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Week Of Special Interest 07/17/19
Photo courtesy: The City of Aurora

By La Voz Staff

JeffCo Public Library brings free music downloads and streaming

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) has joined thousands of public libraries around the world by subscribing to The Freegal® Music Service from Library Ideas, LLC.

JCPL cardholders can now download and stream a select number of MP3-formatted tracks each month at no direct cost to them, paid for by the library’s subscription.

The Freegal® Music service allows patrons to access a collection spanning over 15 million songs, music videos and audiobooks from more than 40,000 music labels worldwide including Sony Music, Epic, RCA, and Columbia. Freegal® Music also offers a completely rebuilt mobile app and website that utilizes modern application practices to ensure an easy-to-use and enjoyable experience. The free application is available for library cardholders and can be downloaded in the Apple® App Store and Google® Play.

“Freegal® is kind of like Spotify® or Apple® Music—where you can create playlists and stream music,” says Debbi Mikash, JCPL’s collection manager. “Patrons will find that Freegal® Music helps them discover new artists and songs, and take advantage of library curated playlists!”

“We have been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use,” says Donna Walker, JCPL executive director. “We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons since it makes music accessible to all.”

Calming traffic in Aurora neighborhoods

The city has launched a new Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program to reduce speeding and cut-through traffic on residential streets and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods using a set of traffic calming strategies.

Strategies range from enforcement and education to a more comprehensive physical infrastructure approach with the addition of automated speed radar signs, curb extensions or narrowing of roadways, speed cushions, mini-roundabouts and more.

The program targets local and collector streets only, and only projects that are well supported by the community and address safety criteria.

For more information or to apply, visit

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Barry beginning on July 10, and continuing.

Colorado Governor

Gov. Jared Polis released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that he would issue an executive order related to citizenship information. “Today the President recognized that there were no legal grounds to add the citizenship question to the census. In Colorado, we are working to make sure we have the most accurate count possible. An accurate census is a critical tool for ensuring Colorado receives fair representation in Congress and resources that support our schools, infrastructure, and other critical services. Questions designed to deter participation should not be allowed.”

Denver Mayor

With the support of Governor Polis and Mayor Hancock, the Colorado Soccer Association, which represents nearly 100,000 youth and adult soccer players and supporters across the state, has helped to mobilize a coalition of Colorado leaders and communities to ensure Denver is selected among final host cities for the FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2026.The coalition will unveil plans to support the effort.





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