Blogs

New ideaLAB Hours for Families and Adults!

If you haven't heard about it already, the ideaLAB is DPL's makerspace, located in the Central Library in the Community Technology Center. What's a makerspace? Well, it's a place for making stuff - music, art, robots, games, websites, purses, paintings - and giving you access to the tools you need to do so (we have 3D printers, the Adobe Creative Suite, a music studio, a Dremel - see our complete list of tools here). We opened two years ago as a space just for teens, but we've been slowly adding more hours for other ages.

Plaza Voices: Free Citizenship and Immigration Assistance

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The Denver Public Library's Services to New Immigrants team is offering a number of free workshops at several locations to assist immigrants with questions related to citizenship, Colorado's driver's license law, SB 13-251, and the recently passed Executive Actions on Immigration.

The Origins of Our Digital Universe

When, exactly, did our digital world arise? For many, the advent of social media might first come to mind. How about the birth of the internet? Or maybe the first PCs? Each of these technological developments have certainly been revolutionary, but George Dyson, in his book Turing’s Cathedral, argues that the framework for modern computers and the digital age was actually constructed long before any of these phenomena.

How to Have a Nicotine-Free 2015

“It doesn't matter where you start.  Just start."

--Smokefree.gov

It's that time of year once again, when we make a list of resolutions for the coming year. If you can't think of any, the United States government has thoughtfully provided us with a list of the most popular resolutions and how to achieve them. Third on the list is to quit smoking.

What's the significance of these headlines?

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Here's a quiz for the week.  

What do the headlines to the left have in common?  Why are they significant?  

NOTE: SPOILER ALERT - the answer has been posted below!  Congrats to Jon M!

Here's a suggestion - not really a clue - but DPL has access to The New York Times going back to 1851.  Online access is available with a DPL card.  

Plaza Voices: 2014 Highlights

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Expansion of Branch Locations in Fall 2014

In Fall 2014, DPL incorporated immigrant services at two new locations in metro Denver: Byers Branch Library in the Santa Fe Art District and Athmar Park Branch Library in Southwest Denver. New communities were able to gain access to information, and tap on existing community resources and support at this critical time of their lives.

Workshops on SB251 – Driver’s License and IDs

Increased Hours at Bear Valley and Schlessman in 2015

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Expanded hours gives Lowry and Southwest communities additional access.

“The increase in hours at the Bear Valley Branch Library gives customers more access to our services and also gives a consistent start time throughout the week,” said City Librarian Shirley Amore. “We worked closely with Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz and the Denver City Council to increase these hours that ultimately benefit the Southwest Denver community.”

Questions! Questions! Who has a Question?

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At the Children’s Library we love to answer questions. The tougher the nut, the more fun we have trying to crack it. Recently, we had a very specific request from a customer that really challenged our grey cells.

Premier Issues - how well do you know your covers?

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Happy New Year from DPL!! To start out 2015 with a bang, we're celebrating first issues of a number of magazines in Reference Services.

Film Anniversary

Your favorite film may be older than you think. Recently a customer exclaimed, "I wasn't even born!" after learning Tim Burton's Batman was released in 1989. But so were two other films borrowed at the same time - The Little Mermaid and Field of Dreams.

Intrigued, I did a little research and discovered a few of my favorites were also playing in movie theaters 25 years ago.

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