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Automated Handling What?!

Come on down to the Central Library for a full-on view of the fun and fantastic new automated handling system or sorter! You can see it in action through a viewing window on Level One. There's another one at the Schlessman Branch Library of which you may catch a glimpse through an open door when passing through.

The sorters are part of the Library's radio frequency identification (RFID) system implemented as part of the Better Denver Bond program. These sorters allow our staff to focus on serving you better. They also provide immediate return of your materials. And the items get back on the shelf faster for the next customer. Check out this video to see how it works.

Got a Nook for Christmas? Want to read eBooks on your iPhone? We can show you!

Puzzled over eBooks?

Did you know that you can still check out eBooks and place holds, even when the library is closed? We have a large collection of eMedia -- downloadable eBooks, audio eBooks and eFlicks (movies) -- available on your portable device or home computer 24/7. The Community Technology Center is providing FREE instruction to show you how it's done!

The Community Technology Center is offering several eMedia classes in January that will teach you things like how to download library eBooks to your new Nook or to access eMedia from your Droid! With upgrades to the library's services and temporary changes, there is no better time to take the plunge! Once you learn how to put eMedia on your portable devices, you will be able to check out library books from the comfort of your own home without packing up your kids or finding a parking place! Sound good? Bring your device -- eReader, MP3 player, iPhone, Android, laptop, etc.

Reference Services Now On Level 3 at Central

New Reference Room

On Tuesday, December 21, the Central Library will have a new home for Reference Services.

Ever since the new Michael Graves-designed Central Library opened in 1995, the Reference Services department has been located on Level 1. Today that changed with the grand opening of the new Reference Room on Level 3.

The new space features more natural light, and a better system of shelving to house the impressive collection of reference materials. A new desk will greet customers as they enter the space, and reference librarians will staff the desk to handle questions and collection inquiries for all of our Reference Services collections.

Citizenship Ceremony Welcomes 76 New Citizens

On December 7, 2010, the Denver Public Library hosted a Citizenship ceremony on behalf of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This is the 10th year the Library has sponsored the event. This year, 76 citizens from 39 countries were naturalized. Together with their friends and families, about 275 people attended the ceremony in the Central Library's Schlessman Hall, followed by a brief reception in the B2 Conference Center.

The Hon. Judge Christina M. Habas from the 2nd Judicial District Court administered the Oath and Pledge of Allegiance. Also in attendance was Ms. Karen Rokala, President of the Library Commission. Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution handed out miniature flags. Members of the Monument Hill Sertoma Club distributed copies of booklets containing the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The West High School JROTC Color Guard directed by Antonio Cruz, Jr. gave the Presentation of the Colors.

Create Art for a New Branch Library

Cloud Seeding

Help seed the clouds for an incredible art installation at the new Green Valley Branch Library.

The Denver Public Library is asking for your help in creating an interactive, dynamic artwork that will display your search terms on an array of large LCD screens in the new Green Valley Ranch Branch Library, and call up associative media clips culled from the Library's collection of books, DVDs, music, digital images and text archives.

eBooks for iPhone and Android

Overdrive Media Console for iPhone and Android

New apps launched today - December 7, 2010. With the new free OverDrive Media Console app you can download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audio eBooks directly to your iPhone or Android phone.

Update: if you've downloaded the previous version of Overdrive's app, and are having problems with the e-books appearing after you download them, you may need to delete the app and download it fresh. See commenter Mark's thread below.

Computer classes are back (and more)!

 New Saturday hours at Central won't slow down the Community Technology Center!

DPL has new hours, and the Central Library will be open from 1 - 5 p.m. this Saturday; but there will still be a lot going on at the Community Technology Center!  

MS WORD 2007 PART I: 2 - 4 p.m.

Center for Visual Art Community Art Exhibition

Center for Visual Art

The Education Outreach Department of the Center for Visual Art (CVA) presents a Community Art Exhibit including art created by children and families at the Byers Branch Library.

When: Opening Reception, Saturday, December 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Where: Center for Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

The exhibit will open on Saturday, December 11 at 10 a.m., with an opening reception until 12 noon. A wall will be dedicated to the children and families who participated in the free art programs at the Byers Branch throughout the year, and left their work at the library to be put on display.

The art will be on display for the public throughout December.

This event is free and all are welcome.

For gallery hours and more information, visit the Center for Visual Art website at metrostatecva.org.

2010 Denver Plein Air Exhibition

2010 Denver Plein Air Exhibition

4th Annual Denver Plein Air Exhibition
November 10 - December 31, 2010
Central Library, Vida Ellison Gallery - Level 7
Presented by the Golden Triangle Museum District

During the month of August and September, more than 100 artists painted in Denver's beautiful Golden Triangle and Downtown areas. Three hundred pieces were submitted for juried competition and 120 were selected by the judges for an exhibition, which will be on display at the Denver Public Library from November 10 to December 31, 2010.

2010 Judges:

Swishing Fabric, Hidden Zipper: Fashion designer Francis Roces meets Marcel Proust

Design by Francis Roces

Fresh City Life asked fashion designer Francis Roces to answer our questionnaire and he rapped about kimonos, his favorite places and an undying passion for making clothes. 

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our eleven designers have been featured here with their responses to the infamous Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist, believed that people must know and understand themselves before they can know or understand others.

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