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Memento Mori, and That's OK

Wax vanitas, Europe, 1701-1800

Let's talk about death. It's lovely out, spring rains are greening the world and trees are blossoming. The sun's ramped up its intensity, warming away whatever's left of winter's chill ... and I want to talk about death. Amid all this vitality, it's natural for thoughts (mine, anyway) to drift toward the inevitable, the end with a capital "E." No, I'm not naturally morbid. I just believe that living with a healthy respect for mortality enhances my appreciation of the day.

Submit to Volume Denver - Less Than a Week To Go

Volume Denver Image

Submissions for the first round of our Volume Denver project close next Thursday, May 15. If you're a musician and you've already gotten your submissions in, thanks so much - we've received a lot of really great stuff, and are so excited to get this off the ground. If you haven't submitted yet, get it in by the end of next Thursday so we can consider you for this round.

Free summer tech camps for teens at DPL!

DPL DevCamp logo

UPDATE 5/14/14: BuildCamp and DevCamp are both at capacity, but you can still register to be placed on the waitlist!

Denver Public Library's ideaLAB is proud to announce two exciting opportunities for tech-minded teens this summer: BuildCamp and DevCamp!

Plaza Voices: Bridging the Gap

Cover of American Libraries May 2014 issue

The Denver Public Library's Plaza program is featured in the May 2014 issue of American Libraries Magazine!

Though the article, "Connecting Latinos with Libraries," focuses particularly on Spanish-speakers, Plaza programs are designed to engage international migrants from all over the world, as well as other community members, regardless of their background or native language.

Coming Clean: Unusual Uses for Common Household Products

Don't you wish that there was one product that could unclog drains, shampoo the dog, make slime, fight foot fungus and kill ants? Borax, which you'll find in the laundry detergent aisle, does all these things, and more (see video below).

Ride for Reading

Denver Public Library is proud to be a part of Ride for Reading Week, 2014! We’ll be teaming up with Colorado Women’s Cycling Project to promote literacy and healthy living in Colorado by donating books via bicycle to children at Fulton Academy, a Title 1 school in Aurora.

DPL Connect, our pedal-powered mobile library, will join over 100 cyclists to deliver more than 3000 books by bike for this year’s Colorado delivery! And you are cordially invited to ride with us. 

Things Are Heating Up!

Mambo in Chinatown

Here at the library, we're not just thinking about a Summer of Reading for kids and teens--summer is a great time for EVERYONE to read, and we're already looking ahead to the hot books that you'll be craving. Whether you're a mystery buff, want to get lost in the world of science fiction or fantasy, can't get enough of compelling memoirs and biographies, or like a little bit of everything, we've got a summer book on order for you! Get on the holds list for your favorite author's new book today--or try something new!

Winners of the Agatha and Edgar awards are in!

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel

On May 1, 2014 the Mystery Writers of America chose the winners for their prestigious Edgar Award. Here is a list of the winner for each category.

Dave Chappelle in Denver

Chappelle's Show

Dave Chappelle has been in town performing his hilarious stand-up comedy at The Comedy Works since Tuesday, April 29 and will be here through Tuesday, May 6. I had the pleasure of seeing him last night at Comedy Works South. What was scheduled to be a two hour show turned into a four hour marathon lasting roughly from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.! Mr. Chappelle delighted his audiences and kept the crowd in stitches long past last call.

Community Art Show at the Montbello Library

I bought my first piece of art ever last Saturday. I'm not trying to boast here, but it was a signed original, a one-of-a-kind, handmade masterpiece, and a prize-winner, to boot! Be warned, though: when buying art from first graders, don't be fooled by the adorable, childlike innocence-those little ones have a sharp eye for business. You can come visit my new art piece at the Montbello Library, where it is proudly displayed by the public computers.

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