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Construction on the fourth level - Community Technology Center!

Fourth floor layout

What's with all the noise and dust on the fourth level of the Central Library?

We are under construction in the Community Technology Center! Slated to open up early Fall 2010, we will eventually have 100+ public access computers with internet access and Office 2007, a brand new classroom with 36 PCs and state-of-the-art technology, two new computers with updated assistive technology, a collaborative work area, space for gaming, and a comfy WiFi lounge!

The pictures to the left are, from top to bottom:

Burgeoning Gaming Program in the CTC!

Kids gaming at Denver Public Library

Wii!! Xbox 360!! PS3!! Woohoooo!

As you may know, the Community Technology Center (CTC) on Level 4 of the Central Library is under construction and will soon become a large, centralized space for public access computing, technology training, and yep, gaming!

These kiddos from Hope Communities tested out our consoles this summer during a six-week program designed to introduce them to the library, teach computer skills and information literacy, and have fun!

Chef Daniel is an Avocado

Chef Daniel (image)

We're very excited to present you with the RootDown cooking demo series every Saturday in August from 10:30-12 in the B2 Conference Center.

RootDown is one of Denver's best healthy fine-dining restaurants, and Chef Daniel Asher is ready and willing to teach us how to make a fancy four course RootDown-style meal using local organic products! I recently had the opportunity to ask Daniel some personal questions about food, childhood and vices. Read on, reader:

You are undeniably passionate about ethical, healthy food. How did you eat as a kid? Did your passion start then, or later?

Shakespeare's Comedies on Film

10 Things I Hate About You

Shakespeare's tragedies start with a wedding and end with a funeral, while his comedies start with a funeral and end in a wedding. As the Colorado Shakespeare Festival wraps up this weekend, let's end it on a happy note with these Shakespearean comedies made for the big screen.

  • 10 Things I Hate About You - Set in a Seattle high school, this adaptation of Taming of the Shrew was Heath Ledger's movie debut. Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt round out the merry cast.
  • As You Like It - Like many Shakespearean film adaptations, Kenneth Branagh is the director.

Chew and Review Poll: Eat Me

Eat Me book cover

Update: The people have spoken and the winner of the poll is: Mac n Cheese Pancakes! Look for the next installment of Chew and Review to see how the recipe turns out.

Looking for new and interesting ways to cook for your family, friends or just yourself? Look no further than your local public library. Our collection of food related materials is huge:

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.

On This Day in History - August 5

Marilyn Monroe

August 5, 1962 - Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her Los Angeles apartment, the circumstances of which are still shrouded in mystery. Born on June 1, 1926, Norma Jean Mortenson's transformation into Marilyn Monroe was not without tragedy. Today we honor her short but stellar life.

Shockingly, Marilyn never believed she was beautiful and struggled with her perceived appearance. She was married 3 times - at 16 to James Dougherty, then to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, and finally to playwright Arthur Miller.

Move for a Healthier Life

Move a Little, Lose a Lot

Discover how to live a longer and healthier life!

As a 40-something librarian who had a great-grandmother live to be 106 years old, I have wondered if there were steps I could take to make all my years healthy ones. I have read several books that explained how important it is to move. The authors take a sensible approach. We will not live forever, but by moving and taking other simple steps, we can live healthier, longer lives. Join me in moving! If you have any concerns about starting an exercise program, please consult with your healthcare provider first.

Libraries Mean Business!!!

It's our 11th year! The SBA Small Business Resource Fair will be back at the Central Library on Thursday, August 19 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  It's free and open to any and all who own or who are thinking about opening a business.

Need to know how to find free and low cost resources to help you grow or start your business?  In the Level B2 Conference Center of the Library you will have a chance to meet with the banks, microlenders (folks that will lend a small amount of money), and others who want to help you SUCCEED.  In other parts of the Library we will have programs covering such topics as business certification (why you need it and how to get it) and how to get government contracts.  Also, this usually turns out to be a great networking opportunity to meet other small business owners and for you t

bookNpaperlove

Sample of the graffiti art the embellishes the Denver Bookbinding Company

Gail Lindley gets 27 hours of work done in every 24 hour day! Along with her daily responsibilities running Denver Bookbinding Company (a business that has been in her family for three generations), she is active in the community contributing her time to the Denver Police (as a volunteer officer) as well as many charitable organizations like Denver Urban Gardens (Denver Bookbinding hosts a DUG garden in their backyard.)

 But Gail is launching a new project this fall -- in concert with Fresh City Life Craft Services (our DIY events for crafters of all stripes), Denver Bookbinding will be creating events and workshops entitled bookNpaperlove. Geared to our DIYers who love all things paper and handmade books, the initial schedule of events is pretty enticing. Once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a tour of the bindery along with a "Build Your Own Book" workshop.

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