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Play Areas at a Glance

It’s cold out! How about a nice spot to play indoors?

Many of Denver Public Library’s locations have designated play areas or play-times for children to enjoy.

Playing helps children build vocabulary, develop verbal communication, and think symbolically all while having fun. Check out how beneficial play can be for your little one.

Denver Public Library locations with play options:

Simple Ways to Simplify Your Life

If you Google the words "simplify life" your search will result in over 44 million hits. Although I didn't read them all, the general theme is to stop doing things that you don't want to do in order to leave time for the things you really enjoy.

The notion itself can provoke anxiety - how do you go about eliminating chaos, clutter and activities you'd rather not do? The answer is different for everyone, and there is no shortage of resources to begin the process. You could get inspired by reading Thoreau's Walden, learn how to take the drudgery out of housework (see video below) or see how one woman simplified her life by going "no poo."

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you- Jan Švankmajer!

His name is Jan Švankmajer and he is probably hands down the most creative, disturbing, artistic movie director who has ever lived!

My statement above is no joke; I swear, even the master of darkness (Stephen King) cannot compete with Jan Švankmajer. Seriously-- take a look at one of his films! I swear, they appear to be from another planet.  Even though it might seem that Jan Švankmajer is seriously loony!!! I must say he is a creative genius!!!!

Best Music of 2013 - Critics have spoken...now have your say!

Best Albums of 2013

With 2013 coming to a close, the “best of” music lists have been pouring in the past few months. Best albums, best cover songs, best tracks, best photos, best music appearances on television - the possibilities are endless and critics never seem to tire of list-making.

Here is a round-up from some of the more influential sources:

Pop Microhistories: Great Big Stories about Extremely Specific Subjects

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Good news for popular nonfiction readers: we've recently published a new online booklist chock-full of microhistories. So what is a microhistory, anyway?

The term has meant different things to different people over the years. First used by historians to describe close investigations into the lives of common people, early examples of the practice include Carlo Ginzburg's The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller and Natalie Zemon Davis's The Return of Martin Guerre.

Take Home a Book Bundle Today!

Photo of Book Bundles Display

Maybe you only have a few minutes to stop by the library to pick out books, or maybe your child really, really loves books about dinosaurs. Either way, a Book Bundle from the Children's Library is just the ticket!

What's a Book Bundle? It's a bundle of 5 books on a topic hand-picked by our awesome librarians and tied up with a ribbon. Book Bundles can be checked out for three weeks, just like regular books. Some of the available topics include: trains, colors, zoos, numbers, elephants, ABC's, and siblings.

Stop by the Children's Library and check one out today!

Introducing a New Resource for Parents: Early Literacy and Learning Webpage!

The Early Literacy Department here at the Denver Public Library would like to introduce the new Early Literacy and Learning webpage! We hope that this webpage will help you and your child have fun developing new skills together through playing, singing, talking, reading, and writing. We would love to hear from you-- please leave any feedback or suggestions in the comment section at the end of this post.

What is this webpage for? This webpage is for parents, caregivers, educators, and any adult that has a young child in his or her life. We hope that the simple and fun activity suggestions on this webpage will give you new ideas for making learning fun at home!

hacking, making, and coding at the library

Creation from ideaLAB toy hack

Libraries have always been places where communities come together to learn. Most of that used to happen through print - as more and more of our lives are mediated by bits and circuits, libraries have made the shift as well, making emedia and online research tools readily available. 

A couple of our recent programs in the Community Technology Center and the ideaLAB are taking the next steps: helping people open up the tech they use everyday and see what's inside.

Classic '70s films

The '70s

Let's re-visit the '70s and remind ourselves what a groovy time it was for movie goers.

Awwww what a time; disco balls, bell bottom jeans, muscle cars, and so much more! But, let's not forget that this was also a time for movies that were just plain awesome. They say that the golden age of movies was between 1927 and 1963, but I feel that is premature. If you really look at the number of films that left a profound impact with film audiences in the '70s, you would agree that 1963 date should be extended to 1979. If you're interested, you can also check out the links below to learn interesting facts about these films.

Thomas Nast: Father of the American political cartoon

photo of Thomas Nast

Thomas Nast was one of the best known illustrators and cartoonists of the second half of the nineteenth century. He came to define the art of illustrating American political ideas and conflicts.

Nast was born in Germany in 1840 and came to the United States in 1846. A naturally gifted artist, Nast had only a year or two of formal art instruction when at 15 he apprenticed as a draftsman for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and in 1862 he became a full time illustrator for Harper's Weekly where he had his greatest influence and success.

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