4/28/2011

Is your home famous?

Colorado is famous for its ability to blend the old with the new. Many of Colorado's neighborhoods have beautiful homes that were built in the early part of the 20th century. Many of these homes are situated throughout the Denver area, and some are even featured prominently in publications available through the State Publications Library. You can find information on religious properties, The National Register of Historic places, The Colorado State Register of Historic Properties, The Colorado Historical Society and the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Some publications include pictures! See what homes looked like when they were first built and compare them to how they look today.

Check out a Guide to Colorado's Historic Architecture and Engineering, and similar publications at the State Publications Library.

Distracted Driving

April is National Distracted Driver Awareness Month. Many people think of distracted driving mostly as involving cell phones, whether talking or texting. But according to the Colorado Department of Transportation website, distracted driving also includes the following common occurrences, among others: Eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading maps, using a PDA or navigation system, watching videos, and fiddling with the radio station or other music device. All of these things are frequently the cause of accidents, and by bringing awareness to this common problem Distracted Driving Month can help people recognize these problem behaviors and help save lives. In many states, distracted driving can also be against the law; in Colorado, teen drivers are not allowed to use a cell phone in any way, and adult drivers are not allowed to text while driving. To find out more about distracted driving in Colorado, see:


4/26/2011

Landscape Architecture

Did you know that April is National Landscape Architecture Month? The Dept. of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) website tells us that it is celebrated in April because today, April 26, is the birthday of America's greatest landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead, designer of New York's Central Park and many other parks and landscapes across the nation. If you are looking for a landscape architect to bring their design expertise to your home or business, or are interested in becoming a licensed landscape architect yourself, check DORA's Landscape Architect Licensure page to download a list of licensed landscape architects and find out all you need to know about licensure.

4/21/2011

Educator Effectiveness

After the passage of SB10-191 last year, "educator effectiveness" has become a major priority for Colorado education. The Colorado Department of Education has created a new Educator Effectiveness webpage with all the information teachers and parents need on the new law, including information on licensure, evaluation, professional development, and more. The page also includes a link to the final report of the State Council for Educator Effectivness.

4/14/2011

History of Colorado Medicine

Colorado has a long history of medical care and innovations, with many of the state's early settlers choosing Colorado for it's "climate cure" of consumption (tuberculosis) and other respiratory diseases rampant in the eastern U.S. Today, Colorado is recognized as having several of the nation's leading research hospitals, including the University of Colorado Medical Center and National Jewish Hospital. This is also a time for extensive growth of hospitals as well. In Denver, both St. Joseph's Hospital and National Jewish Hospital are expanding, St. Anthony's Central Hospital is moving to a new site near the Denver Federal Center, and in the last several years Children's Hospital and Univeristy of Colorado Hospital have moved into the innovative new Anschutz Medical Campus. So if you're interested in finding out about these institutions beginnings, as well as early health care practices in our state, we have a number of publications here in our library dealing with the history of medicine in Colorado, including:

  • Attitudes on Altitude: Pioneers of Medical Research in Colorado's High Mountains

  • Dr. Charles David Spivak: A Jewish Immigrant and the American Tuberculosis Movement

  • For a Child's Sake: History of the Children's Hospital, Denver, Colorado, 1919-1990

  • The University of Colorado School of Medicine: A Millennial History

  • A Medical Gentleman: James J. Waring, M.D.

  • The University of Colorado School of Medicine: A Centennial History, 1883-1983

  • Health in Colorado: The First 100 Years

4/11/2011

Libraries Rock! (National Library Week)

Many people do not realize how valuable libraries are for their communities. In these tough economic times, libraries are busier than ever. In addition to free books, CDs, videos and Internet service, librarians and library workers have been assisting people with online job searching, and providing entrepreneurs with the information they need to start a new business.

The Colorado State Library has developed a statewide library awareness campaign to shift the general public’s perceptions so they understand that libraries change with the times, are not just building full of books, and that they provide critical help to people during times of personal or community transition. Check out the What's Next?! website for more information.

If you're interested in putting a monetary figure on the value of libraries, take a look at "Public Libraries: A Wise Investment" from the Library Research Service for details on library return on investment (ROI).

Another publication that may be of interest is "The State of America's Libraries," a report from the American Library Association.

April 10 - 16 is National Library Week. Take time to visit your local library and discover the great services they have available.

4/07/2011

Springtime Wildlife

Hooray, it's spring! I saw my first robin of spring this morning, but I live in the city...if you go to the less inhabited parts of Colorado, you will find many wonderful species of wildlife for viewing. Spring is a great time for wildlife viewing because not only are birds and animals emerging either from hibernation or warmer climates, but sometimes exotic species of birds will pass through Colorado briefly on their way to other locales. The Colorado Division of Wildlife has produced two illustrated guides on wildlife in the spring: Spring Wildlife Viewing and Hearken! It's Spring. Not only does springtime wildlife viewing present new and exciting species, it is also a time for viewing adorable baby animals. So get your ducks in a row with these handy publications and then enjoy the interesting wildlife our state has to offer!

4/05/2011

I-70 closed for Rockfall Mitigation

Today I-70 will be closed between Empire and Silverthorne for rockfall mitigation in the Georgetown area. There is a large, unstable cluster of boulders above the highway that will be removed. More information about the closure is available on the Colorado Department of Transportation website.

If you are curious about rockfall and why it happens, a great place to start is "Rockfall in Colorado" an issue of RockTalk from the Colorado Geological Survey. It has basic information on rockfalls and how rockfall events can be mitigated or avoided.

If you are more interested in the geological details and rockfall risk assessment, check out "Modification and Statistical Analysis of the Colorado Rockfall Hazard Rating System." This report details a fascinating study conducted by the Colorado Department of Transportation, that analyzes the geological structures around Colorado, and ranks them based on the likelihood of potential rockfall.

The Colorado Geological Survey's rockfall website is another useful source of information.

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