All Blogs https://www.denverlibrary.org/ en DPL Staff Movie Picks: September https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/movies/lhallnance/dpl-staff-movie-picks-september <span>DPL Staff Movie Picks: September</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/Black.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/Black.jpg?itok=d3Z3XiF3" width="200" height="286" alt="Black Panther" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/lhall-nance" lang="" about="/users/lhall-nance" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">lhall-nance</a></span> <span>September 16, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/Hustlers.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/Hustlers.jpg?itok=UzMPFNz6" width="200" height="286" alt="Hustlers" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/Starfish.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/Starfish.jpg?itok=YBR3jVY8" width="200" height="113" alt="Starfish" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/High.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/High.jpg?itok=ZCe5uXqh" width="200" height="286" alt="High Note" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/Burden.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/Burden.jpg?itok=pGJUJXDz" width="200" height="113" alt="Burden" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/Wild.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/Wild.jpg?itok=1fx3FF9s" width="200" height="113" alt="Wild" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/Deadwood.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/Deadwood.jpg?itok=TotIKQR7" width="200" height="286" alt="Deadwood" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/Trouble.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/Trouble.jpg?itok=ibaXWFAa" width="200" height="286" alt="Trouble" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/Bring.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/Bring.jpg?itok=t2N2b_Fl" width="200" height="281" alt="Bring" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/Emma.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/Emma.jpg?itok=gSVZDrHH" width="200" height="286" alt="Emma" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/monos.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/monos.jpeg?itok=4xKOk4A-" width="200" height="256" alt="Monos" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Hey Movie lovers!</p> <p dir="ltr">It's September already, with only a few months left until 2020 will be a distant memory. The days are getting shorter and the mornings are starting a little bit cooler, movies are coming out in theaters, and kids are going back to school again so things are sorta getting back to normal. Even though our branches are not fully open to the public, we still have so many services&nbsp;available to reach our communities. Don't forget about our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/curbside-holds">curbside holds pickup</a>&nbsp;service that we have on offer so you can gain access to our physical materials again! We also have <a href="https://denverlibrary.kanopy.com/">Kanopy</a> that is always updating with new awesome films ranging from documentaries to indie films and classics to blockbusters that you can view at home.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also, as you know, so many great movies are adapted from&nbsp;great books so if you're looking for your next great read, feel free to try our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/reads" target="_new">Personalized Reading List</a>&nbsp;service where our librarians will review what you have loved to read in the past and create a list specifically designed for you that we think you may enjoy also.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">See you next month, stay safe and sane and watch a movie!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Stacey</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1774115,%201774099">Black Panther</a> (2018) DVD &amp; Blu-Ray</strong> Mourn the late Chadwick Boseman with his starring role as a superhero and king, deciding the future of his country. How do you use your strength, to protect yourself or to help others? The movie is fun, full of people who love what they do and the futuristic technology will make you wish you had a sister like Shuri looking out for you.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Stacey</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2076697,%202076680">Hustlers </a>(2019) DVD &amp; Blu-Ray</strong><br /> This movie created Oscar buzz around Jennifer Lopez’s starring role and director Lorene Scafaria, who turned a true, viral story about strippers into one about a broken system navigated by women who are valued for their beauty and the men who pay for that beauty. When the economy fell apart in the Great Recession, two women came up with a plan to pay their bills by fleecing the Wall Street men who had caused the crisis in the first place. The movie highlights the friendship, survival methods, control, and greed that arose during this crime romp that lacks clear heroes.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Dodie</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1804665">The Starfish Throwers</a> (2014) Kanopy</strong><br /> Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Le’ Trail</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2144284,%202144285">The High Note</a> (2020) DVD, Blu-Ray</strong><br /> A superstar singer and her overworked personal assistant are presented with a choice that could alter the course of their respective careers. Starring hollywood legacies Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Lily</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2158160">The Burden - Min börda</a> (2017) Kanopy, Swedish</strong><br /> This film is for when you just need 15 minutes of animal miniatures singing to you about strange and sad life as they go about their jobs at a grocery store, a call center, and a hotel. This is absurdly amusing and full of existential dread.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Randell</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2152346,%202145223">Wild Nights with Emily</a> (2018) DVD &amp; Kanopy</strong><br /> Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Lainie</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=578480,612051,660036">Deadwood</a> (2005-2007) DVD</strong><br /> The swearing in this TV series, loosely based on real events, is as ornate as anything Shakespeare wrote -- and so is the accompanying human drama. This version of the Wild West, complete with a pinstripe-suit-sporting character aptly named “Mr. Swearengen” and Timothy Olyphant in a patently perfect moustache, is my current happy place and a somehow soothing reminder that murderous plotting, politics, and philandering spring eternal. Plus, don’t forget: The show’s long-anticipated <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2044527">feature film</a> debuted just last year.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Kristen A.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2121048">The Trouble with You</a> (2020) DVD, French</strong><br /> This fun, recent treat from France stars the wonderful Adele Haenel, recently lauded for her incredible newer film <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2136675,%202142228">Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)</a>. Watching them close together, you’ll get double the pleasure and also enjoy seeing her wide range and versatility as an actor.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Meta</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=433838">Bring it On</a> (2000) DVD&nbsp;</strong><br /> The Toro cheerleading squad has spirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land them the national championship trophy for the sixth year in a row. But for newly-elected team captain, Torrance, the Toros' road to cheer glory stumbles when she discovers their perfectly choreographed routines were stolen from a hot hip-hop squad across town. Now the squad must scramble to find a new routine to compete in this year's competition.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Toni&nbsp;</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2137318,%202137313">Emma</a> (2020) DVD &amp; Blu-Ray</strong><br /> Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town, In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Daniel</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2123332">Monos</a> (2019) Blu-Ray, Spanish</strong><br /> On a remote Colombian mountaintop, a group of teenage guilleras perform military training exercises while tasked with watching over a prisoner of war , “Doctora”, while also indulging in typical childlike fun and “games”.&nbsp; Think Lord of the Flies meets Apocalypse Now, with breathtaking visuals/filming and memorable music score.</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/movies" hreflang="en">Movies</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/marvel" hreflang="en">Marvel</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/based-true-story" hreflang="en">Based on a True Story</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/independent-film" hreflang="en">independent film</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/foreign" hreflang="en">Foreign</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/foreign-film" hreflang="en">foreign film</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/television-show" hreflang="en">Television Show</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/film-adaptations" hreflang="en">Film Adaptations</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/classics" hreflang="en">classics</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/rivalry" hreflang="en">rivalry</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/spanish-movie" hreflang="en">Spanish movie</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/music-industry" hreflang="en">music industry</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:59:55 +0000 lhall-nance 425265 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Denver Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/library-events/ogallegos/denver-public-library-celebrates-hispanic-heritage-month <span>Denver Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/HHM20.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/HHM20.jpg?itok=o-NrC7sF" width="200" height="111" alt="Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/ogallegos" lang="" about="/users/ogallegos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ogallegos</a></span> <span>September 15, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Denver Public Library is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15. Throughout the month, the library will feature special virtual programming and events that celebrate Hispanic culture.</p> <p>Throughout the celebration, customers can call in to hear stories that celebrate Hispanic heritage for kids in multiple languages on the library’s popular Phone-A-Story line at 720-865-8500. Adults can call into LitLine, for stories and poems at 720-865-2003.</p> <p>Kids of all ages that are learning from home can also join their favorite library storytime readers in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/denverlibrary">library's YouTube page</a>.</p> <p>The library will also announce the award recipients of its annual <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/latino-awards">Latino Community Service Awards</a>. The awards honor individuals who have made a deep and lasting impact on our city and state.</p> <p>The month will wrap up with a Latino Dance Party sponsored by Denver Public Library in collaboration with <a href="https://www.raicesbrewing.com/">Raices Brewery</a> on October&nbsp;9.</p> <p>Program highlights for the month are below:</p> <ul> <li><a href="/events/upcoming?keywords=Cuentacuentos+virtuales+en+espa%C3%B1ol+%2F+Virtual+Spanish+storytime&amp;start_date%5Bdate%5D=2020-09-15&amp;start_date%5Btime%5D=16%3A15%3A00&amp;library_branch%5B7902%5D=7902&amp;submit=Apply&amp;form_build_id=form-l4BoECPnBY0SnTwi7oNNuvBs1ZTwhuFF257oSKGdbFw&amp;form_id=lc_calendar_upcoming_form">Cuentacuentos virtuales en español / Virtual Spanish storytime</a>: Mon.