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Library Journal gives Denver Public Library a 5 star rating. "What our libraries deliver to our communities have always mattered, but they may now be more important than ever. In the face of the ongoing and broad cuts libraries are seeing nationwide, it is vital to illustrate the accomplishments of libraries."

The star ratings are based on visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet terminal use. Community involvement and your participation are the driving forces to earn this rating.

Historic Colorado Homes

Colorado is rich with history and lore. Many historical figures have called Colorado home. Their houses, some now museums, offer an educational and entertaining experience for all ages. Travel back in time without leaving the state with a little help from the library.

The Central Library is within blocks of two historic homes. The Byers-Evans House Museum reflects Denver in the early 1920's and is decorated with the original furnishings. The Molly Brown House Museum celebrates the Titanic's most famous survivor and Denver during the Victorian era. These are but two of Colorado's many notable locations.

2010 Anthony Award Winners

The Anthony Award is a literary honor for outstanding mystery writers. The winners were announced on October 17 at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.

2010 Anthony Award Nominations (winners are in bold):

Best Novel

SEEKING TECHNOLOGY VOLUNTEERS

Do you love the fast-paced world of computer technology?

Have you been unable to express your budding love for teaching?

Become a Technology Volunteer!

We need your expertise! The Denver Public Library is looking for volunteers to assist our customers with the uses of computers: everything from online job applications, creating resumes, uploading pictures, learning Microsoft Office applications, downloading music to an mp3 player, getting email accounts, and much more.

Great New Books for Kids

From The Kneebone Boy, Feiwel & Friends, 2010

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some exciting new titles for fall.

 

Books for younger readers:

Sew Much Fun!

With Halloween less than 2 weeks away, it's a great time to get started crafting a costume! Forget those expensive getups! The library has books on making costumes for yourself, your kids and even your pets! What will you be this Halloween?

Chicano Theater

Su Teatro, Denver's talented acting troupe providing the best of Chicano theater, recently purchased the Denver Civic Theater on Santa Fe Drive.

My friends and I were too young to understand the growing use of the term Chicano while elders preferred Mexican. When I was older, a writer summed up what Chicano meant for him - "the hyphen between Mexican and American." Chicano theater is another way of accessing the rich cultural traditions of Mexican Americans. If you haven't read any Chicano drama, take a look at the following titles:

Celebrate Teen Read Week October 17-23

Teen Read Week Sticker by Talia, age 12

The theme for Teen Read Week 2010 is Books with Beat. Why is it important to celebrate teens and reading October 17-23 (and the rest of the year)? For a lot of reasons!

"Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun, and can be done anywhere! Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce." - American Library Association

2010 National Book Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Awards celebrate the best of American Literature published in the last year. The 2010 National Book Award Finalists were announced on October 13 by Pat Conroy at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home. The winners in each category will be announced on Wednesday, November 17.

Last winners were Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Fiction), The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J.

Flag of Chile

"Flag of Chile." Image. CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 13 Oct

When I tuned in to the rescue of the Chilean miners, I wondered why the Texas flag was everywhere. It didn't take me long to realize that it was the flag of Chile. The flag of Chile is very similar to the Texas flag. CultureGrams helped me see that I wasn't completely off my rocker.

CultureGrams is a great resource to learn about countries of the world and also about the states of our Union (and, for that matter, the provinces of Canada.) 

Learn more about Chile. See the flag and maps, listen to the national anthem and read about the history, the people, the customs, the lifestyle and even a few recipes that those miners can enjoy again now that they're back above ground.

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