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Avast! Me Hearties! September 19th is International Talk like a Pirate Day! If you aren't hunting for buried treasure or plundering the seven seas -get your buccaneer on with these shipshape books on pirates!

DPL Mobile: Check us out - on the Go

Tired of squinting and zooming when you try to access DPL's site on your phone? Want an easy way to put books, movies, and DVDs on hold when you're not at a computer? We have something that might help. We're excited to unveil a mobile version of our site, now available at:

denverlibrary.org/m

The mobile site is still in early testing phases, so for now you'll have to manually put that URL into your phone (and bookmark it or save it to your home screen!). Once the site has its legs under it a little, we'll start automatically pointing phones to the mobile site by default.

Chew and Review: Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz from Cook's Illustrated

Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz

I finally had a chance to whip up a batch of Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz from Cook's Illustrated. The farmer's market veggies were begging to get into this cold, creamy and zesty soup. Watch the video to see how easy this dish was to make.

Since moving into our new (old) house recently, we've missed our chance to start up a vegetable garden in our backyard. I'm really struggling through the end of summer without my fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes, last minute addition of chile peppers, and warm roasted beets. So lots of my recipes right now are including fresh farmer's market veggies as well as gifts from friends' gardens (Thanks friends!).

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

Classroom

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!

KIDS - Recommended New Books

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

 

Books for younger readers:

Gator on the Loose! by Sue Stauffacher is the first book in the new "Animal Rescue Team" series.  The three Carter kids help their parents run Carter's Urban Rescue, the place you call if, say, an alligator is loose in the city pool!  The series is full of friendship, sibling trouble, crazy animal escapades, and helping the planet.  This is the perfect new series to start a new school year.  Recommended by Lisa from Westwood.

Pet Health and Wellness

Well, a New York Times health blog, talks about how your pets keep you healthy. But, you don't have to wait for Pet Wellness Month (October) to repay the favor! We have books on taking care of your pets--now!

There are also free and low cost pet care options, including spay and neuter clinics.
This month, the Meow Mobile will sterilize your cat for free if you visit them Tuesday-Saturday through Sept 30th. Their trailer will be set up in the Avanza Supermarket parking lot at 1320 S. Federal. Bring your cat in at 7:30 a.m.. and pick him or her up at 2 p.m. This is not only free, but you'll also receive a $20 gift card to use at Avanza Supermarket.

Trove of Maps at DPL

Sanborn Insurance Maps, photo from Denver Post

Did you see this article in the Denver Post about the Library's historical map collections? Trove of Maps at Denver Public Library takes explorer on historic trip (8/31/2010).

It talks about historic Sanborn Fire Insurance maps that show historical views of Denver and other places. "As buildings changed, the maps were updated with paste-overs.... It's like showing geologic layers of 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.

Cozy Craft Mysteries

Cozy mysteries generally take place in a small idyllic town, avoid gory details or adult situations and generally come in a series. Many subgenres reflect the talents and interests of readers by featuring themes like cooking, crafting, or location, to name just a few. The library has many crafty cozies just for you!

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