Year-End Top 10 Lists

It's that time of year when all the websites and blogs are publishing top 10, 10 best, 10 worst, etc. lists, so I thought our library blog can get in on the act! Here goes:

Top 10 most frequently checked out items in our library:

  1. Elk Hunting Colorado (DVD). Colorado Division of Wildlife, 2006.

  2. Fly Fishing Colorado (DVD). Colorado Division of Wildlife, 2008.

  3. Down to the Bone: Quick and Easy Method for Deboning Elk in the Field (DVD). Colorado Division of Wildlife, 2006.

  4. Western Voices: 125 Years of Colorado Writing. Colorado Historical Society, 2004.

  5. Colorado: A History of the Centennial State, 4th ed. University Press of Colorado, 2005.

  6. Messages in Stone: Colorado's Colorful Geology. Colorado Geological Survey, 2003.

  7. Gold Panning and Placering in Colorado. Colorado Geological Survey, 1992.

  8. Laws Governing the Practice of Barbering/Cosmetology in the State of Colorado. Colorado Dept. of Regulatory Agencies, 1987.

  9. Colorado: A History of the Centennial State, 3rd ed. University Press of Colorado, 1994.

  10. Hell's Belles: Prostitution, Vice, and Crime in Early Denver. University Press of Colorado, 2002.

Top 10 most frequently downloaded documents in our digital repository:

  1. Colorado Behavior Resource Manual, Colorado Department of Education, 2006.

  2. Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP), Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, 2008.

  3. Drainage Design Manual, Colorado Department of Transportation, 2004.

  4. State Sex Offender Treatment Programs, Colorado Department of Corrections, 2000.

  5. Colorado Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) Approved Evaluation Instrumentation for Substance Abuse Using Adolescents and Adults, Colorado Department of Human Services, 2007.

  6. Best Management Practices for Colorado Corn, Colorado State University, 2003.

  7. Strictly Enforcing Colorado Seat Belt Laws to Save Lives, Colorado Department of Transportation, 2003.

  8. Colorado Motor Vehicle Industry License Law Manual, Colorado Department of Revenue, 2004.

  9. CDOT Local Agency Manual, Colorado Department of Transportation, 2002.

  10. When is it Legal to Leave Children Alone? Colorado Department of Human Services, 2003.

Happy New Year from the Colorado State Publications Library!


Union Station

Denver's Union Station has been in the news lately as a plan for the old train station's redevelopment as a hotel and multi-modal transit hub has been in the works. Union Station was originally built in 1881 but was destroyed by fire in 1894. It was rebuilt soon after with a large stone clocktower. In 1914 the clocktower was removed and the center section of the Station was replaced with the Beaux Arts structure seen today. For information on government's role in the project, see this Issue Brief from the Colorado Legislative Council.


Snow and Ice

Last night heavy snow began piling up in Colorado. If you're out driving, be careful - especially those not used to driving on icy, snowy roads. Before heading out, take a look at Slick Tips, the Colorado Dept. of Transportation's handy winter driving guide, and check road conditions on cotrip.org.

Planning some fun in the snow? If you're into snowmobiling, Colorado State Parks has issued several brochures on the subject, including Colorado Snowmobiling Facts and Snowmobile Colorado!: Snowmobile Safety and You. Make sure you're aware of what to do in case of an avalanche. In our library you will find Avalanche Wise: Your Guide to Avalanche Safety in Colorado. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center also offers safety courses.

If you're interested in the science of snow, our library has many interesting publications on the subject, such as Colorado State University's The Snow Booklet: A Guide to the Science, Climatology, and Measurement of Snow in the United States. Our library includes many research studies from both CSU's Atmospheric Science Department and CU-Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, as well as from the Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources' Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Also, we have an interesting CSU publication from 1901, Forests and Snow.


Christmas Bird Count

Every year for 112 years, American bird enthusiasts have gathered between December 14 and January 5 for the Annual Christmas Bird Count (see the Colorado Division of Wildlife's press release). The Bird Count is an annual census of bird populations that helps scientists understand bird population changes.

If you're interested in Colorado's birds, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has published a number of guidebooks that are available from our library. You can read about the Christmas Bird Count on the CDOW's website, and you can also find out more about birding at the CDOW's Colorado Birding Trail website. Some of the publications you can find in our library include the Colorado Wildlife Viewing Guide; A Birding Primer; and the Colorado Birding Trail guides for southeastern and southwestern Colorado. You can also check out a DOW video called Wonders on the Wing: Colorado's Migratory Songbirds. If you like watching birds but don't want to go far from home, check out How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard and Attracting and Feeding Birds in Winter.


Citizen's Guide to Government

If you have an issue of concern with a Colorado state government agency, and you're not sure where to start, contact the Citizen's Advocate Office. For a list of the type of things they can handle, vist their FAQ.

Each state agency has someone designated as a citizen's advocate to help the public with difficulties or complaints. A new directory of these advocates, the Citizen's Guide to Colorado State Government has just been released.


Colorado, As Experienced by Diverse Groups

Colorado, like the United States as a whole, is a place of many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups, all of which have have influenced the history of our state. Here is a sampling of some of the publications in our collection that tell the story of Colorado's diverse groups, and how they all contributed to the state we know today.

