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Poster Art and Native American Displays

Charley Harper Poster

Two displays at the Central Library highlight the art of Charley Harper and Native American artifacts and documents.

An eye-catching display of posters from the Federal Documents collection are featured behind the new Information Desk in Schlessman Hall at the Central Library. These posters highlight the art of Charley Harper, American Modernist (1922-2007). Harper was commissioned to illustrate a series of ten posters for the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, each showcasing one national park, from Glacier Bay, Alaska to the Atlantic Barrier Islands.

Why I Volunteer at the Denver Public Library

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From a letter by Asa Erlendson - DPL Volunteer

I started volunteering at the Denver Public Library in February of 2010. I had just finished my first semester of my third year at Pitzer College in Claremont, California and had decided to take a leave of absence for the Spring semester. I needed to do something with myself during my time off because I didn’t want to only laze around (though I had plans to do some of that).

It was important to me that I pursued my interests: tutoring, working with kids, and continuing to learn. The library seemed like a good first stop. Ultimately, I accomplished my goal of tutoring and working with kids instead by volunteering with Denver Public Schools, but I also volunteered at the two nearest library branches to me at the time: Ross-University Hills and Eugene Field.

Message from the City Librarian: Library’s Customer Base is Far from Eroding

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In a recent Denver Post article by Vincent Carroll, he states, “… does it really make sense to relieve the city's budget woes by creating a permanent funding stream for the one service whose customer base is facing potentially drastic erosion? Before any tax reaches the ballot, let someone make that case.”

As you can imagine, I have a very strong opinion about this. Libraries have been adapting to the world around them for the past century, and the surge of the digital age is no different. Libraries provide essential services to the public such as computer access and training, job-search assistance, literacy programs, and access to thousands of print and digital materials. They serve as the cornerstone of their community and are a key link in developing a knowledgeable, productive workforce and fostering economic development.

Social Media and Your Nonprofit Panel Discussion

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A free panel discussion will help you get started.

Where: Central Library — Level 4 Training Room
When: May 18, 2011, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Class size is limited, so RSVP to lflavin@denverlibrary.org or call 720-865-1363.

Are you wondering how social networking can benefit your nonprofit? Then consider the following figures from Erik Qualman's Socialnomics:

Exhibit: From Smoke to Text: What's Next?

Exhibit poster: From Smoke to Text: What's Next?

May 6 - September 28, 2011
Central Library
Western History Art Gallery - Level 5

Presented by the Telecommunications History Group, Inc. and the Denver Public Library.

From Smoke to Text displays how telecommunications changes our lives and world. The show, created by The Telecommunications History Group, Inc., guides viewers from smoke signals and invention of the telegraph in the 1800s to smart phones and the internet today.  It asks viewers to envision “What’s Next?”

BUDGET UPDATE: Building for the Library's Future

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In May we will be celebrating two major milestones in Denver Public Library's history — the groundbreaking for the new branch library at Stapleton and the completed renovations of the Central Library.

I often find myself explaining how the Library has managed to renovate many of our locations, open a new branch at Green Valley Ranch, and plans to build two more branches in Stapleton and in West Denver as we are facing the possibility of closing branches to meet our 2012 budget reduction target.

Who needs the library?

Who needs the library? Probably you! Below is just a small sampling of some of the people we serve on a daily basis.

  • Technophiles. Download books, audiobooks, and movies to your mobile device or your home computer! Configure your account to send you email, or text messages for notification on the go! Chat with us on Twitter, and on our other social media outlets!
  • Technophobes. Not feeling very techno-savvy?

Denver Public Library Prepares for a Potential $2.5 Million Budget Cut

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Library budget cuts could mean closing 7-12 branches in 2012.

The Denver Public Library Commission met yesterday, April 20, 2011 to discuss potential cuts to the Library’s budget, as well as options for sustainable funding. They released this White Paper which explains more about the situation and their recommendations.

In a nutshell, DPL has been instructed by the city to prepare a 2012 budget proposal with a target reduction of $2.5 million. The three options for meeting this target are:

Denver Municipal Election Resources

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The May 3, 2011 Denver Municipal General Elections are to be conducted by mail. Deadline to register to vote is April 4, 2011. It is important to keep your address updated with the Denver Elections Division so that your ballot is delivered to your current address. Ballots are not forwarded by the U.S. Post Office.

Important Dates
April 4: Last day to register to vote or update registration in the 2011 Municipal General Election
April 14: Mail-in ballots sent to voters
May 3: Election day and last day to turn in mail-in ballots

Earth Day 2011

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Earth Day is Friday, April 22.

The Denver Public Library will be staffing a booth in Civic Center Park, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. as part of the 2011 Earth Day Fair, so be sure to stop by this Friday!

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