Library Events

Plaza Voices: "We love Denver"

Photo of Denver skyline.

"In Denver, winters are long and we have snow storms. Sometimes snow covers houses, cars, and trees, and we get stuck in our houses for days. During winter, we enjoy hot soup, such as menudo and pozole, sometimes made of buffalo."

Conversation Tables are a wonderful way to meet other language learners, make friends, and participate in fun activities. We have groups that are learning English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese!

Our former English facilitator at Barnum is in Japan teaching English to high school students. She created a blog at http://bloghellofrom.blogspot.com for people around the world who are practicing English. A while back, our English Conversation Table participants at Barnum created this entry and posted to her blog.

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Pow! Kaboom! Twak! Ping! Vrooom!....The History of African Americans in Comics

The untold story of African American superheroes.

Did you know that African/African Americans have had a lengthy yet unrecognized presence in comics? The first comic book created by an African American (Orrin Evans and All Negro Comics #1) didn’t arrive until 1947. But there were a number of Black people featured in both mainstream and Black newspaper press strips for many years before that. Not all of the images that were presented were positive or free of stereotypes, but all of them were steps towards the explosion of characters present today.

Plaza Voices: "It's a Family Thing"

Baby playing with a toy in the Plaza program.

Hanako Ngalame comes many times each week to story times, craft times, and Plaza with her mom and siblings. She is growing up in the library, just like her brothers and sisters.

In the next picture you can see many of the sixteen people who participated in the pastel art workshop, presented by local artist Tony Ortega from the Art Students League of Denver.

You can also see people working on other projects. Three children were playing with our toys, and another two were making puzzles in the background. Four adults were working on computers, three of them looking for places to rent and one creating a resume. One man was getting help with the homework for his English class.

Plaza Voices: Making Tamales the 'Rancho' Way

Families preparing tamales at the Woodbury branch.

On December 3rd, 2013, the Woodbury Branch hosted its Your Life Home--and it was quite a success!

Our goal was to have people come and share things they do for the holidays (whatever holiday it may be)--maybe recipes and/or decoration tips--whatever they wanted to share. We had 22 "tamale kits" prepared for our expected attendance, and some supplies left for "just in case".... and we used all the kits!  

Plaza Voices: Year of the Bronco

Denver Broncos team logo

As Colorado prepares for the Super Bowl this weekend, another important celebration is also taking place to celebrate the horse. Known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, thousands will celebrate the Year of the Horse beginning on January 31, 2014.

Unlike other new year celebrations, the Lunar New Year is celebrated over 15 days through many traditions and customs. One common practice is to clean your house before the new year begins to get rid of "bad fortune" and make way for incoming luck. Another activity is to decorate homes and windows with paper cut-outs celebrating themes of good fortune, longevity, wealth, and happiness.

Magic Window Book Club

Here at Ross-Cherry Creek, we have an opportunity for any child in first through third grade to strengthen their reading skills.

Magic Widow Book Club meets the second Thursday of the month from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Children can sign up and order the book by calling 720-865-0120. Fun, longer picture books have been selected to increase a child’s interest and success in reading. Children are encouraged to read the book before club. During club the book will be read, discussed and a related craft done. Snacks will be provided. Come join us for a reading adventure with other children!

African American Quilters and Collectors: Table of Brotherhood Award Ceremony

Promoting the preservation and art of quilting

Event:
Table of Brotherhood Award Ceremony
Saturday, January 18, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell Library

Special Guests: First Lady Hancock, Former Mayor Wellington Webb and many more. The quilts made are presented annually through an award ceremony to outstanding community members in recognition of their service of those in need, or to individuals in crisis, as well as to agencies that help the needy and the homeless.

Yum! Focus on Food at Ross-Cherry Creek

Everyone enjoys eating tasty food. Coming up at Ross-Cherry Creek we have two programs which will assist in preparing food.

Join us Wednesday, January 15 at 6 p.m. for The Secret Life of the Specialty Diet led by Amanda Faison. Amanda oversees all food-related coverage for 5280 magazine. Her youngest daughter has multiple food allergies. Desiring to provide her daughter great tasting food she has taken on the challenge of cooking with substitutes. Faison is an avid cook who loves to recipe test and tinker in the kitchen.

High Tea at the Denver Public Library

Tea Rex

You are cordially invited to high tea at the Denver Public Library on Saturday, January 25 at 2 p.m. We’ll get dressed up and have some tea. Oh what fun this party will be! Join us for delicious tea, cookies, a story, and a craft.

January is National Hot Tea month and you are invited to celebrate with the Children's Library at the Central Library. We'll serve a variety of hot and iced teas and cookies. There will be music, a tea related read aloud and a craft. This year the party will also highlight teas from around the world.

The Final Event of the Seldom Screened Cinema Series 2013

The series wraps with special guest Dr. Brenda Allen.

The Seldom Screened Cinema: Identity: Perception, Social Misconception and Self-Determination series is coming to a close. This year's film series focused on the many aspects of identity in the African American community and how identity is shaped by internal and external forces.

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