-Fri., 9-9:30 a.m.</li> <li><a href="/event/diversion-en-espanol-virtual-viaje-la-luna-con-el-museo-de-naturaleza-y-ciencias">Diversión en español</a>: Every Tues., 3:30-4 p.m.</li> <li><a href="/event/happy-half-hour-dmarco-martinez-dylan-tyree">Happy Half Hour: D'Marco Martinez with Dylan Tyree</a>: Fri., September 18, 5-5:30 p.m.</li> <li><a href="/event/happy-half-hour-pink-hawks">Happy Half Hour: Los Pink Hawks</a>: Fri., September&nbsp;25, 5-5:30 p.m.</li> <li><a href="https://museo.org/event/free-day-dia-gratis-with-the-denver-public-library/">Free Day @ Museo de Las Americas with DPL</a>: Sat., October 10, 10-5 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>For more information on all the programs and events Denver Public Library has to offer visit the <a href="/events/upcoming?keywords=&amp;start_date%5Bdate%5D=2020-09-15&amp;start_date%5Btime%5D=16%3A15%3A00&amp;library_branch%5B7902%5D=7902&amp;submit=Apply&amp;form_build_id=form-SAXyC8iKLermz5Dq0OvSX0Q25If5bPXXxWIU3uk3lq0&amp;form_id=lc_calendar_upcoming_form">Upcoming Events page</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/immigrants-refugees" hreflang="en">Cultural Inclusivity</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/library-news" hreflang="en">Library News</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/library-events" hreflang="en">Library Events</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/hispanic-heritage-month" hreflang="en">Hispanic Heritage Month</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 15 Sep 2020 22:04:30 +0000 ogallegos 424637 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Explore the Wonders of Personalized Service https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/library-news-youre-welcome-youre-welcome-here/sspitsna/explore-wonders-personalized-service <span>Explore the Wonders of Personalized Service</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/prl.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/prl.jpg?itok=s981H9fL" width="200" height="122" alt="Photo of a laptop next to a stack of books" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/sherry" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">sspitsna</span></span> <span>September 15, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/logoNOVPLg_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/logoNOVPLg_0.jpg?itok=iqULBcdf" width="184" height="107" alt="NoveList logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Readers are as unique as the books available to them at the Denver Public Library. But often, selecting books for yourself, or your children, can be daunting, especially now, when you cannot visit and browse for yourself. Whether open or closed, Denver Public Library has developed a team of dedicated staff, called Readers’ Advisors, who expertly pair readers with selections from DPL’s collection to take the stress out of making a perfect pick.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The process is simple--submit an online personalized reading list request, and advisors use your preferences to produce an age-appropriate list of titles to match your reading or listening needs. But while the process is simple, the magic is in the thought and preparation that goes into each customer’s personalized list.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Readers’ Advisors utilize a toolkit that includes the <a href="http://web.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.denverlibrary.org/novp/search/novbasic?vid=2&amp;sid=41f45202-4fe5-4820-8840-83be2e41f5af%40pdc-v-sessmgr03">NoveList Plus database</a> (available to you with a DPL library card), in-house training, professional reviews and bookseller newsletters to make recommendations. But, advisors also employ detailed considerations based on what customers share in their like and dislike categories- things like what kinds of characters or settings interest them, what genres might be complementary to those they already like, and what formats might work best for the customer (eBooks, audiobooks, etc.). The rest, the real art, comes from readers’ advisors’ cumulative experience reading, listening to, watching and absorbing what is happening in the publishing world and being able to translate that into meaningful and thoughtful recommendations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Filling out the <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/reads">PRL form</a>&nbsp;may seem more suited to a machine algorithm than a person, which delights many of our customers. “I was so surprised and happy to find a thorough response (written by a human no less!) to my request,” responded an energized reader. Caregivers looking for help finding great books that match their young readers interests and reading level are grateful for the service as well. “This list is amazing! I love all of these book recommendations, with no repeats from anything my daughter is currently reading. Love this service!”</p> <p>&nbsp;Sometimes suggested titles may nudge customers in new directions, whether that means offering a graphic novel to someone who has always listened to audio, or finding an exciting chapter book for a fourth grader who only likes picture books. Or a response could encourage a reader to get deeper into DPL’s collection, as one requester wrote: “Your staff has recommended titles that I would never have picked up.&nbsp;&nbsp;Books that taught me a lot about remote places and people experiencing life struggles.”</p> <p>Personalized reading lists help DPL fulfill its mission to welcome customers and help them explore and connect, providing an experience with a librarian in an online environment. This service has grown steadily in popularity, with advisors completing 871 adult requests and 426 childrens and young adult requests in 2019, recommending thousands of titles to requesters in English and Spanish. We're looking to double those numbers in 2020!</p> <p>During the COVID-19 closure, it is even more important to be able to connect with customers, and to connect customers to engaging materials in DPL’s collection. With a turnaround time of less than a week, and direct links to the library catalog provided, the personalized reading list service is uniquely positioned to serve customers of all ages, at any time. <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-library-news/dodie/we-think-you-need-some-personalized-service-right-now">Request a list today</a>&nbsp;and see how readers’ advisors can guide you to reading and listening experiences selected specifically for you.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/youre-welcome-here/youre-welcome-here" hreflang="en">You&#039;re Welcome Here</a></span> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:11:19 +0000 sspitsna 407616 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Plaza Voices: Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow 2020 https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity/plaza-voices/plaza-voices-denver-art-museum-friendship-powwow-2020 <span>Plaza Voices: Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/There%20There.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/There%20There.jpeg?itok=fcPwHGt_" width="200" height="305" alt="Cover of the book &quot;There There,&quot; available from the Denver Public Library" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/plaza-voices" lang="" about="/users/plaza-voices" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Plaza Voices</a></span> <span>September 11, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/A%20Dancing%20People_0.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/A%20Dancing%20People_0.jpeg?itok=0PN52TTr" width="200" height="283" alt="Cover of the book &quot;A Dancing People,&quot; available from the Denver Public Library" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/The%20Lakota%20Way.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/The%20Lakota%20Way.jpeg?itok=hN5Gf8rh" width="200" height="311" alt="Cover of the book &quot;The Lakota Way,&quot; available from the Denver Public Library" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/Witness.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/Witness.jpeg?itok=zofSnwIh" width="200" height="316" alt="Cover of the book &quot;Witness,&quot; available from the Denver Public Library" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>By Randell B.</strong></p> <p>What are powwows? On the surface they may seem like exotic dancing with remarkably intriguing costumes to the rhythm of drums and singing. They are much more than that, and they're not exotic to these lands we call the Western hemisphere. Some of these revered regalia clad dances are contemporary to Indigenous culture, and some have been parts of true Western culture for eons.&nbsp;</p> <p>Powwow dances vary from region to region as well as from tribes, clans, and by gender. However, heteronormative ideas about gender have recently enlightened many communities and powwow dancing -- thus Two-Spirit people are more so recognized.</p> <p>There are many powwow dances. Many are for competition, and others are ceremonial dances for a private familial/clan event. But, with each step of every powwow -- be they Fancy or Jingle -- each dance step is&nbsp;devoted to healing people and the Earth.</p> <p>The Denver Art Museum has been hosting a remarkable powwow for many years, and now they must do as many of us have had to do and social distance. Please join the <a href="https://denverartmuseum.org/calendar/31st-annual-denver-art-museum-friendship-powwow">Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow 2020</a> virtually with their Facebook or YouTube channel. All dancers were welcome to join, and you too are welcome to enjoy the Indigenous culture of the Powwow.</p> <p>The virtual rendition of Friendship Powwow will be on <strong><a href="https://denverartmuseum.org/calendar/31st-annual-denver-art-museum-friendship-powwow">Saturday September 12, 2020 and will start at 11 AM</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Books:<br /> <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=3&amp;cn=1781650">There There: A Novel</a>&nbsp;by Tommy Orange&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=546334">A Dancing People: Powwow Culture on the Southern Plains</a>&nbsp;by Clyde Ellis</p> <p><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=2&amp;cn=423307">The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living</a> by&nbsp;Joseph Marshall III</p> <p><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=1287016">Witness : a Húnkpapȟa historian's strong-heart song of the Lakotas</a> by Josephine Waggoner</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/immigrants-refugees" hreflang="en">Cultural Inclusivity</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/powwow" hreflang="en">Powwow</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/denver-art-museum" hreflang="en">Denver Art Museum</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/plaza" hreflang="en">Plaza</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/plaza-voices" hreflang="en">Plaza Voices</a></div> </div> <section> <h2>Leave a comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=421606&amp;2=comment_no_subject&amp;3=comment" token="SplMTrbqMpjyx84U8rNNBxDogEy24v1tZP0xxeEMkHc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 11 Sep 2020 20:01:18 +0000 Plaza Voices 421606 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Book a Book with a Library In It https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-library-events/dodie/book-book-library-it <span>Book a Book with a Library In It</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/library%20book.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/library%20book.jpg?itok=t14melYW" width="136" height="200" alt="cover: the library book" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dodie" lang="" about="/users/dodie" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dodie</a></span> <span>September 10, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/invisible%20library.