David Bondarchuck was once a homeless teen living in a shelter off of Colfax Avenue in Denver.
Every day he’d take the bus to the Denver Central Library and read cookbooks and books about entertaining – cover to cover—as though they were text books. The Library provided him with safe haven and the knowledge he needed to pursue his passion. In 2011, just four years after David founded his own local catering business, Scratch Catering Services, two of his dreams came true: he was invited to decorate the White House for the holidays, and was featured on the Martha Stewart show. In 2012 he returned to the White House and is now a free-l
A partnership has been forged between Denver Parks and Recreation, Denver Public Library and Community College of Denver (CCD) to bring General Education Development (GED) preparation classes into easily accessible recreation centers and libraries in the Elyria-Swansea, Sun Valley and Athmar Park neighborhoods.
The GED tests measure the major academic skills and concepts associated with four years of regular high school instruction. They provide an opportunity for persons who have not graduated from high school to earn a high school equivalency diploma.
A Weigh and Win kiosk is now available for use during normal business hours in the Burnham Hoyt Room, Level 1 of the Central Library. The public is invited to join the program and use the kiosk to measure their BMI (body mass index). Participants with a BMI over 25 will be eligible to receive financial incentives for losing weight.
Weigh and Win is a free program sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, to help participants move towards a healthy lifestyle by providing tips on healthy eating, and detailed exercise regimens based on your current activity level.
In our continuing series, City Councilwoman Judy Montero talks about the importance of libraries in the community.
Councilwoman Judy Montero has been a library lover since she was a young child. She spent much of her adolescence visiting the bookmobile and the Smiley Branch Library in Northwest Denver. To this day she finds herself at the Central Library holding meetings or checking out books. She feels that, "Libraries are truly the heart and soul of Denver, and reading opens up the world of possibilities for Denver’s citizens.
We’re launching a branch new series of Library Love Stories this February in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Kelly Brough, President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, grew up using her public library in rural Montana. Her family didn’t have a lot of money, and the Library provided her with a way to learn about the world, for free.
A free parenting series begins September 8. Nannies, caregivers, grandparents and teachers are also welcome!
The Eugene Field Branch Library will be hosting a free parenting series on four consecutive Thursday evenings in September, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Experts in the fields of parent education, finance, health literacy development will present logical, common sense techniques to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming job of caring for your child.
The classes are free, but each session is limited to 30 participants so registration is required by calling 720-865-0240. These classes are intended for adults only, so please arrange for child care.
Two displays at the Central Library highlight the art of Charley Harper and Native American artifacts and documents.
An eye-catching display of posters from the Federal Documents collection are featured behind the new Information Desk in Schlessman Hall at the Central Library. These posters highlight the art of Charley Harper, American Modernist (1922-2007). Harper was commissioned to illustrate a series of ten posters for the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, each showcasing one national park, from Glacier Bay, Alaska to the Atlantic Barrier Islands.
Denver Public Library's popular Summer of Reading program is in full swing for 2011. Make sure the kids and teens in your life sign up online or at any branch library location through July 30.
For many years, Summer of Reading has been a great way to encourage kids and teens reading during their summer break. Keeping young readers engaged and curious about reading and learning prepares them for the upcoming school year by acting as a bridge to keep literacy and comprehension skills sharp. Also, it doesn't hurt that there are incentives to encourage our little bookworms to keep at it.