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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.

YOU AUTO TRY THIS DATABASE

Don't you just hate it when the gasket flanges on your '84 Caddie rust? Try our online version of Auto Repair Reference Center and get instructions with diagrams to fix this and many other car-related issues. (Available with DPL card).

In addition to the illustrated automotive repair manuals from the Chilton Total Car Series covering 21,000 vehicles, you will find:

WHEN THERE'S SOMETHING STRANGE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Use these resources to find out demographics, psychographics, how much your neighbors paid for their house or haunted places in your community.

Things you want to know:

DPL's Creating Your Community website features picture galleries, history, famous people and historic buildings for seven Denver neighborhoods. The myDENVER section is a place for you to share your Denver history by uploading photographs and stories and engaging in conversations to enrich your Denver community.

Get prepared by using Learning Express

Is a professional or academic test in your future? Then try Learning Express to get ready.

Available to Denver Public Library cardholders, Learning Express offers an exhaustive list of online preparation books and practice tests in areas including:

• GED, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, SAT
• Civil Service entrance exams
• Plumbing, electrical, firefighter
• Math, science, reading comprehension

Resources For Ex-Offenders

Did you know:
It costs an average of $28,759 a year to house someone in prison.
The size of Colorado’s prison population has increased four-fold in the past 20 years and is expected to grow to over 27,000 people by 2013.
For those released on mandatory parole in Colorado, 65% will be returned to prison within three years.

The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) is a non-profit organization that was formed to halt the exponential growth in the state prison population and to advocate for reintegration and alternatives to prison.  Their 200-page book Go: Getting on After Getting Out provides extensive information to help people prepare for release and successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities.

Great lakes and BBQ apps

Summer is here - time for summer trips and outdoor fun.

Looking for ideas for fun trips in Colorado? How about cooling off at one of Colorado's alpine lakes. The June issue of 5280 has an article on seven great alpine lakes in Colorado - including Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon - just designated a National Natural Landmark.

Bindweed Beware!

No Bindweed! Image

This spring I vowed to stop using Roundup and other pesticides in my yard and garden. I thought I knew what I needed in order to begin my newest battle against the onslaught of bindweed, but on a whim I looked up bindweed in the library's database of Gardening, Landscaping & Horticulture Articles and got even more help for my fight!

In seconds, I had 7 articles to read. The first article listed had two pieces of information I wasn't aware of previously that I'm going to add to my strategy: it's more effective to attack the bindweed with a spot treatment in the fall (in my case, with my new product of choice--vinegar), and if you water the weeds first, the plants will be healthier, photosynthesize more and thus more of the vinegar will make it to the root system. My next vow? Use the library's databases more!

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