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/invisible%20library.jpg?itok=pYqw7lKQ" width="133" height="200" alt="cover: invisible library" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/reading%20behind%20bars.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/reading%20behind%20bars.jpg?itok=H2Ml6WWC" width="133" height="200" alt="cover: reading behind bars" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/ink%20and%20bone.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/ink%20and%20bone.jpg?itok=AsuMkFBS" width="132" height="200" alt="cover: ink and bone" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/american%20animals.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/american%20animals.jpg?itok=rWT4hn93" width="129" height="200" alt="cover: american animals" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/strange%20library.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/strange%20library.jpg?itok=zG_7Kix-" width="134" height="200" alt="cover: strange library" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>To usher in National Library Card Sign-Up Month, we've collected a number of titles in which a library figures prominently. And we know that you'll want to put holds on some of these books, but unless you already have a Denver Public Library card, you won't be able to and will be sad... So do this - now! Sign up for a library card with our <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/library-card">easy online eCARD</a> service.</p> <p>Done? Okay, now let's get going on that list of must-reads.</p> <p><em><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1866046,1877841,1877815,1876218,1862869,2050871">The Library Book</a>&nbsp;</em>by Susan Orlean - This&nbsp;is a book for every reader and every writer. It’s a masterful tribute to libraries, and, even better, it has a plot and a storyline.&nbsp;On April 29, 1986, a fire consumed or damaged more than a million books in the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. In exploring this tragedy, Orlean is led to histories of libraries and Los Angeles and to an exploration of the physics of how a book burns.&nbsp;There’s a suspected arsonist at the center of the story, but the hero is the library along with its collections of books, maps, menus, autographs and marionettes.</p> <p><em><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1501724,1593811">The Invisible Library</a>&nbsp;</em>by Genevieve Cogman - This is a solidly crafted adventure story with&nbsp;book lovers running amok in an alternate universe where they have to deal with skin-stealing villains, cranky zeppelin pilots, and swarms of silverfish. The Library is a massive library that exists in its own time and space and which stores books from all realities. Irene is a librarian who is sent with a student, Kai, to retrieve a unique edition of fairy tales by an alternate reality version of the Grimm Brothers. The edition is on a world that combines magic and technology in a&nbsp;mashup that drives Irene right up the wall but delights and fascinates Kai.&nbsp;The book is at the center of intrigue and conflict between factions on the world, including The Fae, Vampires, a detective, and at least one rogue Librarian.&nbsp;Naturally the mission gets complicated. First in a currently six-book series.</p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2058712,2064882"><em>Reading Behind Bars: a Memoir of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian</em></a> by Jill Grunenwald -&nbsp;In December 2008, twentysomething Jill Grunenwald graduated with her master’s degree in library science, ready to start living her dream of becoming a librarian. But the economy had a different idea. As the Great Recession reared its ugly head, jobs were scarce. After some searching, however, Jill was lucky enough to snag one of the few librarian gigs left in her home state of Ohio. The catch? The job was behind bars as the prison librarian at a men’s minimum-security prison.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1407893,1381029,1380481">Ink and Bone</a>&nbsp;</em>by Rachel Caine -&nbsp;In a world where the ancient Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, knowledge now rules the world: freely available, but strictly controlled. Owning private books is a crime.&nbsp;Jess Brightwell is the son of a black market book smuggler, sent to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar,&nbsp;but even as he forms friendships and finds his true gifts, he begins to unearth the dark secrets of the greatest, most revered institution in the world.&nbsp;Those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn. Book one in a five-book series.</p> <p><em><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2124992">American Animals</a>&nbsp;</em>by Eric Borsuk - This true crime story starts out with a believable caper premise:&nbsp;a group of stoner college friends pull off the daring daytime heist of a rare book library and trigger a transcontinental caper involving the FBI, Christie’s auction house and dirtball Dutchmen.&nbsp;More drug-fueled crimes - car surfing and shoplifting - ensue before federal agents burst into their house, arrest the boys, and reclaim the artwork from a marijuana-filled basement. That’s where the book ends, but later they each spent seven years in prison. Borsuk smoothly combines humor with the ennui of being a truly lost boy.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1311258,1307734"><em>The Strange Library</em></a>&nbsp;by Haruki Murakami -&nbsp;Opening the flaps on this unique little book, readers will find themselves immersed in the strange world of Murakami's wild imagination. The story of a lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plotting their escape from a nightmarish library, the book is like nothing else Murakami has written. Designed by Chip Kidd and fully illustrated, this small format volume is a treat for book lovers of all ages.</p> <p>Now that you have that library card, learn how to supercharge it with one of our virtual learning sessions,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/events/upcoming?keywords=making+the+most&amp;start_date%5Bdate%5D=2020-09-13&amp;start_date%5Btime%5D=18%3A45%3A00&amp;age_group%5B7179%5D=7179&amp;library_branch%5B7902%5D=7902&amp;library_branch%5B7256%5D=7256&amp;submit=Apply&amp;form_build_id=form-0gkBB34gyAb78z4R0TWC5eJ37FhcBjk9lgoRm5WAplM&amp;form_id=lc_calendar_upcoming_form">Making the Most of Your Library Card</a>!</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/books" hreflang="en">Books</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/library-events" hreflang="en">Library Events</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/national-library-card-month" hreflang="en">National Library Card Month</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/getacard" hreflang="en">get-a-card</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/library-books" hreflang="en">library books</a></div> </div> <section> <h2>Leave a comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=420964&amp;2=comment_no_subject&amp;3=comment" token="_gncjDok9DxmEOnzc5xddiJjhtvMmuJ8HIHfyrHtU1g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 11 Sep 2020 01:56:25 +0000 Dodie 420964 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Nominations Open for I Love My Librarian Award! https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/library-news/dodie/nominations-open-i-love-my-librarian-award <span>Nominations Open for I Love My Librarian Award!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/i%20love%20my%20librarian.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/i%20love%20my%20librarian.jpg?itok=BfoKGP22" width="200" height="200" alt="logo: I love my librarian" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dodie" lang="" about="/users/dodie" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dodie</a></span> <span>September 10, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/clear%20I%20love%20my%20librarian.JPG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/clear%20I%20love%20my%20librarian.JPG?itok=tiOw3cfe" width="200" height="130" alt="clear logo: I love my librarian" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The American Library Association&nbsp;is inviting library users to submit I Love My Librarian Award nominations through November 9, 2020—ten amazing librarians will receive $5,000 and the honor of a lifetime. Whether it's about a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/denverlibrary/videos">perfect storytime</a>, the Bizboost appointment and <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/research/lauren/starting-small-business">resources</a> that helped launch your business, staff supporting <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/virtual-social-justice-book-club">equity, diversity and inclusion</a>, or just the smiling face that greets you at the door, we're betting there is a Denver Public Library librarian who deserves a nomination. You can find all the details at the <a href="http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian">I Love My Librarian website</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/library-news" hreflang="en">Library News</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/ala" hreflang="en">ala</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/american-library-association" hreflang="en">american library association</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/i-love-my-librarian" hreflang="en">i love my librarian</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/awards" hreflang="en">awards</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 10 Sep 2020 22:53:06 +0000 Dodie 420599 at https://www.denverlibrary.org The Joy of Craft Time https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/library-news-youre-welcome-youre-welcome-here/sspitsna/joy-craft-time <span>The Joy of Craft Time</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/DIY%20KIDS.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/DIY%20KIDS.jpg?itok=cGIHaVfX" width="200" height="267" alt="Photo of two children making crafts" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/sherry" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">sspitsna</span></span> <span>September 8, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>With the COVID-19 public health crisis closing everything from libraries to businesses to schools and camps, many people are now faced with a new reality- being a caregiver in a new, shelter-in-place environment. For parents, it can feel like we're suddenly expected to be experts in things we don't necessarily have any experience with: we're now teachers, full-time entertainers, and IT support for small children. For those of you feeling this pressure, consider the joy of craft time.</p> <p>Some people may find doing arts and crafts with children as intimidating as explaining the difference between numbers and digits, but there is a magic phrase that can change your perspective and help you enjoy this activity for the first time and every time after that: process over product.</p> <p>There are what seems like an infinite number of craft and art projects for kids on the internet: make a bean bag toss game or a cardboard robot or a macaroni galaxy or your five millionth batch of slime! These are all fun projects, but the instructions, with their photos of impossibly well-groomed children creating instagram-worthy crafts leave the adults feeling less "expert" when projects fail to live up to internet standards. A focus solely on a product implies there will be a right way and a wrong way to make something.</p> <p>Reframing craft time to focus on process means talking about materials, about tools, and about possibilities. It isn't abandoning a product - they aren't opposites, and something is still getting created - but it is being open to letting the product be determined by what you learn along the way. It means laying whatever you find in the house out on a table and asking "I wonder if..." It means starting with a question, letting the learners direct the exploration, and seeing what you find along the way. It means becoming a learner alongside the young people in your house, creating a space where it's okay for everyone to make mistakes - a space we rarely get to inhabit.