The Smiley Branch invites you to join the new Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club! We will be meeting the 4th Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. starting this Saturday, May 25. Membership is open to every book lover interested in reading English-language works written by Latina and Latino authors.
Held in the museum's interactive exhibits, this storytime will focus on farm life, animals, cowboys, Colorado history, and more!
Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 3, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 7, 9:30 a.m.
Free adult admission to the History Colorado Center is available at the Central Children's Library while supplies last, and children 5 and under always get in to the History Colorado Center for free. No registration is required, ages 2-5 recommended.
Learn how you can apply knowledge of the energy of spaces and things in your home in Introduction to Feng Shui: A Hands-On Workshop on Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch. Lorrie Webb Grillo of Thriving Spaces Feng Shui will teach you about the Bagua and the Five Elements, just some of the tools of the Feng Shui practitioner.
Have you tried reading “100 Años de Soledad” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Spanish but it was too hard? How about “Don Quijote de la Mancha” by Miguel Cervantes? If so, consider starting your Spanish reading extravaganza with some of the following suggestions. Then someday, yes, someday you might get to read those wonderful pieces of literature.
Learning a new language can be a scary and challenging task. But have you tried improving your skills by using children’s books and CDs? Yes, that’s right! The Denver Public Library has many children’s items in Spanish that can make your learning experience much more enjoyable as well as educational.
Enjoy a free, staged reading of the play, Icarus, by Edwin Sanchez, this Sunday in the beautiful Vida Ellison Gallery overlooking the Civic Center Park.
This is the Denver debut of Edwin Sanchez's play; it is the story of Icarus told in modern times. And like Oscar Wilde's quote, this story of Icarus is not about hubris and the incumbent fall -- it is instead focused on the courage and ingenuity it takes to attempt such a dramatic flight.
Not sure what you want to read today? Looking for something new or different? Check out the UnWrap a Surprise display in the Children's Library this week!
The children's librarians have handpicked some of our favorite books and wrapped them in colorful paper so you can take home (and unwrap) a surprise book. Other than the label - "Picture Book," "Beginning Reader" or "Chapter Book" - the wrapping won't give you any other clue about the story inside.
So stop on by and pick out a book, it might just become your new favorite!
The folks at Fresh City Life My Branch want to support your healthy choices! Here are some upcoming programs to inform and inspire them!
What's healthier than eating your vegetables? Learn how to grow your own with Vegetable Gardening Techniques for a Bountiful Harvest on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Learn how to make your garden a haven of delicious organic veggies throughout the season. Learn about the All American Selection Vegetable Winners that can provide high yields and insect resistance, while keeping you and your family in healthy meals.
Library staff will have a table (come see us!) and be participating on a diverse set of panels that are sure to give you some ideas for your summer reading. One of these panels is Out from Behind the Mask: Queer Heroes Among Us, which will focus on comics and graphic novels depicting a wide range of sexualities and gender identities. No longer in the closet as taboo subjects, GLBTQ characters in comics can be heroes or villains, and are giving hope to both adults and teens.
Steampunk is kind of silly. It's hard not to smirk at someone in 19th century garb, complete with top hat and coattails, who also has goggles and a raygun. But the silliness of steampunk is part of the charm. And just because something is silly, doesn't mean it can't be great.
Case in point: Royden Lepp's wonderful graphic novel RUST.
Rust is an imaginative adventure story set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. It has all the hallmarks of steampunk: goggles, jet packs, big clunky robots with lots of gears. It's even colored in shades of sepia (it doesn't get more steampunky than that!). But it's also touching, funny, and intriguing. The graphic novel is drawn in an engaging, playful style that's reminiscent of both Calvin and Hobbs and Manga. The story centers around a mysterious boy with a jet pack who crash lands on a struggling family's farm. Then the big robots show up...