Crickets - the Gateway Bug

Chopsticks with cricket

Back in the early '90s, I got into buying, preparing, and eating caterpillars on a fairly regular basis. They were smoked and crunchy/chewy and delicious cooked in a peanut butter sauce with onions and garlic and hot peppers. On one of many trips through the Central African rainforest, the rickety and over-stuffed bus I was on broke down and some of the women passengers disappeared into the thick trees only to return within the hour with handfuls of caterpillars wrapped in their shawls.  

Saturday Sessions: Live Music Performances at Central

Jason Klobnak performing on trumpet

The library's live music performances -- Saturday Sessions -- featuring great local and traveling musicians, has become a downtown destination event. The 2015 season continues next weekend with a concert showcasing Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn.

Ivory and Brass: Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn
Saturday, August 22, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Extra! Extra! The Okee Dokee Brothers Will Perform a 2nd Free Show!

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Due to high demand for their upcoming free show at the Denver Public Library, The Okee Dokee Brothers will perform a 2nd free show at the Central Library on Saturday, August 22! In addition to their 2 p.m. show, the duo will also play at 11 a.m. Doors will open 30 minutes before each show begins.

Creating a Frankenstein: How a 19-year-old Wrote the Best Horror Novel Ever

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (August 30, 1797 - February 1, 1851) was on vacation on the shores of Lake Geneva in the summer of 1816, and was not having any fun -- instead of the warm, cloudless days that she'd looked forward to, the weather was chilly and wet.

A Bicyclist Beats the Horses!

 The Story of the Bicycle.  Harper's Weekly. April 11, 1896. p. 359
  • Jack Prince, a champion bicycle rider, beat three local race horses at Thunderbolt Race Park in Savannah, Ga. on Dec. 6, 1892 - that's right, 1892!

So, excitement about bicycle racing is not new. Articles in The New York Times appeared in abundance in the 1870s about this burgeoning spectator sport. Such events were sometimes referred to as tournaments, contests, or matches and were often combined with other athletic events.

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.

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