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Boulder Farmer’s Market Oct. 2014

Boulder Farmer’s Market Oct. 2014

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Jann takes us to the Boulder Farmer’s Market to have a look at some things for sale like vegetables, flowers and cactus, he also talks with some people who run the Boulder Public Library Book Bike and the throngs of people who come to visit the market.

Annual EXPAND Duck Race® to be held May 27; online duck sponsorship now available

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The 26th annual EXPAND Duck Race® will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 27, at the Boulder Creek Festival. The Duck Race is a benefit for the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation department’s EXPAND (EXciting Programs Adventures and New Dimensions) program, which provides recreational opportunities for children, youth and adults with disabilities.

Participants can sponsor ducks for $5 each. The ducks will race from the 9th Street bridge to the finish line in Boulder Creek next to the main Boulder Public Library lawn at the Peace Garden. Online registration is now available and will remain open until race time. Participants can also sponsor ducks at the Boulder Creek Festival or at one of the three recreation centers.

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Dozens of prizes will be given away to the top duck finishers, including the grand prize of $1,000 in cash from Fisher Honda/Fisher KIA of Boulder; 2nd prize is a one-night stay at the Hotel Boulderado, market style BBQ dinner at the West End Tavern, brunch at Centro Latin Kitchen and a $100 downtown Boulder gift card; and 3rd prize is a nine-month membership at the Quest Martial Arts Center. In addition, 80 more lucky ducks will win prizes.

Participants do not need to be present to win. Prizes will be mailed and winners will be notified within 14 days. All proceeds benefit the EXPAND program.

For more information, a full list of prizes and to sponsor a duck, visit www.EXPANDDuckRace.org.

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City of Boulder going all-out virtual (TMI?)

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24/7 community collaboration arrives in Boulder

Today, the City of Boulder is proud to announce the launch of Inspire Boulder – an idea-collaboration engine that allows for real-time engagement 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Inspire Boulder is an online, civic engagement platform that combines the ease of social sites (like Facebook) with the purpose and substance of city projects, issues and programs.  A sort-of digital town hall, residents can submit ideas, help prioritize options and even do real-time budgeting.  Community collaboration happens in real time so results, ideas and priorities can occur organically, as if it were a public meeting.

 

“Boulder has a thriving tech and start-up community and our residents are some of the most connected folks on the Front Range,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “Having a virtual town hall, to inspire and inform all the important work we do, just makes sense in Boulder.”

Typical workshops, meeting and open houses will still be held citywide.  Inspire Boulder is meant to augment these more traditional venues for receiving community input.

The platform also combines idea submission with game theory.  Registered users get ‘points’ for submitting ideas  and can accrue points for getting ‘up votes’ on their submitted ideas.  It’s pretty simple: the better ideas are, the more points they earn.  Naturally, the best ideas move to the top.

“Boulder is also known for its well-educated residents,” Brautigam said. “We want to enrich our conversations by tapping into the many creative minds that exist in our community.”

Inspire Boulder will host topics, issues, projects and programs from around the city organization.  At launch, the site includes:

Stay tuned!  Additional topics from Parks and Recreation, the Boulder Public Library and more will be featured in the coming months.

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Get free music downloads at BPL

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Free music downloads now available from Boulder Public Library via Freegal

 

For everyone who’s ever heard a song on the radio and wanted to add it their collection, wanted a hit single off an album, or just wanted to explore the work of new musical artists, Boulder Public Library offers a new, free online music download service.  Freegal Music, a downloadable music service designed for libraries, is now available through the library’s website at: http://boulderlibrary.freegalmusic.com/.

 

Freegal is free for all Boulder Public Library (BPL) cardholders who live in Boulder County, and all downloads may be kept permanently. Each library cardholder may download up to three songs per week (156 per year) and keep the songs forever. All that is needed to access this service is a Boulder Public Library card number in good standing.

 

Freegal Music provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, which includes hundreds of thousands of songs, more than 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels. No special software is needed to use the service, and there are no digital rights management restrictions. Downloading of songs is completely free and legal for library cardholders. Songs are downloaded in a universally compatible MP3 format, so they can be saved to any computer, mobile device or MP3 player, including an iPod. Songs can be downloaded at home or at computer stations in libraries via a USB device, such as a flash drive or MP3 player.  One click and you can save the songs to your iTunes or Windows Media Player.

 

“We are excited to be able to offer this free music download service to Boulder Public Library cardholders,” said Valerie Maginnis, library director. “It gives our patrons access to more of the materials they want, in a convenient, accessible format, while also being highly efficient for the library. We anticipate that this will be a very popular new service.”

More information and answers to frequently asked questions about Freegal are available on the BPL website, www.boulderlibrary.org.  Music can also be found in the library’s catalog by searching for “Freegal.”  BPL offers other music and film streaming services, such as Alexander Street, which offers 30,000 albums for streaming, at: http://research.boulderlibrary.org/music_film.