&nbsp;</p> <p>At my house, we've assembled a box with all of our most useful tools - a low-temp hot glue gun, scissors, markers, some nuts and bolts, tape - and I'll encourage my kids to pick a single material from the pile and see what they can make. We'll talk about what they were doing before, if there was a problem they wish they could solve or some prop that would have made their play more fun. That has led to things like a camera stand made of popsicle sticks, a workbench made from scrap wood and felt Wonder Woman tiaras. The best part, as a parent, was creating a less stressful environment and experiencing the joy of watching my kids explore their own projects.</p> <p>If you'd like some inspiration, try searching for "process art" or "tinkering" and you'll find great suggestions, but the greatest guides you'll find are the young people right in your house. </p> <!--When your children have a project they are proud of, please share it with everyone by entering it in the Denver Public Library Maker Challenge. Participants upload a picture, video, or sound recording with a short description of their project to https://denverlibraryadventures.org/ and will then be entered into a drawing for gift cards from local businesses. Keep creating and having fun- we look forward to seeing what you make!--></p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/youre-welcome-here/youre-welcome-here" hreflang="en">You&#039;re Welcome Here</a></span> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 16:29:41 +0000 sspitsna 401789 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Introducing Social Distanzine! https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-fresh-city-life/heidie/introducing-social-distanzine <span>Introducing Social Distanzine!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/zine%20blog%20cover%202.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/zine%20blog%20cover%202.jpg?itok=ZMd0uqGw" width="200" height="200" alt="art that has the word &quot;zine&quot; written inside of a drawn heart" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/heyoung" lang="" about="/users/heyoung" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heidi.e</a></span> <span>September 8, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/Social%20Distanzine%20Logo.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/Social%20Distanzine%20Logo.jpg?itok=ja3M_3aq" width="200" height="223" alt="Social Distanzine Logo with dancing character" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Hello!</p> <p>We’d like to introduce <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/19ZVErM8rQSg4-bAn0oyA9n7A3iHGO2Pc/view?usp=sharing">Social Distanzine</a>, a small online publication of art, writing, and other creative works by the Denver community that reflects our lives in the time of COVID-19. We believe there is power in taking a moment to meditate on the weight of the times we find ourselves in, and that creative expression helps us stay connected to ourselves and to each other.</p> <p>This inaugural issue is composed of works from our staff and it’s our hope it will inspire you to join us in making and creating, so we invite you to <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScz9YczXg2kFPLWnXrVE6d8dgtnaaCtZbEjz67hr2Lc1WqHSw/viewform">submit your work</a>&nbsp;to Social Distanzine! Not quite sure what a Zine is? <a href="https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/88911/brief-history-zines">Here’s</a> a quick primer.</p> <p>We also want you to know that zines are for everyone! It's never too late to make art or find a creative outlet. All ages are welcome to submit work; as such, content should be appropriate for a wide audience. Thank you for reading, and we hope to see your submissions soon.</p> <p>View our <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/19ZVErM8rQSg4-bAn0oyA9n7A3iHGO2Pc/view?usp=sharing">first issue</a>, and submit your work <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScz9YczXg2kFPLWnXrVE6d8dgtnaaCtZbEjz67hr2Lc1WqHSw/viewform">here</a>!</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/books" hreflang="en">Books</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/zines" hreflang="en">zines</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/online-magazines" hreflang="en">online magazines</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/social-distanzine" hreflang="en">social distanzine</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/covid19-0" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/art" hreflang="en">art</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/creative-writing" hreflang="en">creative writing</a></div> </div> <section> <h2>Leave a comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=415679&amp;2=comment_no_subject&amp;3=comment" token="Z6agSI8u-KGVogWAf1ehA62jN1hjPUmYw_3tfuC4d9U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 16:19:26 +0000 heidi.e 415679 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Plaza Voices: What Has Plaza Been Up To? https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity/plaza-voices/plaza-voices-what-has-plaza-been <span>Plaza Voices: What Has Plaza Been Up To?</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/IMG_6559.JPG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/IMG_6559.JPG?itok=9y_b0kq3" width="200" height="133" alt="Photograph of staff and participants in Plaza program" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/plaza-voices" lang="" about="/users/plaza-voices" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Plaza Voices</a></span> <span>September 3, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">By Breanne Vailes</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>With no programming in library buildings because of the COVID-19 virus, many people have been unable to participate in Plaza in person for English language practice, citizenship test study, and art. Yet, library staff have pivoted to online programming, available on a weekly basis. Check out what opportunities are available with DPL’s <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/cultural-inclusivity">Cultural Inclusivity Services</a>.</p> <p>Plaza now hosts weekly online groups that meet virtually for English language practice, citizenship interview &amp; test practice, and math help for grades K-12. In addition, customers are welcome to sign up for one-on-one phone or online appointments for resource navigation, employment help, English practice, or citizenship study. In these times of physical distancing, people do not have to be socially isolated, and Plaza is providing ways to connect with others while still helping people reach their goals in unprecedented ways.&nbsp;</p> <p>Often, assistance is available, but people have difficulty navigating the services they need. In response to this obstacle, Plaza staff stay up to date on changing services and assistance programs in the community So, when people from culturally diverse backgrounds reach out for a resource, they receive individualized support to connect with services.&nbsp;</p> <p>For those on social media, the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/login/?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fgroups%2F606611239889531">Plaza at Denver Public Library Facebook page</a> provides another way to connect with others and stay informed on happenings related to cultural inclusivity.&nbsp;</p> <p>There is also an <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/cultural-inclusivity">Immigrant Resource Guide</a>&nbsp;available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Somali.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Plazas are an open community space where migrants from all over the world connect with people, information, and resources, building Denver’s global community. To ensure the health and safety of our community, all Denver Public Library locations and Plaza programs are currently closed. We are still offering online English conversation groups, citizenship study, and appointment services. Please see our <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/cultural-inclusivity">web page</a> for more information.</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/immigrants-refugees" hreflang="en">Cultural Inclusivity</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/english" hreflang="en">English</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/citizenship" hreflang="en">citizenship</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/plaza" hreflang="en">Plaza</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/plazas" hreflang="en">plazas</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 20:29:45 +0000 Plaza Voices 413492 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Introducing the Pop Science Core Collection https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books/becker/introducing-pop-science-core-collection <span>Introducing the Pop Science Core Collection</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/matters.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/matters.jpg?itok=OQQT9-qh" width="200" height="307" alt="cover: science matters" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/becker" lang="" about="/users/becker" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Becker</a></span> <span>September 2, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/storm.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/storm.jpg?itok=7ouLbe6w" width="200" height="305" alt="cover: storm in a teacup" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/spring.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/spring.jpg?itok=jYIx4MOB" width="200" height="166" alt="cover: silent spring" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/franklin.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/franklin.jpg?itok=RqMaHFl6" width="200" height="304" alt="cover: rosalind franklin" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/maladies.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/maladies.jpg?itok=9S7XO2Ev" width="200" height="265" alt="cover: emperor of all maladies" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A team of Denver Public Library staff have chosen 61 books for our <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Boolean&amp;term=brs=245994&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=1">Pop Science Core Collection</a></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>! We know that science texts can often be intimidating and overly technical, but our Pop Science list is made up of easily accessible non-fiction books that cover a wide variety of science topics, including the history of science and scientists. We wanted this list to have books that would capture the wonder and awe of science but could be read by anyone, whether the reader has a background in science or not. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>While ease of reading was important to us, it was also crucial that these books stand up to academic standards. To ensure that our list was full of reliable and trustworthy information, we looked into each book to discover what kind of research was put into the book, including how much information is included in the back matter and index, what connection and relationship the author has to the text (e.g. are they a scientist or a journalist?), and read reviews of the books in scientific journals to ensure their viability. In the end, you can trust that the books on this list will not only be enjoyable reads, but that they are educational and factual.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>So, let’s dive into the list!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Let’s get started with a book about the importance of science.<em> </em></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2141414, 1903090, 2141366"><em>Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy</em></a> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>by Robert M. Hazen and James Trefil provides you with the informational basics of science in an engaging and easy to understand way. What this does is give you all the foundational knowledge and facts you need so that you can start asking the right questions.