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Plaza Voices: Bridging the Gap

Cover of American Libraries May 2014 issue

The Denver Public Library's Plaza program is featured in the May 2014 issue of American Libraries Magazine!

Though the article, "Connecting Latinos with Libraries," focuses particularly on Spanish-speakers, Plaza programs are designed to engage international migrants from all over the world, as well as other community members, regardless of their background or native language.

Coming Clean: Unusual Uses for Common Household Products

Don't you wish that there was one product that could unclog drains, shampoo the dog, make slime, fight foot fungus and kill ants? Borax, which you'll find in the laundry detergent aisle, does all these things, and more (see video below).

Ride for Reading

Denver Public Library is proud to be a part of Ride for Reading Week, 2014! We’ll be teaming up with Colorado Women’s Cycling Project to promote literacy and healthy living in Colorado by donating books via bicycle to children at Fulton Academy, a Title 1 school in Aurora.

DPL Connect, our pedal-powered mobile library, will join over 100 cyclists to deliver more than 3000 books by bike for this year’s Colorado delivery! And you are cordially invited to ride with us. 

Things Are Heating Up!

Mambo in Chinatown

Here at the library, we're not just thinking about a Summer of Reading for kids and teens--summer is a great time for EVERYONE to read, and we're already looking ahead to the hot books that you'll be craving. Whether you're a mystery buff, want to get lost in the world of science fiction or fantasy, can't get enough of compelling memoirs and biographies, or like a little bit of everything, we've got a summer book on order for you! Get on the holds list for your favorite author's new book today--or try something new!

Winners of the Agatha and Edgar awards are in!

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel

On May 1, 2014 the Mystery Writers of America chose the winners for their prestigious Edgar Award. Here is a list of the winner for each category.

Dave Chappelle in Denver

Chappelle's Show

Dave Chappelle has been in town performing his hilarious stand-up comedy at The Comedy Works since Tuesday, April 29 and will be here through Tuesday, May 6. I had the pleasure of seeing him last night at Comedy Works South. What was scheduled to be a two hour show turned into a four hour marathon lasting roughly from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.! Mr. Chappelle delighted his audiences and kept the crowd in stitches long past last call.

Community Art Show at the Montbello Library

I bought my first piece of art ever last Saturday. I'm not trying to boast here, but it was a signed original, a one-of-a-kind, handmade masterpiece, and a prize-winner, to boot! Be warned, though: when buying art from first graders, don't be fooled by the adorable, childlike innocence-those little ones have a sharp eye for business. You can come visit my new art piece at the Montbello Library, where it is proudly displayed by the public computers.

Statistically speaking, you may or may not know jack!

Mt Elbert

Did you know that Florida has the lowest highest elevation point of the fifty states? It's Britton Hill at 345 feet above sea level. And Colorado has the highest lowest point - Arikaree River at 3,315 feet above sea level. See for yourself.

Plaza Voices: Human Connections

Brandon Stanton, of Humans of New York, demonstrating his interview skills

The Denver Public Library’s Plaza programs are all about connections. Of course, all libraries are in the business of connecting folks with information, but DPL takes it a step further: we want to connect people from all over the world with each other. Plazas at the library function as “third spaces”--neutral meeting grounds that are neither home nor work. When we visit these third spaces, we are able to escape the commitments and pressures of home and work, and focus instead on our personal interests and goals.

YOLO! (You Only Live Once)

Say it with me: YOLO! Now, say it even louder: YOLO!! And, for goodness' sake, say it one more time: YOLO!!! If you're not familiar with this word, let me tell you what it stands for. YOU ONLYLIVE ONCE. That's right - I've had you saying YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE; so, do the most with your life.

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