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Changing the World - One $25 Loan at a Time

The International Bank of Bob cover

The International Bank of Bob is the inspiring memoir of an ordinary American who turned his brief brush with opulence into a joyful adventure of investing in the world's working poor (from the jacket).

Bob Harris, hired by ForbesTraveler.com to review some of the most luxurious accommodations on Earth, was inspired by a chance encounter in Dubai with the impoverished workers whose backbreaking jobs create such opulence. He writes, "My Forbes Traveler cash would be about $20,000... I needed to do something good with it." He then started a list of what he hoped he could do with the money.

Help poverty in 3rd world (at least a little)

Help build an economy, not fix emergencies. Long-term, not short

Know what happened to $ - what it did where

Do You Have a Poem in Your Pocket?

Poem in Your Pocket display

April is National Poetry Month, and April 18 is Poem in Your Pocket Day!

What does that mean? Celebrate poetry by carrying a favorite poem with you all day and sharing it with family, friends, and coworkers! Need ideas for poems to share? There are a few places you can go for inspiration:

Poets.org has a web page dedicated to Poem in Your Pocket Day. There are poems on the site that you can download and print for your pockets, along with other great resources about poets and poetry!

Scribes, Scholars & Storytellers Series Continues into April

Featuring Rev. James Peters and Dominique Ashaheed

The Scribes, Scholars & Storytellers series is in full swing....our next featured authors for April include:

Denver Public School K-8 2D Art Exhibition

Art

This year’s Denver Public School K-8 2D Art Exhibition will be on Level 5 in the Western History Gallery from April 5 through April 25. Come to the library and check out the wonderfully creative drawings, paintings and more.

While you’re here you might get inspiration for your own art project or something to try with your children.

For more inspiration check out these books about art and artists:

Picture Books:

Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Satlzberg

Art by Patrick McDonnell

Aspiring Artist by Jane O'Connor

LEGO® Building Contest Winners

The Lightning Thief

The DPL system wide LEGO contest has come to an end with four fantastic winners selected. Each of the participating locations selected branch winners, whom all met at the Central Library for the final judging and some LEGO themed fun.

We played LEGO bingo, skee-ball and decorated bookmarks with LEGO bricks!
Thanks to all that participated! And thanks to The Tattered Cover, Chipotle, Jolyon Yates and the Colorado Mills LEGO Store for providing our prizes.
Check out the books that the winning entries were based on:

STATE OF THE 4th ESTATE or What's Up With the Media?

Censored 2013 by Mickey Huff

Remember the story associated with the photo on the cover of Censored 2013? A U.C. Davis police officer is blasting pepper spray into the face of a college student. The students are peacefully protesting tuition hikes and income inequality during a 2011 "Occupy" sit-in. Did you miss the story? If so it might be due to the corporate media's failure to bring it to your attention.

I bring this book and story to your attention in order to pique your interest and share my excitement about a conference Denver is hosting this weekend (April 5-7). The sixth meeting of The National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) will be held at the downtown Sheraton Hotel. It will be my fifth NCMR and I am ready for a thought provoking, creative, and fun weekend! Here is what's on tap...

Presenters include:

Scribes, Scholars & Storytellers Series Continues into April

Featuring Johari Ade and Rev. William T. Golson, Jr.

The Scribes, Scholars & Storytellers series is in full swing....our next featured authors include:

April Fools

It's that time of year again, when the days in March are numbered and the dream of flowers flowering is almost more than a dream. It's the time of year when the western wind blows warmly, carrying with it the smell of mountain rain. It's almost April, which means it's also that time of year for you to check and make sure your toilet bowl isn't wrapped over invisibly with saran wrap...

Happy April Fools day!

Satirist and author Kurt Vonnegut once said that "if you make people laugh or cry about little black marks on sheets of white paper, what is that but a practical joke? All the great story lines are great practical jokes that people fall for over and over again."

So with that said, can you think of a better place to celebrate April 1st and get inspired for a little tomfoolery yourself than the public library?

If you're in the mood, check out some of these great pranks and pranksters you can find at DPL:

James Beard Foundation Award Finalists Announced

Ripe

Whether you love discovering new recipes or just want to drool over the beautiful photographs, you'll want to check out the James Beard Award finalists for excellence in cookbooks and food writing.

American Cooking:

Fire in My Belly, Kevin Gillespie & David Joachim

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart

Southern Comfort, Allison Vines-Rushing & Slade Rushing

Beverage:

How to Love Wine, Eric Asimov

Inventing Wine, Paul Lukacs

The(Probably) Awesome book club is indeed AWESOME!

these people had no problem getting out. just sayin'

We had our first meeting on Saturday (where were you?! It was only like 7 inches of snow!) and I think I can officially say that the (probably) can be changed to CAPS LOCK AWESOME! We talked about what kinds of books we like and everyone had read something that no one else had, which was super cool.

Our next meeting is Saturday, April 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Burnham Hoyt book club room at the Central Library. We’re reading Glow by Amy Ryan. If you want to join us, read the book and come hang out. We’ll have coffee and donuts. If you don’t get a chance to read the book in time but want to join the book club, come by anyway. We’ll be picking books for the next sessions plus talking about the book we read. I’m pretty sure no one bites.

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