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Versatile, Sustainable, Influential Bamboo

Image: panda

Did you know that bamboo:

Was the first plant to re-green after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945?
Is actually a grass that can grow 3-4 feet in 24 hours?
Provides houses for over 1 billion people?
Is a crucial element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
Has the tensile strength of mild steel?
Furnishes 90% of a panda's diet?

No wonder bamboo is considered to be a critical element for lifting thousands of people in developing countries out of poverty. Its fast growth and many options for large uses, such as flooring or building materials, benefit small-scale farmers as well as those employed in the construction industry.

Magazine of the Month - Make

Discover your inner geek with Make magazine.

Make is a quarterly magazine published by O'Reilly Media that focuses on do-it-yourself projects involving computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking as well as other crafts. Think of it as a younger hipper Popular Science.

"...I've got the Homework Blues"

It's the age old dilemma for parents. You are so ready for the kids to be back in school, but then there's that dreaded homework. How can the library turn homework headaches into homework heaven? Our mantra for you is "be prepared" and we're no Boy Scouts. Follow June Cleaver's lead and be ready when they say those dreaded words at 10 pm, "I have a paper due tomorrow..."

With only your library card in hand you are armed with an arsenal of homework help for all ages. Our database selection is available 24/7 so you can be the parental role model you've always wanted to be. Share this knowledge with "your" special student and then gleefully leave them to do their own work. Here are some favorites divided into age groups that are sure to please.

Elementary students:

Why not have a Labor Day Party

The first Labor Day  was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, and who we have to thank for its creation is hotly disputed. 

Was it Peter Mcguire or Matthew Maguire?  Whichever camp you're in, you can celebrate the American worker (and get rid of the overage from your garden) by hosting a Labor Day party. 

LIBRARIAN ON VACATION? - ONE FOR THE BOOKS!

If you met me at the Reference Desk, you'd be surprised to find that I spent my vacation on the back of a big, red Harley Davidson, touring Colorado and Wyoming for 10 days.  At 64, I'm still a fledgling 'Biker Babe,' and this was my first long-distance trip.  I was a little apprehensive about those wide, open spaces, but with a little 'wild West' research in advance, the scenery really came to life!

The first leg of our trip took us to Estes Park, over Trail Ridge Road.  Roadside History of Colorado was the perfect book to learn about the early days of the Big Thompson Canyon, when Indians called it a trail.  By 1902, developing tourism in Estes demanded a road, and by 1904 the trip between Loveland and Estes could be made in a mere two days!  Northwestern Colorado became ranching country in the late 1800's, but it also became a war zone as cattlemen and sheepmen vied for the grass and water of the open r

LON CHANEY: MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES

Lon Chaney was born April 1, 1883, in Colorado Springs to deaf parents.  This contributed to his versatility as a silent film star as he became greatly skilled in communicating through pantomime, animated facial expression and sign language.

 

Desperately Seeking Someone?

Dog the Bounty Hunter

Whether you're Dog the Bounty Hunter or just looking for a long-lost cousin, we have the resources to help you succeed in locating someone who's gone missing.

If you want to start with the basics, check a few free websites such as Switchboard, DexKnows, or Zaba, a site that provides basic information including birth year, month, phone number and address (and deeper background information for a fee). Or try ReferenceUSA for standard white page listings and key business people by name.

HAVE AN IDEA? LET US HELP YOU PATENT IT.

Have you devised a product to make the world a better place while making you a lot of money?  If so, let us help you find the best resources to assist you in your journey to fame and fortune.

Conducting a thorough patent search is not easy, especially if you're a novice. Luckily, the Denver Public Library is a Patent and Trademark Depository Library, meaning that we have a core collection of helpful materials including books, microfilm, and access to Pubwest, a web-based search tool.  If your invention is only an idea, you'll want to start with the U.S.

Magazine of the Month - Skeptical Inquirer

Is time travel possible? Is that a secret missile launch or just jet contrails? Is the world going to end in 2012?

Crop circles, UFO's, ghosts in the attic - who you gonna call - the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry that's who. Skeptical Inquirer is the official journal of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI). CSI is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization started in 1976. The mission of the CSI is to promote scientific inquiry, critical investigations and the use of reason in examining paranormal and fringe-science matters, controversial and extraordinary claims.

Ceilings and Deadlines and Debt… Oh My!

Harold Lloyd in Safety Last!

Has the national debt debate left you hanging?  Is the ceiling too high for you already?

Quick, log on to your DPL Research Resources and instantly feel more grounded.  CQ Researcher offers a wealth of history, chronology and opposing viewpoints on this historic race to the national debt deadline. 
(Available with DPL card).  If that whets your appetite for more, check out the U.S.

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