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Or maybe you’d like a more specific scientific rundown, perhaps on physics and the role it plays in our everyday lives?<em> </em></span></span></span></span></span></span><em><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1571878, 1571885, 1579905"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></em><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1571878, 1571885, 1579905"> </a></em>by Helen Czerski lays out all the small and big ways that physics is at play in our ordinary lives. From fridge magnets to the energy crisis, </span></span></span></span></span></span><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>Storm in a Teacup</span></span></span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span><span><span> delves into the mystery and science of the way things work.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>How about a classic? Here’s </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1956364, 668272, 1388849, 1866883, 2151832 ">Silent Spring</a> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>by Rachel Carson. Written in 1962, this book has stood the test of time as a petition for the safety and future of our planet. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Are you looking for a biography? Try </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2141763, 2151850"><em>Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA</em></a> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>by Brenda Maddox, which tells the story of the woman behind the first data and photographs of DNA. While her accomplishments were an unparalleled contribution to the discovery of DNA, she was not cited for the Nobel Prize and written out of the history books. Here, her story is reclaimed and her image as a brilliant scientist reinstated.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Or try an unconventional biography: </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=773456, 768441, 1529146"><em>The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer</em></a> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>by Siddhartha Mukherjee begins with the first documented appearances of cancer thousands of years ago and works its way up to the present day’s efforts to control, modify, and cure this horrific disease. The book reads like a thriller, with cancer as the stealthy enemy. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>These are just a few of the great works included on our Pop Science list. Please check out the <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Boolean&amp;term=brs=245994&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=5">whole list</a></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> for everything from artificial intelligence to animal behavior to health, climate change, and astronomy. Learn more about all of DPL’s Core Collections for adults <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/core-collections">here</a>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>A guest blog by Erin, DPL Librarian and Pop Science Team co-lead</p></div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/books" hreflang="en">Books</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/core-collections" hreflang="en">core collections</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/science" hreflang="en">science</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/nonfiction" hreflang="en">nonfiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/biographies" hreflang="en">Biographies</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 02 Sep 2020 13:07:56 +0000 Becker 411105 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Superheroes Come in All Colors https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-cultural-inclusivity/dodie/authors-color-who-write-superheroes-color <span>Superheroes Come in All Colors</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/black%20panther.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/black%20panther.jpeg?itok=cTn2aGIS" width="130" height="200" alt="Black Panther" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dodie" lang="" about="/users/dodie" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dodie</a></span> <span>September 1, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/black%20bolt.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/black%20bolt.jpeg?itok=H8XJAxV2" width="129" height="200" alt="Black Bolt" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/ms%20marvel.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/ms%20marvel.jpeg?itok=IshYMBSw" width="132" height="200" alt="Ms Marvel" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/shuri.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/shuri.jpeg?itok=7t8d9oV1" width="130" height="200" alt="Shuri" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/world%20of%20wakanda.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/world%20of%20wakanda.jpeg?itok=4oaXBOio" width="130" height="200" alt="World of Wakanda" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/harley%20quinn.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/harley%20quinn.jpeg?itok=vn0GRLTZ" width="133" height="200" alt="Harley Quinn" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/monstress.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/monstress.jpeg?itok=DP4LiB6f" width="160" height="200" alt="monstress" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/ironheart.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/ironheart.jpeg?itok=ahlyc-30" width="130" height="200" alt="Ironheart" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/theif%20among%20the%20trees.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/theif%20among%20the%20trees.jpeg?itok=z2XI26R4" width="71" height="100" alt="Thief among the trees" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/infidel.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/infidel.jpeg?itok=7cOA0X23" width="130" height="200" alt="Infidel" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/09/mishrada.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/09/mishrada.jpeg?itok=1M4jxQhd" width="136" height="200" alt="mishrada" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Comics are fun to read because of the stunning art and the worlds we enter where anything is possible... if you’re white. The representation of BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color) comic characters has historically been that of a supporting role; rarely did they receive their own opportunities to shine. This has been changing over the last few years and we’ve seen some really amazing superheroes and authors emerge because of it. It’s important to highlight works where BIPOC can see themselves reflected on the page as superheroes. The following list encapsulates authors of color who write superheroes of color into worlds that we may already be familiar with along with brand new worlds. There are also two graphic novels at the end of the list that fall into a non-superhero category. Like the perfect sundae, the ice cream is the superhero genre, the syrup is the horror, and the cherry is a more dramatic graphic novel to top it all off.</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1719143,1812038"><em>Black Bolt</em> </a>by Saladin Ahmed - </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>An independent branch from Marvel’s Inhumans, Black Bolt follows Blackagar Boltagon (we won’t hold his name against him) as he attempts to escape a prison intended for his brother. We meet some enemies and make some friends along the way. Plus there is a giant dog.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1926995,1538119"><em>Black Panther</em></a> by Ta’Nehisi Coates - <span><span><span><span><span><span>With the passing of Chadwick Boseman (who played Black Panther on the big screen) the comics and film industry has lost a huge inspiration. As one of the highest regarded and most well known black superheroes, <em>Black Panther</em> had to be on the list. In this revival Ta’Nehisi Coates writes the series with a focus on ancestry, world building, and perseverance. As the series progresses you may even get to see a little romance bloom between T’Challa and a well known X-Men character.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=12&amp;cn=2040515"><em>Magnificent Ms. Marvel</em></a> by Saladin Ahmed - Ahmed</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> pens this teenage superhero in an incredibly sweet, kind, and family oriented tale of how one girl gets powers and the fights and struggles that ensue. How’s a young girl to balance romance, saving the world, and keeping her parents from worrying about danger all at the same time? Ahmed tackles all this and more in Magnificent Ms. Marvel.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=2&amp;cn=2006735"><em>Shuri</em></a> by Nnedi Okorafor - If you’re familiar with Black Panther then you know that Shuri is T’Challa’s nerdy younger sister. This story follows her as she takes on an alien threat while her brother is away from the Throne with the help from a couple members of the Guardians of the Galaxy crew.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=1640539"><em>World of Wakanda</em></a> by Roxanne Gay - A queer telling of two of Wakanda’s most revered soldiers, the Dora Milaje. This is an action packed story with a bit of romance weaved in.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=harley%20quinn%20breaking%20glass%20mariko%20tamaki&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=5"><em>Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass</em></a> by Mariko Tamaki - </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A truly refreshing version of Harley Quinn where the reader gets to see what Harley would have been like in high school while living with a bunch of drag queens and meeting Poison Ivy. Came for the drama, stayed for the heartwarming ingenuity.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=monstress%20marjorie%20liu%201&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=6"><em>Monstress</em></a> by Marjorie Liu - </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A dark and spooky tale filled with war, betrayal, and talking cats. A truly subversive plot that will leave you in suspense more than once. This story is set in a 1900’s matriarchal Asia with not so subtle steampunk themes to it, a truly stunning combination of world building.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2054887"><em>Ironheart</em> </a>by Eve Ewing - <span><span><span><span><span><span>Chicago-based superhero Riri Williams battles more than just evil as she attempts to save a group of world leaders from one of SpiderMan's nemesis’ who is donning an Iron Man suit. She is an incredibly brilliant student and all around lonely girl. This graphic novel promises growth and butt-kicking adventure.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=america%20chavez%20gabby%20rivera&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=3"><em>America: The Life and Times of America Chavez</em></a> - </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>College bound America Chavez has to figure out how to battle interdimensional monsters, and stop an alien cult with no shortage of friends and support. This series also introduces a bit of queer love and wholesome “always there for you” friendships.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=thief%20among%20the%20trees%20sabaa%20tahir&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=5"><em>A Thief Among the Trees</em></a> - <span><span><span><span><span><span>In this action/adventure novel, three young military recruits must face multiple challenges as they attempt to steal a special poison from Isle South, including battling their fellow recruits.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=infidel%20pornsak&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=6"><em>Infidel</em></a> - <span><span><span><span><span><span>A bit of horror to throw into the mix. This story is about an American Muslim woman navigating her neighbors, friends, and a haunted building.