Tween Books about Suicide

In a recent blog post, Michele Haiken, a middle school teacher in Rye, New York, shared a personal story about teen suicide, explored often missed warning signs that a teen might be suicidal, and then listed what she considers the best young adult books on the topic. Her blog post is moving and important, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about teen suicide.

Shawn Bowman: Tabletop Game Designer

Shawn Bowman

Have you ever tried to make your own board game? Ever wondered what it takes to design a game that people actually want to play? Well, ideaLAB’s newest maker-in-Residence, Shawn Bowman, aims to get you playing, hacking, making, and thinking about games and the cultures that surround them.

The Many Benefits of Reading for Pleasure

At my child's last medical appointment, our doctor expressed surprise that my child was reading while she waited for him. She wasn't misbehaving or bored or annoyed. She wasn't zoned out looking at a screen. She was immersed in the story, her brain and imagination completely engaged.

“It’s so nice to see a child reading,” he said, a little sadly. “No one reads books anymore.”

Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. Impossible? Not For Author Laura Miller

If you are making healthier choices in your cooking -- or you'd like to -- Laura Miller is here for you!

Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.
Book talk and cooking demo with Laura Miller.
Saturday, June 11, 1-3 p.m.
Central Library Conference Center

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you have lived in Colorado for very long you know that you don’t want to start planting anything until the end of May - those spring snow storms can wipe out all of your efforts! To get your green thumb warmed up, your libraries are offering a wide array of gardening programs this month. There are programs for all ages, so let’s get planting!

Valverde Bazaar Pop Up Outdoor Market

Forty years ago, a Denver teenager with a passion for stained glass began scouring demolition sites to retrieve artistic treasures from the rubble and repair them into expressions of art and beauty. These forays led Eron Johnson on a lifetime and worldwide journey of collecting and selling antiques and renovating dilapidated spaces around the city.

Water Quiz

Next Tuesday evening, the Central Library will be hosting "What's In Your Water," a panel discussion with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Denver Water. There will even be a tap versus bottled water taste test!!

Here's a quiz to whet your appetite before coming to wet your whistle! Good luck!

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, about how many gallons per day (Mgal/d) of water was withdrawn for use in the United States in 2010?

What Color is Your Stress Relief?

You may have heard that the latest trend for grown ups looking for stress relief are coloring books specifically for adults.

New Magazines at the Central Library

The Reference Services Room at the Central Library has a dazzling array of magazines, old and new. Magazines come and go. But, thankfully, there are always new ones.

So what’s new to us this year?

Plaza Voices: Becoming an American Citizen

Naturalization Ceremony (Wikipedia)

Our regular contributor, Naghem S., writes,

Congratulations to the 50 Colorado residents who received their U.S. Citizenship earlier this month in the naturalization ceremony at our Central branch.

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