Focus on the Children

A new and improved version of the State Publications Library’s “Focus on the Children” bibliography is now available. The subject guide is a compilation of print and Internet resources that address issues regarding children and youth in the state of Colorado. Topics include adoption, careers, charter schools, child abuse, child welfare, education, health, parenting, and […]


The Colorado Dept. of Public Safety and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office are both supporters of the non-profit organization Safe-2-Tell, which is a way for teens to anonymously report what they know about crimes being planned or that have already happened. Because teens are often scared or embarrassed to talk to parents, teachers, counselors, and […]

Visitation Rights

We have recently received a new guide on visitation rights for parents called: “A Parent’s Guide to Visitation: How to Establish and Enforce Parenting Time” from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Enforcement. The guide gives information about getting a parenting time order, and lists other resources available on child support […]

New Drivers

Now that summer is nearing its end, many teenagers have completed their driver’s education courses. The Colorado Department of Transportation has a great website for new drivers and their parents called “The Driver’s Seat.” Information is available for teens and parents on all sorts of driving topics including the Graduated Drivers Licensing program, driving tips, […]

Child Abuse

Our library just received Child Abuse and Neglect: An Introductory Manual for Professionals and Paraprofessionals, 2006, a great resource from the Department of Public Health and Environment. Its purpose is to educate everyone about the width and depth of the issue of child abuse and neglect. It contains information concerning prevention, definitions (including signs), legal […]

Colorado Adoption Resources

CoSPL has many resources for adoptive parents as well as those considering adopting. If you are searching for Colorado adoption information you may find some of these resources helpful. Any that are not available on the web can be borrowed from our library. –Colorado Dept. of Human Services’ adoption resources page – provides links to […]

School Violence Manual

Our library just received the 2006 edition of the Colorado School Violence Prevention and Student Discipline Manual by John W. Suthers, Attorney General of Colorado. This expanded edition is a must-have manual for teachers, administrators, parents, and anyone interested in the problem of school violence. In it you will learn that bullying may constitute a […]

Resources for Back to School

It’s that time again… CoSPL has an abundance of resources for students, parents, community members, and public officials concerning school information. Some questions that you might be asking yourself this time of year: –What will my child be learning this year? At CoSPL (and online) you can find the state’s Model Content Standards for K-12 […]

Child Passenger Safety

Since becoming a first-time grandmother recently, I have taken an interest in child and infant safety while riding in an automobile. The laws are tougher since my own children were small, and with good reason. The Colorado’s Child Passenger Traffic Fatalities Under Age 16 report shows that 86% fatalities involved unrestrained passengers in 1995, with […]

Healthy Kids

Governor Owens recently vetoed HB1056 which would have required that 50% of items offered in school vending machines meet acceptable nutritional standards. His decision is not the issue here, but it does open up discussion about children’s health. CoSPL has a number of titles on children’s health in Colorado: Bigger Kids? How Healthy are Colorado […]