President Roosevelt is Dead

On April 12, 1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away suddenly of a brain hemorrhage. Roosevelt was in his unprecedented fourth term of office as President. The nation and the world were stunned by the news. To read the reactions of the time, please visit:

The Times was just going to press
Aspen Daily Times
April 12, 1945

Roosevelt is Dead
April 13, 1945

Many Attend Memorial For Late President
Steamboat Pilot
April 19, 1945

Commenting on Current Events
Steamboat Pilot
April 19, 1945

Entire Nation Mourns Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt; Vast Tasks Face Truman
Aspen Daily Times
April 19, 1945

President’s Life Was Characterized By Vigorous Action
Record-Journal of Douglas County
April 20, 1945

George Says
Steamboat Pilot
April 26, 1945

Roosevelt’s Death Ends Great Era
Aspen Daily Times
May 3, 1945

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

President Lincoln Assassinated

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while attending the theater with his wife.  Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, and other enraged confederates plotted to assassinate the top three officials in United States government.  Read the news of the assassination as it came to Colorado, as well as local reactions, at:

President Lincoln Assassinated
Daily Mining Journal
April 15, 1865

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Pony Express Arrives

On April 3, 1860 two riders from the new Pony Express set off, one from St. Joseph, Missouri and the other from Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 14, both riders arrived at their destinations, proving mail could delivered the distance in 10 days. To launch their service, the operators of the new Pony Express purchased two existing mail lines, the Pikes Peak Express and Utah Mail Line. The purchase price was a reported five hundred thousands dollars, over $14,000,000 in relative value today.

The New Overland Express Co.
Rocky Mountain News Weekly
March 7, 1860

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Reaching Out: Creating Meaningful Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness

CSLinSessionJoin us for our next CSL in Session: Reaching Out: Creating Meaningful Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness on Tuesday April 21 from 3:30p – 4:30p, Mountain Time.

Libraries across the state are developing services, policies, and procedures to ensure individuals, families and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness in their communities have access the information and services they need to stay connected.

Please join us for this interactive session on library partnerships and services for the patrons experiencing homelessness. Come prepared to engage in a lively discussion, ask your burning questions, and share your experiences!

No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.

Denver Auto Show

This week, April 8 – 12th, the Denver Auto Show takes over the Colorado Convention Center. You can see the latest in domestic and imported, fuel efficient, and concept cars.  Will it surprise you to learn that the Denver Auto Show has run for more than 100 years?  Read on to learn the news of past Denver Auto Shows.

Many Features Planned for Denver Auto Show
Telluride Journal
March 16, 1911


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Springtime in the Rockies

Springtime in the Rockies.  Sun, blue skies, and soggy snow.  March is usually the snowiest month on Colorado’s Front Range, while April comes in second on the list.  As the Mancos Times-Tribune says, “The man with the snow shovel is among nature’s true noblemen.”


Horrid Stuff
Steamboat Pilot
January 7, 1914
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State Library Scholarships Available for the 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop!

CSLLogo-CMYK-VThe Colorado State Library is pleased to offer two scholarships to the 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop to be held on April 23, 2015 at the Boulder Public Library.

The theme this year is “YOU Are a Champion: Be Extraordinary!” Wield unfathomable power, bring order to chaos, make undeniable connections to the community, and accomplish remarkable feats every day!

If interested, please fill out the scholarship application form by Friday April 10, 2015. All applicants will be notified via e-mail by April 14, 2015 if they have been awarded one of the scholarships.

Those selected must write a blog post for the Colorado Libraries blog  by May 31, 2015. Your blog post can cover a particular workshop session you attended, your overall conference experience, or how you’ve applied or shared workshop information in your library with patrons and/or colleagues.

This scholarship will cover your workshop registration. All applicants will be notified via e-mail by April 14, 2015 if they have been awarded one of the scholarships.

DO NOT register for the workshop until you’ve heard if you’ve received a scholarship. If you are selected, we will register you and pay for your attendance. (The Colorado State Library is unable to reimburse registrations that have already been paid.)

King Richard III

Richard III of England was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field in August 1485.  He was thought to be buried in the church of the Grey Friars, or Franciscans, of Leicester but the site of his burial was unknown.  In August of 2012, University of Leicester archaeologists began to search for the lost burial site. In September 2012, they found a skeleton with a spinal curvature similar to Richard III’s. DNA testing affirms almost conclusively that the remains are of Richard III. In March 2015, Richard III was re-buried in Leicester Cathedral.

You can find some information about Richard III and other historic rulers, in the articles below.

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Precision Medicine: Finally, it’s all about YOU!

At the January 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama announced his Precision Medicine Initiative. This initiative would put $215 million dollars toward understanding how to personalize an individual’s medical treatment based on his or her genes, environment and lifestyle. While the concept of precision (also referred to as personalized or individualized) medicine isn’t new – think eyeglasses and blood transfusions – advances in science and technology will allow for the exploration of novel treatments and prevention strategies for complex diseases like coronary artery disease, COPD, and hypertension. One million citizens will be asked to volunteer their health data and numerous public and private entities will be collaborating to explore effective disease prevention and treatment.