The Anasazi of Mesa Verde and the Four Corners
Tell Me, Grandmother: Traditions, Stories, and Cultures of Arapaho Peoples
The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado and New Mexico

Italy in Colorado

A Chinaman's Chance
Colorado's Japanese Americans

La Gente: Hispano History and Life in Colorado

Colorado Catholicism and the Archdiocese of Denver, 1857-1989
Pioneers, Peddlers & Tsadikim: The Story of Jews in Colorado

Long Vistas: Women and Families on Colorado Homesteads


Colorado Business Resource Guide

Whether you're a new or experienced businessperson, Colorado's Office of Economic Development and International Trade has a resource that you'll want to keep handy: the Colorado Business Resource Guide. This helpful guide, written specific to Colorado, includes a checklist for starting a business, as well as information on taxes; marketing; financing; liabilities & insurance; trademarks, copyrights, and patents; business plans; and more.


Fracking and Oil in Colorado

There have been a lot of stories in the news lately about oil development in Colorado and concern about a technique called hydraulic fracturing or fracking. This technique uses a specially blended liquid which is pumped into a well under extreme pressure causing cracks in rock formations underground. These cracks in the rock then allow oil and natural gas to flow, increasing resource production. There is growing concern that hydraulic fracturing can lead to groundwater contamination. The process has been receiving a lot of attention due to increased drilling activity in the Denver Basin over the last few years. The latest issue of "Rock Talk" from the Colorado Geological Survey gives a nice overview: "Colorado's New Oil Boom --the Niobrara." The COGCC also has put together a great site on hydraulic fracturing information for public review.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has been monitoring the effects of oil and gas development on groundwater for many years. Many studies have shown that although some wells in the vicinity of active oil and gas rigs contain methane and other chemicals, the origin of the chemicals was from a completely different source than from the nearby oil wells. The reports are available online from the COGCC library. Reports focusing on the Denver Julesburg Basin as well as other areas of Colorado are included.

The Legislative Council Staff have published an Issue Brief on hydraulic fracturing that gives background information, and details current laws and regulations surrounding the issue.


Music History

Since ancient times, a love of music has always been something we humans shared. Over the centuries and even decades, music and peoples' tastes in music have evolved dramatically, but whether it's ancient tribal tunes, classical symphonies, or rock-n-roll, music has always been and continues to be an important part of the cultural life of people across the world. Here in our library, you can find several interesting sources that will teach you about the history of music in Colorado and the United States, including:

  • Orpheus in the Wilderness: A History of Music in Denver, 1860-1925, by Henry Miles. Published by the Colorado Historical Society, this engaging book offers offers more than a history of early Denver's music scene - it's an incredible resource for discovering the facets of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century "pop culture."

  • The American Music Research Center Journal is a periodical published by the University of Colorado Boulder's School of Music since 1991. In 2006, they issued a special publication titled 'In the Good Old Summertime': An Illustrated History of American Popular Sheet Music from the American Music Research Center; and the following year published Yankee Doodle Melodies: An Illustrated History of American Patriotic and Presidential Sheet Music from the American Music Research Center. These special publications as well as all the issues of the Journal contain interesting research on music in American history and culture.

  • Enduring Legacies: Ethnic Histories and Cultures of the Colorado Borderlands contains a chapter on "Music of Colorado and New Mexico's Rio Grande."

  • Colorado Heritage Magazine and its' predecessor, Colorado History Magazine, offer many interesting articles on music history in Colorado. Some of the Heritage articles that explore Colorado music history include "Cowboy Songs: From the Open Range to the Radio," 1981; "Katharine Lee Bates and 'America the Beautiful,'" Summer 1989; "Singing Colorado's Praises," Spring 1992; "The Denver Symphony Orchestra," Autumn 1992; "Astronauts to Zephyr: Colorado's Music of the 1960s," Winter 1997; "Opera in Denver," Spring 1999; and "A Folk Music Mecca," Winter 2006. Henry Miles, author of Orpheus in the Wilderness, also wrote a series of articles for Colorado Heritage that later became incorporated into the book.


Colorado in the Civil War

Lately, Civil War history has come into the spotlight as it began 150 years ago this year, and many anniversary events are taking place. Today, December 6, is the 146th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which ended slavery in 1865.

While many think of the Civil War as being fought mostly in the East, Colorado did have a role. The Colorado Volunteers fought in the Battle of Glorieta Pass (which actually took place in what is now New Mexico) in what is called the "Gettysburg of the West" against Confederate Texans. (Less gloriously, the Colorado Volunteers also fought in the "Indian Wars" and were responsible for the Sand Creek Massacre, which destroyed around 200 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians).

Did you know, there are more books written about the Civil War than any other event in American History? Two interesting books in our library collection, both published by the Colorado Historical Society, shed light on the Colorado Volunteers' service in the Civil War: Colorado Volunteers in the Civil War: The New Mexico Campaign in 1862; and This Soldier Life: The Diaries of Romine H. Ostrander, 1863-1865, in Colorado Territory.


Colorado 2-1-1

Do you have health questions and don't know where to turn? Do you need information about financial assistance and other human services? Are you elderly, disabled, a struggling youth, or a victim of poverty or abuse, and need someone to talk to about your situation? Are you homeless and looking for shelter? Do you need counseling but don't know where to go? Or are you searching for volunteer opportunities? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can call 2-1-1 in Colorado to receive health and human service information and referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

*Remember: 2-1-1 is not for emergencies. If you have an emergency, you should still call 911!*

Colorado 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that was set up by the Federal Communications Commission. You can find more information on the 2-1-1 service specific to Colorado at their website, www.211colorado.org. In 2010, the Colorado Legislature sent a Joint Memorial to Congress in support of the service. That same year, the Legislature passed a bill to assist the service by creating a tax checkoff for Colorado taxpayers to donate to fund the program. You can find more ways to help by visiting their website.

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