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Plaza Voices: The Universal Language

Yasmine Hamdan's "Ya Nass," available from DPL

The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called music the "universal language of mankind," an old idea with some new scientific backing.

Music, like all languages, is constantly evolving, mixing ideas, identities, and cultures. Globalization and the internet have enabled more and more of us to listen to and create music that crosses the borders between languages, ethnicities, and nations. 

Hold on a lady minute: Bianca Jagger cares about environmental injustice & she'd like to know what you are going to do about it

She was a jetsetter of the first water, dashing around the world making films, storming the beautiful people at Studio 54 or modeling clothes for designers like Halston. She dazzled other great icons of the era, including The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, whom she married in 1971. She's a mother, a grandmother, and a great grandmother. And she is one of the most important voices in environmental justice for the world today. She is Bianca Jagger and she's got a bone to pick with the way we treat the planet and its people.

Medicare - Not for Communists - Whoops!!

Medicare has been in the news lately for turning 50 years old!  President Johnson signed Public Law 89-97 on July 30, 1965, creating Medicare.  The new law provided access to basic health care benefits available to all citizens 65 or older, regardless of income.  

The Library Started It All: Other Borrowing/Rental Services in Denver

Several months ago, library staff gathered information from you, our customers, to see what “nontraditional” items you might like to see the library circulate. While of course we will continue to offer books, music, and movies (both physically and digitally!), we heard many great ideas.

We also heard about many items that are already available to borrow or rent from other places in Denver--in some cases, even things that the library already has or does. We wanted to make sure to get the word out about some of these  services, programs, and classes. Here is a sampling:

Plaza Voices: The Boulder County Latino History Project

Cover of "La Gente," available at DPL

According to the Pew Research Center, Colorado is home to 1,071,000 Latinos, including immigrants and their descendants as well as Colorado natives, whose families were here before Colorado was part of the United States.

How Do You Feel About Self-Driving Cars?

I don’t know about you, but I find the whole self-driving car saga fascinating. Proponents tout the potential to free us up during our commute, vastly increase safety, and cut down on traffic jams and pollution.

State Flag or Country Flag?

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I'm a big fan of flags. Sometimes I think we should all have our own flag.

Flags have been in the news lately and I've found myself looking at various state flags and paying attention to them. One thing I noticed was how few I could actually pick out or identify on my own. The Western History/Genealogy department also wrote a great blog post about the history of the Colorado state flag.

Learn to code at the library: joke languages

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We were talking the other day about the notion of joke languages and esoteric languages, when a colleague of mine asked me to explain how a programming language could be a joke.

I ended up over-explaining, and thought I might as well share with you as well, dear reader.

A joke language or novelty language involves—

Denver and Beyond!: Adventures with the Okee Dokee Brothers

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Did you know that The Okee Dokee Brothers are going to be playing a kids’ concert at the Central Library onSaturday, August 22 at 2pm? Did you know the Okee Dokee Brothers are Denver natives? It’s true! Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing grew up in Denver, but their music has taken them far.

Colorado's Ghost Glaciers

Landscape from RMNP with and without ice age glaciers. From NPS.

This weekend I hiked up to Arapahoe Glacier in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area. It's the largest glacier in Colorado, and definitely an impressive sight--a field of ice covering nearly 40 acres, nestled among towering crags at 12,700 feet. But by glacial standards, Arapahoe Glacier is a pipsqueak. It's tiny compared to great valley glaciers like the one in the second photo, which is in Alaska.

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