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The National Outdoor Book Awards

Finding Abbey

Many folks clamor to know the winners of the National Book Awards or the Pulitzer Prizes. I'm more partial to niche book awards.

How to Cope When You've Run Out of Jane Austen Novels

The only known portrait of Jane Austen, looking slightly crabby.

When once asked if he read novels, philosopher Gilbert Ryle responded: "Oh yes, all six every year."  Ryle didn't live in a time where there were only six published novels. What he meant was that there were only six novels worth reading—and those were the six novels of Jane Austen. December 16, 2015 marks Austen's 240th birthday. 

Cover Stories - 150 Years of Magazine Cover Artistry

Graphic showing 16 historic magazine covers

This week we have two more early 20th century magazine covers for your enjoyment. These and all the covers we're blogging about can be seen in the Cover Stories display on the wall outside the Reference Services area on Level 3 at Central Library. Please come and have a look at the full display! Neither of these two magazines is still in print:

The Theatre, March 1905
Artwork: “Dustin Farnum as The Virginian, Otto Sarony Company - photographer unknown

Chi-raq & Lysistrata

Chi-Raq & Lysistrata

I first heard about Spike Lee's new movie "Chi-Raq" on NPR the other night. I'm looking forward to seeing it too!  I love that it was inspired by the Greek dramatist Aristophanes' Lysistrata.

Plaza Voices: My Journey - Who am I?

Naghem S., our regular contributor and staff member at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library writes:

Who am I?

I find myself asking this question a lot, and I have yet to find a definite 100% answer. Yes I know who “I” am. I know my name, my parents, my religion, what foods I like, what my favorite color is and all of that jazz, but I don’t know where I belong.

I was born in Iraq to Iraqi born parents. Does that make me Iraqi?

ACA Enrollment Is In Full Swing!

Connect for Health Colorado

Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act started November 1, 2015 and runs through January 31, 2016. During this time you may enroll for the first time, renew your current plan, or switch plans all together. If you were enrolled in a plan in 2015, the benefit year ends on December 31, 2015.

Cover Stories Exhibit Part 2: Harper's Bazar, March, 1888 and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, September, 1893

In Cover Stories Exhibit Part 1, we saw a beautiful wood engraving based on a patent drawing for a bicycle/merry-go-round combo from the May 4, 1869, cover of Scientific American, and another from a photograph depicting the Great Chicago Fire from the October 21, 1871 issue of The Graphic.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: BOOKS FOR KIDS & TEENS

Float by Daniel Miyares

Whether you're interested in gift ideas or recommended reads, the following titles are the best and brightest children's and teen books of 2015 - as chosen by librarians throughout the Denver Public Library system. Browse all the books in our catalog or follow the links for each category.

Books for the Very Youngest:

Quiz Time - December

December image

It's December and that means holidays and winter and snow and it's almost 2016!! We should have at least one more fun quiz.

So here goes, have fun!

What famous person, born in 1937, was born William December Williams?

Check your answer here.

Announcing the Winners of Our “How Do You See Denver?” Library Card Design Contest

Card design by Nathan Greyman

This summer, we asked Denver residents to send us their best visual representation of Denver and boy did we get some great responses! We received more than 200 submissions that showcased everything from the Front Range mountains to cultural sites to our own Library locations. The creativity and originality of submissions was off the charts and our judges had a hard time narrowing down the selections to just a few.

After an extensive review period, our judges settled on four final designs to be used for Denver Public Library cards in 2016:

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