Library News

Parenting 2.0: Free Parenting Series

Raising Kids WHo Love to Read

A free parenting series begins September 8. Nannies, caregivers, grandparents and teachers are also welcome!

The Eugene Field Branch Library will be hosting a free parenting series on four consecutive Thursday evenings in September, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Experts in the fields of parent education, finance, health literacy development will present logical, common sense techniques to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming job of caring for your child.

The classes are free, but each session is limited to 30 participants so registration is required by calling 720-865-0240. These classes are intended for adults only, so please arrange for child care.

Schedule

Message From City Librarian: Library Won't Pursue Ballot Measure in 2011

Yesterday I met with Mayor Hancock to discuss the viability of putting a measure on the ballot in November 2011 for a dedicated mill levy or library district. We agreed that it is most advantageous if this decision was made after the City’s Structural Financial Task Force makes its city-wide recommendations addressing the budget shortfall, which will happen this fall.

Mayor Hancock is a strong supporter of Denver Public Library, and has expressed his sincere interest in pursuing a long-term sustainable funding solution. I am hopeful that either the dedicated mill levy or library district will be on the fall 2012 ballot, as part of a broader funding solution for the City. I look forward to discussing this with the Mayor, Library Commission, and the public in the coming months.

Tom Noel, “Dr. Colorado” Honored as 12th Recipient of Denver Public Library’s Eleanor Gehres Award

Tom Noel, “Dr. Colorado”

On September 14, the Denver Public Library will recognize Thomas Jacob "Tom" Noel as the 12th recipient of the Eleanor Gehres Award, which was established in 2000 in honor of Ms. Gehres, who headed the Library’s Western History and Genealogy Department for 25 years.

Known as "Dr. Colorado," Tom has been involved with the Library serving on several committees for over 20 years, and has donated numerous materials and photos to the Western History and Genealogy Department. He is also one of the Library’s favorite customers.

2010 Annual Report of the Denver Public Library

The 2010 Annual Report (pdf) is now available.

In 2010, customers made 4 million visits to the Denver Public Library, borrowed 9.3 million items, and conducted more than 40 million online transactions.

Here are some Library numbers we believe are also important:

Exhibit: Refuseniks

Exhibit poster: Refuseniks

An exhibit about Colorado Legislators and their efforts to free Soviet dissidents.

July 10 - August 28, 2011, Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
Central Library, Vida Ellison Gallery - Level 7

About the Refuseniks

On June 15, 1970, twelve citizens of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics purchased every ticket on a flight from Leningrad to Priozersk. Claiming that they were traveling to a wedding, they prepared to board the ten-seater Antonov An-2. Their true objective was to hijack the plane, fly to Sweden and leave their homeland.

Before they boarded the place at Leningrad’s Smolny airfield, government authorities arrested them.

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

Asa

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

Denver Public Library

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

Facebook logo

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?”

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