bird, will its mother abandon it? Then this is the magazine for you.

Started in 2001 by a couple of students at Duke University, Mental Floss presents facts and trivia in a fun and entertaining style. You will find information on science, history, literature, music, popular culture and just about anything else you can think of all in a lighthearted style.

NONPROFIT OF THE MONTH: WILD B.I.R.D. INFORMATION AND REHABILITATION OF DENVER

If you ask to use the restroom at the Wild B.I.R.D. Information and Rehabilitation Center of Denver, you'll have some company, since you'll have to share with a duck taking a bath or a cormorant preening before the mirror.

On the day of my visit, there were about 240 birds at the center - most of them sick or injured and a few who just couldn't find enough to eat over the winter and needed a little R&R before being released. Lodgings range from incubators to paper towel-lined baskets to large habitats, or "flights." There is no caste system here - chickens, ducks, great blue herons, snowy egrets, grebes, western tanagers and pigeons ("the most maligned bird," according to my tour guide, Judi Vietmeyer) all receive the same level of care.

A little (tax) help?

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Tax Day is April 17 this year, but it's still just around the corner. The IRS mails out fewer paper forms each year. They can be downloaded, or copied from the reproducible set at the Central Library.

The Piton Foundation will find free tax preparation help locations near you.

LOOKING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES

Is your last name Zolp? Are you under 4'10"? A Displaced Aurarian? If so, you may qualify for an Unusual Scholarship.

If not, we have other resources that can help.

There are several ways that you can seek money for your education, even if you're not a straight A student (check out the $1000.00 A GPA Isn't Everything Scholarship). Many students begin by talking with the guidance counselor of the college they will be attending. You can also research local entities, such as where you or your parents work, Kiwanis Clubs or the church or synagogue that you attend.

Bonus! America's Newspapers - Newsbank Special Reports

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Did you know that our newspaper database America's Newspapers offers Special Reports on timely topics?

NewsBank’s Special Reports are news articles, images, videos and other timely content so you can quickly locate information on a specific subject. Each Report features current and retrospective coverage, and new articles are added daily.

All Special Reports are listed on the left side bar from America's Newspapers

Here are some of the Special Reports that may be of particular interest:

March Topics and Monthly Themes

NONPROFIT OF THE MONTH: CLOTHES TO KIDS OF DENVER

Program Director and grant writer Katie Jones has always been interested in connecting people in need with material necessities.

I recently caught up with Katie while she was researching grant opportunities with the Foundation Directory Online here at the Central Library. "I've been drawn to helping professions for as long as I can remember," she said, "so I chose psychology as my major in college and recently earned my Master in Social Work from the University of Denver. My social work program helped connect me to Clothes to Kids of Denver."

A long time coming - the Civil Rights Movement

Fifty years ago in the early 1960's, the Civil Rights Movement was gaining national attention. But unbeknownst to many, African Americans had been working to gain political and economic rights for almost a century. A growing sense of urgency fanned the fire, rooted in the belief that change could wait no longer. 

Laws enacted in many southern state legislatures known as Jim Crow laws continued to separate the races in restaurants, schools, theaters, parks and other public facilities. Outrage over poll taxes and the lack of voting rights for blacks brought waves of college students from the north in a massive push to register black voters particularly in Mississippi. Marches, protests, and interventions by the National Guard were becoming commonplace in the South.

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