Why Now?

Developments in basic science, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and advances in technology supporting mHealth, electronic health records, and the storage of big data have created the perfect environment to greatly expand precision medicine. If the past ten years is any indication of rapid change, the sky’s the limit for the next decade:

  • Amount of time to sequence the human genome: 2004-2 years, 2014-2 days
  • Cost of human sequencing: 2004-$22,000,000, 2014-$1,000-$5,000
  • Number of smart phones: 2004-1,000,000, 2014-160,000,000
  • Computing power: 2004-n, 2014-n16

Precision Medicine in Action

The Veteran’s Administration (VA) Office of Research and Development has been working to identify genes linked to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), high blood pressure, and heart disease. VA researchers have discovered that individuals with a certain form of the serotonin transporter gene 5-HTT are at a greater risk for PTSD and depression, information which helps individualize use and dosage of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). They have also found that people with certain forms of angiotensin II receptor type-1 (AGTR1) may have an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. This information can help clinicians develop a personalized preventative care program. Find out more on VA research.

Precision medicine can not only impact an individual, it can address health prevention in an entire community. In 2008, an OB/GYN began mapping children born into poverty in Gainesville, Florida. She was put in contact with a sheriff who was also interested in mapping, but her focus was the community’s incidence of crime. When the two women met, they discovered the maps matched exactly to a one square-mile area and further investigation showed the area also had the highest rate of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. But why? A ride around the area revealed a lot about the environment and lifestyles of community members. There was poorly maintained housing and a complete lack of access to services like child care, healthy food and medical care – with the closest clinic a 2-hour bus ride away. Find out more about what happened to this community.

Resources for Genetic and Environmental Health


Community College and University

  • Environmental Health and Toxicology – portal links health professionals and consumers to many resources to understand the connection between the environment and human health and development.
  • GeneEd Web site – (Grades 9 -12+) Links to vetted genetic Web sites based on high school science curriculum. Includes lesson plans and current events.
  • Genetics Home Reference – Consumer-friendly information about genetic variation and human health.

Consumer and Patient Education

  • Environmental Health and Toxicology – portal links health professionals and consumers to many resources to understand the connection between the environment and human health and development.
  • Genetic Alliance – Nonprofit health advocacy organization committed to transforming health through genetics and promoting an environment of openness.
  • Genetics Home Reference – Consumer-friendly information about genetic variation and human health.
  • NHGRI Talking Glossary – Genetic terms, images and animation. (English/Spanish).
  • Office of Rare Diseases Research – Rare diseases information for patients, families, healthcare providers, researchers, educators and students.

Genetics Professionals


Public Health

  • Environmental Health and Toxicology – portal links health professionals and consumers to many resources to understand the connection between the environment and human health and development.
  • PHPartners – a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet.
  • Public Health Genomics – information on infectious diseases and noncommunicable diseases with a focus on human and pathogen genomics, genomic tests, family history, public health science, programs and practice, as well as policy and legislation.
  • National Information Center on Health Services Research and Heath Care Technology (NICHSR) – information and tools for the health services research community.

Researcher Tools from NIH

  • GenBank - an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences.
  • Gene – integrates information from a wide range of species. A record may include nomenclature, Reference Sequences (RefSeqs), maps, pathways, variations, phenotypes, and links to genome-, phenotype-, and locus-specific resources worldwide.
  • Genes and Expressions – Tools to help users query and download experiments and curated gene expression profiles.
  • Human Genome Resources – integrated, one-stop, genomic information infrastructure for biomedical researchers from around the world so that they may use these data in their research efforts.
  • International HapMap Tool - partnership of scientists and funding agencies from Canada, China, Japan, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States to develop a public resource that will help researchers find genes associated with human disease and response to pharmaceuticals.
  • NCBI Webinars and Courses – a series of webinars and courses led by NCBI staff who explain and demonstrate the use of various NCBI web resources with particular emphasis on recent changes and improvements.
  • OMIM – comprehensive, authoritative compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes that is freely available and updated daily.


-Dana Abbey, Colorado/Health Information Literacy Coordinator

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Eastern Colorado

Posted on behalf of Lee Wheeler-Berliner, WIOA Project and Change Manager for the Colorado Workforce Development Council.

Please join us on Thursday April 9th for a discussion on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and what it means for Eastern Colorado. Representatives from the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Department of Human Services will be present to share information and answer questions. WIOA calls for the strategic alignment of services across many programs as well as a shared planning process, and this meeting will outline how your program can get involved.

The meeting will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 at the School District offices at 715 West Platte Avenue in Fort Morgan. Please RSVP through this link: Visit to learn more. Specific questions regarding this event can be sent to Dawn Garcia or Lee Wheeler-Berliner. We look forward to seeing you on April 9th!

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