Constitution Day

How well do you know the U.S. and Colorado constitutions?  September 17 is nationally recognized as Constitution Day, a day that encourages learning and familiarity with the Constitution.  The Colorado Secretary of State's Office publishes a booklet containing the Colorado and U.S. Constitutions, which they update whenever changes are made.  In our library you can find the past editions of these booklets, to compare and see how these documents (especially the Colorado Constitution) have changed over the years.  Also in our library you can find historical documents relating to the State Constitution, including a printing of the original 1876 Colorado Constitution and the Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of 1875.  Search our web catalog for more resources on the State and U.S. constitutions.


Colorado Local Food Products

Colorado's many agricultural products have made our state a great place for eating local.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture, with its Colorado Proud program, has highlighted Colorado's culinary contributions for years.  Recently, however, the locally-grown food movement has gained in popularity, and the new buzzword is agritourism.  This fall, the Colorado Tourism Office is helping to promote agritourism and local food products in Colorado with the Colorado Roots Restaurant Challenge.  In this contest, locally-owned restaurants can enter to win prizes for the best menu, website, advertising, decor, and design that promotes Colorado agritourism.  If you operate a locally-owned restaurant, enter today!  Contest ends October 1.  For a directory of Colorado restaurants that use local ingredients, check out the Colorado Proud Restaurant Guide.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has put together a helpful webpage of Agritourism Resources.  Be sure to also visit the Colorado Proud webpage for additional resources on local food products.  A fun feature of this webpage is that each month it highlights one Colorado-grown ingredient with a special recipe.

The Colorado State University's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics has also produced a number of reports on the local food movement, available from our library, including:


Saving for College

September is College Savings Month, and if you are ready to start saving for college, whether for yourself or for your children, the Colorado Department of Higher Education's CollegeInColorado.org is a helpful place to start.  On this website you can find interactive tools to help you design a personalized path to higher education, as well as information on scholarships, financial aid, and the State's CollegeInvest 529 college savings plan.  The site also includes a helpful Money 101 section.  Many of the resources on the site have been divided by audience -- middle school student, high school student, college-level student, parent, or workforce/adult student -- to help you find the information you need for your own particular situation.  This website is a great place to start for planning your higher education finances.



The Floods -- One Year Later

This cool and rainy day brings to mind the pouring rains of one year ago that caused the devastating 2013 floods, one of the largest natural disasters in our state's history.  Colorado has come a long way in the year since the flooding.  Earlier this week Governor Hickenlooper released a statement commemorating the flood anniversary, which included an update on funding and recovery.  This Saturday, September 13, has been designated by the State as the Colorado United Day of Service, on which citizens are encouraged to assist with the ongoing recovery. 

In the wake of the disaster, the State of Colorado set up the new Colorado United website to connect citizens with recovery information and assistance.  The website is still going and includes the latest updates and news, impacted areas, a blog, volunteer opportunities (yes, still needed), a map of the floods, home safety tips, road and travel information, and more.  Other helpful information can be found at the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Flood Resources webpage, which includes a photo gallery of the 2013 floods, and from the Colorado General Assembly's Flood Disaster Study Committee.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released a very helpful guide, After the Flood:  A Guide to Returning to Your Home and Cleaning UpOther environmental recovery resources can be found on CDPHE's webpage.

There are some encouraging stories.  The State Historical Fund has prepared a video about recovery and restoration of the Lyons Library, which was severely damaged.   This is but one of the many stories of how Coloradans have cleaned up, cleared out, and continued to work toward the renewal of their communities.

Boulder's Little Church in the Pines was severly damaged when its foundation was washed out during the flooding.  The State Historical Fund/History Colorado released this image showing the structure in the aftermath of the flood; during stabiliztion; and today. 


Enterovirus Outbreak

Yesterday the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a statement regarding the recent outbreak of enterovirus-D68, a rare respiratory virus that is mostly affecting children.  Several children have been hospitalized in Colorado; children with asthma or other respiratory conditions should be extra careful to avoid this contagious virus.  CDPHE is advising that people protect themselves by:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Making sure vaccinations, including the influenza vaccine, are up to date. 

  • For more information on childhood respiratory infections see Infectious Diseases in Child Care and School Settings from the CDPHE. See also the morbidity and mortality report from the CDC.

    Update 9/11/14:  The CDPHE has also released a Q&A fact sheet on enterovirus.