Plaza Voices: My Journey--Coming to America

The Statue of Liberty

Naghem S., a Plaza staff member, writes:

I asked my father why he came to the United States. Below is his story, and essentially the beginning of my story, for if it wasn’t for my father’s sacrifice I wouldn't be here today to share this with you.

"At a young age, I always knew that I was going to be drafted into the Iraqi Armed Forces. It was a nightmare of mine because while I was proud and honored to serve my country, the president was an absolute dictator. To say “No” would mean death to me, my family, and everyone who ever knew me.

Carol Ann Airs Faye's Dirty Laundry: Actress and Author Rutanya Alda Visits Denver

Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest

Joan Crawford isn't mad at Rutanya Alda, author of the new tell-all book about the making of the film Mommie Dearest; Joan's mad at the dirt. And there's plenty of dirt. Alda visits Denver Public Library to share stories from her book, The Mommie Dearest Diary, on Wednesday, October 7. Meet Hollywood royalty and hear the best tinseltown backstory ever. 

Improved Self Checkout Experience!

New Self Checkout

Forgot your card? Forget waiting in line! If you know your Denver Public Library card number or username, you can key it in at self checkout.

Prefer to carry your Library barcode on your phone? No problem. Our new self checkout scanners are able to read from barcode apps like CardStar.

One of a Kind Children's Books

The Denver Public Library is home to the Juvenile Historical Collection, a fascinating collection of historical books for children. Twelve of the books in this collection can't be found at any other library in the world. To find out if other libraries own a book we search in WorldCat, which is a catalog that contains over 2 billion items from over 10,000 libraries worldwide.

Carol Ann Tells All: The Mommie Dearest Diary is Here!

Meet movie actress Rutanya Alda (Deer Hunter, Amityville Horror 2) at her premiere book signing at Denver Public Library. Rutanya's new book, The Mommie Dearest Diary, was just released and finally fans of the cult film Mommie Dearest can find out the backstory and the truth about why Faye Dunaway won't talk about this film.


Cover of New Jim Crow

Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action.

R.A.D.A., the Denver Public Library's new social issues book group, would like you to join us at the Blair-Caldwell Branch Library in a discussion of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness on Saturday, October 10, 2:30 p.m.

Cardboard, Cardboard Everywhere! - The A-maze-ing After-Hours Harry Potter Party!

The A-maze-ing After-Hours Harry Potter Party is just around the corner! On Friday, September 25th from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Central Library families are invited to discover the secrets hidden in our giant Harry Potter Triwizard cardboard maze and nosh on tasty Honeydukes snacks. The maze will be big enough for families to explore together. This is a family event. No unaccompanied adults or kids, please.

Plaza Voices: Celebrating Citizenship Day!

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 654,949 people were welcomed as citizens in 2014. On September 17th, Citizenship Day will commemorate this milestone for new Americans. Becoming a citizen in the United States is often a joyous experience for new immigrants who spend years studying for the naturalization test.

Something Glittery This Way Comes: Glitterville's Stephen Brown Teaches Workshops at Central Library This Saturday

The Denver Public Library will be sparkling this Saturday. Glitterville founder, Stephen Brown, will be hosting two amazing workshops here to new fans and old. And all participants will take a finished craft project from Stephen's holiday books home with them. This a a free workshop, though registration is required. 

Tracing the Trail of the Tivoli Brewing Company

Please have a look at the wonderful photographs of the old Tivoli Brewery in the Denver Public Library digital photo collection.

Small breweries have had a long history in Denver dating back to the pioneer days. As I scanned the microfilm of old newspapers, it seemed like breweries were popping up everywhere, just like now. Names such as Denver Ale Brewing, Sigi’s, Gilbridge Ale Brewery, Tivoli and Zangs are just a few names that appeared in the records.

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