Around 100 people, parents and kids, gathered in the Vida Ellison Gallery at the Central library, anxiously awaiting who would be announced the winner of this year's 2014 LEGO Building Contest. There were some fun projects for them to work on while waiting: LEGO I Spy, coloring pages, cute door hangers, and the button maker, which was run totally by one of DPL's awesome volunteers, Jeremy Collins. The theme this year was Building Books, and participants were required to build a LEGO model based on a favorite book.
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.
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.
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.
Fresh City Life is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a booth just outside the west entrance of the library. Look for our bright, fiesta-colored tissue paper flowers! Our friends at Whole Foods Market have donated lemonade for you and we'll have all of our button makers in action so that you can make a little keepsake of the day.
Frida Kahlo’s Aguas Frescas Stand and Bodega del Botón
Sunday, May 4, noon-4 p.m.
Acoma Plaza near the west entrance of the Central Library
Please join us this May 3rd and 4th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the National Western Complex for the first-ever Denver Mini Maker Faire! Denver Public Library will be in booth 815, hosting a toy hack - Arc Thrift Stores of Colorado has generously donated a mountain of broken toys, and we're inviting you to make something new and exciting out of them to take home (see what our teens made at our last toy hack here)!
Colorado is known for producing fabulous peaches and cherries, but did you know you can also grow nopales, quinoa, and mizuna? Is there some special fruit or vegetable from your home country or your childhood that you long to eat fresh from the garden? Then this workshop might be for you!
Did you know that we have over 75 unique neighborhoods in Denver? We speak 145 different languages here! In our city, every immigrant has a story, and every community has a voice. The "How I Made It" program series broadcasts immigrant voices and sparks conversations between immigrants and native-born communities--about success and innovation, hard work and inspiration, challenges and opportunities. About making it here in America.
"On Tuesday, April 15, I got to witness a Naturalization Swearing-In Ceremony at the Central Library. Fifty people representing twenty-three countries became naturalized American citizens. The ceremony started with the Presentation of the Colors performed by the West High School Color Guard. Then "America the Beautiful" was sung by Jubilee and Lenlee Davis (daughters of DPL employee James Davis.) I have to admit to you that I got emotional. I took my seat, regained my composure and took this time to reflect on my life in America.
The Denver Public School K-8 2D Art Exhibition is almost here! The show runs from April 17 through May 14, so stop by the Level 5 Western History Gallery and the Joseph E. Wagner Family Children's Foyer to see all the fantastic drawings, paintings, and multimedia art on display.
Nonfiction books about arts and crafts can provide great inspiration for your own budding young artists, and reading biographies of famous artists can help kids follow their own dreams of an artistic future.