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=1689333"><em>Mis(h)adra</em></a> - <span><span><span><span><span><span>This story follows an Arab-American college student as they struggle with epilepsy. The very realistic portrayal of a the challenges with a chronic illness is made more potent by the fact that the author also struggles with epilepsy. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em>Thanks to guest blogger Casey Fazio, Mobile Services for this post!</em></p></div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/books" hreflang="en">Books</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/immigrants-refugees" hreflang="en">Cultural Inclusivity</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/graphic-novels" hreflang="en">Graphic Novels</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/comics" hreflang="en">comics</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/bipoc" hreflang="en">BIPOC</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/horror" hreflang="en">Horror</a></div> </div> <section> <h2>Leave a comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=410224&amp;2=comment_no_subject&amp;3=comment" token="UTySPBns56OxQYDBiammixHilNz63LwO3sYZYV0E5Hw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 01 Sep 2020 19:07:41 +0000 Dodie 410224 at https://www.denverlibrary.org A DPL Day https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/library-news-youre-welcome-youre-welcome-here/sspitsna/dpl-day <span>A DPL Day</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/CEN.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/CEN.jpg?itok=6sCwZESW" width="200" height="200" alt="Photo of Denver Central Library" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/sherry" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">sspitsna</span></span> <span>September 1, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>As you wake up this morning, you take in the bright Colorado sunlight streaming through a nearby window. You stretch languidly and set your intentions for the day for relaxation and exploration. Luckily, you have a <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/library-card">Denver Public Library card</a>!</p> <p>As your day begins and you prepare your breakfast, you decide to stream an album from <a href="https://volumedenver.org/">VOLUME Denver</a>, a local music project. Streaming local music reminds you of your favorite nights in darkly lit music venues when you stayed up way too late.</p> <ul> <li>If you decide to make biscuits and gravy, listen to Odessa Rose</li> <li>If you decide to make waffles and bacon, listen to Automatic Iris</li> </ul> <p>With breakfast consumed, you look out the front window and decide to get some fresh air. You grab your face mask, hand sanitizer and headphones to listen to a <a href="https://denver.overdrive.com/">downloadable audiobook</a> as you stroll, and head out the front door.</p> <ul> <li>If you decide on a long walk, listen to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (it’s currently available with no wait!)</li> <li>For a shorter walk, listen to Aimless Love: A Collection of Poems by Billy Collins.</li> </ul> <p>As you arrive home, you yearn for a good book, and feel the familiar stab of anxiety at wading through all the books in the world. Luckily, you remember that the library provides a number of speciality services that might help.</p> <ul> <li>If you decide to request a <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/reads">Personalized Reading List</a>, be sure to also check out an <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/dpl-book-clubs">online book club</a>!</li> <li>If you decide to call <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books/amy/lit-line-puts-good-writing-your-fingertips">LitLine</a>, listen to both the short story/essay and the poem for the full experience.</li> </ul> <p>As you ease into your afternoon, you seek mental stimulation to keep your skills sharp and help earn the nap you see in the not-too-distant future.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Want to try learning a new language? Pick one of the 70 languages that <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-research/stacey/learn-language-mango">Mango Languages</a>&nbsp;has to offer.</li> <li>If you choose to explore local history, pick one of the many tediously researched and engagingly written <a href="https://history.denverlibrary.org/">Western History and Genealogy</a> blogs.</li> </ul> <p>After you arise from your well earned nap, you find yourself hungry again. Is it already time for dinner?&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>If you feel like cooking, try a recipe from an <a href="https://www.rbdigital.com/denverco/service/magazines/landing?">online magazine</a>.</li> <li>Thinking delivery instead? Place your order, then scroll through the library’s vast <a href="https://digital.denverlibrary.org/">digital collection of photos, maps and more</a> while you wait.</li> </ul> <p>With a full belly and a desire to kick back and relax, your mind goes to something entertaining. Maybe a comedy film from <a href="https://denverlibrary.kanopy.com/">Kanopy</a>? Or, perhaps checking out an <a href="https://denver.overdrive.com/search?query=mindfulness">ebook&nbsp;on mindfulness techniques</a> could guide you to a restful sleep.&nbsp;</p> <p>As you turn in for the night, you are reminded just how many ways you can read, learn and explore throughout the day, using only your <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/library-card">Denver Public Library card</a>. So now the only question is...what to do tomorrow?</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/library-news" hreflang="en">Library News</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/youre-welcome-here" hreflang="en">You&#039;re welcome to</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/youre-welcome-here/youre-welcome-here" hreflang="en">You&#039;re Welcome Here</a></span> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 01 Sep 2020 13:40:56 +0000 sspitsna 407587 at https://www.denverlibrary.org How to Volunteer Remotely https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/research/lisa/volunteering-virtually-our-community <span>How to Volunteer Remotely</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/denver.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/denver.jpg?itok=-bl54QKi" width="200" height="133" alt="Skyline of Denver" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/lisa" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lisa</span></span> <span>August 17, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>During the pandemic, many of us are greatly restricted in our ability to work and socialize.&nbsp;At the same time, nonprofits are trying to meet increased demand for services, while losing funding and volunteers.&nbsp;Fortunately, there are lots of options for those who have the time and the means to give back to the community, ranging from "rounding up" in stores to picking up groceries for a neighbor.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>DPL librarian Maryanne Flynn has been volunteering from home for&nbsp;Mile High United Way (MHUW), and we asked her about her experience.&nbsp; Below are her insights on being a virtual volunteer, and some suggestions of other ways to contribute to worthwhile organizations.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>1.&nbsp; <em>Tell us about what you do for MHUW</em></p> <p>Currently, I do Quality Assurance calls for the MHUW. About a month after someone calls 211 for assistance, I'll call back the individual (only those that gave us permission to call back), and ask them if they had a chance to follow up on the resources 211 provided for them. This is important so that if 211 is giving out referrals, say, to a Food Pantry that has closed down, this is one way to find out and stop giving out "bad" referrals. We also ask about the quality of the conversation the customer had with the 211 operator when they called, to ensure the call center folks are providing a high level of compassionate&nbsp;service.&nbsp;</p> <p>2.&nbsp; <em>Why&nbsp;did you choose this organization?&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>MHUW is, to me, the heartbeat of the nonprofit community in Denver and the surrounding areas. They use data (much of it gathered from 211 inquiries) to take the pulse of&nbsp;the needs in our community, and then they support nonprofits based where the highest needs are. They also do a tremendously&nbsp;effective job of fostering Corporate Social Responsibility&nbsp;by bringing in local businesses into their fold and leveraging them as volunteers (and donors) around town where help is needed.&nbsp;And, another hat I wear is Chair Emeritus of the City Year Denver Board. MHUW has granted money to City Year and that grant also came with free consulting on how to better engage and retain our nonprofit employees. They really care about the nonprofits' organizational health.</p> <p>Also, Christine Benero, their CEO, is a member of the Junior League, and I heard her speak several years ago and she inspired me. She's my Shero.&nbsp;</p> <p>3.&nbsp; <em>What's the most rewarding aspect of donating your time during the pandemic?</em></p> <p>I'm practicing strict social distancing. I don't go out except to walk my dog around the neighborhood and an occasional&nbsp;masked 6-feet-apart walk with friends. So I've been lonely. I miss the library and interacting with customers and co-workers in&nbsp;person. The most rewarding aspect of this volunteer gig from an emotional standpoint is that I have the opportunity to talk with people outside my household and check in on them, make sure they're doing ok. I've had some really fun conversations and that human interaction brightens my day. On an intellectual level, I also love this because I'm getting the chance to directly interact with people who are most affected by this pandemic, and it's bringing me a more detailed understanding of the challenges they are experiencing. This helps me be a better librarian&nbsp;so I can help figure out more effective ways to assist them.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you'd like to give back by volunteering remotely, here are some options:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/virtual-volunteer-jobs-denver-co?position=1&amp;pageNum=0">Linkedin</a> has a large selection of opportunities, many of which will allow you to use professional skills such as brochure writing, logo design, or creating an organizational chart.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Volunteer locally or globally using <a href="https://www.volunteermatch.org/">Volunteer Match</a>&nbsp;to find projects that are virtual&nbsp;or are social-distancing-friendly, such as doing some gardening for <a href="https://www.volunteermatch.org/results/opp_detail.jsp?oppid=3309311">Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado.</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.powerof.org/volunteer?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw7H5x_ui6wIVAtvACh2Q7Q6vEAAYAiAAEgJRd_D_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds">Power Of </a>has some interesting and fun things to do, such as holding a virtual baby shower for military babies or being a radio announcer.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Easy ways to help:</p> <ul> <li>Round up when making a purchase.</li> <li>Give&nbsp;to your favorite nonprofit by making a digital donation.&nbsp;For example, you can help a kid get a computer for at-home learning&nbsp;by donating to organizations such as <a href="https://www.pcsforpeople.org/">PCs For People</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Send a gift card for coffee to a front-line worker through PayPal or Venmo.&nbsp;</li> <li>Support local businesses by buying gift cards for future purchases&nbsp;or by purchasing deliveries or curbside pickup of meals for yourself or someone in need.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Need help with your nonprofit?