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DPL Connect: Denver's very own pedal-powered mobile library!

Over the past few months, the Denver Public Library has been developing a new service to connect the library to the community outside of our physical locations. 

We wanted to literally take our services to the streets and to meet you where you are -- in the neighborhoods, at community events, in the parks, the coffee shops, the skate parks, concerts, farmer's markets and more.

We are super stoked to introduce what we came up with: DPL Connect -- a pedal-powered mobile library and wi-fi hotspot. 

DPL Connect will make its inaugural ride at its official launch on Wednesday, August 7 on 16th Street Mall. Our tricked-out trike will provide free wireless internet access and will be stocked with a rotating collection of books tailored to the bike's location (i.e. cookbooks and urban farming for farmer's markets, bike repair and Denver maps for bike trails, etc).

LEGO® Building Contest Judging Rescheduled for March 30

building block

The Building Contest Judging has been rescheduled for:

Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. There will also be fun activities across the hall in the Level 7 Meeting Room!

If you need additional information, please contact the branch where you entered the contest.

The theme of the 2013 contest was Building Books.

Participants chose a favorite book and made a LEGO® design based on a scene, character or even the cover of the book! Entries were accepted in four categories: Preschool-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-12th grade or Family.

 

Thank You to Our Prize Sponsors:

Library Love Story: David Bondarchuck

David Bondarchuck

David Bondarchuck was once a homeless teen living in a shelter off of Colfax Avenue in Denver.

Every day he’d take the bus to the Denver Central Library and read cookbooks and books about entertaining – cover to cover—as though they were text books.  The Library provided him with safe haven and the knowledge he needed to pursue his passion. In 2011, just four years after David founded his own local catering business, Scratch Catering Services, two of his dreams came true: he was invited to decorate the White House for the holidays, and was featured on the Martha Stewart show. In 2012 he returned to the White House and is now a free-l

Digital Magazines Available at DPL!

Zinio digital Magazines

Zinio for libraries offers full digital copies of your favorite magazines to view on your computer or mobile device. We have subscriptions to over 200 popular and specialty magazines. Your DPL library card will give you unlimited access to this entire collection. Best of all, titles do not have to be returned and do not expire.

Quick start guide for first time users:

Please note you must create two accounts, a DPL Library Zinio account to browse the Library collection, and a Zinio.com Reader account to view the magazines on your computer or mobile device:

Library Love Story: Liam's First Library Card

Liam and Children's Librarian, Chufo Ramirez

Recently, the Children’s Library staff received a special request from a regular customer, Paola. Her son Liam’s fourth birthday was coming up soon. For the past several weeks, whenever she asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he’d say, “My own library card.” She’d let a couple days go by, ask again, but the answer was always the same, “My own library card.”

Paola wondered if we even let kids as young as Liam get cards and when we assured her we did, she was relieved. Together, we brain-stormed ways we could make this milestone special. We settled on the Children’s Library staff making a birthday card and having Children’s Librarian, Chufo Ramirez, play the guitar while we all sang “Happy Birthday” as we presented Liam with his very first library card.

Denver Public Library to increase hours by 40% in 2013

Denver Public Library

Thank you to everyone who voted YES on ballot measure 2A, which "de-Bruces" the city's budget, and raises $68 million by allowing the city to keep revenue it already collects but currently has to refund, without raising tax rates or fees. The $68 million will be used to improve police and fire protection, repair city streets and increase library hours.

What you can expect at the Denver Public Library upon final approval of the 2013 budget:

Murder Mystery Night: Book Fair of Death!

During Teen Read Week, the Green Valley Ranch Teen Advisory Board (GVR TAB) hosted the first ever after hours Murder Mystery Night.

The Green Valley Ranch Library closed on Friday evening, then re-opened their doors later that night to allow registered teens back into the library for this special event.  TAB members (and a few GVR staff members!) assumed the roles of the characters in the Book Fair of Death! and gave a fantastic performance.  Teens enjoyed refreshments while they questioned suspects, examined evidence and attempted to solve the mystery of who killed best-selling author Emily Thornton.  The first three teens who correctly identified the killer and the weapon that was used, won pri

Check Out the New Teen Blogs on Evolver

Create and Connect

The Denver Public Library's Teen Blogs have moved to the new Evolver teen website. There are blogs about topics just for teens, and teens can sign up for a blog account and contribute to Evolver too!

If writing a blog isn't your thing, you can submit art, poetry, videos, book lists, reviews and more. See how easy it is for teens to contribute to Evolver!

Writing Workshop for Teens!

writing

Do you love to write? Do you dream of seeing your stories in print?

Here's your chance to learn more about the writing process. We're hosting a writing workshop that is just for teens (ages 12-18) with award winning author, Laura Resau, author of 7 books including The Queen of Water, Red Glass, and The Indigo Notebook. Laura will teach her Creating Vivid Characters workshop using various activities.

2012 Teen Read Week Sticker Contest

It Came From the Library

Calling all teen artists - enter our Teen Read Week Sticker Contest!

Teen Read Week is October 14-20 this year and the theme is "It Came From the Library." One person will be chosen as our contest winner and will have their sticker distributed in all Denver Public Library locations during Teen Read Week!

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