The Design Inside

The Familiar

On the cusp of the release of the first work in a 27-volume set from author Mark Danielewski, famed for his innovative, internal book design, I thought it a perfect time to examine some of the books that take book design to the next level. Those that drive the story not just with plot but with the images inside, strategic cut-outs, or pages put together like a puzzle. Sometimes these are described as being works of ergodic literature, or narratives that have the reader navigate the often non-linear layout of the text. 

New and Updated Medical Titles in Reference Services

Pictorial Atlas of Acupuncture

The Reference Services Department at the Central Library is always receiving new and updated titles for our collection on a variety of topics.  Take a look at some of the medical titles we've recently acquired:

Meet Marceline the Vampire Queen

Olivia Olson, who is the voice actor behind Marceline the Vampire Queen, will be joining her father, Martin Olson, to talk about all things Adventure Time - the popular animated series that features both Olivia and her dad as characters. Martin Olson plays Olivia's father on the show as well -- acting the part of Hunson Abadeer. Meet them both at their author event here at Denver Public Library this month. 

Poetry for All Ages

Do you remember any poems from your childhood? How about from your high school years?

A favorite of mine was a poem called “Somewhere” by Walter de la Mare. I later found out that de la Mare was a well-known writer of horror.

Some of the most famous poems, like the Mother Goose rhymes, are the ones that get passed down from generation to generation. Did you know that the Eugene Field branch of the Denver Public Library is named for the poet and journalist who wrote “Wynken, Blynken and Nod?”

Plaza Voices: Earthquake in Nepal

Flag of Nepal

The recent earthquake in Nepal has displaced an estimated 2.8 million people, and at least 7,500 lives were lost. Some expect this number to reach 10,000.

Phone-a-Story: 24/7 Storytime Available on Your Phone


Have you ever wished you had a way to entertain your child while you are waiting in line? Are you too short on cellphone data to be able to play that song over and over again? Can you imagine having a storyteller always available? Stop looking, because the Denver Public Library, in collaboration with the Office of Children Affairs, offers Phone-a-Story, a great service that you can access just by calling 720-865-8500.

Finding Your Child's Name in a Picture Book

My Name is Not Isabella book cover

Do you remember the first time you read a book with a character that had YOUR name? Wasn’t it a neat experience? Didn’t you feel special? Here are the top five (according to the Social Security Administration) girls' and boys' names in Colorado during 2013 and picture books that have characters with those names.

Top 5 Girl Names

Did Orville and Wilbur Wright Fly Like Birds?*

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

So, how much more could we possibly learn about the legendary Wright Brothers? With a master wordsmith at the pen, it turns out, quite a bit. McCullough painstakingly takes the reader on quite a journey about these young men and the progression of their lifelong dream of flying in his new book, The Wright Brothers. The pace may be a little slow at the beginning but, be patient because it will be well-worth the ride.

Listening for the Tommyknockers

Tommyknockers in a Mine. Joseph Blight, 1873

'Ave you 'eard of the Tommy Knockers
In the deep dark mines of the west
Which Cornish miners 'ear?
And 'tis no laughin' jest,
For I'm a Cornish miner,
An' I'll tell you of it today,
Of the "knock-knock-knock" of a tiny pick,
As we work in the rock and clay.

- Old miner's ballad

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