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The Pledge

Flags Kit Carson Colorado  © Laurie Spurling

What do the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Knights of Columbus, and the U.S. Flag Code have to do with the Pledge of Allegiance?

Clergyman Francis Bellamy drafted his original 22 word sentence as a way to express "intelligent patriotism" in 1892.

Resources For Ex-Offenders

Did you know:
It costs an average of $28,759 a year to house someone in prison.
The size of Colorado’s prison population has increased four-fold in the past 20 years and is expected to grow to over 27,000 people by 2013.
For those released on mandatory parole in Colorado, 65% will be returned to prison within three years.

The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) is a non-profit organization that was formed to halt the exponential growth in the state prison population and to advocate for reintegration and alternatives to prison.  Their 200-page book Go: Getting on After Getting Out provides extensive information to help people prepare for release and successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities.

Remember your first job?

11 Years, 9 Months, and 5 Days

If it was flipping burgers, then we've got just the book for you.

11 Years, 9 Months, and 5 Days

Movies that Tell the Story of America

Fourth of July fireworks

The holiday weekend promises to be a hot one! Stay cool inside with a movie about American history and culture.

As a child, I looked forward to the Fourth like it was Christmas in July. I wasn't especially patriotic or anything, it was just that the Fourth of July was the one day in the whole year when all of the kids ruled the neighborhood. We had a bike parade, an ice cream social, a block party that took up the whole street, and we shot off fireworks from the time we woke up until midnight, starting with caps and snakes in the daylight and ending with the most dramatic, colorful, and highest-flying for a nighttime spectacle (I didn't grow up in Denver so I wasn't breaking any laws!)

Why I Volunteer at the Denver Public Library

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From a letter by Asa Erlendson - DPL Volunteer

I started volunteering at the Denver Public Library in February of 2010. I had just finished my first semester of my third year at Pitzer College in Claremont, California and had decided to take a leave of absence for the Spring semester. I needed to do something with myself during my time off because I didn’t want to only laze around (though I had plans to do some of that).

It was important to me that I pursued my interests: tutoring, working with kids, and continuing to learn. The library seemed like a good first stop. Ultimately, I accomplished my goal of tutoring and working with kids instead by volunteering with Denver Public Schools, but I also volunteered at the two nearest library branches to me at the time: Ross-University Hills and Eugene Field.

Ready to Live on the Cheap?

It Pays to be Cheap

Join us for How to Live on the Cheap: Thriving in the Recession this Saturday, July 2, at 1:00 p.m. at the Ross University Hills Branch.

Laura Daily, co-owner of MileHighontheCheap will share tips for saving money during these tough economic times. During this free event, she'll talk about ways to save on groceries (wait 'til you see her coupon system!), dining out, shopping, travel, and attending local cultural events. She'll also explain the ins and outs of deal of the day sites, how to find free and low-cost classes and workshops, and safely join and navigate e-Clubs and other online loyalty and savings web sites.

Resources for Great Travel

Want to see the best sights while travelling? Denver Public Library can help.

I just returned from a vacation during which my parents and I used several books to determine which sights to see. Quality books on a destination can be invaluable. DPL has a wide variety of books to check out.  If you tend to want to purchase books, you can always check out ours in order to determine which books you wish to buy.  We attempt to have the most current (including 2011) guides available, but please check them out early since many individuals already know about these resources.

Check out these popular guides plus others

Happy Birthday Mel Brooks!

Mel Brooks, born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28th, 1926, turns 85 today! Brooks has been the recipient of the Oscar, Emmy, Tony and the Grammy. What is your favorite Mel Brooks' film?

Mel Brooks is the writer and/or director of these great films:

What is KeyTrain and what's in it for me?

Denver The Mile High City

Are you a job seeker? Have you wondered what KeyTrain is all about? Are you currently employed but looking for a new opportunity? Perhaps a KeyTrain session is just what you need!

If you're looking to increase your job skills and employability, KeyTrain sessions are a good place to start. KeyTrain is an online interactive learning tool used as a pretest and remedial tool to pass the WorkKeys CareerReady Colorado Certificate in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information. This certificate shows employers that you've got what it takes to get the job done!

YA? Why Not?

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It's no secret to fans of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games that teen books aren't just for teens any more. There are many reasons that adults are turning to YA literature, but mostly, it's because there are some great stories out there that have been marketed to young adults.

Whether you're wanting a great coming of age novel, a more succinct story, or want to be able to connect with a teen in your life through books, here are some authors to check out. Just like with adult books, not everything will appeal to you, but don't limit your reading just because something is in the teen section!

Scott Westerfeld: both a steampunk series and the dystopian Uglies series

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