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The Dinner Party

Panel from The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago

An invitation to the table is a sign of inclusion and ultimately, power. If you were relegated to the kid's table during family events, you know what I am talking about. Not all tables are created equal.

Plaza Voices: New Refugee/Parole Program Announced

Cover of Enrique's Journey, available through DPL

The 2006 book "Enrique's Journey," based on author Sonia Nazario's Pulitzer Prize-winning series for the Los Angeles Times, follows a Honduran boy as he travels alone across Mexico, trying to reach the United States in search of his mother.

Book Discovery: Baby, It's Cold in Space

As the weather starts to chill and snow starts to fall I get the unavoidable desire to delve into the desolate and far colder realm of outer space.

Music Memoirs and Air Guitars

Lita Ford

So I’ve had this vision. It’s of Bill and Ted, grown older – maybe a little wiser. They have jobs and families, expanding waist lines and thinning hair. But still, when they encounter something that is most excellent, something that rejuvenates them and makes them feel alive, even if for just a moment, they discreetly lean back and play a wicked air guitar. It’s not quite as loud as we all remember; it’s not quite as fast. But it is as necessary as ever – maybe more necessary now than it’s ever been. It’s a reminder that hey hey, my my, rock & roll can never die.   

Why are (some) dolls so creepy?

Creepy dolls

What is it about dolls?  Everyone has a scary or creepy doll story... or a grandmother who has a creepy doll... something.  

Book Discovery: Novelist

Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson

Our website provides access to many types of databases, including NoveList (for adult fiction titles) and NoveList K-8 Plus (for fiction and nonfiction titles for children and young adults). These two databases help you to answer the question: what should I read next?

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We Explore: The United States of Literature

We Explore: The United States of Literature

Thanksgiving has come and gone (I know, right?), which means that the holiday season is upon us now with all of its trappings: pumpkin spice lattes, mall traffic, snow angels, and tryptophan. This is also the busiest travel time of the year, with people going every which way across our great nation. Of course, as any reader knows, books allow you to travel without the pleasure of experiencing DIA's cattle drive in your socks. And for those of us who will be stuck in planes, trains, and automobiles over the coming weeks, maybe you'll finally have time to unwind with a good book.

The Young Elites

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Byers Branch Library Recommends:

In this video, Mary reviews the first book in a new YA fantasy series by Marie Lu:

THE YOUNG ELITES

Share your review of The Young Elites by posting a comment below!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: BOOKS FOR KIDS & TEENS

Hug Machine

At the closing of every year, librarians throughout the Denver Public Library system collaborate on a list of their favorite children's and teen publications from that year. Whether you're looking for gift ideas or just a good recommendation to read, here are our suggestions, the best and brightest of 2014.

Browse the titles in our catalog. 

Books for the Very Youngest:

Steampunk: Where the Future Meets the Past

While doing some early online holiday shopping, I came across the "steampunk roadkill leather top hat," on sale for $346.50, reduced from $495.00. Although I decided against buying the hat, I realized that I wasn't exactly sure what "steampunk" is, or where it came from.

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