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Summer of Reading

We had another wonderful Summer of Reading at the Smiley Branch Library this year! We filled the days with amazing programs, craft classes, and even some baby yoga! Mr. Dana was lucky enough to interview two of our most super readers Katelynn and Skyler (in addition to a few special guest stars) about their Summer of Reading adventures. Katelynn and Skyler have attended all of our Summer of Reading activities at Smiley for many years, so they have become something of resident SOR experts.

Where in the World?

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska

The world's most notorious criminal is on the run, and we need help catching her! Join us Saturday, September 6 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Central Library Children’s Pavilion for our Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego program. Kids can use their super sleuthing skills to decipher the clues about Carmen’s whereabouts, and try to catch her before she steals the world’s cities and landmarks!

Plaza Voices: Resource Guide for New Immigrants

Cover of DPL's updated Resource Guide for New Immigrants

For new immigrants, refugees, or asylees: the Denver Public Library has compiled a list of reliable resources in this guide to assist with your adjustment to life in Colorado. You may find it helpful to read this guidebook in its entirety or find that only certain sections pertain to your needs. You can also access it from our website (just click on the PDF link for a printable, updated guide).

Attack of the Homegrown Tomatoes

"Only two things that money can't buy and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes."

--Guy Clark, "Home Grown Tomatoes"

After last summer's squash fiasco, this year I decided to concentrate on growing tomatoes, which are more nutritious, manageable, versatile, and easier to give away.

La Tienda Garcia and How Computer Classes en Español Helped a Small Business Grow

Watermelon

This is Juan Carlos Garcia. He owns a delightful little bodega just east of Franklin St. and Bruce Randolph called La Tienda Garcia. Walk into his store and the first thing you’ll notice is the divine smell of the fruits and vegetables on display in stacks — fresh plump apricots, bristling pineapples, fragrant melons, sweet yellow mangoes and of course, enough chile peppers, cilantro, tomatoes and onions to make salsa for a small army.

ideaLAB: adult swim

Introducing ideaLAB: adult swim!

Starting September 2, we’ll be kicking the kids out of the pool on Tuesday nights, and will be welcoming adults for the first time into our digital media open lab.

The lab is staffed and set up so you can start creating stuff in one or any of six program tracks: music, web design, art & design, game design, video, and electronics.

So come hang out, sign up to use our 3D printers or our recording studio, learn to program an Arduino, and learn to make some cool stuff.

Lunch Box Music Series brings House of Joy to Central Library This Thursday

“On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined.” --  Lord George Gordon Byron

House of Joy
Thursday, August 21, noon-1 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

House of Joy is an award winning Mother/Daughter duo featuring Joy Myers on piano, accordion and vocals, and Beth Wilberger on violin, mandolin and vocals. They are performers, teachers and artists. Discover the diversity of music from around the world through European Classical, Traditional Folk/Bluegrass/Celtic, Broadway, Standards, and Children's' Music!

Back to School With School Stories!

I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson

With back-to-school in full effect, it's a fun time of the year for kids to read a novel from one of the most popular sub-genres of realistic fiction: school stories. Since children spend so much of their time in school, they tend to gravitate toward and readily identify with these types of stories, which typically involve a school setting and the activities of students and teachers as a main element of the plot.

Who are the Yezidis (Yazidis)?

Yezidi boys

We are hearing a lot about the Yezidis (or Yazidis) in northern Iraq and on Mount Sinjar. I'm embarrassed to say that I'd never heard of this group of people!

So who are they? What do they believe? What is their culture like?

Check out these great resources:

Yazidis: Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life

Benefits Eligibility Assistance at the Library

Benefits Assistance image

This blog post has information that is subject to change. Please check the calendar for current information.

What: One-on-one drop-in assistance with Denver Human Services programs. No appointment is necessary and Denver residency is not required.
Who: Denver Human Services
When: Thursdays, 12 noon-4 p.m.
Where: Central Library, Schlessman Hall - Level 1

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