Friday, August 29. It'll arrive like a twister, fall from the sky like a sepia-tinted house, and be gone like an old hot air balloon before you even know it. So mark the date on your calendar for The Denver Public Library's presentation of The Wizard of Oz -- a celebration of the 75th anniversary of this most beloved film of the last century.
Film on the Side: The Wizard of Oz(1939)
Friday, August 29, Showtime: Dusk
Acoma Plaza (near the west entrance of the Central Library)
Several weeks ago, Jesse Perez, along with some of the talented teens from ideaLAB, were asked to take a look at the L.E.D. message board that hangs above the Books and Borrowing checkout station. Considering the sign was pretty old, no one was sure if it could even be fixed!
Two weeks later, the sign was back in its place displaying an array of useful, multicolored greetings for DPL customers.
Have you ever thought Denver would be absolutely perfect if only there was an ocean nearby? I certainly have, but while we don't have an ocean, the Denver metro area does offer some fun beach experiences. There's Confluence Park in downtown Denver, where you can watch kayakers while relaxing on the sand.
Earlier this month, the Colorado Book Award winners were announced at a ceremony in Aspen by Colorado Humanities. To be eligible, authors had to be Colorado residents or their work must have been strongly influenced by Colorado. With 16 categories, there is something for everyone.
Trains in the United States are becoming a thing again. Recently Amtrak has launched a Writers in Residence program of which I am INSANELY jealous and plan on applying at some point (hopefully the program will take off like wildfire and be available for many years to come.) But in the meantime I will have to bide my time with fantasies and books.
I remember the thrill of the hunt - trailing my fingertips along the book spines as I prowled through the stacks. There was a buzz of anticipation as I'd pause to slide one off the shelf and the secret satisfaction of discovering some gem of a book on my own. Saturday library excursions with my father were my early introduction to the enticing art of browsing.