Library News

Murder Mystery Night: Book Fair of Death!

During Teen Read Week, the Green Valley Ranch Teen Advisory Board (GVR TAB) hosted the first ever after hours Murder Mystery Night.

The Green Valley Ranch Library closed on Friday evening, then re-opened their doors later that night to allow registered teens back into the library for this special event.  TAB members (and a few GVR staff members!) assumed the roles of the characters in the Book Fair of Death! and gave a fantastic performance.  Teens enjoyed refreshments while they questioned suspects, examined evidence and attempted to solve the mystery of who killed best-selling author Emily Thornton.  The first three teens who correctly identified the killer and the weapon that was used, won pri

Check Out the New Teen Blogs on Evolver

Create and Connect

The Denver Public Library's Teen Blogs have moved to the new Evolver teen website. There are blogs about topics just for teens, and teens can sign up for a blog account and contribute to Evolver too!

If writing a blog isn't your thing, you can submit art, poetry, videos, book lists, reviews and more. See how easy it is for teens to contribute to Evolver!

Writing Workshop for Teens!

writing

Do you love to write? Do you dream of seeing your stories in print?

Here's your chance to learn more about the writing process. We're hosting a writing workshop that is just for teens (ages 12-18) with award winning author, Laura Resau, author of 7 books including The Queen of Water, Red Glass, and The Indigo Notebook. Laura will teach her Creating Vivid Characters workshop using various activities.

2012 Teen Read Week Sticker Contest

It Came From the Library

Calling all teen artists - enter our Teen Read Week Sticker Contest!

Teen Read Week is October 14-20 this year and the theme is "It Came From the Library." One person will be chosen as our contest winner and will have their sticker distributed in all Denver Public Library locations during Teen Read Week!

The Rules

Weigh and Win: Get Paid to Lose Weight

Weigh and Win!

A Weigh and Win kiosk is now available for use during normal business hours in the Burnham Hoyt Room, Level 1 of the Central Library. The public is invited to join the program and use the kiosk to measure their BMI (body mass index). Participants with a BMI over 25 will be eligible to receive financial incentives for losing weight.

Weigh and Win is a free program sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, to help participants move towards a healthy lifestyle by providing tips on healthy eating, and detailed exercise regimens based on your current activity level.

Some of the benefits of this program include:

  • Daily Coaching
  • Tracking Your Progress Online
  • Cash Rewards for Success
  • Monthly Prizes
  • A Healthier You!

Teens - Help us choose magazines for next year!

image of Alfred E. Neuman from Mad Magazine

It seems like it’s crazy early to think about 2013 already, but at the Central Library, we’re doing just that.

I’m in the process of selecting teen magazines for the Burnham Hoyt Room and I’d like your input. Is there a magazine that you wish the library carried? Let me know! You can respond in the comments or call the Hoyt desk at 720-865-1312 – we would love to hear from you!

Here’s what Hoyt currently carries for teens:

All You
BMX Plus
J-14
LaTeen
Mad
Nintendo Power
Playstation: The Official Magazine
Seventeen
Sister 2 Sister
Teen Vogue
Teen Voices
Transworld Skateboarding

The Denver Public Library faces a potential $2.4 million budget reduction for 2013

Last month, the Denver Public Library received a $2.4 million budget reduction target for 2013 from the City Budget Office.  As in past years, all City agencies, including DPL, are given an initial budget number and are required to submit their ideas on how to reach their target.

The Library’s 2012 budget from the City’s General Fund is $32,104,500, which funds 18 of the 23 branches at only four days (32 hours) a week; four branches at six days (48 hours) a week; and one branch at four days a week and four hours on Sunday (36 hours). The Central Library is open 52 hours a week, with weekend hours from 1- 5 p.m. The new branch opening in Stapleton this summer (which was built with voter-approved Better Denver Bond funds) will be at a service level of 32 hours – or open only four days per week.

Volunteering @ Your Library

There are a lot of special things happening during the summer at Denver Public Libraries and teen volunteers can help make them a success! Are you 12-18 years old? Are you looking for a fun way to give back to your community? Try volunteering at your local branch library!

As a library volunteer, some of the activities you may be able to help with include: the Summer of Reading program, crafts or gaming activities, or helping to shelve library materials. However, not all branches accept volunteers – check this web page to see if the branches near you have a teen volunteer program. Several branches also have teen advisory boards where you can give the librarians input on library services for those in grades 6-12.

Choose Privacy Week May 1 - May 7, 2012

Choose Privacy Week

Choose Privacy Week will take place May 1-7, 2012 and is an ongoing program of the American Library Association.

Choose Privacy Week is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.

Barbara Jones, executive director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), discusses Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7, 2012), a national public awareness campaign that aims to educate the public on how to protect their privacy and understand their rights.

The Situation
It’s time for Americans to take charge of their information privacy.

Library Love Story: Judy Montero

Judy Montero

In our continuing series, City Councilwoman Judy Montero talks about the importance of libraries in the community.

Councilwoman Judy Montero has been a library lover since she was a young child. She spent much of her adolescence visiting the bookmobile and the Smiley Branch Library in Northwest Denver. To this day she finds herself at the Central Library holding meetings or checking out books. She feels that, "Libraries are truly the heart and soul of Denver, and reading opens up the world of possibilities for Denver’s citizens.

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