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Let's Go to the Sock Hop this Saturday at the Central Children's Library!

Duck Sock Hop book cover

The Central Children's Library will be having a sock hop on Saturday, December 7th at 2pm! This program is open to all ages and will include dancing, music, games, and a sock craft. Wear your favorite socks, shed your shoes, and get ready to dance, dance, dance.

Get ready by practicing your sock hopping skills at home. It's a great indoor activity for a cold winter day and it's even better when paired with a book.

Try one of these to get inspired:

Explore the Legal Information Reference Center

Maybe Gomez Addams, lawyer and patriarch of the ghoulish Addams Family, wouldn't have been voted "Least Likely to Pass the Bar" if he'd had access to the Legal Information Reference Center.

With this handy database, anyone with a legal issue (and a Denver Public Library card) can find the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to address a wide range of topics including:

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids & Teens

That Is NOT a Good Idea!

The holidays are almost upon us, and here at Denver Public Library the Children's Librarians have been hard at work, gathering the very best books published in 2013 to help you give the gift of reading to the children and teens in your life. 

Books for the Very Youngest

Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Peskimo.  Alphablock is a lift-the-letter-as-the-flap book with the die-cut letter on top and the pictorial representation underneath. This beautiful book will be read again and again.

Join the Army, See the World: World War II edition

"This isn't a tourist guide, full of the delights of moonlit nights, tropical seas, and lovely maidens. Its purpose is to give you information, concisely and without frills, about the people and their land..."
United States. War and Navy Departments, A Pocket Guide to Netherlands East Indies Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943.

During World War II, many young men traveled abroad for the first time, courtesy of the U.S. Army and Navy. The Special Service Division of the War Department, a kind of educational and morale-boosting public relations agency, issued a series of small travel guides that were part Fodor's and part Why We Fight. They were intended for the use of soldiers and sailors, describing the U.S.

It's That Time of the Year...

If You Could Be Mine

Yes, everyone from The New York Times to NPR is coming out with their take on "the best books of 2013" right now.

I won't promise this list is "the best," but they're all books I enjoyed this year for various reasons. Please add your own favorite 2013 reads in the comments!! I hope some of my fabulous DPL colleagues will post their own lists, too--we're a diverse group with varying interests and tastes in books.

Science Fiction & Horror:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King--Classic King. Well-drawn characters, good vs. evil, creepy villains. And a Colorado conection!

Before the Parade of Lights, Warm Up at Central with Music and a Hot Beverage

Don't get caught out in the cold when you come downtown for the Parade of Lights this Saturday. We're holding a comfortable spot for you to enjoy a holiday concert before you venture out for the parade. And we'll keep the home fires burning all winter with terrific programming and community -- keep up to date with our event listings on our Fresh City Life calendar.

Fresh City Life's 6th annual holiday concert showcasing The Denver Gay Men's Chorus happens this Saturday. And our wonderful crew of baristas at DPLs The Coffee Mug want to pitch in on the holiday spirit. Anytime on Saturday, from 10a-4p, wander into their cozy coffee shop just inside the east entrance and take 10% off your beverage order by simply saying "Parade of Lights." A great deal and sure to warm you up on a cold day. Pick something up on your way to the concert.

Autodidacts Walk Among Us

Hat with "Autodidact University"

Unlike zombies, autodidacts or the self-educated, are difficult to spot. You won't recognize a road scholar (as opposed to Rhodes Scholar) unless you talk to them, especially if you hit on a subject of interest. The clerk at your local 7-11, the man standing in front of you at the bus stop, or the teen carrying groceries - all could be amateur scholars.

Life experience, observation, and study are primary tools for autodidacts. And the Library is the epicenter of many of their lives. Ray Bradbury, a noted autodidact, shared his experience: “Libraries raised me…I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.” Even if money or privilege isn't an issue, these passionate learners determine the establishment can't give them what they need.

Game Time

Call of Duty: Black ops

Have you ever wondered if (or hoped you could) borrow video games from the Denver Public Library?

Well, you can! In this blog, I will be showing you step by step how to order video games through the Denver Public Library.

I've made a video with commentary in order to help you in your pursuit of happiness. Also, I uploaded a fun video.

(The information on the card and card number in the video were created for the sole purpose of this video; if you try using this card, it will not work because it has been deleted.)

Winter Fun With Froggy

Froggy Gets Dressed

It's about to get cold in Denver! If you're looking for some indoor fun for your little one try brainstorming creative activities after reading a favorite picture book.

I love Jonathan London's Froggy books, and one of my favorites is Froggy Gets Dressed. Froggy doesn't care that frogs are supposed to hibernate in winter. He's ready to play in the snow. He is so excited to go outside that, despite his mother's reminders, he forgets to put on the appropriate winter garb.

Here are a few fun things you can do after reading this book:

FCL Weekend Music Series Finale: Denver Gay Men's Chorus Sings Out

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, a publicity shot from their Christmas special.

The Central Library hosts weekend music throughout the year; our music calendar climaxes this Saturday with a long-awaited visit from the Denver Gay Men's Chorus. Join us for this free, fabulous afternoon of music. And keep an eye on our Fresh City Life calendar for great concerts and other special events in the new year.

Denver Gay Men’s Chorus
Saturday, December 7, 2 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

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