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11/15/2016 - 3:18pm
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Back in April, I picked up the book, well an audio eBook actually, Delirium. And when I say picked up, I downloaded it to my phone via the Overdrive app. I know it might be hard to sell this series, as I have heard recently, many teens are not that into dystopian novels. I get it. What I am trying to share with you is the wonderful resource of Overdrive. I listened to the Delirium Trilogy... more

10/28/2016 - 1:25pm
Don't Panic

Wondering where to go to college and what to study? To take a gap year? Financial aid? To take the ACT or SAT or both? Jobs? Getting ready for life after your high school graduation can feel incredibly overwhelming at times. Pile all of that onto all the day-to-day stresses of being a teenager, and you might find yourself pulling your hair out. Well, in the immortal words of Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy -- “Don’t Panic!” (easier said than done, I know).

As Baz Luhrmann’s said in his iconic “Sunscreen Song”... more

10/13/2016 - 3:15pm
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Math anxiety is a negative emotion associated with activities such as homework and test taking. Math anxiety is related to poorer grades and testing scores. Oftentimes, students have a full understanding of the math concepts they are working with, and anxiety simply interferes with their ability to solve problems!

There are strategies you can adopt to deal effectively with math... more

09/13/2016 - 8:27am
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Animated clock face with moving handsBy now, school's been back in session for a while. Summer's fading from your memory. You're probably deep into clubs, sports, your job and... homework. 

Don't worry. Deep breaths. It's going to be okay. The library is here to help!

Did you know that you can get help with your homework questions 24 hours a day? Librarians here at Denver Public Library are online, ready for you. Plus, we work with other libraries across the country... more

12/08/2014 - 11:40am
Brimingham 1963

Images document an event and serve as a time capsule, preserving a moment. But a decision had to be made to take the photograph and assign value to the event. Who was behind the camera?

The series Captured History introduces the photographers behind iconic photographs and examines the historical context for each photograph. In one volume, Birmingham 1963, the American Civil Rights Movement is... more

04/13/2013 - 1:15pm
Euclid's Elements of Geometry in English, 1570 photograph by Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, The Ohio State University

Ever wonder if studying geometry is worth your time? How does Euclidean geometry and postulates of equality like A=C and B=C then A=B help with everyday life?

As a lawyer, Abraham Lincoln routinely applied mathematical logic to his legal cases. As President, he did not waiver in applying these same principles to human rights. When Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay for the film Lincoln, he depicts Lincoln applying Euclidian logic during the turning point of the film.


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12/03/2012 - 11:27am
The pencil : a history of design and circumstance / by Henry Petroski.

I like pencils, especially colored pencils, and have always wondered just how does the color gets inside the pencil? My curiosity led me to Henry Petroski, an engineer who also likes pencils. His book, The Pencil, answered every question I had about the pencil's design and history.  Even though the book was published over 20 years ago and technology changes, pencils are still selling. But wait! I am increasingly reaching for my cell phone to write poetry or doodle instead of selecting a sleek pencil... more


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