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2010 Annual Report of the Denver Public Library

The 2010 Annual Report (pdf) is now available.

In 2010, customers made 4 million visits to the Denver Public Library, borrowed 9.3 million items, and conducted more than 40 million online transactions.

Here are some Library numbers we believe are also important:

Grasshopper, it's time to move.

 Wrap up your summer with an outdoor tai chi workshop.

 Mearl Thompson, master tai chi instructor from the Ancient Harmony studio, will be leading our tai chi workshop this August. We'll be meeting every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. on the north lawn of the library (at the corner of 14th Ave. and Broadway). I've always wanted to experience this aesthetic form of exercise, so I'm really looking forward to this workshop. More info. 

Wordless Woodcut Novels

Image from God's Man by Lynd Ward

Lynd Ward is known as a graphic innovator.  A prolific artist, he has illustrated more than 200 books for children and adults. 

In 2010, the Library of America published a two volume collection of six wordless woodcut novels by Lynd Ward.  The first novel God's Man was originally published the week of the 1929 stock market crash and was considered the first woodcut novel published in the United States. 

YOU AUTO TRY THIS DATABASE

Don't you just hate it when the gasket flanges on your '84 Caddie rust? Try our online version of Auto Repair Reference Center and get instructions with diagrams to fix this and many other car-related issues. (Available with DPL card).

In addition to the illustrated automotive repair manuals from the Chilton Total Car Series covering 21,000 vehicles, you will find:

Braid weaves back together for a new EP and two shows

http://www.punknews.org/review/10378

First it was Sunny Day Real Estate who shocked the music scene and reunited for a tour after a break up many years ago. Now Braid, a huge influence in the punk-rock scene of the 90s is putting together a comeback. Or, at the very least, is putting out a new EP.

For context, I am 21 years old. I was not a teenager in the 90s, although there are many days that I wish I had been, or should have been. I like my music loud, energetic, and almost always accompanied by complex and jarring guitar sections. Oh and this guy: Bob Nanna.

Farm Fresh City III

We're bringing the harvest to you this Saturday.

I really hope you'll come to our Harvest Days cooking demo this Saturday. It will be the largest and most spectacular demo we've ever hosted. Chef Shellie sent me a note this morning to remind me what she'd be preparing -- pickled beets, beet green and walnut pesto and roasted Kohlrabi with Parmesan Cheese...Yummm! And, yes, she is making enough for you to try it, too!

Exhibit: Refuseniks

Exhibit poster: Refuseniks

An exhibit about Colorado Legislators and their efforts to free Soviet dissidents.

July 10 - August 28, 2011, Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
Central Library, Vida Ellison Gallery - Level 7

About the Refuseniks

On June 15, 1970, twelve citizens of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics purchased every ticket on a flight from Leningrad to Priozersk. Claiming that they were traveling to a wedding, they prepared to board the ten-seater Antonov An-2. Their true objective was to hijack the plane, fly to Sweden and leave their homeland.

Before they boarded the place at Leningrad’s Smolny airfield, government authorities arrested them.

Seeking Understanding

I enjoy discovering new quotes.

I recently saw a wonderful quote by Marie Curie. “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.

Connect with eMedia at a branch near you!

Volunteer Dawn assists a patron learning how to use the iPad.

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 will be heading out to several branch libraries to give you an opportunity to learn how to download and install the software needed to access Denver Public Library's eMedia collection.

We will be visiting the following branches on the following dates and times:

Virginia Village Branch Library: Wednesday 7/27, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Serene and Volcanic

Pablo Neruda

"Today, I dedicate this to you, you are long like the body of Chile, delicate  like an anise flower,  and in every branch you bear witness to our indelible springtimes... you guard the sun, the earth, the violets in your slender shadow when you sleep. And in this way, every morning  you give me life."  - Pablo Neruda from the poem "Every Day, Matilde"

Such tangible and raw beauty lifts off the pages of Pablo Neruda's poetry. How such words can then take form in the mind and senses to create a world within your world. His poems allow the soul to escape to exotic places of body and earth and allows the soul to come back to the not so exotic places of home. Truly an inspiration for love and lover, the serene place of mind, and volcanic places of the heart.

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