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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.

Good news - Blu-ray is coming to the library!

Blu-ray

How do I find out what Blu-ray titles you have?
Search our catalog and limit your search by the format Blu-ray, or click on the “Blu-ray On Order” link of the left side of the catalog page.

How many Blu-ray’s can I put on hold?
You are limited to 5 holds for Blu-ray titles that are 7-day checkout (feature films); 5 holds for Blu-Ray titles that are 21-day checkout (non-fiction and TV series) and 5 holds for Children’s Blu-Ray titles (these are all 7-day checkout) on your card at one time. You are still limited to a maximum of 30 holds (all formats combined) per library card.

Library Love Story: Kelly Brough

Kelly Brough

We’re launching a branch new series of Library Love Stories this February in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Kelly Brough, President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, grew up using her public library in rural Montana. Her family didn’t have a lot of money, and the Library provided her with a way to learn about the world, for free.

Sustainable Funding Breakfast - Final Report

Sustainable Funding Meeting at Central

On Thursday, January 12 we hosted a breakfast with various City Officials and community leaders to discuss sustainable funding options for Denver Public Library. Speakers included: Kevin O'Connor, Library Commission President, Brendan Hanlon, City Budget Director, Eloise May, Executive Director, Arapahoe Library District, Jamie LaRue, Director, Douglas County Libraries, and finally, Mike King, DPL Friends Foundation.

I've posted a recap of this meeting online: Options for the Library's Future (printable PDF). Additionally, the information that we discussed at the meeting is posted at denverlibrary.org/library-district.

Why Volunteer?

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Did you know that people who volunteer are more likely to be successful in school and at their jobs? Volunteering, whether at the library or another organization, is a great way to positively impact your community while strengthening your own skill set at the same time!

The library and other organizations like the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Dumb Friends League and the Denver Zoo, rely on volunteer involvement to assist in many important and fun tasks! The experiences you have while volunteering will help you know what kind of career you might be interested in pursuing.

Denver Public Library’s Green Valley Ranch Branch Receives LEED Gold Certification

Green Valley Ranch Branch Library Exterior

Under the City’s commitment to sustainability, the Green Valley Ranch Branch Library is proud to announce that it has been designated to receive Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

The Gold Certification award is based on the library’s aggressive efforts to design, build and operate the facility in a sustainable way that helps to protect and enhance the environment. Denver’s commitment to sustainability is embodied in the Greenprint Denver initiatives, driven by a 2007 executive order which requires all buildings renovated or maintained with city funds to be designed, constructed, and operated according to principals outlined in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED.

Message from City Librarian: Letter to the Editor: We are Relevant

The Denver Post recently wrote an article about how libraries need to reinvent themselves in the digital age titled: "Digital update for the public library" (12/7/11).

The article states “Libraries will look very different in the digital age, and they must," and also questions how DPL will remain relevant. We have a lot of data and many success stories to demonstrate our relevance. In the coming months as we engage the community to talk about our future and sustainable funding, these stories will be told.

In the meantime, here is the letter to the editor I submitted in response to the article (note, I was limited to about 150 words).

Digital Collections Site Changes

Digital Collections

The Denver Public Library is excited to announce the newest updates to our Digital Collections website. The updates include a refreshed design, new content, powerful zoom tool, social tools, organized browse pages and an easy to use search and refine interface.

In addition to the popular western photos, art, maps and building plans that have been offered in the past, newly digitized materials have been added making searching for digital historical materials much easier:

Message from City Librarian: 2012 Budget Update

On Monday, November 14, the Denver City Council will vote to pass the City's 2012 budget. After much discussion and negotiation, we are anticipating that the Library's budget will essentially remain flat for 2012. If approved, we will have the same service levels as 2011 (outlined in my last blog post), and the new branch in Stapleton will be open 32 hours per week.

Also, you may have seen in the Denver Post recently that Mayor Hancock opposed Councilman Chris Herndon’s potential amendment to increase funding for the Denver Public Library in 2012 in order to support additional hours at branches that serve the poorer neighborhoods in Denver. At the November 7 City Council meeting, Councilman Herndon decided not to bring this amendment forward.

iWorld Exhibit: Call for Entries

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Deadline for Entries:
Jpeg images must be received by Wednesday, November 30, 5 p.m. MST

Exhibition runs at two venues:
CPAC, January 10 - February 11, 2012 (Reception Friday, January 13, 5-8 p.m.)
Central Library, Level 5, January - March 2012 (Reception tba)

It’s official; our world has become inundated with instruments of intrusion, invention, interaction, and instant gratification that have changed the way that we interpret our environment. This i‐volution has affected photographers as much as anybody, giving us more ways to see, capture, and share the images that surround us. iWorld invites you to respond to the “i‐zation” of our nation with your best interpretation, inspiration, innovation, or illustration of the world that you see.

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