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Plaza Voices: Montbello Knitting Circle

Photo of a woman and her grandson at the Montbello knitting circle

We are learning to knit at the Montbello Library! During our Monday evening Plaza programming, our knitting circle takes over the storytime room with our yarn and needles. We are a diverse group of adults, teenagers, and a few children, and it’s a lot of fun getting to know each other.

We’re learning the basics of knitting, and one of our members has offered to teach us all to crochet, too. Some of our kids have even been sewing toys out of felt! We’ve been meeting for a couple of months now, and many of us have finished our very first knitting and sewing projects.

I Have a Date With You: Helen Gillet in Concert at DPL

Helen Gillet

Belgian-born, New Orleans singer and cellist Helen Gillet is keeping her date with Denver. For three years, Helen has arranged a special, same-time-next-year date with Denver Public Library for an amazing concert. She plays her 2014 concert at DPL this Saturday.

Give the video below a listen, and I'm sure that you'll want to keep your date with Helen! She is a well-traveled and seasoned performer; but her music remains fresh and surprising. With elements of jazz and pop, Helen's music evokes French cabarets and always sounds cutting edge. Because it is. 

Shakespeare As Core-Shaker: Reinventing the Human

Shakespeare

Does the writing of Shakespeare still have the power to move us? Did it ever have that power? Shakespearean actor John McDonald poses these questions and answers them through a series of performed monologues -- arguably some of the most memorable and moving speeches ever written for the stage.

LEGO® Building Contest 2014 - Building Books!

Pete the Cat form 2013 contest

Grab your LEGO® bricks, fire up your imagination and recreate a scene, character or even the cover of your favorite book!

The theme for this year's contest is Building Books! Start building a scene, character or cover of a book today. We are accepting entries at participating locations April 1 through April 7.

LEGO basically means, "play well." Whatever category you fall under; Preschool-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-12th grade or Team, have fun and we'll see you in April!

Drop by any of these participating library locations to pick up an entry form and look for additional LEGO® programming:

Book Discovery: Podcasts

Baker Street Babes Podcast

You've finished the book. There's no sequel. You've got no back up options. "What do I read next?" may be your literary existential crisis but our raison d'être. Library staff use a number of discovery tools, like podcasts, to learn about books, movies, and music you may enjoy. Coincidentally, these are all the things we enjoy too!

Lake Street Dive

In the modern age of music, we're saturated with options of what to listen to and how to listen to it. Finding really great music can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, so it's exciting when truly stellar groups like Lake Street Dive burst onto the scene, all genuine talent and earned fame like old times.

Although they were discovered through a Youtube video performance of "I Want You Back" by Jackson 5, the band originally formed in a jazz music conservatory, and they have the skills to prove it. But rather than use their superpowers to get pigeonholed in the world of jazz for jazz fans, they've decided to take it to the streets and play highly accessible, yet wildly interesting music. It comes off like a secret ingredient in a tasty dish.

Hooray for Hollywood

Hollywood postcard

The 86th Academy Awards will be broadcast this Sunday but the Oscars weren't the first awards given out in Hollywood. In 1920 nine years before the first Academy Awards the movie magazine Photoplay created what is considered the first significant movie award - the Photoplay Magazine Medal of Honor. The award was chosen by the readers of the magazine and awarded to the producer of the film.

May I Have the Envelope, Please?

12 Years a Slave poster

On our Twitter feed (@denverlibrary) earlier this week, we asked you to tweet your Oscar picks. In that spirit, let me offer my own best guesses in what is shaping up to be a year of, shall we say, prohibitive favorites. (Disclaimer: please do not wager any of your hard-earned money on my carefully researched amateur prognostications, despite what is almost a deafening consensus in each of these categories.

Teen Tech Week in the ideaLAB

Teen Tech Week is full of geeky goodness.

Teen Tech Week celebrates everything that you can do at the library besides checking out young adult dystopian paranormal romance mystery novels. This year, the ideaLAB is doing it up in style: from March 10th to March 15th, we have a full week of workshops, where you can do everything from make simple circuits to coding your own Minecraft mod.

All events for Teen Tech Week in the ideaLAB are free and open to anyone ages 12 to 19. Most of them will be held in the ideaLAB on Level 4 of the Central Library. Here's the details:

Electronics Scavenger Hunt! Monday, March 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Come rip apart an old piece of electronics (we’ll have some on hand) and compete in a scavenger hunt to find out what makes it tick!

Plaza Voices: Best Vietnamese Films

Cover of Khi người ta yêu phần 1

Did you know that there are almost 10,000 items in Vietnamese within the Denver Public Library collection? The majority of these items are housed at the Barnum Branch Library, where DPL’s Vietnamese speakers come on a regular basis to check out DVDs, books and CDs.

Many outside of the Barnum area are unaware that this collection exists, and there are those, like myself, who simply find it intriguing and mysterious. In order to learn more, I asked Sao T. to give some recommendations for the best Vietnamese movies at DPL. Sao first came to the US in 1978 and has been working for DPL for over 20 years. Many of the Vietnamese items in the collection are a result of her hard work and selection, and I am pretty sure that there isn’t a single Vietnamese customer at DPL who doesn’t know who Sao is.

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