Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library’s 10th Anniversary
Saturday, April 27, 12:30-3 p.m.
Activities for the whole family!
Storytime, Arts & Crafts, and Face Painting
Light Refreshments ~ Free and Open to the Public
Jewel in the Community Exhibit
Ending April 30
Cousins Gallery - 3rd Floor
Join us as we explore the history of the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. From Conception and Construction to Events and Exhibits the Blair-Caldwell library is a place of discovery and knowledge waiting to be explored.
I naively used to think that writers of short stories and essays simply didn't have enough good material to fill a traditional book. Fortunately some great teachers, and exposure to some of the best writers in the field, showed me the incredible art of short form writing.
The beauty of short works has become even more apparent as I've read too many books lately where I'm left feeling like a shorter essay or short story would've been more powerful. Often (like my college papers) they had a few great things to say but had used filler to make it fit a length requirement. As print magazines, the previous bastion of short form, are shutting their doors, I'm encouraged to see new outlets such as Kindle Singles and Ted Talks remind people that brevity can be a virtue.
Born in Pabianice, Poland in 1929, Jack Adler and his family were swept into the terror of the Nazi concentration camps. His parents and four siblings all perished at the hands of the Nazis. In his powerful and inspiring firsthand account, Y: A Holocaust Narrative, Jack (Yacob) tells his story and describes his struggle to survive, overcome and regain a sense of joy about being alive.
"I publish my own books, so there isn't a certain editor I owe the book to at a publishing house." -- Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Denver Public Library hosts a workshop designed to help writers navigate the changing world of self-publishing.
In 2008, there was a paradigm shift in the publishing world: more book titles were self-published than published through traditional means. In 2009, 76% of new book titles came into being by self-publishing. London-based author Dean Fetzer is leading the charge for the brave new world of publishing. He helms our upcoming workshop focused on self-publishing for new authors.
In the past couple of years, many Denver Public Library Branch Locations have settled into their new digs, enjoying remodeled spaces, more public computers, and updated software. Did you know that several Branch Libraries, including the Central Library, also have improved workstations for customers with physical barriers to access?
These computer workstations have adjustable tables that move up and down to accommodate wheelchairs or customers who are unable to sit. Several types of mice and keyboards are available upon request too, including stationary trackball mice and large print, high contrast keyboards.
The International Bank of Bob is the inspiring memoir of an ordinary American who turned his brief brush with opulence into a joyful adventure of investing in the world's working poor (from the jacket).
Bob Harris, hired by ForbesTraveler.com to review some of the most luxurious accommodations on Earth, was inspired by a chance encounter in Dubai with the impoverished workers whose backbreaking jobs create such opulence. He writes, "My Forbes Traveler cash would be about $20,000... I needed to do something good with it." He then started a list of what he hoped he could do with the money.
Help poverty in 3rd world (at least a little)
Help build an economy, not fix emergencies. Long-term, not short
April is National Poetry Month, and April 18 is Poem in Your Pocket Day!
What does that mean? Celebrate poetry by carrying a favorite poem with you all day and sharing it with family, friends, and coworkers! Need ideas for poems to share? There are a few places you can go for inspiration:
Poets.org has a web page dedicated to Poem in Your Pocket Day. There are poems on the site that you can download and print for your pockets, along with other great resources about poets and poetry!
Did you know that one of Denver Public Library's Strategic Initiatives is job search assistance? "People's lives are improved by acquiring the resources and skills needed to prosper and contribute to Denver's economy." No doubt this is a goal worth pursuing, but let's talk about what this means, and what steps are being taken to be sure we are doing the best that we can to help our customers.
As part of this initiative, a decision was made to "beef up" the job-related materials in our collection. Over a thousand books, eBooks, audiobooks and DVDs were purchased to enhance career materials already in the collection. These cover a wide-range of topics from entering the job market, to starting a home-based business, to re-entering the job market, or just information about a variety of careers for people wondering what they might want to do. Here's just a sampling of recently purchased items that might be of interest:
Libraries are sites of imagination and possibility. Each book contains a tiny world capable of transporting the reader into a radically different time and place. In a similar way, the space of the library itself -- whether dark and dusty or bright and modern -- also has the potential to transport us out of the realm of the ordinary.
In honor of National Library Week I'd like to present a few of my favorite cinematic libraries. All these titles are available to check out through DPL.