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April is the Cruelest Month

April 11, 2005

“April is the cruelest month,” wrote T.S. Eliot, and to celebrate it’s end, the library will have its Spring Sale of Previously Owned Books on Saturday, April 30, 9-5, in the library basement. Now is the ideal time to clean your shelves of winter books and make room for summer reading. Book donations for the sale are welcome and, in fact, encouraged.

A book sale might not seem to relate to business resources, unless you do what one motel owner used to do here — buy lots of cheap books to populate a reading library for her customers.

In that regard, much of the library’s collection might support specific businesses-sewing, cooking, bookkeeping, construction, landscaping, land development, forensic investigations, butterfly collecting, who knows?

But we also collect resources intended for business and money-making generally.

Online, we offer a marketing information database called ReferenceUSA covering 12 million businesses and 120 million residences. The possibilities for its use are myriad; in the least, one can develop mailing lists without having to buy such information from another company.

If you have any questions about this database, please give me a call. I’d love for local businesses and organizations engaged in marketing to try this.

In print, other than books on specific topics that might pertain to one’s business or investing, we subscribe to newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Barron’s Weekly, and the Denver Business Journal.

Our magazine subscriptions include Business Week, Colorado Biz (formerly Colorado Business), Forbes, Fortune, Smart Money, Kiplinger’s, Money.

We also subscribe to the Value Line Investment Survey (both regular subscription and the Small and Mid-Cap Edition), Morningstar Mutual Fund Survey, and Hulbert Financial Digest, all of which are kept in the Reference Room.

The Reference Room holds a variety of directories, such as the Colorado Business Directory (and most Colorado telephone directories) and the Thomas Register, which covers national manufacturers and distributors. Also in the Reference Room are volumes of demographic information, including statistics sorted by county or zip code.

Back online, supplementing our print subscriptions, we have a full-text news service called Regional Business News, as well as a high-powered journal database called Business Source Premier, which indexes 7,800 publications covering business, management, and finance, and economics, and which provides full-text for 1,125 peer-reviewed business publications.

Nearly all the library’s Internet resources can be used from home or office by logging in with your library card number and PIN number.

One new online directory that can be used only from within the library is the Colorado Grants Guide Online. But it can be used from any computer within the library, and so that includes your own laptop computer, if you have wireless capability or can plug into an ethernet connection that we provide.

We’re happy to add books to our collection to help business owners. We’ve bought books on construction law, restaurant management, land development, gallery management and marketing. The richer we can make our collection and still tailor it to our users, the better.

We bought a video about handwashing for food workers, because it seemed like an important topic for a tourist town-any town, and not just food workers. We also got a video about customer service, with the hope of supporting the training needs of local small businesses. Of course, we’ll collect more. Let us know what you need.

We continue to offer Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service for all kinds of materials. Between ILL and building our own collection, we can cover almost every request.


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One Comment
  1. Vicky permalink

    Dear Jeff:

    April is not only cruel, but also cold, for I used to travel to charffee county years ago during that month; I was nearly frozen into a cold turkey and almost madly shouted as a tourist accident.

    I wonder that how those children living in charffee county can tolerate such a cold month; maybe April is the month of poetry, and the poetry warm them up.

    I also would like to warm those children’s heart of charffee county with a poem of mine. Here it is —


    Winter, is cold solitary
    And heartless for kids’ long waiting
    Yearning for spring

    Every time
    I return to nature
    Always wearing a leaf-printed dress
    I want kids to feel —
    A special season or spring
    For I, with a warm heart
    Not coming back too often
    Am a nature boy


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