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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.

Fresh City Life My Branch: What's Your Pleasure This Week?

Whether you want to take a virtual trip around the world or expand your craft skills or mystery book knowledge, FCL My Branch has an event for you this week!

Learn about healthy lifestyle changes that you can make on Monday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch with Certified Personal Trainer and Licensed Sport Nutritionist Melissa Anderson. She'll help you get your groove on!

Text a call number to your mobile phone

mobile phone

No need for pencil and paper, text a call number to yourself or a friend by clicking on the cell phone icon next to the availability information for an item.

It's quick and easy to text a call number to your mobile phone. Simply find the library item in the online catalog, click on the availability button, and you will see a cell phone icon next to the call number. Click on the icon, type in your 10 digit phone number, select a carrier, and send! (charges from your carrier may apply)

DPL resumes ordering new books, movies and music

Books

Check our catalog for all those new titles you have been waiting for and place your holds. It will take us several days to enter our backlog of orders. If you don’t see a title right away please check again in a day or two.

For all you library geeks who are wondering what’s been going on behind the scenes during the past month? Libraries send the majority of their orders directly to library vendors via EDI (electronic data interchange). Our integrated library system (Polaris) has to talk to a number of different vendor databases. On the vendor end the data we transmit tells them how many copies we want, which branches they will go to and how the item should be processed and cataloged.

Sewing, Traveling, and the DPL Catalog, Oh My!

Fresh City Life My Branch has a lot of choices for you this week, from learning about Polaris, DPL's new catalog, to women's history to the basics of sewing.

Want to get back into the groove of placing holds and checking your library account online? Learn about all the new features of Polaris, the Denver Public Library's new system at one of these classes:

Monday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library

Welcome Back, Request It!

Request It!

Denver Public Library’s Request It! service is back!

PLEASE NOTE: If your request is for an item coming out in February 2011 or later, we suggest waiting and checking the catalog periodically. The Library is busy processing orders for thousands of recently-released and forthcoming titles, so many of your requests may already be in our "to order" queue. Holding off on submitting purchase requests for a few weeks will help to maximize your 30 request per year limit.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Need Help? Watch Tutorials on the New Catalog

Manage My Account My Account Settings Place Holds

Watch these videos to learn how to use the online catalog. New features include text messaging notification, the ability to update your email address and phone numbers online, suspend your own holds, and maintain your reading history.

Website Development Classes

Interested in building your own website?  Come to our series of 5 classes to learn the basics of website development using Moonfruit.com. 

Classes run from 5:30 - 7:30 pm on Level 4 in the Large Classroom at the Central Library on the following days:

Monday, February 7; Tuesday, February 8; Monday, February 14; Tuesday February 15; Tuesday, February 22.

Each class in this series will build on the skills covered in the previous classes so attendance at all five is strongly recommended. Class 5 will be an open lab to come in and work on the website you have developed and get additional assistance for any areas you found tricky during the class. Participants must have an email address and at least intermediate level typing and mouse skills. Over the course of all 5 classes, you will cover:

Ted Conover named winner of 2011 Evil Companions Literary Award

Ted Conover

Enjoy martinis, merrymaking and spirited conversation at the 2011 Evil Companions Literary Awards, set for Thursday, April 14 at the Oxford Hotel.

This year's award goes to Ted Conover, a beloved Denver native, nationally acclaimed author, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His works cover a vast array of subjects, from the rarefied air of Aspen, to riding the rails with hoboes in titles such as The Routes of Man, Newjack, Coyotes, Whiteout, and Rolling Nowhere.

Featuring signature martinis, live music and a scrumptious buffet, and benefiting the Denver Public Library, Evil Companions is a literary event not to be missed. For tickets, visit www.dplfriends.org or call 720-865-2050.

Staff Art Show

Staff Art Show

Staff Art Show on display until February 27, 2011.

Next time you're at the Central Library, plan on spending some extra time to make your way up to Level 7. The beautiful Vida Ellison Gallery is housing this exhibit of fine art created by staff for the 8th consecutive year.

In addition to highlighting the creativity, diversity and individuality of the Denver Public Library staff, the gallery offers spectacular views of downtown Denver. Not to be missed!

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