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Reference Services Now On Level 3 at Central

New Reference Room

On Tuesday, December 21, the Central Library will have a new home for Reference Services.

Ever since the new Michael Graves-designed Central Library opened in 1995, the Reference Services department has been located on Level 1. Today that changed with the grand opening of the new Reference Room on Level 3.

The new space features more natural light, and a better system of shelving to house the impressive collection of reference materials. A new desk will greet customers as they enter the space, and reference librarians will staff the desk to handle questions and collection inquiries for all of our Reference Services collections.

Create Art for a New Branch Library

Cloud Seeding

Help seed the clouds for an incredible art installation at the new Green Valley Branch Library.

The Denver Public Library is asking for your help in creating an interactive, dynamic artwork that will display your search terms on an array of large LCD screens in the new Green Valley Ranch Branch Library, and call up associative media clips culled from the Library's collection of books, DVDs, music, digital images and text archives.

It Was 30 Years Ago Today

John: New York City

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon died in front of his Manhattan home.

It was the first "Kennedy moment" in my life, a memory that still seems fresh, almost like it happened yesterday. My ritual of falling asleep while listening to an old-school "digital" clock radio (the one with the rotating flat panels for each number), was jarringly interrupted by the breaking news that John Lennon had been shot in New York City. I leapt out of bed, ran downstairs, and stood motionless in front of the TV as Howard Cosell, on Monday Night Football, announced that John Lennon was dead. One of my heroes had been murdered, and it simply did not make any sense.

Flu Shot Clinic at Central October 5

Flu Shot

Flu season is almost here! Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a flu shot this year.

The Visiting Nurse Association will be at the Central Library October 5, 12 noon - 2 p.m. in the Level B2 Conference Center to administer flu and pneumonia shots. Prices are:

Rocky Mountain PBS & DPL

The Library's friends at Rocky Mountain PBS recently shot some promotional videos at the Library.

Utilizing the talent of DPL staff members, these short spots highlight the public service and value of both organizations. Thanks to RMPBS for being an outstanding partner and choosing the Central Library for their shooting location.

2010 One Book, One Denver Title Chosen

One Book, One Denver

The 2010 One Book, One Denver selection has been chosen by popular vote!

UPDATE: The Help by Kathryn Stockett is the 2010 One Book, One Denver selection. For more information, please visit the One Book, One Denver page.

One Book, One Denver is Mayor Hickenlooper's citywide book club created to build community and stimulate people to read. Denver citizens, young and old, are encouraged to join others in the shared experience of simultaneously reading the same book and participating in related events.

Beatle Paul in Denver

Paul McCartney in Denver

Paul McCartney was in town for a riveting show that was a collection of hits from his long career, with a heavy emphasis on Beatles' tunes.

So what's not to like about that? Well, to be honest, I never thought I'd see Paul in concert since I don't see many big shows anymore, considered myself a "John guy," never really liked Wings, and haven't kept up with Paul's current catalog of music. But I have loved the Beatles since I was a very young child, and now my oldest son carries the Fab Four torch, making it clear to me often that he really wanted to see a Beatle. So I thought, what better birthday present for an eleven-year-old boy who loves music?

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

Friday Night Lights

I discovered the Friday Night Lights series recently and was immediately hooked. Despite the unifying narrative of high school football, a subject for which I have little interest, the great writing and interesting story lines kept me moving through the episodes quickly. And yes, after awhile I even started rooting for the Dillon Panthers to win their games! 

With its fourth season beginning Friday, May 7 on NBC, you'll have to work hard to catch up, but you can get started by placing holds on season one, season two (the weakest link in the series, due in part to the writer's strike) and season three.

The Cove

The Cove

I watched The Cove last week and am still thinking about it. I was aware of the premise of The Cove - the hunting of dolphins in Japan - but was not prepared for the intense emotional impact of seeing how this "hunt" was actually carried out.

Richard O'Barry, the man who started as as the trainer of TV's Flipper in the 1960s, had a change of heart after working with bottlenose dolphins for many years. He leads a special ops-like team to photograph and show the world the herding and slaughter of thousands of dolphins in the Japanese coastal town of Taiji. What we see in the film is remarkable, and indescribably sad. However, the senseless killing of these intelligent animals is only part of the tragic story, and will lead to horrible repercussions for many years to come.

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