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Boulder flood season a-comin' and it could be a bad mofo

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Colorado Severe Weather Week reminds community to be Flood Aware

 

Colorado Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 15 to April 22, and the City of Boulder, Boulder County and the University of Colorado would like to remind community members that along with severe weather comes flash floods.  Flash floods in Boulder can happen at any time throughout the year.

 

Boulder is the number one flash flood risk community in Colorado due to its location at the mouth of Boulder Canyon, the number of people who live and work within the Boulder Creek floodplain, and the numerous other drainage basins running through the city. Therefore, flood safety and preparation is always a high priority for the community.

Boulder Creek flooded in 1894 and covered what is now Canyon BLVD,

 

Since the Fourmile Canyon Fire occurred in 2010, the flood risk to Boulder Creek and Fourmile Canyon Creek has increased due to a lack of vegetation and permeable soil in the burn area. If a severe storm were to occur over the burn area, rain runoff and flooding would be greater than in the past. This increased flood potential could last anywhere from 2 to 10 years until the landscape starts to recover.

 

The City of Boulder and its partners are working together to prepare for the season and to educate community members on how to prepare.

 

What can you do?

Be alert. It can be raining in the mountains and burn area but be dry in Boulder. Rainfall in the burn area could result in:

  • Muddy or murky creek water downstream.
  • Creek levels rising more quickly.
  • Higher frequency of flooded underpasses.
  • Increased possibility of flash flooding.

 

If it is raining, avoid seeking shelter in underpasses. Many of Boulder’s underpasses serve the double purpose of conveying flood waters and will flood when creeks overflow.

 

Remember, flash floods can literally occur IN A FLASH during a severe storm. In 2011, several people went to Boulder Creek to try to witness flooding as it was occurring. This is unwise and dangerous. People should NOT go to the creek when flood waters are rising. Flash floods are not like floods in other parts of the country that rise gradually. A significant flash flood could sweep down a creek in a matter of minutes, leaving little time to get to safety.

 

It’s important that residents and people who work in Boulder keep track of the weather and know the dangers. Here are some steps residents and employees can take to increase their safety if a flood event should occur in Boulder:

 

Before a flood – Be ready:

  • Have a plan for where to meet in an emergency and make sure children know where to go when they are at school or away from home.
  • Keep an emergency kit accessible. Include a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, flashlights, rubber boots and gloves, first-aid supplies, medicines, water stored in tightly-sealed containers and food that requires no cooking or refrigeration.
  • If you’re concerned about your property being flooded or are in a floodplain, purchase flood insurance. A homeowner’s insurance policy will NOT cover flood damage. There is a 30-day waiting period before new coverage goes into effect.
  • Fill out a Family Flood Action Plan and post it in your home. Visit www.boulderfloodinfo.net to print one or pick one up at one of the Boulder Public Library or at the city’s Municipal Building at 1777 Broadway.
  • Sign up to get emergency alerts sent to you on your phone, email or Twitter account atwww.BoCo911Alert.com. CU students, faculty and staff can sign up for CU Alerts athttp://www.colorado.edu/alerts.

 

During a flood:

  • Move to higher ground immediately.
  • Stay out of flowing waters. Swift moving waters may sweep people away.
  • Avoid driving through flooded areas. Cars float in 18 inches of water, and half of all flood fatalities are auto related.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Electrocution is the number two killer in floods.
  • If time allows, turn off electricity and gas.
  • When an emergency warning is issued by sirens, radio or other media, seek information immediately. Tune radios and televisions to local news stations.

 

There is no way to predict whether flooding will occur. It is dependent on many variables including intensity, duration and location of storms as well as existing soil conditions. The best course of action is to be alert and be prepared.  The city maintains a flood information website that can help residents prepare before, during and after a flood event. For more information about personal preparedness, visit www.boulderfloodinfo.net.

 


Martin Luther King Day

MLK day city closures

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City of Boulder Martin Luther King, Jr. Day schedule

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16, the following offices will be closed:

  • All city administrative offices
  • Boulder Public Library and library branches
  • Senior Centers
  • Police Records, Property and Evidence and Animal Control

Recreation centers will be open regular hours.

City-owned parking garages and on-street parking are free on Monday.

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Check out the NOOKS at Boulder Public Library soon

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Boulder Public Library begins checking out NOOKs™ on Jan. 11
Boulder Public Library begins checking out NOOK e-readers on Wednesday, Jan. 11.  There are 12 NOOKs at the Main Library, and six each at the Meadows and George Reynolds branch libraries. The NOOKs are loaded with 31 bestseller titles, in fiction, non-fiction and biography categories.

Some of the bestseller titles include: Stephen King’s “11/22/63,” Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, George R.R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones,” Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, and Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken.”

 

 

 

 

 

Patrons must be at least 18 years old and a Boulder city resident to check out a NOOK with their library card.  NOOKs are available to be placed on hold now in the library’s catalog; visit boulderlibrary.org to place a hold by searching for “NOOK” or call 303-441-3100 for assistance.

“The library has been supporting reading and readers in Boulder for over 100 years,” said Reference and Collections Manager Melinda Mattingly. “New formats have come along in the past, but nothing like the e-book.  It’s no surprise that Boulder library users of all ages are excited about e-books and e-readers at their library, and the library is very excited to offer them.”

