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AskColorado's 7th Anniversary

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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.

Creating Communities Website: Survey

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Have you had a chance to check out the new Creating Communities website? Take this short survey and tell us what you think.

The Creating Communities website is live! We encourage you all to explore the website and learn more about the history of Denver.

Streaming Music Databases - Send-to-Mobile

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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:
 

Oxford Dictionaries Online

Oxford Dictionaries Online is a handy resource for help with word definitions, modern usage, grammar, punctuation and even puzzles.

Find it under Research - Dictionaries and Encyclopedias, right next to the old standby Oxford English Dictionary which gives more of the etymology and changes in a word's use over time. Library card required.

Healthcare.gov - your one-stop-shop for information on the Affordable Care Act

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Healthcare.gov is now available to help you understand the new Affordable Care Act. Learn what's changing and when, and find insurance options to meet your needs.

When you're looking for more general information about your health, try the Library's Health resources - found under the Research tab. They are a great way to search for health information. Check the DPL Health Site to learn how to research health topics. Be sure to check out MedlinePlus! It is an easy-to-use service of the National Library of Medicine, and new resources are added daily.

Free Nonprofit Class : Learn to use the Foundation Directory Online

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Free nonprofit class July 13 or July 15, 2010.
Learn how to use the Foundation Directory Online to find funders for your organization.

Join us for a demonstration followed by hands-on research of the Foundation Directory Online, the nation's leading online funding research tool. Developed by the Foundation Center, a national nonprofit service organization founded over 50 years ago, it provides the most current, accurate, and comprehensive information available on U.S. grantmakers and their grants. This information is drawn from reliable sources, including IRS Form 990s, grantmaker web sites and annual reports, and the grantmakers themselves.

These classes are full. Registration is closed.

I must save this!

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When I find interesting articles or news items, I save them. Back in the day, I'd snip articles from newspapers and magazines (if they were my own!) or make photocopies. I had a huge mess of papers - important (or just interesting) articles and tidbits that I may not ever need, but didn't want to lose.

These days, there are better ways to go about it. If I find an interesting article online, I look for "ShareThis," "Bookmark," or an email button so I can send the article to myself. The ShareThis button - used on this site and many others - has a ton of options, so you can email or post to your Facebook, Twitter, delicious or just about any other account you can think of. In the catalog, it's called "Bookmark" and has similar options.

Home & Garden

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Are you looking for help with your garden or home project? Or looking to plan new projects as the rain falls?

Check out Home & Garden under Research for recommended web sites and for articles in subscription databases on gardening, home maintenance and repair. The site I'm most interested in today is CSU Extension Xeriscape Information (under Garden & Xeriscape.)

Resources about crude oil spills and health

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The Deep Water Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill has focused people's attention not only on the immediate environmental impact of the spill, but on the damage that will result in years to come, including concerns about health effects.

The National Library of Medicine has gathered useful information on Crude Oil Spills and Health from a variety of sources, including the Deep Water Horizon Unified Command official response, NOAA updates, chemical exposure and seafood contamination information from health and safety agencies, social media sites' information and more.

49th Anniversary of 1st American in Space

Today (May 5, 2010) is the 49th anniversary of Alan Shepard's 15-minute space flight - the first space flight by an American.

At 10:34 a.m. Eastern Daylight time on May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard was the first American launched into space. The story was front-page news in the New York Times, and probably every other paper in the land. Check out the NYT front page story.

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