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Library Love Story: Eric Duran

Eric Duran

My name is Eric Duran. I am an investment banker and was recently named the 9News Leader of the Year. I am proud to say I served on the Denver Public Library Commission from 1996 until 2004. The Denver Public Library was critical to my success and I am honored to share my story.

I grew up in North Denver in a household of six people in a two-bedroom apartment—my family was close. It is not something that I often talk about, but growing up, my mother and sister shared one bedroom and my grandmother and aunt shared the other. My grandfather and I slept in the living room—he slept on the couch and I slept on the floor. My teenage memories are of my grandfather waking me up at 5:30 in the morning to get the Rocky Mountain News and then moving me from the floor to the couch. I learned a love of reading from my grandfather.

Construction Update on the Community Technology Center

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If everything continues on schedule...

the Community Technology Center will open by the end of September!

We will eventually have 100+ public access computers with Internet access and Office 2007, a brand new classroom with 36 PCs and state-of-the-art technology, two new computers with updated assistive technology, a collaborative work area, space for gaming, and a comfy WiFi lounge!

Be sure to come check us out as we evolve into one of the coolest places to get your tech fix in downtown Denver!

New website helps Spanish speakers find health insurance options

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched CuidadoDeSalud.gov, a Spanish-language version of Healthcare.gov to help Spanish speakers find health insurance options to meet their needs.

There are sections with information directed at specific demographic groups — families with children, individuals, people with disabilities, seniors, young adults, and employers — as well as a tool to help you find what is available in your state and what will work best for you depending on your particular situation. This tool leads you through simple questions and then clearly presents options that might work and provides further reading on the relevant details and how to proceed.

Library Love Story: Jim White

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My name is Jim White and I am the Director of Community Affairs for the Volunteers of America. I have worked here for almost 31 years and obviously believe we do our best to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. If asked, however, about another organization that truly makes a big difference in the lives of those it touches I would immediately say the Denver Public Library.

The thousands of individuals and families that use the library everyday are never the same after they receive their library card. Whether they walked into their local branch looking for a book, an educational bit of information, a cd or even a movie for pure relaxation their life has been changed. At Volunteers of America we have had the good fortune to partner with DPL on “I Love To Read” events for very young children. The ongoing aggressive effort that the library embraces year round to encourage young children to read is phenomenal yet often not something they are recognized for.

AskColorado's 7th Anniversary

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September 2, 2010 marks the 7th anniversary of AskColorado! AskColorado is a free online information service provided by Colorado libraries where you can chat live with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except major holidays).

Since opening for business on September 2, 2003, AskColorado has answered nearly 300,000 questions from the children, students, parents, business owners, and residents of Colorado. Wondering how to legally change your name in the state of Colorado*? Need an authoritative source that identifies the number of bills sponsored by Hillary Clinton in the 110th Congress for a paper that's due tomorrow*? Can't go to sleep until you figure out Queen Latifah's real name*? AskColorado can help and best of all, it's free for all Colorado students and residents.

Photography Exhibit: Recollection 2010: Works from the Colorado Photographic Arts Center

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 July 10 - September 12, 2010

The Central Library, Vida Ellison Gallery - Level 7

Recollection 2010 is a selection of more than 60 works from the 600-print collection of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. Collectively the exhibition presents a remarkable 20th century survey of people and places. Most works in the show are vintage gelatin silver prints.

Artists include:

Suggest a Name for New Branch Library

Architect's drawing of Green Valley Ranch Library

The Denver Public Library welcomes suggestions from the community to name the new branch library at Green Valley Ranch, scheduled to open in Spring 2011. The Library will consider all ideas for the new branch name including names of individuals, groups, geographic location or other entities.

Learn more about the new Green Valley Ranch Branch Library.

Naming suggestions that recognize an individual will be considered for a person who has provided extraordinary service to the Denver Public Library as a staff member, a distinguished person who has provided extraordinary service to the Library or anyone who otherwise merits special recognition.

Storyblocks: Early literacy skills on video!

Storyblocks is a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, working in partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS. It is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to teach songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs.

Visit Storyblocks now!

Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild Exhibit

Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild Exhibit

The Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild presents ...and Sew and Sew ...Quilts of Wa Shonaji, an exhibit by quilters from around Colorado. Please join us at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library during the month of August for this extraordinary exhibit of art and craft.

About the Guild

The Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild was formed in February 1994 by five African American women who were interested in perpetuating the heritage of quilting and promoting fellowship among those in quilting. The Guild is committed to supporting and educating the community. To this end, the Guild offers exhibits, quilting classes, lectures and quilt documentation through its various programs during the year. The name Wa Shonaji comes from the Swahili language and means literally “people who sew.”

Teen Read Week Sticker Contest

Books with Beat. Teen Read Week - Oct. 17-23, 2010

Hey teen artists - it's time again for our Teen Read Week Sticker Contest!

Teen Read Week is October 17-23 this year and the theme is Books with Beat. One person will be chosen as our contest winner and will have their sticker distributed in all Denver Public Library locations during Teen Read Week! The winning art will also be featured on our teen website, eVolver.

The Rules

  • Artwork needs to measure 3” x 3.”
  • It can be any kind of 2-D art: color, B/W, photo, digital, whatever!
  • Entries need to be turned in by Saturday, September 4, 2010 and the winner will be announced by the first week of October.

Get all the details on eVolver!

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