House Resolution Recognizing Libraries

The Colorado House of Representatives has scheduled for today the consideration of HR17-1008, a resolution recognizing the importance of Colorado libraries.  The resolution states, in part, that "Colorado libraries are a vital and essential public resource that provide free and equal access to educational and recreational material and enrich the lives of all citizens."  The resolution goes on to stress the importance of IMLS funding for libraries.  And, in paragraph 9, State Publications is listed as one of our state's "essential library programs and services." 

You can watch the presentation of the resolution live on the House floor today (or, if you are reading this after today, you can view a recording) by going to the Colorado Channel.

The Colorado House chambers.  Photo by Tony Eitzel courtesy of Colorado General Assembly.


What is the Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws?

The Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws (CCUSL) is a commission under the auspices of the state General Assembly which compares state laws around the country and determines discrepancies between Colorado laws and other states on topics of potential national importance.  Each state has such a committee, which act as participants in the federal Uniform Law Commission (ULC). 

The topics examined by the CCUSL and ULC are varied in subject and scope.  The commission discusses various topics and makes recommendations for legislation.  For example, in 2016 the CCUSL authored five Senate Bills:  SB16-071, concerning registration of athletic agents; SB16-084, concerning "health care decision-making documents," SB16-085, concerning property trusts; SB16-088, concerning "fiduciary access to digital assets," and SB16-103, concerning domestic violence protection orders.  Two of these bills, SB16-085 and SB16-088, were passed into law.

You can find out about the CCUSL's work, and their legislative recommendations, in their annual reports.  These are available from our library back to 2002.  You can find out about the legislation CCUSL has proposed for the current 2017 session by viewing this blog post from the State Legislature.


Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado Rehabilitation Farms

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Farm Security Administration (FSA) sponsored a program to purchase under-performing farmland from poor farmers and resettle them in group farms to enhance cultivation.  Despite criticism from some who considered the program to be socialist collectivism, the federal government did establish some of these farms in Colorado.  Here in our state they partnered with the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station to administer the program.  The annual income & expense reports for the program have been digitized and are available from our library for 1937 (the first report), 1938, and 1939.  The coming of World War II eased some of the economic burdens on agriculture, and the program was abandoned by 1944.  Check out these reports for an interesting look into a mostly-forgotten chapter in Colorado's agricultural past.


Dental Health in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has many programs promoting oral/dental health.  Specific programs target Coloradans of various ages, such as the Cavity Free at Three program and the Dental Assistance for Seniors program.  CDPHE also oversees water fluoridation and keeps statistics on Coloradans' dental health.  For information on CDPHE's programs, see their website.  For publications about dental health in Colorado, check our library's online catalog.  Some examples of resources include


Colorado Egg Production

Buying Easter eggs this week?  You may not realize that the eggs you buy must go through a rigorous inspection process by the Colorado Department of Agriculture before they can appear on the shelves of your favorite grocery store.  Egg producers and dealers are required to be licensed by the state.*

The Colorado Egg Law and You and the Colorado Department of Agriculture's egg FAQs are two publications that discuss egg safety and quality.  Use this publication to learn about the inspection process; the difference between Grade AA, A, and B eggs; how to select organic or cage-free eggs; how you can keep eggs fresh longer; and how eggs are officially sized (from jumbo to peewee!)

*Some exceptions exist for small producers under the Colorado Cottage Foods Act.


Time Machine Tuesday: Gilpin County

During the Colorado Gold Rush, Gilpin County was one of the leading areas attracting miners and prospectors to attempt to strike it rich.  Today, as home to Central City and Black Hawk, two of the Colorado towns that allow gambling, people are still heading to Gilpin County to try to strike it rich.

In 1920 Thomas Maitland Marshall, a history professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, put together a lengthy volume of Early Records of Gilpin County, 1859-1861.  This wonderful resource has now been digitized by our library.  It contains a history of the Gold Rush in Gilpin County and reprints of hundreds of articles of correspondence, meeting minutes, mining district legal documents, and much more.  If you are researching an early Gilpin County mining district, you can now find all in one place the records you might have had to visit numerous libraries and archives to view.  This is a terrific resource for learning about the mining business in early Colorado.

For more resources on the history, geology, etc. of Gilpin County, search our library's web catalog.  Also be sure and check out Riches and Regrets:  Betting on Gambling in Two Colorado Mountain Towns, by Patricia A. Stokowski (University Press of Colorado, 1996) for a history of gambling in Gilpin County.  Among the recipients of gambling funds is the State Historical Fund, which preserves historic sites around Colorado, including many of the historic buildings in Gilpin County itself.  For more on the State Historical Fund, see Guide to Colorado Historic Places:  Sites Supported by the Colorado Historical Society's State Historical Fund, also available for checkout from our library.   

1860s views of Black Hawk and Central City.  Photos courtesy Denver Public Library Western History Department.


National Library Week

National Library Week is here!  Celebrated April 9-15 this year, Library Week "is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support," says the American Library Association.  Libraries provide a vital service in our communities and this week is a great time to show your support.  In our own library's collection are many resources that illustrate the impact and importance of all types of libraries:

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