&nbsp;Contact <a href="https://services.denverlibrary.org/node/add/nonprofit-appointment">Reference Services</a> and learn how to find funding partners using the <a href="https://fconline.foundationcenter.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhcf5qaKj6wIVUfDACh1fBAfDEAAYASAAEgKmJPD_BwE"><em>Foundation Directory Online</em></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><i>In response to the current health emergency, we are currently not providing in-person services. But we're here for you—please contact us through our online chat service&nbsp;<a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ask">Ask Us!&nbsp;or by&nbsp;email.</a></i></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/research" hreflang="en">Research</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/volunteerism" hreflang="en">Volunteerism</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/nonprofits" hreflang="en">nonprofits</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/lisa%27s-blog" hreflang="en">Lisa&#039;s Blog</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 17 Aug 2020 17:53:17 +0000 Lisa 393384 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Finding Motherland with Helen Thorpe https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books/dodie/finding-motherland-helen-thorpe <span>Finding Motherland with Helen Thorpe</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/findingmotherland.JPG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/findingmotherland.JPG?itok=RhTG0PcP" width="200" height="264" alt="cover: finding motherland" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dodie" lang="" about="/users/dodie" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dodie</a></span> <span>August 17, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/helenthorpe.JPG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/helenthorpe.JPG?itok=mtHNzRV1" width="200" height="204" alt="photo: Helen Thorpe" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2145009"><em>Finding Motherland: Essays about Family, Food and Migration</em></a> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>by Helen Thorpe has just been released and is a collection of her writing from the past twenty years. While many of these essays have been published elsewhere, Thorpe relates in the preface that the “pause” many of us had to take in our lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic gave her the time to gather these together, along with fresh content, all which have themes relating to motherhood and family. Refreshingly honest and reflective, Thorpe examines her Irish roots, a peach grower on the Western slope, undocumented children, undocumented parents, and much more. Of special note, this collection is currently only available through the library in digital audio, with Thorpe narrating her own work, recorded at Denver studio Books for Life. It is also for sale as an </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.tatteredcover.com/ebook/9780578707174"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ebook online</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>. I had the opportunity to speak with Helen Thorpe via Zoom in early August about </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Finding Motherland.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>Let’s start with the cover. You shared with me that this is your favorite photo of your mother - can you tell me a little bit more about it, and why this photo stands above others?</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>H: Yes, it’s a picture my father took at a New Jersey beach. We had just been in the United States for a short time, via England from Ireland. We’re facing west, with the ocean to our backs, which is symbolic since we had come from the opposite side of the Atlantic. And the way she and I are standing, comfortably close, and happy, is really how my relationship is with my mother. She has always been there, just behind me, neither pushing or pulling in any direction.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>This line from the essay </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Finding Motherland</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> caught my ear - “That’s how I accidentally became a part-time everything: part-time stay-at-home mom, part-time professional journalist, and part-time political spouse.” It seems to me that every mother goes through this in some way or another. But not every mother has the opportunity to make those choices, and you acknowledge that.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>H: That’s right, and it is part of what I wanted to communicate when I wrote about the disparities witnessed at my son’s elementary school in representation of people of color at PTA meetings, social functions, and sporting events. Single parents working multiple jobs who earn barely enough to cover the rent have far fewer choices in how to use their time than do parents from more privileged positions. Being closely involved with your child’s school and education is something that most every parent would like, but circumstances simply don’t always allow it for families at the lower end of the economic spectrum.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pablo, a teenager, is at the center of your essay on the challenges, and unfairness, of being young and undocumented. In ROTC, supported by his supervisor, he carries the flag proudly at a Rockies game, yet struggles to gain admittance to college and secure financial aid due to the lack of a social security number. His story has a happy ending, but what about those that don’t?</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>H: I hope that this book packs a quiet punch. If you read the essays in order, starting in Ireland and my family, I lay a groundwork for talking about the way that immigrants and refugees are treated now, in the United States. There’s an act of bearing witness I’m trying to accomplish. I try to show why we are all better off if students like Pablo earn full citizenship. I also wanted to bring attention to how lack of legal status for a parent affects their children. And then in the last essay, in its discussion of Irish Americans, I point out how these immigrants also arrived - poor, unskilled, and without papers - and how their circumstances resembled those of immigrants who are arriving today. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>I admire the way you balance peach farmer Bruce Talbot’s conservative views with his connection to the fruit trees, the culture of the Western Slope, and his H2B workers. I was also jealous, imagining standing in a peach orchard with blossoms fluttering all around me! That must have been a once in a lifetime experience.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>H: The orchards are incredibly beautiful and well cared for. Originally I had the idea that this project, looking at fruit growing on the Western Slope, would become a book. When I tried to shop this IDEA with publishers from the east coast, nobody had ever heard of the Western Slope, and they were positive that peaches only came from Georgia! So this story ended up becoming an essay, and indeed, it was fascinating to see the entire cycle of peach tree planting to peach harvesting. And being on the other side of the political as well as geographical divide was important to me too - I wanted to humanize some hard-working people in agriculture that were being demonized by many people with liberal leanings like me.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>What about the bad freeze this year?</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>H: One fascinating thing that I learned from Bruce Talbot is that a hard freeze, though it may hurt the tree, doesn’t kill it, and actually results in a bigger bounty of fruit the following year. So in a way, a metaphor for bouncing back from adversity, which many of the people in these essays experience again and again.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>The tenacity and determination of your friend Rosalin to thrive despite health and economic challenges seems almost superhuman, but it is what so many undocumented adults have to be in order to deal with a society where many consider people like her invisible, or even worse, dispensable. Can you elaborate on that a bit?</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>H: Rosalin was not only being thrifty; she was focused on making ends meet however she could. Her energy and resourcefulness was extraordinary - at one point she basically leased out her couch so she could provide for herself and her son because her rent nearly tripled in just three or four years. Because so many new arrivals to the United States lack money and the English language, everything is a double struggle for them. How do parents who only speak Somali communicate with a teacher who only speaks English? Families from different cultural backgrounds didn’t mingle easily with each other at school events primarily because they could not speak each other’s language, which definitely contributed to each of these groups becoming more isolated. It did feel wrong to me, especially at the school, that governance fell to the mostly white upper middle class parents, and though we tried, we didn’t get it figured out. Maybe we need to go to their homes. We need to do better.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>I was really struck with the names of the places commemorating the Irish Potato Famine and the immigration experience -</span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.ighm.org/"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>, the </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.tenement.org/"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tenement Museum</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>, </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.strokestownpark.ie/"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Famine Memorial</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>. These seem like trophies of disaster, in a way! What a somber experience, and as you point out in the final essay, very little is known about it, partly due to the illiteracy of the people affected, and shame.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>H: People know about the Famine, but few know of the scope of it - over 1 million people died between 1845-1849 from hunger. It is surprising when you visit these institutions that there is very little documentation of a poor person’s experience, but because many did not have any written language, it wasn’t recorded. There’s almost nothing from the point of view of a tenant farmer. And then, the Irish who did survive would not talk about it, so deep was their humiliation. At this very ahistorical moment, there’s some idea flying around in the ether that people arriving in the country right now are somehow different, or worse than those who arrived in the late 1800’s. Those Irish refugees arrived in the United States came with dysentery or typhus, starving, in really bad shape. Many were actually worse off than those coming into the country today.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Irish Americans who know their heritage and history should understand what it’s like to be under colonial rule and persecuted, and should be able to empathize with, more than any other nationality that has come to the United States, what has happened to Native American and African Americans here. While some can, another part has gone hard right, working in the Trump administration, and I have a hard time understanding that. I hope to bring more Irish Americans to a place of empathy with this collection.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>Last question - what was it like to record your book? Hearing you read it is like sitting with a friend who has a good story to tell. I had the opportunity to visit the </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="http://www.bookstolife.net/"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Books to Life</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> studio last year, and was really delighted to learn more about their work.