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Helpful Internet Sites

Have you wondered what tools we librarians use to find books and movies?

Have you ever tried unsuccessfully to find a book or movie in Denver Public Library’s catalog at midnight? Common websites often prove to be enormously helpful. We use Amazon at www.amazon.com to find titles and authors. The Internet Movie Database at www.imdb.com is what we use to find movie titles. Mid Continental Public Library has created a useful database for finding the order of children’s series.

Callooh! Callay! Poetry Month Begins Today!

national poetry month poster

Poetry is a thing of great beauty and April, when the crocuses bloom and violets peek out their heads, is the perfect month to celebrate it.

National Poetry Month encourages all people to experience poetry. Be it by reading a new book of poetry, spouting memorized lines on the street corner, carrying a poem in your pocket, or attending a poetry reading you have a whole month in which to accomplish this goal.

Colorado Authors Series: Sue Frederick

Sue Frederick, author of I See Your Dream Job: A Career Intuitive Shows You How to Discover What You Were Put on Earth to Do, joins us for a Colorado Authors Series presentation on Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Using intution to fuflill your life's purpose and navigate change, Ms. Frederick will teach you to tap into your powerful intuition, see the mission that you came to accomplish, and move forward fearlessly--even if major reinvention is required. Ms. Frederick will give free mini-career readings to several members of the audience. You'll walk away with new tools for intuitive learning and a fresh perspective on your life's mission.

Get Graphic

Black Hole

If you think comic books are just for kids, you should definitely reconsider and check out some of the awesome adult comic books & graphic novels the library has to offer. Comic Books are stories told through sequential art alongside dialogue and narrative, a combination that allows for a rich reading experience - requiring the use of linguistic literacy and visual literacy.

The term “Graphic Novel” is often used to refer to a longer format, but possibly to also distance the genre from some of the comic book stereotypes. Whatever you want to call them, here are some stand alone books and first issues to get you started.

Black Hole by Charles Burns

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Epileptic by David B.

The Shorty Awards

Shorty Awards

The 3rd annual Shorty Awards are being hosted from NYC live Monday, March 28! The awards show honors the best of short, real-time content with 140 characters or less on Twitter.

Addicted to text messaging? Then you may enjoy Twitter. Likened to text messaging on the Internet, I am hooked on Twitter. Learn how to tweet (send a message) with the best of your tweeps (Twitter + peeps) with the variety of help guides available at the Library.

Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini

Houdini

One of the first biographies I remember reading as a kid was of Harry Houdini. His escapes and life totally fascinated me, and his life of magic continues to lure people in today.

The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, William Kalush

Houdini: The Handcuff King, Jason Lutes

Final Seance: The Strange Friendship Between Houdini and Conan Doyle, Massimo Polidoro

Houdini! The Career of Ehrich Weiss, Kenneth Silverman

Look to the Skies

Do you ever look up to the sky and ponder the moon, planets, and constellations? Wish you knew more about the science behind ice moons, the asteroid belt, space travel, and what the heck NASA is up to? Check out some of these books and know more about what you're looking at when you're looking up!

The Planets, Dava Sobel

To Life!

Fanny Brice spelling out Jell-O in Baby Snooks voice - Martha Holmes, 1946

The Singer Gallery, located in the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, is featuring a new exhibit of images from LIFE Magazine, "the first all photographic news magazine" launched by TIME founder Henry Luce.

Over 60 images by popular photojournalists are represented including Margaret Bourke-White and John Loengard.   They captured life in America and abroad, giving beauty and sadness diverse faces to those at home.  If you can't make it to the  exhibit or want to learn more about the people behind the cameras, take a look at these titles available at the Library:

Kids & Teens - Vote for Your Favorite Books!

Kids Reading

Hey Kids and Teens - let your voice be heard by voting for your favorite books and authors from 2010 in the Children's Choice Book Awards. Children's Book Week is coming up in May, and as part of the celebration, they give out awards to popular authors. The Denver Public Library owns all of the titles that have been nominated, so get reading now while you still have time to vote!

Children's Book Week is May 2-8 and celebrates books for young people of all ages. While the Children's Book Week website has all kinds of good stuff on it, like a bookmark by Jeff Kinney (!), my favorite part is voting for the best books. The Children's Choice Book Awards honor books for Kindergarten - High School. If you haven't read some of these yet, you can pick up copies of all of the nominees from the various branches of the Denver Public Library. If your branch doesn't have one you want to read, just place a hold.

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Paula Reed

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Paula Reed on Saturday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Ms. Reed writes romance and historical fiction, and her latest release is Hester.

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