The NOOKs check out for three weeks, and no renewals are possible. Overdue fees are $5 per day, and users are responsible for any loss or damage costs.

Boulder Public Library website: www.boulderlibrary.org

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Boulder Public Library celebrates 25th anniversary of BoulderReads! program Friday Oct 14

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Boulder Public Library celebrates 25th anniversary of BoulderReads! program

Boulder Public Library will commemorate 25 years of the BoulderReads! literacy program on Friday, Oct. 14, with a community celebration, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Canyon Gallery at the Main Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. (north wing).

Twenty-five years ago, Boulder Public Library created a new program to help adults improve their reading and writing.  At that time, ABC and PBS were running a two-year campaign to raise awareness about how many adults in America were unable to read and write at the level needed to be fully functional as parents, employees and community members.

“One of the best benefits of that campaign was that adults who struggled with reading realized that they were not the only people with that difficulty,” said BoulderReads! Director Diana Sherry.  “Another benefit was that they learned that community programs existed or were being created to serve them.”

Libraries were one of the front runners in this effort, and BoulderReads! was one of those new programs.  Since 1986, BoulderReads! has grown to serve around 300 adults and children every year.  Its core services include free, one-on-one tutoring at four public libraries and the Boulder County Jail, GED classes and testing, a Reading Buddies program for children, and numerous support activities for these learners, as well as the general public.

This 25-year milestone will be celebrated by the BoulderReads! students, volunteers and funders, as well as other interested community members.  To attend, please RSVP to Laurie Watkins at 303-441-3151 or via email to: watkinsl@boulderlibrary.org.

 

–CITY–

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Boulder EARLY MUSIC COLORADO PRESENTS

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EARLY MUSIC COLORADO PRESENTS THE
19TH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL OF EARLY MUSIC
OCTOBER 15, 2011
BOULDER PUBLIC LIBRARY, CANYON BOULEVARD ENTRANCE
BEGINNING AT 10:15 AM, WITH PERFORMANCES, PRESENTATIONS, AND WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

EARLY MUSIC COLORADO PRESENTS THE
19TH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL OF EARLY MUSIC
OCTOBER 15, 2011
BOULDER PUBLIC LIBRARY, CANYON BOULEVARD ENTRANCE
BEGINNING AT 10:15 AM, WITH PERFORMANCES, PRESENTATIONS, AND WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

Join us at the 19th Annual Fall Festival of Early Music on Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the Boulder Public Library, for a day of early music encounters. The day-long program will feature performances by local ensembles The Renaissance Project, Now and Then, the Metro State College Early Music Ensemble, and the duo of Madeline Zanetti and Rosi Terada. Learn about French Baroque performance practices with Tamara Meredith, and the special allures of French Baroque style with Deborah Kauffman. Ann Marie Morgan will share the secrets of the power of the Baroque bass line. You can also spend quality time with Renaissance and Baroque instruments at the exhibit in the lobby, and make your own music with the Handel Samson Sing-Along.

For the full schedule of events, visit Fall Festival 2011.

Join us at the 19th Annual Fall Festival of Early Music on Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the Boulder Public Library, for a day of early music encounters. The day-long program will feature performances by local ensembles The Renaissance Project, Now and Then, the Metro State College Early Music Ensemble, and the duo of Madeline Zanetti and Rosi Terada. Learn about French Baroque performance practices with Tamara Meredith, and the special allures of French Baroque style with Deborah Kauffman. Ann Marie Morgan will share the secrets of the power of the Baroque bass line. You can also spend quality time with Renaissance and Baroque instruments at the exhibit in the lobby, and make your own music with the Handel Samson Sing-Along.

For the full schedule of events, visit Fall Festival 2011.

Boulder library has eBook for Kindle

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Boulder Public Library announces that eBooks are now available for Kindle

Boulder Public Library (BPL) is pleased to announce that its downloadable eBook collection is now compatible with the top-selling eBook reader, the Amazon® Kindle. Patrons can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more, all with their free library card.

To get started, visit www.boulderlibrary.org and click on the “Audiobooks, eBooks & more” link on the top right of the page. BPL also offers eBooks and audiobooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as a Smartphone or MP3 player, and eBook readers like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader.

Kindle users can browse Boulder Public Library’s collection of bestselling and classic eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using their Boulder Public Library card, and select “Get for Kindle” to deliver eBooks to their Kindle or any device running the free Kindle app. Users who enjoy eBooks on Kindle will benefit from Amazon’s Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps.

Boulder Public Library currently has 1,150 eBooks available in its collection, and that collection will continue to grow. Visit the BPL website to download eBooks for free for your Kindle: www.boulderlibrary.org and click on the “Audiobooks, eBooks & more” link on the top right of the page, or call BPL’s Reference librarians at 303-441-3194 for assistance.

A high demand exists for the library’s eBooks collection, so patrons are encouraged to place holds if the book they are interested is not immediately available. The library will continue to build its eBook collection, so keep checking back for more titles.

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