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Whenever I tell someone I work in the library, a common response is, "Wow, it must be great to be around books and read all day!" The reality is that reading on the job is considered bad form, and most of us are too busy checking out books, shelving them when they come back, providing reference, managing the network, keeping everyone safe or maintaining buildings to do more than glance at a tempting title.

What do we read in our free time?

Net Neutrality and why it really matters...in 900 words.

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Net Neutrality is a phrase that’s been in the news a lot lately, and it’s not a simple thing to explain. But often, important things are not simple things. Net neutrality matters to anyone who uses or will use the internet, whether at home or at places like public libraries, schools or community organizations.

Garbo Laughs -- Tonight

Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas in Ninotchka

See the film that resurrected the career of the Swedish Sphinx -- Greta Garbo. One of the great comedies of 1939, it is an important film in the oeuvre of the woman who has often been called the 'face of the century.'

Ninotchka (1939)
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Dr. Dre needs a Doctor!

Dr Dre I Need a Doctor

Is there a song written about your career?  Or someone in a position like yours?  Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson told mothers not to let their babies grow up to be cowboys (they should be doctors and lawyers and such)... and Smokey Robinson crooned that there's nothing much sadder than the tears of a clown.  

Below are some lyrics to a few songs that mention various occupations in the title or lyrics.  Can you name some others?    

Storyblocks Adds New Videos in Vietnamese!

Storyblocks Logo

Parents, teachers, caregivers, anyone with young children in their life - have you visited Storyblocks yet? A wonderful website created by Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (with help from the Colorado State Library and Rocky Mountain PBS), Storyblocks hosts a great variety of videos of songs and rhymes perfect to share with babies, toddlers and even preschoolers.

May 3 2014: Minecraft is Taking Over at GVR!

Kids playing Minecraft

This month's GVR Computer Gaming Party was a huge success! Close to 30 kids attended our After-Hours event on Saturday, May 3. They had the library--and the library's computers-- to themselves. Kids played Minecraft and Roblox while some checked social media. But let's be honest: most played Minecraft!

On the Croisette

Winter Sleep

Wednesday, May 14th marks day one of the most important annual event on the art-film calendar: the Cannes Film Festival. Now in its 67th incarnation, it is almost impossible to overstate the importance of a showcase that has debuted more great films, especially in recent years, than any other festival.

Building Books - LEGO Building Contest Winners!

LEGO Judge Todd Edmands

Around 100 people, parents and kids, gathered in the Vida Ellison Gallery at the Central library, anxiously awaiting who would be announced the winner of this year's 2014 LEGO Building Contest. There were some fun projects for them to work on while waiting: LEGO I Spy, coloring pages, cute door hangers, and the button maker, which was run totally by one of DPL's awesome volunteers, Jeremy Collins. The theme this year was Building Books, and participants were required to build a LEGO model based on a favorite book.

Memento Mori, and That's OK

Wax vanitas, Europe, 1701-1800

Let's talk about death. It's lovely out, spring rains are greening the world and trees are blossoming. The sun's ramped up its intensity, warming away whatever's left of winter's chill ... and I want to talk about death. Amid all this vitality, it's natural for thoughts (mine, anyway) to drift toward the inevitable, the end with a capital "E." No, I'm not naturally morbid. I just believe that living with a healthy respect for mortality enhances my appreciation of the day.

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