Reviews and Blog Posts: databases

Putting your garden to bed

It's that time of the year for gardeners that is both bitter and sweet. It is sad to reflect on the end of the harvest of beautiful flowers, delicious fruits and vegetables. At the same time, it is wildly liberating to think that the endless weeding, watering and energy required to maintain that garden is drawing to a close. There's something almost cathartic about looking out on a snowy landscape knowing your gardening chores are mostly done.

All you have to do is remember these simple ABC's for end of the season gardening:

A - Amend the soil
Have your soil tested and make the necessary adjustments. If you do it in the fall, by spring your soil will be ready to plant. Contact your County Extension Office for soil testing laboratories.

B - Bring in the last of the fruits and vegetables that won't survive frost

Is the Purple Pill Right for You? - Get Health Information Online

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. 

Learn more in our free class, Is the Purple Pill Right for You?

"...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:

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!

Listen to Audio eBooks While Knitting or Decorating a Cake!

Fresh City Life My Branch has programs for the crafty adults out there as well as those of you with questions about downloading eBooks and eAudios and using DPL's databases.

Want to learn how to knit or improve your skills? Join the Sit 'n Knit group at the Bear Valley Branch on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. This is a group for both experienced knitters willing to share their knowledge and newbies wanting to increase their knitting know-how. Fiber hosts are Kathy Orth and Charlotte Updike.

NoveList

Girls

Looking for a great book? Loved the last book you read and yearn for a similar read?

NoveList is a database that you can access through DPL’s website.  It is found under Research and then under Books & Literature. Type in a title and on the right side of the screen, it will recommend 9 similar books.

New source for current New York Times

New York Times

Our New York Times database is now available from Newsbank. In a continuing effort to make efficient use of scarce library funds, we regularly evaluate our databases and found that we had duplication of content.

The current New York Times full text is available in our America's Newspapers package from Newsbank. As a cost-saving measure, we are now linking directly to the New York Times from Newsbank.

Legal Matters

At the reference desk, we are asked a wide range of interesting questions, some involving the law. 

How old do I need to be to legally ride a moped?
What are my rights if I am pulled over by the police?
My boyfriend is in jail. What do I do?
I need a will. Can you help me find a form?

Librarians can not give legal advice or counsel, but we can refer you to resources readily available to you.

The library's online legal resources and forms are immensely helpful. You can browse the Colorado Revised Statutes and even search for specific terms. You can find legal forms including leases, wills, affidavits, and much more. Whether you need help finding a lawyer, settling a landlord dispute or answering questions about citizenship and immigration, the library has resources to help you get started.

Finding Your Next Favorite Book

Looking for something great to read? Need to know what title is next in a series? Where do you look for reviews and author information for your next book group title? Visit us at Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library, Wednesday July 28 at noon for a tour of the library database Novelist.

Novelist is just one of the amazing databases that the library makes available free with your library card. I love helping book club members find that next great title, as well as find supplemental information that takes the conversation deeper when they meet.

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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