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Art and Money

January 20, 2014

Art and money. What else do you need a library for? Yes, books, and other things we’ll be harping on in the coming months since there’s just too many people still saying, “I didn’t know that” about the library.

Such as, in the last 24 hours, Ancestry.com. Someone who is familiar with the library was surprised to learn he could use this genealogy website for free in the library. Or, 30 million items, which is what’s available at your fingertips (virtually) through our participation in the Marmot and Prospector library networks, surprising another long-time library user.

With your fingertips, you can find stuff—books, ebooks, audiobooks, videos—the stuff of libraries, click “Request,” and have it show up here via Colorado’s library courier system. Pretty nice. You don’t have to do it yourself, either. Just ask.

But there’s art. The current art show at the library is “The Faces Exhibit” by Azriel Alloy-Dryden, age 9, and Laura Knelange, age a secret. They have been paired for more than a year in the Chaffee County Mentors Program.

And they’ve been busy. The show includes all kinds of media: fiber, clay, pen & ink, silkscreen, wood carving, graphite, photography, acrylic, pastel. It’s a fun show, and take note that work hangs on both sides of the room.

I shall dare to declare favorites, too. “Wallstreet” by Laura is an appropriate and affecting portrait. I think the square bulk of the head plus the colors gives a recognizable message about wealth and power, which is curious, too, because the black and red are stereotypical colors of 20^th century Socialist poster art. Power is power.

And “Whatever” by Azriel, which made me snort out loud because it is a perfect evocation of a young person in the act of saying that loathsome phrase. Excellent. But there are plenty of delightful things in the show.

As for art, and art books, here’s another thing that library users often don’t know: Many art books are oversized, and there’s a section in the library for oversized books. Under the 4th Street windows you’ll find low shelving full of oversized books spanning the range of Dewey Decimal numbers.

Art and money are not necessarily connected, although many artists wish it were so. But they are connected in today’s column because I want to give the heads-up that this week we begin offering the Value Line Research Center online.

You will be able to perform a range of investment research online in the library or from home. We’ll discuss this in more detail next week, reviewing access and constraints, and looking at exactly what is available.

But here’s the list: (i) Value Line Investment Survey, (ii) Value Line Investment Survey—Small and Mid-Cap Edition, (iii) Value Line Mutual Fund Survey, (iv) Value Line Daily Options Survey, (v) Value Line Special Situations Service, (vi) Value Line Convertibles Survey.

Currently, we get (i) and (ii) in print and will continue for now. The mutual fund survey, (iii), replaces Morningstar, which we dropped last year. And we may or may not be doing you a favor offering the last three: options, convertibles, and “special situations.” Best wishes.

This expands our long-time financial and business offerings, which also include Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Barron’s. But that’s not all! There’s Denver Business Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Economist …

There’s no end to the sources of information these days, in print and online. But it’s not all free, and your public library, as a kind of cooperative purchasing project, can help.

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