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Bicycle Commuting Classes

Commuter Bike

Dust off that bicycle languishing in your garage!

Come learn and share tricks and techniques for commuting to work on your bike! Learn how to be safe, find the best route to take, and have tons of fun, all while becoming healthy, wealthy and wise!

Bicycling improves quality of life. It gets you outside, relieves stress, makes you feel better, and creates a way to spend time with family and friends. Best of all, it’s convenient, flexible and free. Whether for recreation, transportation or competition, bicycling offers a lifetime of health and fun.

Social Media and Your Nonprofit Panel Discussion

Facebook logo

A free panel discussion will help you get started.

Where: Central Library — Level 4 Training Room
When: May 18, 2011, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Class size is limited, so RSVP to lflavin@denverlibrary.org or call 720-865-1363.

Are you wondering how social networking can benefit your nonprofit? Then consider the following figures from Erik Qualman's Socialnomics:

Earth Day 2011

Earth Day

Earth Day is Friday, April 22.

The Denver Public Library will be staffing a booth in Civic Center Park, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. as part of the 2011 Earth Day Fair, so be sure to stop by this Friday!

Welcome Back, Request It!

Request It!

Denver Public Library’s Request It! service is back!

PLEASE NOTE: If your request is for an item coming out in February 2011 or later, we suggest waiting and checking the catalog periodically. The Library is busy processing orders for thousands of recently-released and forthcoming titles, so many of your requests may already be in our "to order" queue. Holding off on submitting purchase requests for a few weeks will help to maximize your 30 request per year limit.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Staff Art Show

Staff Art Show

Staff Art Show on display until February 27, 2011.

Next time you're at the Central Library, plan on spending some extra time to make your way up to Level 7. The beautiful Vida Ellison Gallery is housing this exhibit of fine art created by staff for the 8th consecutive year.

In addition to highlighting the creativity, diversity and individuality of the Denver Public Library staff, the gallery offers spectacular views of downtown Denver. Not to be missed!

Reference Services Now On Level 3 at Central

New Reference Room

On Tuesday, December 21, the Central Library will have a new home for Reference Services.

Ever since the new Michael Graves-designed Central Library opened in 1995, the Reference Services department has been located on Level 1. Today that changed with the grand opening of the new Reference Room on Level 3.

The new space features more natural light, and a better system of shelving to house the impressive collection of reference materials. A new desk will greet customers as they enter the space, and reference librarians will staff the desk to handle questions and collection inquiries for all of our Reference Services collections.

Create Art for a New Branch Library

Cloud Seeding

Help seed the clouds for an incredible art installation at the new Green Valley Branch Library.

The Denver Public Library is asking for your help in creating an interactive, dynamic artwork that will display your search terms on an array of large LCD screens in the new Green Valley Ranch Branch Library, and call up associative media clips culled from the Library's collection of books, DVDs, music, digital images and text archives.

It Was 30 Years Ago Today

John: New York City

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon died in front of his Manhattan home.

It was the first "Kennedy moment" in my life, a memory that still seems fresh, almost like it happened yesterday. My ritual of falling asleep while listening to an old-school "digital" clock radio (the one with the rotating flat panels for each number), was jarringly interrupted by the breaking news that John Lennon had been shot in New York City. I leapt out of bed, ran downstairs, and stood motionless in front of the TV as Howard Cosell, on Monday Night Football, announced that John Lennon was dead. One of my heroes had been murdered, and it simply did not make any sense.

Flu Shot Clinic at Central October 5

Flu Shot

Flu season is almost here! Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a flu shot this year.

The Visiting Nurse Association will be at the Central Library October 5, 12 noon - 2 p.m. in the Level B2 Conference Center to administer flu and pneumonia shots. Prices are:

Rocky Mountain PBS & DPL

The Library's friends at Rocky Mountain PBS recently shot some promotional videos at the Library.

Utilizing the talent of DPL staff members, these short spots highlight the public service and value of both organizations. Thanks to RMPBS for being an outstanding partner and choosing the Central Library for their shooting location.

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