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>H: It was an incredible experience. Books to Life is responsible for many recordings done for the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and the service is truly professional. They did everything possible to make me comfortable, and when I slipped up on a word, the engineer and producer would just back it up and give me another chance to do it right. It took about ten hours to record </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Finding Motherland</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>, which ended up being about 5 and half hours long. I loved getting to record the essays myself.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>Want to get just an earful of Helen reading from her essays</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>?</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> Dial into our </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books/amy/lit-line-puts-good-writing-your-fingertips"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>LitLine service</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> which features stories, essays and poetry for adults with options for both Spanish and English - </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Finding Motherland </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>will be the featured essay/story from Friday AM August 21-Thursday PM August 27.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p></div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/books" hreflang="en">Books</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/finding-motherland" hreflang="en">Finding Motherland</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/helen-thorpe" hreflang="en">Helen Thorpe</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/books-life" hreflang="en">Books to Life</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/immigration" hreflang="en">immigration</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/undocumented" hreflang="en">undocumented</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/irishamericans" hreflang="en">Irish-Americans</a></div> </div> <section> <h2>Leave a comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=395658&amp;2=comment_no_subject&amp;3=comment" token="gUtgMC47pr7b8AICXmQR7ddCbz7iy1KzkeKE9QE-8bE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 17 Aug 2020 13:58:08 +0000 Dodie 395658 at https://www.denverlibrary.org DPL Staff Movie Picks: August https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/movies/lhallnance/dpl-staff-movie-picks-august <span>DPL Staff Movie Picks: August</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/Seventh%20Seal_1.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/Seventh%20Seal_1.jpg?itok=7pCTVdCi" width="200" height="113" alt="Seventh" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/lhall-nance" lang="" about="/users/lhall-nance" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">lhall-nance</a></span> <span>August 15, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/Ready_1.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/Ready_1.jpg?itok=EVWmZec8" width="200" height="286" alt="Ready" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/Floating_1.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/Floating_1.jpg?itok=QhLk60UK" width="200" height="285" alt="Floating" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/Rocket_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/Rocket_0.jpg?itok=GUHyg7d5" width="200" height="285" alt="Rocketman" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/Call_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/Call_0.jpg?itok=QQI20B9E" width="200" height="113" alt="Call" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/Leftovers_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/Leftovers_0.jpg?itok=9vmkQ-4R" width="200" height="113" alt="leftover" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/Magnificent_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/Magnificent_0.jpg?itok=PSQFufYD" width="200" height="113" alt="Cake" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/Capital_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/Capital_0.jpg?itok=WRZ7xKN1" width="200" height="286" alt="Capital" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/Juneteenth_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/Juneteenth_0.jpg?itok=BqN9KKcG" width="200" height="113" alt="Juneteenth" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2020/08/lighthouse_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/08/lighthouse_0.jpg?itok=kyfTb1rs" width="200" height="113" alt="Lighthouse" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>We have survived to see August! We're over halfway done with the year of crazy that is 2020. DPL customers have been very receptive&nbsp;to our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/curbside-holds">curbside holds pickup</a>&nbsp;for&nbsp;physical materials and I highly recommend you utilize it with some of these staff picks. The movie theaters are planning to open in the coming weeks but I'm not sure if I'd be up to risking going out for entertainment purposes just yet. Fortunately, DPL has got me covered on recent releases and safe distribution of the materials. Also don't forget&nbsp;that Kanopy is a great resource that is updated&nbsp;with new content constantly.</p> <p>Stay safe and sane and watch a movie!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>B&amp;B</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1030255,%202138668">The Seventh Seal</a> (1957) DVD &amp; Kanopy; Sweden</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">A knight returning home from the Crusades finds his country ravaged by the Black Plague. When Death comes for him, he challenges the Grim Reaper to a game of chess for his life. Directed by Ingmar Bergman in Swedish with English subtitles.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Claire</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2081156,%202081155">Ready or Not</a> (2019) DVD &amp; Blu-ray</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game. Mystery / Comedy / Thriller / Horror (From directors Matt Betinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett)</p> <p><strong>Neal</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=563333,2153420">Floating Weeds</a> (1959) DVD &amp; Kanopy; Japan</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Legendary Japanese director Yashujirō Ozu is the last director grouped in Paul Scrader’s “Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer,” that I “got.” All three directors are difficult, whether the austere style, elliptical narrative, razor sharp editing, being cast with non-actors, etc. “Floating Weeds,” the color remake of his silent film “A Story of Floating Weeds” from 1936, is the film that was finally able to convert me into an Ozu fan. The plot is simple - an aging actor returns to a small village where he reunites with his former lover and illegitimate son - but the emotional resonance and stylistic mastery is hard to ignore.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stacey</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2056523,%202054321">Rocketman</a> (2019) DVD &amp; Blu-ray</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This award-winning biography of Elton John follows him as he explodes into the musical scene. The highest highs and lowest lows are both shown, giving the impression of an honest, rather than sanitized, telling. The film intersperses moments of fantasy and songs as appropriate, even if the song was written much later, which allows for a fun viewing experience, almost like a sing-along. With many people cutting back social activities, it’s easy to relate to someone who dreamed of bigger and better stories.</p> <p><strong>Amanie&nbsp;</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2138151,%202138138">The Call of the Wild</a> (2020) DVD &amp; Blu-ray</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This movie rendition of the classic by Jack London set in the Yukon follows the journey of a dog and a human who cross paths and ultimately find peace, meaning, and belonging with each other, themselves, and with nature. Deeply heartfelt and at many times really amusing.</p> <p><strong>Lainie</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1406024,1450646,1697073">The Leftovers</a> (2015-2017) DVD</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Disclaimer: This TV series -- about an inexplicable worldwide phenomenon that “disappears” 2% of the population -- may hit a little close to home right now. But while it deals with admittedly heavy topics, grief chief among them, it moves in fascinating, unexpected, and at times supernatural directions. A helpful tool for processing pandemic-related emotions. I’ve been hooked! Based on <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=916494,919625,971439,997340">the bestselling book by Tom Perrota</a>.</p> <p><strong>Dodie</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2138043,2076726">This Magnificent Cake</a> (2018) DVD &amp; Kanopy (Dutch, French, English subtitles)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This is visually arresting and you may find yourself squirming in your chair a bit. The overscaled hallways and caverns increase the sense of alienation and the characters are as vapid as the hotel (the “cake”) that symbolizes the colonial regime. At 44 minutes, “This Magnificent Cake” may be a long short or a short feature. Either way, it's an intriguing, disturbing film, utterly unlike American studio animation. This story of Belgium’s occupation of the Congo in the 19th century leaves a lasting impact. Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and Telluride Film Festival.</p> <p><strong>Lily</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2144853,%202145224">Capital in the Twenty-First Century</a> (2020) DVD &amp; Kanopy</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">How is it that Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffet have more in their combined fortunes than the combined bottom 50 percent of people in America? This film explores what capitalism is and how we got here through a brief history of this century compared to ones prior.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Le’ Trail</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2151975">Miss Juneteenth</a> (2020) Kanopy</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">A former beauty queen and single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the "Miss Juneteenth" pageant. Official Selection at the **Sundance Film Festival** and **SXSW Film Festival**.</p> <p><strong>Daniel</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2098181,%202098182,%202142289">The Lighthouse</a> (2019) DVD, Blu-Ray, &amp; Kanopy</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This black and white psychological thriller is about two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) who descend into madness while living alone on a remote island in 1980s New England.&nbsp; Although this may not be a film for everyone, as it has it’s “weird” moments, both Dafoe and Pattinson give stellar performances.</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/movies" hreflang="en">Movies</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/horror-thrillers" hreflang="en">Horror/Thrillers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/film-festivals" hreflang="en">film festivals</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/documentaries" hreflang="en">Documentaries</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/documentary" hreflang="en">Documentary</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/film-adaptations" hreflang="en">Film Adaptations</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/musicals" hreflang="en">Musicals</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/musical-film" hreflang="en">musical film</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Sat, 15 Aug 2020 17:24:18 +0000 lhall-nance 395124 at https://www.denverlibrary.org