Monthly Archive for February, 2015

Panama-Pacific International Exhibition

On February 20, 1915 the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition opened in San Francisco. One of several World’s Fairs held in 1915, the Exhibition was staged to showcase the completion of the Panama Canal and how well San Francisco had recovered from the 1906 earthquake. The Palace of Fine Arts, constructed for the Exhibition, is one of the few buildings from the fair still standing today.

300,000 Visit Panama Fair
Middle Park Times
February 26, 1915

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Health Insurance Literacy Tools, or “What good is it if I don’t know what I’m doing?!”

Navigating health insurance can be a difficult and confusing process for even the most experienced of us. For someone who has never had insurance before and never needed to navigate the health care system, it can be overwhelming. A patient cannot benefit from having insurance if they do not understand their benefits, or how to access services. This includes people who are unsure of where to go for services, how to make an appointment, or how to prepare for their visit with a health care provider.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services oversees the From Coverage 2 Care initiative. This initiative aims to help people with new health care coverage to understand their benefits and connect with primary care and preventative services to improve their health. They offer an 8-step resource guide for patients including sections, “Know Where to go for Care,” with the companion consumer tool “Differences Between Your Provider’s Office and the Emergency Department, ” “Make an Appointment,” and “Next Steps After Your Appointment,” among others. These resources are all available in English and Spanish. They also offer an 11-part series of videos covering the same topics that are available to watch online or download. These are also offered in both English and Spanish. These From Coverage 2 Care resources and additional promotional materials, sample tweets, and badges are available at:

Additionally, CMS has supplemental information for special populations, including glossaries in multiple languages, list of substance abuse and mental health services and providers, tools on enrollment for immigrants and refugees, multimedia resources and more. View the list of categories and select by topic here:

CMS has more than just consumer health tools, they also offer a large collection of technical assistance resources on eligibility, enrollments, tax credits, exemptions, training materials for navigators and much more. Available at:

The Internal Revenue Service also offers a guide on the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act titled, “Health Care Law: What’s New for Individuals and Families.” It includes a list of forms and publications that can be used for preparing a tax return, as well as a glossary of terms, information about qualifying for an exemption and the new premium tax credit. It is available in several languages and can be found at:

Dana Abbey, MLS
Health Information Literacy Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Executive Order 9066

On February 19, 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. This order, related to coastal areas of the United States, allowed the removal of any person considered to be a threat to U.S. national security. It mostly affected those of Japanese descent, over 100,000 of whom were removed from their homes and moved inland. Different areas in Colorado were rumored to be housing the refugees, either in regular communities or internment camps. Read on to learn the local reaction to the news.

CCC Camps Are Being Prepared for Visitors
Steamboat Pilot
February 26, 1942

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Regional Meetings

Please join the Colorado Workforce Development Council for regional discussions on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and what it means for Southeastern 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.

Southeastern Colorado

February 25, 2015

The meeting will be held from 9 – 11 am at Trinidad State Junior College, 600 Prospect, Pioneer Room in the Student Center in Trinidad, CO. Please rsvp through this link:

Southwestern Colorado

March 11, 2015

The meeting will be held from 10:00 – 12 noon in the LaPlata room at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., Durango, CO  (map)Please rsvp by March 6th through this link:

March 12, 2015

The meeting will be held from 9 – 11 am at the Montrose Libraries Community Room, 320 South 2nd, Montrose, Colorado. Please rsvp through this link:

Visit to learn more. Specific questions regarding these events can be sent to Lee Wheeler-Berliner.

It’s All About Choice, Baby! Flipping the Professional Development Model for Librarians

CSLinSessionJoin us for our next CSL in Session: It’s All About Choice, Baby! Flipping the Professional Development Model for Librarians on Thursday February 26 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM (Mountain Time).


  • Does the professional development you provide for your staff elicit more groans than cheers?
  • Would you rather offer professional development that is useful and engaging?

After years of experimenting, we found a PD model that is more dynamic, offers more choices, and encourages leadership from within the group you are coaching, mentoring, etc. Using a combination of the flipped model and the workshop model, we created PD that puts our librarians in control of their own learning. Come learn how we did it and how to replicate it with your staff, in your own library or library district!

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.


Friday the Thirteenth

Do you suffer from triskaidekaphobia? Do you have a fear of the number thirteen or of Friday the 13th?  If so you, are not alone.  There are also those who embrace the number thirteen and celebrate it in different ways.  Read on to learn more about the history of superstitions around this number and date.

The Thirteen Superstition
Aspen Daily Chronicle
July 15, 1891

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Turks Attack Suez Canal

During WWI, the battle for control of the Suez Canal was ongoing. On February 2-3, 1915, the German and Turkish forces led an assault against the British. The attempt quickly failed and the area was soon back until British control.

The Suez Canal (general facts)
Colorado Transcript
December 1, 1869


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