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New Tunes Tuesday 4/21/15

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Today we're releasing five new titles just added to Volume: Denver Public Library's free local music project. Volume features Colorado bands from a variety of genres, and allows our customers to download and stream this great local music for free.

Poetry in the Reference Room

Jean de la Fontaine

When I started working here in 1996 B.G. (Before Google), questions about poetry were frequently asked in what was then called the General Reference and Nonfiction Department. More often than not, patrons were older people who had memorized poems in their youth and wanted to verify the texts that they recalled. This pedagogic practice has gone out of fashion, but anyone of a certain age will smile at the recollection of rhymes and meters mastered long ago. I can still recite poems by Jean de La Fontaine that I learned by heart in eighth grade in 1968.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Pulitzer Prize

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists have been announced:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Entrepreneur? Startup? Take this quiz!

BarkBox

Do you have the next big idea? Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Do you have a startup you want to get started?

Plaza Voices: National Poetry Month

Argentinian writer Alfonsina Storni.

Nadia R., a DPL Plaza staff member, writes:

We love American poetry! Who hasn’t enjoyed the rural scenarios of Robert Frost, the boldness of Maya Angelou, the mysterious darkness of Edgar Allan Poe, and the work of many more great American poets?

These Software Amps Go to 11

Marshall Amp Photo

I can’t remember the last time ideaLAB’s recording studio went unused during Open Lab. Along with 3D printing, it’s definitely our most popular offering. The studio has a slew of software, a couple of microphones, a MIDI keyboard controller, digital turntables, a drum machine, and two guitars (one electric and one acoustic/electric).

Getting to Know Colorado Wildflowers

Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes

The weather outside right now isn't exactly inviting--first it rains, then it snows, then it rains again. It's a good day to be inside. But snow or no snow, we all know winter is finished, and all this moisture means the hillsides are about to be covered with wildflowers. Most Coloradans recognize famous one like the Rocky Mountain Columbine, but what about the lesser-known wildflowers? Have you met the Blue Toadflax? How about the Curvepod Fumewort? Little Pink Elephants? I haven't, I'm afraid, but I've decided this is the year I will.

12 Tips For Getting The Most Out of Your Library (For Kids)

Play Space at Central

What better time than National Library Week (April 12-18, 2015) to expand people’s appreciation of libraries. Here's a look at several, sometimes overlooked, services Denver Public Library offers.

A Period in U.S. History Never to Be Forgotten

Gateway to Freedom by Eric Foner

Growing up in the northeast, I had always assumed albeit naively that slavery only existed in the southern states. Years later, I was looking at statistics pertaining to the U.S. slavery population prior to the Civil War on the U.S. Census website and was I surprised. Much to my dismay it existed everywhere even in my hometown, the city of New York. How shocking that was.

Tiptree Award Winners--and New Tiptree Fellowships

My Real Children

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is one of my favorites for a lot of reasons. The award was named after James Tiptree, Jr, aka Alice B. Sheldon, whose use of a male pen name, when discovered, prompted much discussion of whether the act of writing itself is gendered.

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