Remember the story associated with the photo on the cover of Censored 2013? A U.C. Davis police officer is blasting pepper spray into the face of a college student. The students are peacefully protesting tuition hikes and income inequality during a 2011 "Occupy" sit-in. Did you miss the story? If so it might be due to the corporate media's failure to bring it to your attention.
I bring this book and story to your attention in order to pique your interest and share my excitement about a conference Denver is hosting this weekend (April 5-7). The sixth meeting of The National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) will be held at the downtown Sheraton Hotel. It will be my fifth NCMR and I am ready for a thought provoking, creative, and fun weekend! Here is what's on tap...
It's that time of year again, when the days in March are numbered and the dream of flowers flowering is almost more than a dream. It's the time of year when the western wind blows warmly, carrying with it the smell of mountain rain. It's almost April, which means it's also that time of year for you to check and make sure your toilet bowl isn't wrapped over invisibly with saran wrap...
Happy April Fools day!
Satirist and author Kurt Vonnegut once said that "if you make people laugh or cry about little black marks on sheets of white paper, what is that but a practical joke? All the great story lines are great practical jokes that people fall for over and over again."
So with that said, can you think of a better place to celebrate April 1st and get inspired for a little tomfoolery yourself than the public library?
If you're in the mood, check out some of these great pranks and pranksters you can find at DPL:
We had our first meeting on Saturday (where were you?! It was only like 7 inches of snow!) and I think I can officially say that the (probably) can be changed to CAPS LOCK AWESOME! We talked about what kinds of books we like and everyone had read something that no one else had, which was super cool.
Our next meeting is Saturday, April 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Burnham Hoyt book club room at the Central Library. We’re reading Glow by Amy Ryan. If you want to join us, read the book and come hang out. We’ll have coffee and donuts. If you don’t get a chance to read the book in time but want to join the book club, come by anyway. We’ll be picking books for the next sessions plus talking about the book we read. I’m pretty sure no one bites.
The Denver Post called him the Father of African Literature and quoted African scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah as saying that he didn't just influence African literature, he invented it. Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author, poet, and professor, passed away last Thursday in Boston.
Achebe was critical of the portrayal of African people and civilization in Western literature as barbaric or inarticulate, and worked to change this false perception through his own works and through the founding of Okike, a Nigerian literary magazine. He was active in Nigerian politics and government, sometimes at the risk of his own safety. He was awarded The Man Booker International Prize in 2007.
Here is a sampling of his titles available through Denver Public Library:
In recognition of World Poetry Day, Denver Public Library will be hosting a poetry reading Thursday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Central Library in our Jaren Ducker Browsing Area (north of fiction).
Seven local poets will be out to read their work! So bring your lunch and drop on in, we'd love to see you!
In 1999 during their 30th session the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared March 21 to be World Poetry Day. In part because "[t]here is still a tendency in the media and among the general public to refuse to take the poet seriously. Action is needed to free ourselves in order to make this image a thing of the past and to give poetry its rightful place in society."1
Hey Kids and Teens - let your voice be heard by voting for your favorite books and authors from 2012 in the Children's Choice Book Awards. Children's Book Week is coming up in May, and as part of the celebration, the Children's Book Council gives out awards to popular authors. The Denver Public Library owns all of the titles that have been nominated, so start reading now - voting starts today!
Children's Book Week is May 13-19 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 cool search-and-find bookmark by Grace Lin and the Children's Book Week poster by Brian Selznick, but my favorite part is voting for the best books. The Children's Choice Book Awards honor books for Kindergarten - High School.
The Blair-Caldwell Library created the Scribes, Scholars and Storytellers series to assist and uplift members of the Denver African American community that are involved in or trying to break into the published field. We strive to offer material from a wide range of genres. This year we have an awesome variety of talent. 13 Denver based scholars, poets and authors who will be sharing their creativity ending May 22. Join us for an exciting series, promising a little something for everyone!