Children’s Literacy Resources

The Children’s Literacy Resources page published by the Colorado State Library, reports that 35% of U. S. children enter public schools at substantial risk for early academic difficulties because they lack readiness skills. Children, who start school behind, typically stay behind. Children’s experience with books plays an important role in readiness skills. Very young children […]

Audio version of the 2006 Legislative Blue Book

The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) provides free service to Coloradans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities whether permanent or temporary. One of the many services CTBL provides for Colorado citizens is recording the Legislative Blue Book every year. The 2006 Blue Book […]

Avalanches in Colorado

While it may seem that the snow cover is simply a beautiful winter’s blanket, it ismore complicated and dangerous than many people realize. Snow avalanches are a geologic hazard for anyone who lives in or travels through the mountains of Colorado. Several publications in our collection contain information on avalanches in the state. Two interesting […]

Flood plains and you

According to the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Flood Protection Program web site, there are estimated to be 65,000 homes and 15,000 commercial, industrial, and business structures in identified floodplains. There are likely many more structures located within unmapped flood hazard areas. To learn more about the Flood Protection Program go to their website and check […]

Recycling opportunities and information

With the beginning of the school year, many people may be considering buying a new computer. This brings up the question of how to dispose of the old computer and other electronics. End-of-life electronics are a growing portion of Colorado’s waste, and a growing environmental problem for the state. Based on 2003 numbers, if all […]

Colorado’s Points of Geological Interest (POGI)

Summer is almost over but there is still time for some visits to some of the many points of geological interest across the state. “Colorado’s Magnificent POGIs”, the spring 2006 issue of RockTalk published by the Colorado Geological Survey contains a wonderful guide to POGIs that have guided activities in the form of interpretive presentations, […]

Public Utilities Commission investigats Xcel Energy

During last weekend’s sweltering temperatures several power outages, some long lasting, occurred in the Denver metro area. The newspapers’ headlines reporting the situation may have reminded some people of President’s Day weekend last February when upslope cold front moved in, dropping temperatures far below what Xcel predicted for its power load requirements. At 08:47 on […]


Tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in nineteenth century American. Almost with the arrival of the first miners, people came to Colorado to seek a cure of this dreaded disease. In fact, as much as 60% of Colorado’s population migrated to the state, either directly or indirectly, for treatment of tuberculosis. We have a […]