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Youth One Book, One Denver 2014

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Vote Now! for Youth One Book, One Denver, 2014

Are you 9-12 years old? Do you like to read great books and have great discussions about them with your friends? Wouldn't it be great if you could all read the same book at the same time this summer? Well you can and you can help us decide which book to pick for Youth One Book, One Denver, 2014. Voting is open from November 6th - November 20th.

Here are the contenders:

Giant Spider Invades Park Hill Library!

Giant Spider Face

Park Hill Branch Library has had its doors closed for the past two weeks while our HVAC system has been completely gutted and replaced. We’ve neglected to do much dusting over the past two weeks, and as a result the spiders have really gotten out of control.
 

In fact, one gigantic spider has made its home right over our book return, just in time for Halloween. So if you’re planning on visiting us again once we reopen on Monday, October 28th you might have to brave the spider’s jaws in order to return your book. Be careful! It looks friendly, but it might bite!

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?

Bear Valley: One Branch One Story

Rachel Soderstrom, 9th Grade, age 14

Bear Valley Staff asked one of our Drawing Prize Winners for her thoughts about Summer of Reading 2013.

Bear Valley Staff: What was your favorite part of Summer Reading?

Rachel Soderstrom: I got prizes for doing something that I love! I love Elitch's and I love reading!

BVS: What about those prizes? Did you get anything cool?

RS: Oh yes, VERY cool! I won the drawing for a $50 Target Gift card! I was uber-surprised that it was $50 because I had thought it was only going to be about $10. And I love Elitch's, so a free ticket was awesome! And of course, I love adding books to my personal book collection so the book prize was especially good.

DPL Connect: Denver's very own pedal-powered mobile library!

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).

LEGO® Building Contest Judging Rescheduled for March 30

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The Building Contest Judging has been rescheduled for:

Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. There will also be fun activities across the hall in the Level 7 Meeting Room!

If you need additional information, please contact the branch where you entered the contest.

The theme of the 2013 contest was Building Books.

Participants chose a favorite book and made a LEGO® design based on a scene, character or even the cover of the book! Entries were accepted in four categories: Preschool-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-12th grade or Family.

 

Thank You to Our Prize Sponsors:

Library Love Story: David Bondarchuck

David Bondarchuck

David Bondarchuck was once a homeless teen living in a shelter off of Colfax Avenue in Denver.

Every day he’d take the bus to the Denver Central Library and read cookbooks and books about entertaining – cover to cover—as though they were text books.  The Library provided him with safe haven and the knowledge he needed to pursue his passion. In 2011, just four years after David founded his own local catering business, Scratch Catering Services, two of his dreams came true: he was invited to decorate the White House for the holidays, and was featured on the Martha Stewart show. In 2012 he returned to the White House and is now a free-l

Digital Magazines Available at DPL!

Zinio digital Magazines

Zinio for libraries offers full digital copies of your favorite magazines to view on your computer or mobile device. We have subscriptions to over 200 popular and specialty magazines. Your DPL library card will give you unlimited access to this entire collection. Best of all, titles do not have to be returned and do not expire.

Quick start guide for first time users:

Please note you must create two accounts, a DPL Library Zinio account to browse the Library collection, and a Zinio.com Reader account to view the magazines on your computer or mobile device:

Library Love Story: Liam's First Library Card

Liam and Children's Librarian, Chufo Ramirez

Recently, the Children’s Library staff received a special request from a regular customer, Paola. Her son Liam’s fourth birthday was coming up soon. For the past several weeks, whenever she asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he’d say, “My own library card.” She’d let a couple days go by, ask again, but the answer was always the same, “My own library card.”

Paola wondered if we even let kids as young as Liam get cards and when we assured her we did, she was relieved. Together, we brain-stormed ways we could make this milestone special. We settled on the Children’s Library staff making a birthday card and having Children’s Librarian, Chufo Ramirez, play the guitar while we all sang “Happy Birthday” as we presented Liam with his very first library card.

Denver Public Library to increase hours by 40% in 2013

Denver Public Library

Thank you to everyone who voted YES on ballot measure 2A, which "de-Bruces" the city's budget, and raises $68 million by allowing the city to keep revenue it already collects but currently has to refund, without raising tax rates or fees. The $68 million will be used to improve police and fire protection, repair city streets and increase library hours.

What you can expect at the Denver Public Library upon final approval of the 2013 budget:

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