Enjoy martinis, merrymaking and spirited conversation at the 2011 Evil Companions Literary Awards, set for Thursday, April 14 at the Oxford Hotel.
This year's award goes to Ted Conover, a beloved Denver native, nationally acclaimed author, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His works cover a vast array of subjects, from the rarefied air of Aspen, to riding the rails with hoboes in titles such as The Routes of Man, Newjack, Coyotes, Whiteout, and Rolling Nowhere.
Featuring signature martinis, live music and a scrumptious buffet, and benefiting the Denver Public Library, Evil Companions is a literary event not to be missed. For tickets, visit www.dplfriends.org or call 720-865-2050.
Staff Art Show on display until February 27, 2011.
Next time you're at the Central Library, plan on spending some extra time to make your way up to Level 7. The beautiful Vida Ellison Gallery is housing this exhibit of fine art created by staff for the 8th consecutive year.
In addition to highlighting the creativity, diversity and individuality of the Denver Public Library staff, the gallery offers spectacular views of downtown Denver. Not to be missed!
Come on down to the Central Library for a full-on view of the fun and fantastic new automated handling system or sorter! You can see it in action through a viewing window on Level One. There's another one at the Schlessman Branch Library of which you may catch a glimpse through an open door when passing through.
The sorters are part of the Library's radio frequency identification (RFID) system implemented as part of the Better Denver Bond program. These sorters allow our staff to focus on serving you better. They also provide immediate return of your materials. And the items get back on the shelf faster for the next customer. Check out this video to see how it works.
Did you know that you can still check out eBooks and place holds, even when the library is closed? We have a large collection of eMedia -- downloadable eBooks, audio eBooks and eFlicks (movies) -- available on your portable device or home computer 24/7. The Community Technology Center is providing FREE instruction to show you how it's done!
The Community Technology Center is offering several eMedia classes in January that will teach you things like how to download library eBooks to your new Nook or to access eMedia from your Droid! With upgrades to the library's services and temporary changes, there is no better time to take the plunge! Once you learn how to put eMedia on your portable devices, you will be able to check out library books from the comfort of your own home without packing up your kids or finding a parking place! Sound good? Bring your device -- eReader, MP3 player, iPhone, Android, laptop, etc.
On Tuesday, December 21, the Central Library will have a new home for Reference Services.
Ever since the new Michael Graves-designed Central Library opened in 1995, the Reference Services department has been located on Level 1. Today that changed with the grand opening of the new Reference Room on Level 3.
The new space features more natural light, and a better system of shelving to house the impressive collection of reference materials. A new desk will greet customers as they enter the space, and reference librarians will staff the desk to handle questions and collection inquiries for all of our Reference Services collections.
On December 7, 2010, the Denver Public Library hosted a Citizenship ceremony on behalf of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This is the 10th year the Library has sponsored the event. This year, 76 citizens from 39 countries were naturalized. Together with their friends and families, about 275 people attended the ceremony in the Central Library's Schlessman Hall, followed by a brief reception in the B2 Conference Center.
The Hon. Judge Christina M. Habas from the 2nd Judicial District Court administered the Oath and Pledge of Allegiance. Also in attendance was Ms. Karen Rokala, President of the Library Commission. Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution handed out miniature flags. Members of the Monument Hill Sertoma Club distributed copies of booklets containing the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The West High School JROTC Color Guard directed by Antonio Cruz, Jr. gave the Presentation of the Colors.
Help seed the clouds for an incredible art installation at the new Green Valley Branch Library.
The Denver Public Library is asking for your help in creating an interactive, dynamic artwork that will display your search terms on an array of large LCD screens in the new Green Valley Ranch Branch Library, and call up associative media clips culled from the Library's collection of books, DVDs, music, digital images and text archives.
New apps launched today - December 7, 2010. With the new free OverDrive Media Console app you can download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audio eBooks directly to your iPhone or Android phone.
Update: if you've downloaded the previous version of Overdrive's app, and are having problems with the e-books appearing after you download them, you may need to delete the app and download it fresh. See commenter Mark's thread below.
The exhibit will open on Saturday, December 11 at 10 a.m., with an opening reception until 12 noon. A wall will be dedicated to the children and families who participated in the free art programs at the Byers Branch throughout the year, and left their work at the library to be put on display.
The art will be on display for the public throughout December.
This event is free and all are welcome.
For gallery hours and more information, visit the Center for Visual Art website at metrostatecva.org.