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Plaza Voices: Immigrant Women

Cover of Danticat's Behind the Mountains, available from DPL

March is Women's History Month, and a time to explore the experiences and contributions of immigrant women here in America.

Both the Migration Policy Institute and the American Immigration Council offer demographic information on immigrant women, detailing country of origin, occupation, and education level.

Denver's Famous Dinosaurs

Reconstruction of Stegosaurus by O.C. Marsh

Have you ever heard of Triceratops? How about Stegosaurus? "Brontosaurus"? Of course you have--they're some of the superstars of prehistory; depicted in countless picture books, cartoons, and roadside statues. Many eight-year-olds could give you a scholarly lecture about them. But what many Denverites don't know--even some of the eight-year-olds--is that all three of these dinosaur celebrities were first discovered right in our back yard. They're actually local celebrities, and their discoveries make for some pretty interesting reading.

1968 - The Movies

What do TV's first interracial kiss, 911 emergency service and the first successful heart transplant all have in common? They all made headlines in 1968, the year that is currently being celebrated with an exhibit at the History Colorado Center

Make Your Own Plant Marker and Learn About Our Seed Exchange

cork fork garden markers

Make your own plant marker at Ross-Broadway Branch Library, on Saturday, March 21, from 10am-11am.

Add some whimsy to your garden with a plant marker you can call your own. Turn everyday items like a fork and a tin lid or wine cork into a marker that will inspire your green thumb and remind you where your seeds are planted. Materials for your first marker are included.

27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists

Beyond Magenta

Recently, the finalists for the 2015 Lambda Literary Awards were announced. Always expanding as the number of LGBT books continues to grow, these awards celebrate the best in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writing--fiction, nonfiction, genres, and children's and young adult books. Out of more than 800 submissions from over 400 publishers, finalists were chosen in various categories. Here are some of the finalists from our collection:

Plaza Voices: Películas de ciencia ficción y fantasía

Cover of Sleep Dealer/Traficante de Sueños, available from DPL

This week, our regular contributor Desiree S. writes:

Robots! Aliens! Time travel? What do these things share in common (other than being awesome)? They are all subjects of movies you can check out at DPL while also improving your Spanish speaking skills.

The Bookseller: An Interview with Denver Author Cynthia Swanson

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

Cynthia Swanson is a Denver writer and mid-century modern designer. Her debut novel, The Bookseller, is being released by HarperCollins Publishers on March 3. This work of historical fiction, set in Denver in the early 1960s, asks the question, “How did I end up in my current life?

Do you think you would risk your life to save a stranger?

Village of Secrets

Pierre Piton, a courageous 17-year-old, led French Jews in hiding during the Holocaust on a complicated 250-kilometer journey to cross the border between France and Switzerland with overnight stays in churches, crossing streams, climbing over barbed-wire fences, all the while cleverly evading the regular patrols. After many successes, while on a train, he was finally arrested by the French police. Rather miraculously, he was later released.

Saturday Sessions: Go Island with Toco Bay

If any music can be said to have charms to soothe the savage breast -- it just might be the ebullient sounds of Caribbean steel drums. Originally coming to the fore during WWII in Trinidad, steel drums were developed by African slaves who were brought to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago to work on French and Spanish plantations. The music of these instruments became a direct link to the music of their homeland. 

This Saturday, Denver Public Library hosts Toco Bay, the Colorado duo that uses steel pans to create a beautiful and joyous concert.

Michelle Jeske Named Denver City Librarian

Michelle Jeske, Denver's New City Librarian

The Denver Public Library Commission is pleased to announce Michelle Jeske as the new Denver City Librarian. She was named the leader of the Library system after a six month national search and assumes her duties March 2.

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