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12 Tips For Getting The Most Out of Your Library (For Kids)

Play Space at Central

What better time than National Library Week (April 12-18, 2015) to expand people’s appreciation of libraries. Here's a look at several, sometimes overlooked, services Denver Public Library offers.

A Period in U.S. History Never to Be Forgotten

Gateway to Freedom by Eric Foner

Growing up in the northeast, I had always assumed albeit naively that slavery only existed in the southern states. Years later, I was looking at statistics pertaining to the U.S. slavery population prior to the Civil War on the U.S. Census website and was I surprised. Much to my dismay it existed everywhere even in my hometown, the city of New York. How shocking that was.

Tiptree Award Winners--and New Tiptree Fellowships

My Real Children

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is one of my favorites for a lot of reasons. The award was named after James Tiptree, Jr, aka Alice B. Sheldon, whose use of a male pen name, when discovered, prompted much discussion of whether the act of writing itself is gendered.

Creatures in the Walls: Fossils at the Central Library

Belemnite fossil

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the fearsome basilisk emerged from its lair and slithered through the walls of Hogwarts. One look at its reflection left people petrified. Here at the Central Library, I'm happy to say we have no basilisks. But we do have creatures in our walls, and they were petrified--literally turned to stone--long ago.

April is National Financial Literacy Month -- Be Informed with Helpful and Fun Resources from the Library

According to its 2013 National Report Card, the Center for Financial Literacy gave Colorado a "B" for our State's efforts to improve financial literacy in high schools.

Oscar Wilde: Impressions of Colorado

Excerpt from Oscar Wilde's essay, Impressions of America, "From Salt Lake City one travels over the great plains of Colorado and up the Rocky Mountains, on the top of which is Leadville, the richest city in the world. It has also got the reputation of being the roughest, and every man carries a revolver. I was told that if I went there they would be sure to shoot me or my travelling manager. I wrote and told them that nothing that they could do to my travelling manager would intimidate me.

Oscar Wilde's Leadville Adventure

Oscar Wilde recorded, in his Impressions of America, that when he visited Leadville, Colorado in April of 1882, he was lowered in a bucket to the bottom of one of Horace Tabor's mines and while at the bottom of the mine, he was treated to a three-course dinner hosted by a group of rough and ready miners. Dinner was described thusly, "The first course was whisky, the second course was whisky and the third course was whisky."

Plaza Voices: New Citizens to be Honored at the Central Library

Ms. Perez, a Plaza participant, became a citizen in 2010.

This Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the Denver Public Library is pleased to host its 15th annual naturalization ceremony at the Central Library. This year's event is a joint effort of the Library's Services to New Immigrants Initiative and its Reference Department.

Mindfulness at Noon: Extra Servings of Mindfulness for Better Health

How to Eat

A wise woman once said "Your body hears everything your mind says." That woman was Naomi Judd. Okay, I don't know how wise she is, but I sure connected with that quote. And I figure someone who has faced serious health issues and spent much of her life touring must know something about how stress impacts your body!

Denver Public Library Celebrates National Poetry Month

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"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."
Carl Sandburg

April is National Poetry Month, initiated in 1996, by the Academy of American Poets.

The purpose was to highlight the effects of Poetry in all facets of culture, both on a national and international scale, and a way to focus on the importance of poetic expression in our daily lives.

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