9/29/2011

Cookie Recipes

Did you know that October has been designated as Cookie Month? Then, in December, comes holiday cookies... Well, cookie baking can be very easy if you use a publication available in our library, Cookie Recipes from a Basic Mix for High Altitudes, published by the Colorado State University Extension. Using this little cookbook, you can mix up a basic cookie dough and use that same dough to make a wide variety of cookies, including brownies, chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon cookies, crispy bars, lemon drops, molasses cookies, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies... (Uh oh, I'm getting hungry, I better stop!). The basic mix is great for holidays when you want to have a variety of cookie types but don't have a lot of time for baking. You can also search our web catalog to find more high altitude recipes and baking tips in publications available from our collection.

9/27/2011

North I-25 Environmental Impact Study

The Colorado Department of Transportation has recently released an Environmental Impact Study regarding improvements for I-25 north of Denver. CDOT is allowing public comment on the project through October 3. For a quick overview of the project, which includes express bus stations, commuter rail lines, tolled express lanes, and changes in signal timing, ramp metering and signage, see the CDOT fact sheet here. Also, search our web catalog for more information on I-25, and Environmental Impact Statements for other transportation projects.

9/22/2011

Emergency Preparedness

Tomorrow, September 23, several places around the metro Denver area will be conducting large-scale emergency preparedness drills. While these drills will focus on preparing for terrorism-related incidents, Colorado residents should be prepared for all kinds of emergencies, both man-made and natural (e.g. tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, epidemics). The Colorado Division of Emergency Management has put together an informative blog with everything you need to know to prepare for a Colorado emergency. The site gives information on preparedness, training, mitigation/recovery, and much more. The state also sponsors Ready Colorado, an emergency preparedness agency. Their website can help you make a disaster plan, and find classes and materials that can help you learn more.

Be sure to check out some of the state documents, available from our library, that can help you with Colorado-specific disaster planning, including: State of Colorado Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan and Emergency Preparedness in Colorado. We also have many publications that deal with specific disasters, too many to list here, that cover everything from bomb scares to bird flu. Our library has quite a bit of information for farmers and ranchers regarding what to do with their livestock when disaster strikes; helping children, pets, and the elderly during and after disasters; emergency treatment of water supplies; and how to use emergency equipment such as masks and respirators. Search our web catalog for our many resources on disaster planning and response. Many of these documents can be accessed online.

9/20/2011

Legislative Redistricting

Today the new redistricting maps for the Colorado House and Senate were approved by the Colorado Reapportionment Commission. This happens every 10 years, following each census. There are some significant changes to the House and Senate districts. To view the maps, see the Denver Post article. For the final reports from the several previous decades' commissions, see: 2002; 1992; and 1982. A final report for the current Commission should be available next year.

9/15/2011

Always Learning

It's that time of year - back to school! But learning doesn't just take place at school. Kids need to learn at home, too. So how do you help your child learn all that he or she can, not just in school, but outside school, too? We have a number of resources in our library that can help parents engage their children in learning outside of school, and resources to help teachers connect with parents. So if you're a parent or a teacher looking to help connect a child's learning between school and home, you may be interested in:


  • School-Home Links. This CD-ROM, available from our library, is "a school-home reading program aligned with Colorado model content standards for reading and writing. Provides 100 reading activities in both English and Spanish for Kindergarten through 3rd grade to encourage greater family and community involvement in helping children improve reading skills and achievement."

  • Family Involvmenet in Schools. A 2008 study conducted by the Colorado Department of Education and the National Center for School Engagement.

  • Strengthening Parent Involvement: A Toolkit. A guide for school officials to help implement the parent involvement requirements of No Child Left Behind.

  • Parent Involvement Activities and Projects, A Resource Book for Reading Teachers. Although this is an older publication, it still has some handy ideas for teachers to help parents become involved in a child's reading.

  • Staying on Track as Your Child Grows and Learns. A brochure for parents describing child development by grade level.

  • Pizzas, Pennies and Pumpkin Seeds: Mathematical Activities for Parents and Children. How to use everyday objects to help your child learn math.

  • Reading Tips for Parents. A brochure for parents that promotes reading to your children.

For more publications of interest, search our web catalog.

9/13/2011

Foodborne Illness

Recently an outbreak of Listeriosis has caused a number of people to get sick in Colorado and surrounding states. Listeria and other foodborne illnesses, such as salmonella, E. coli and hepatitis A, can cause serious illness and are transmitted in a variety of ways, including unsafe handling and ingesting undercooked foods. So how can you avoid these illnesses, and what should you do if you do get sick? You can find answers to both questions from the Colorado Dept. of Health & Environment (CDPHE)'s webpage. There you can find out what temperature to cook your food, what to do with the food in your refrigerator if your power goes out, and how to report if you've become sick after eating at a restaurant. For data on foodborne illness outbreaks over the past decade, see this summary from the CDPHE. Also, we have in our collection a video, Preventing Foodborne Illness, and a fact sheet from Colorado State University that can also help answer some of your questions.

9/08/2011

Groundwater Monitoring

Farmers and other agriculturalists in Colorado may be interested in three new publications in our collection dealing with groundwater monitoring in Colorado. Each of the three publications is a report from the Colorado Department of Agriculture on groundwater monitoring in different regions of the state, including: San Luis Valley; Weld County; and the Western Slope. Other state publications you may be interested in include: Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers; Protecting Your Private Well; Agricultural Chemicals and Groundwater Protection in Colorado; When to Test your Well; Protocol for a State-wide Ground Water Quality Monitoring Program and Establishment of a Ground Water Quality Data Clearing House; Groundwater Law Sourcebook of the Western United States; Groundwater Atlas of Colorado; Ground Water in Colorado: A Primer; and much, much more. Search our web catalog using the keyword "groundwater" to find many more publications on this topic.

9/06/2011

Denver: An Archaeological History

Ever wonder what was here before it was Denver? Find out in the book Denver: An Archaeological History (University Press of Colorado, 2008), available from our library. The publisher describes the book as follows: "For at least 10,000 years, [what is now] Greater Denver has been a collection of diverse lifeways and survival strategies, a crossroads of interaction, and a locus of cultural coexistence. Setting the scene with detailed descriptions of the natural environment, summaries of prehistoric sites, and archaeologists' knowledge of Denver's early inhabitants, [the book] bring[s] the region's history to life. From prehistory to the present, this is a compelling narrative of Denver's cultural heritage." Check out our web catalog for other materials on archaeology and Denver history.

9/01/2011

Do you remember?

Did you go to a Colorado college? Want to have some fun with your kids? Show them what things were like when you went to college. The Colorado State Publications Library has catalogs from some of the major colleges in the state. Some go back 30 years or more! Find a catalog from your alma mater and show your kids what life was like during the era of the Swatch watch, Rubik's cube and ripped jeans. They can see what it cost to attend classes and what life was like before (gasp) cell phones, I-pods and laptops. Begin your reminiscing at the Colorado State Publications Library today.

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