Looking for that extra special unique handmade/crafted gift? Stop by the Blair-Caldwell Library and check out a wide vary of items inspired by the principles of Kwanzaa by local artists, artisans and merchants.
Start the season of giving by donating food to Denver's hungry. Ross-University Hills Branch Library is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to Metro CareRing, one of Denver's largest hunger-relief programs providing nutritious food and other items and services to individuals and families in need. Not sure what to donate?
Do you hear that? That's the sound of a million wanna-be authors panicking!
That's right, November 1st is the start of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo to those in the know. Thousands of people (official count as of this posting is nearly 150,000) will crack their knuckles and sit down in-front of their blank pages (paper or digital) and attempt to write a novel (50,000 words) in thirty days. Thirty days!?!?
That's impossible, I hear you cry! But it's not, you can start and finish a novel in thirty days if you can manage to average about 1,667 new words each day. See, it's easy right?
Join us as we explore the many facets of Identity.
The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library presents the Seldom Screened Cinema: Identity: Perception, Social Misconception and Self-Determination. This year's film series focuses on the many aspects of identity in the African American community and how identity is shaped by internal and external forces.
I am guilty of reading subversive literature filled to the brim with dangerous ideas and inflammatory language. I have been committing illicit acts of reading since I was a child, though my teen years were my most seditious. Yet I have never been arrested, or had to smuggle in a restricted book. I have always enjoyed the right to read freely and that is why I celebrate Banned Books Week.
This year Banned Books Week is September 22-28 and I encourage you to visit your local Denver Public Library branch and get caught reading banned books! If you have your mug shot photo taken with your favorite banned book, be sure to share it with us on the DPL facebook page.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is Thursday, September 19. Which means you have less than a month to become fluent in Pirate Talk before then. We're celebrating Talk Like Pirate Day at the Park Hill Branch on Saturday September 21st at 3:00PM with a Pirate celebration and we've all been brushing up on our Pirate Talk. Here's some key vocabulary to catch you up to speed:
Addled-- Mad, insane, or just stupid. An "addlepate" is a fool.
Avast!-- Hey! Could also be used as "Stop that!" or "Who goes there?"
Belay-- Stop that. "Belay that talk!" would mean "Shut up!"
Bilge!-- Nonsense, or foolish talk. The bilges of a ship are the lowest parts, inside the hull along the keel. They fill with stinking bilgewater—or just "bilge."
The Deru family has been visiting the Smiley Branch Library once a week attending our Thursday storytimes with Mr. Dana for many years. Now that many of the Deru boys have graduated from our preschool storytime, they all participate in the Summer of Reading at Smiley attending every program. They are superb crafters and each made fantastic fossils during out Fossil Prints class, sharing some of their knowledge of prehistoric prints with the rest of the group.
As a branch that offers storytimes almost every day of the week, it is no surprise that we have a large number of Read With Me families signed up for Summer of Reading. One of our families really made an impression when they came to pick up their third prize.
Donna and Patrick come in for storytime every week with their 1-year old son Ryan. When asked if they would like to keep or recycle their Read With Me folder, Donna emphatically replied that they would like to keep it, so that on days when they don’t go to a playgroup, storytime, or other class, they can use the folder for suggestions of fun activities to do together.
Summer of Reading 2013 started off in a flurry of excitement at the Byers Branch on 7th and Santa Fe. Since the Denver Public Library began the program before children were released from school for the summer, there was no delay in igniting their excitement to start reading!
This year, we wanted to do something different—something to show our community that even though we’re a small branch, we can achieve great things by working together.
We began the summer in an impassioned attempt to win the ice cream party that the Mayor offered to the branch with the greatest increase in registrations in the first two weeks. Our staff and community rallied together, and although we did not win, we came in third overall with 418 registrations as compared to 277 last year (that’s 150% of last year’s total for that time)!