6.27.2013

Summer Reading Programs

For decades libraries have been sponsoring summer reading programs to help keep kids' reading skills current through the summer months, as well as interest children in reading for pleasure beyond just reading for school.  This year's theme is "Dig Into Reading."  (View a flyer on the program here.)  The Colorado State Library has published several documents describing the positive impact of summer reading programs.  See Summer in Colorado Means Reading Programs for All AgesThe Impact of Summer Reading Programs in Colorado Libraries; and Summer Reading Fun Facts.

6.26.2013

The Economic Power of Heritage and Place

Did you know that if you own a historic building, you own an economic asset?  Studies have proven that the preservation of historic structures is directly linked to a stronger economy.  Historic places attract tourists, encourage investment in community, promote sustainability, and can provide owners with state and federal tax credits.  It's all outlined in a new recent study from the Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation entitled The Economic Power of Heritage and Place:  How Historic Preservation is Building a Sustainable Future in Colorado.  A previous study from this office, The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation in Colorado, further describes why historic preservation is a financially sound idea.  If you're deciding whether to keep a historic building or replace it with a new one, keep some of these facts in mind:  1) you can get tax credits for preserving a historic building that you couldn't get with a new structure -- that means money in your pocket.  2) Owners of commercial and public buildings can apply for State Historical Fund grants.  3) Historic buildings were built to last for hundreds of years.  Today's new construction is only meant to last for fifty years.  4)  Waste from building demolition is the second-highest contributor to landfills in America, after paper.  As any preservationist will tell you, "the greenest building is the one already built."  So invest in your community today and consider the outstanding economic benefits of historic preservation. 

6.25.2013

Drought Resources

Explorer Stephen Long called Colorado "the Great American Desert," and true to his observation, the state is currently experiencing a  severe drought.  This map from the USDA shows what parts of the country are currently experiencing drought, and all of Colorado is highlighted, with the metro area and north central part of the state under "moderate" drought conditions while other parts are "severe," "extreme," or "exceptional," as is the case for southeastern Colorado.  For more information on drought in Colorado see the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan and Historical Perspectives on Colorado DroughtFor resources on dealing with drought at your home or farm, these publications from the Colorado State University Extension can be particularly useful:
Other drought-related publications available from our library include:

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6.17.2013

Health Warning: Hepatitis A linked to frozen berries purchased from Costco

The Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment has confirmed 12 cases of Hepatits A linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries, sold at Costco stores.  Another 49 cases are under investigation.  If you purchased the 3-pound bag of this product with UPC 0 78414 404448, throw the bag away - even if you have eaten some of the product without getting sick. 

For more information on Hepatitis A in Colorado, see these documents from the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, available from our library:

6.13.2013

Colorado Wildfire Resources

From the State of Colorado homepage, www.colorado.gov:

Colorado Wildfire Resources

Information on current Colorado wildfires can be obtained from the following websites, which are updated regularly during incidents:


6.11.2013

Governor's Summer Job Hunt

CDLE-EmployTrain BannerAre you a high school student looking for work this summer?  Or, are you an employer looking to hire young people?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may want to check out the Governor's Summer Job Hunt program, sponsored by the Colorado Dept. of Labor and Employment and the Colorado Governor's Office.  The program is a free employment service that matches young adults ages 16-21 with summer jobs according to their skills and interests.  The program has helped over 500,000 young people find seasonal employment since 1981.  To participate, visit one of the Summer Job Hunt offices located at Workforce Centers around the state.  Additionally, information is available to anyone on the program website, including brochures, tips on finding a job, marketing yourself, job applications, resume writing, job interviews, employee rights, and more. 

6.10.2013

Colorado Corrections Statistics

The Colorado Dept. of Corrections has a new interactive statistics feature on their website.  Dashboard Measures provides customizable statistics on inmate populations, admissions and releases, prison behavior (i.e. administrative segregation, positive drug tests), prison work programs, and community corrections and parole.  For instance, you can see that the number of inmates currently in administrative segregation (solitary confinement) has dropped from 4.6% (930 inmates) to 3.9% (686 inmates) of the total inmate population between June 2012 and April 2013.  This site can be very useful to journalists, law enforcement personnel, social workers, and anyone else needing data on Colorado correctional populations.

6.06.2013

D-Day Radio Broadcasts

Did you know that you can listen to online recordings of radio broadcasts from D-Day, courtesy of the Colorado State Archives?  Recorded by NBC on June 6, 1944, the historic recordings were given to Colorado Governor Stephen L.R. McNichols in 1957.  They found a home at the Colorado State Archives and are now available online.  These recordings give fascinating insight into history as it unfolded.  Pictured below is a copy of the cover of the recording given to Governor McNichols. 


6.04.2013

New Resource: No DUI Colorado

Several state agencies have teamed up to offer Coloradans a new resource, No DUI Colorado (www.noduicolorado.org).  This helpful site is divided into three sections: 
  1. Preventing a DUI
  2. I got a DUI.  Now what? 
  3. Resources
The site also includes basic information on what constitutes a DUI or DWAI; DUI statistics and surveys; news; and a handy blood alcohol level calculator.  The State of Colorado has provided this resource to help all drivers make smart choices and avoid driving under the influence so that everyone stays safe on the road.  No DUI Colorado is especially helpful for new young drivers or for those who have had drunk driving problems in the past. 

The website is sponsored by the Colorado Dept. of Transportation, the Colorado Dept. of Human Services, the Interagency Task Force on Drunk Driving, the Colorado Judicial Branch, the Colorado Dept. of Revenue, and the Colorado State Patrol.

6.03.2013

Tornado Safety

This is the time of year when tornadoes are a threat, so it's important to know what to do in case a tornado strikes or a funnel cloud is spotted.  The state of Colorado-sponsored www.ReadyColorado.com is full of helpful preparedness information, including blog postings on Colorado Tornado Preparedness and creating a Family Communications Plan in case of a tornado.  This website can also assist you with creating a preparedness plan for your family, neighborhood, school, business, finances, people with disabilities, and pets/livestock

For additional information, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Tornadoes page and the Tornado Annex from the Colorado State Emergency Operations Plan, produced by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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