Jim Dixon, aspiring academic in medieval literature, tries to further his career at a weekend faculty party, but instead creates romantic entanglements and drinks far too much: "Dixon was alive again. Consciousness was upon him before he could get out of the way; not for him the slow, gracious wandering from the halls of sleep, but a summary, forcible ejection. He lay sprawled, too wicked to move, spewed up like a broken spider-crab on the tarry shingle of the morning.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ian and his younger sister Julia at the Decker Branch Library this summer. Both avid readers, Ian and Julia enthusiastically participated in the Denver Public Library’s Summer of Reading program by excelling in their reading as well as attending craft events at the Decker Library. Ian and Julia are truly wonderful to have as regular customers at Decker, as they routinely help other children at craft events and even offer to help clean up after we've finished our craft projects. Not only are they devoted readers, Ian and Julia are wonderful customers, and it always brightens my day to see them at Decker.
In this photo, Ian and Julia are showcasing the buttons they made as part of a craft activity at Decker. They were thrilled to make their own buttons and loved looking for books after we finished our craft. They’re pictured here near the Decker Library’s fireplace with some of our cuddly friends that hang out in the children’s section. Thank you, Ian and Julia, for helping to make our summer so much more fun!
Story submitted by Natalie, Librarian at the Decker Branch Library.
If there is truth to the writer's credo, "write what you know" -- Kristen Ashley is leading an exciting life! You'll have a chance to meet this prolific and popular author at the library this September.
Kristen Ashley has a soft spot for the Denver Public Library. She started her writing career here in Denver and often wrote and did research in our libraries. And now she wants to say thank you to DPL and to all of her loyal readers. Kristen is coming to Denver for a special event to meet her fans and raise funds for one of her favorite places - Denver Public Library.
An Evening with Kristen Ashley
Friday, September 20, 7 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
The first women's federal prison, Alderson in West Virginia, was opened for business in 1927. The same prison Martha Stewart reported to in 2004. Piper Kerman also began serving her prison term in 2004, reporting to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury. She chronicles her experience in Orange Is The New Black and the basis for the Netflix series.
Much like Susanna in Girl Interrupted, Piper is a privileged protagonist. As her story unfolds, she exposes the different faces of privilege through her interactions with fellow inmates. Issues of race, sexuality, mental health and poverty are explored. Some of the women will have options when they are released, others will not.
Over the past few months, the Denver Public Library has been developing a new service to connect the library to the community outside of our physical locations.
We wanted to literally take our services to the streets and to meet you where you are -- in the neighborhoods, at community events, in the parks, the coffee shops, the skate parks, concerts, farmer's markets and more.
We are super stoked to introduce what we came up with: DPL Connect -- a pedal-powered mobile library and wi-fi hotspot.
DPL Connect will make its inaugural ride at its official launch on Wednesday, August 7 on 16th Street Mall. Our tricked-out trike will provide free wireless internet access and will be stocked with a rotating collection of books tailored to the bike's location (i.e. cookbooks and urban farming for farmer's markets, bike repair and Denver maps for bike trails, etc).
I'm sure many of you already know about the wide variety of technology classes we offer in the Community Technology Center at Central Library. For those of you that don't, check out our online calendar! For those of you who have loyally visited us in the past, we have a whole new roster of Microsoft Office 2007 classes we'll be introducing in August and September.
Here's a list of the Office products we have scheduled to teach in August and September:
A year ago, the Research Blog reported that, according to the Colorado Brewers Guild, our state had 139 licensed breweries and ranked third in number of breweries per capita. The industry is still hopping; we now boast 188 breweries and a ranking of number 2 in number per capita.
Jonathan Shikes, Westword's "Beer Man," explains, "As for why Colorado is so beery, my theory (which has absolutely no grounding in research) is the presence of the Coors plant in Golden, the single largest brewing facility in the world. Boulder and Longmont became high-tech centers because of IBM being there and attracting many tech-minded people to the state. Coors may have done the same for beer, attracting people who are focused on beer or focused on making beer better."
We're planning the Fresh City Life My Branch calendar for the fall and winter months. What events would you like to see?
Do you love gardening? Is cooking your passion? We have a variety of talented programmers who provide free adult cultural events like arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, gardening classes, guitar lessons, film discussions, sewing sessions, historical field trips, parenting classes, book clubs, painting lessons, and so much more. How do you like to spend your free time? What have you been dying to learn or try? Tell us what you're interested in and we'll see what we can do!