Library Events

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.

Kwanzaa Arts & Crafts Market Place

One stop shopping for the unique gift giver.

Looking for that extra special unique handmade/crafted gift? Stop by the Blair-Caldwell Library and check out a wide vary of items inspired by the principles of Kwanzaa by local artists, artisans and merchants.

Saturday, November 23
12 noon - 4 p.m.

For more information call 720-865-2401 or email blairstaff@denverlibrary.org

Help Denver's Hungry: Holiday Canned Food Drive

Image: gift of strawberries

Start the season of giving by donating food to Denver's hungry. Ross-University Hills Branch Library is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to Metro CareRing, one of Denver's largest hunger-relief programs providing nutritious food and other items and services to individuals and families in need. Not sure what to donate?

Some of the items on Metro CareRing's list of Top Ten Needed Food Items are:

--canned fruit (in water, natural juices or light syrup)

--canned entrees (hearty soups, chili or canned chicken)

--breakfast cereal (whole grain and 10 grams or less of sugar)

--peanut butter

--canned tuna (in water)

NaNoWriMo - it's not just gibberish!

This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

Do you hear that? That's the sound of a million wanna-be authors panicking!

That's right, November 1st is the start of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo to those in the know. Thousands of people (official count as of this posting is nearly 150,000) will crack their knuckles and sit down in-front of their blank pages (paper or digital) and attempt to write a novel (50,000 words) in thirty days. Thirty days!?!?

That's impossible, I hear you cry! But it's not, you can start and finish a novel in thirty days if you can manage to average about 1,667 new words each day. See, it's easy right?

Seldom Screened Cinema Series 2013

Join us as we explore the many facets of Identity.

The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library presents the Seldom Screened Cinema: Identity: Perception, Social Misconception and Self-Determination. This year's film series focuses on the many aspects of identity in the African American community and how identity is shaped by internal and external forces.

Get Caught Reading Banned Books

Banned Books Mugshot

I am guilty of reading subversive literature filled to the brim with dangerous ideas and inflammatory language. I have been committing illicit acts of reading since I was a child, though my teen years were my most seditious. Yet I have never been arrested, or had to smuggle in a restricted book. I have always enjoyed the right to read freely and that is why I celebrate Banned Books Week.

This year Banned Books Week is September 22-28 and I encourage you to visit your local Denver Public Library branch and get caught reading banned books! If you have your mug shot photo taken with your favorite banned book, be sure to share it with us on the DPL facebook page.

ARRRRR You Ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day?

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is Thursday, September 19. Which means you have less than a month to become fluent in Pirate Talk before then. We're celebrating Talk Like Pirate Day at the Park Hill Branch on Saturday September 21st at 3:00PM with a Pirate celebration and we've all been brushing up on our Pirate Talk. Here's some key vocabulary to catch you up to speed:

Addled-- Mad, insane, or just stupid. An "addlepate" is a fool.

Avast!-- Hey! Could also be used as "Stop that!" or "Who goes there?"

Belay-- Stop that. "Belay that talk!" would mean "Shut up!"

Bilge!-- Nonsense, or foolish talk. The bilges of a ship are the lowest parts, inside the hull along the keel. They fill with stinking bilgewater—or just "bilge."

Bilge-Sucking-- A very uncomplimentary adjective.

Cherry Creek: One Branch One Story

Cherry Creek One Branch One Story

I guess if I were making a recipe for summer fun, I would take one tall dude, the book Monkey Ono, three silly librarians, stir all together, and voila…Story Time Extravaganza!

You might be able to substitute the silly librarians and possibly Monkey Ono for another title…but there is no substitute for Mark Randall of the Denver Nuggets Community Ambassador program.

Smiley: One Branch One Story

Deru Family

Smiley: One Branch One Story

The Deru family has been visiting the Smiley Branch Library once a week attending our Thursday storytimes with Mr. Dana for many years. Now that many of the Deru boys have graduated from our preschool storytime, they all participate in the Summer of Reading at Smiley attending every program. They are superb crafters and each made fantastic fossils during out Fossil Prints class, sharing some of their knowledge of prehistoric prints with the rest of the group.

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