Library News

DPL Receives Awards from Colorado Association of Libraries

Green Valley Ranch Branch Library

Green Valley Ranch Branch named Colorado Library of the Year and the Central Library Renovation named Colorado Project of the Year!

On October 14, 2011 the Denver Public Library accepted two top awards from the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) at the statewide association’s annual conference.

StoryCorps is in Denver - Record Your Story!

StoryCorps MobileBooth

UPDATE: The audio archive is now available in the Digital Collections Catalog.

StoryCorps is a national oral history project that encourages us to listen to each other by sharing the stories of our lives with the people we love. Their mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve these stories by recording high-quality interviews between friends or family.

14th Annual Booklovers Ball

Dust off your dress boots and saddle up for the 14th Annual Booklovers Ball: From the Wild West to the Digital Frontier.

Celebrate how the Denver Public Library preserves the past, enriches the future and blazes trails into the future.

Saturday, October 1, 2011. Denver Central Library. Cocktails, dining and dancing. Black Tie.

Tickets: http://dplfriends.org/events/ball.html

Message from City Librarian: Branches Won’t Close in 2012, But We Still Must Plan for the Future

Today, Mayor Michael Hancock announced that the Denver Public Library will not have to close any branches, or further reduce service hours in 2012, which is great news for the short-term. However, we are still in dire need of a long-term sustainable funding solution to ensure the best-possible service to the Denver community.

The $32,104,500 budget proposed by Mayor Hancock would provide funding to maintain 2011 service levels: 18 of the 23 branches will be open four days (32 hours) a week; four branches will be open six days (48 hours) a week, and one branch will be open four days a week and a half day on Sunday (36 hours). The Central Library will be open 52 hours a week, with weekend hours from 1-5 p.m. In addition, the budget funds the new branch in Stapleton, at a service level of 32 hours per week.

2012 Budget Hearing Scheduled for September 20

The Denver Public Library Commission to hold public hearing on the 2012 Library Budget Tuesday, September 20, 5:30 p.m.

Mayor Michael Hancock announced on September 13, during his budget presentation to City Council that the Denver Public Library will not close any branches, or further reduce service hours in 2012. The Denver Public Library Commission is holding a Public Hearing about the 2012 Library budget to gather feedback and answer any questions Denver residents may have.

Parenting 2.0: Free Parenting Series

Raising Kids WHo Love to Read

A free parenting series begins September 8. Nannies, caregivers, grandparents and teachers are also welcome!

The Eugene Field Branch Library will be hosting a free parenting series on four consecutive Thursday evenings in September, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Experts in the fields of parent education, finance, health literacy development will present logical, common sense techniques to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming job of caring for your child.

The classes are free, but each session is limited to 30 participants so registration is required by calling 720-865-0240. These classes are intended for adults only, so please arrange for child care.

Schedule

Message From City Librarian: Library Won't Pursue Ballot Measure in 2011

Yesterday I met with Mayor Hancock to discuss the viability of putting a measure on the ballot in November 2011 for a dedicated mill levy or library district. We agreed that it is most advantageous if this decision was made after the City’s Structural Financial Task Force makes its city-wide recommendations addressing the budget shortfall, which will happen this fall.

Mayor Hancock is a strong supporter of Denver Public Library, and has expressed his sincere interest in pursuing a long-term sustainable funding solution. I am hopeful that either the dedicated mill levy or library district will be on the fall 2012 ballot, as part of a broader funding solution for the City. I look forward to discussing this with the Mayor, Library Commission, and the public in the coming months.

Tom Noel, “Dr. Colorado” Honored as 12th Recipient of Denver Public Library’s Eleanor Gehres Award

Tom Noel, “Dr. Colorado”

On September 14, the Denver Public Library will recognize Thomas Jacob "Tom" Noel as the 12th recipient of the Eleanor Gehres Award, which was established in 2000 in honor of Ms. Gehres, who headed the Library’s Western History and Genealogy Department for 25 years.

Known as "Dr. Colorado," Tom has been involved with the Library serving on several committees for over 20 years, and has donated numerous materials and photos to the Western History and Genealogy Department. He is also one of the Library’s favorite customers.

2010 Annual Report of the Denver Public Library

The 2010 Annual Report (pdf) is now available.

In 2010, customers made 4 million visits to the Denver Public Library, borrowed 9.3 million items, and conducted more than 40 million online transactions.

Here are some Library numbers we believe are also important:

Exhibit: Refuseniks

Exhibit poster: Refuseniks

An exhibit about Colorado Legislators and their efforts to free Soviet dissidents.

July 10 - August 28, 2011, Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
Central Library, Vida Ellison Gallery - Level 7

About the Refuseniks

On June 15, 1970, twelve citizens of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics purchased every ticket on a flight from Leningrad to Priozersk. Claiming that they were traveling to a wedding, they prepared to board the ten-seater Antonov An-2. Their true objective was to hijack the plane, fly to Sweden and leave their homeland.

Before they boarded the place at Leningrad’s Smolny airfield, government authorities arrested them.

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