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It's all Irish: Test your knowledge of St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick was born in Roman-occupied Great Britain ca. 390..

St. Patrick's Day offers us all a chance to be Irish for a day. How much do you know about the international holiday?

 

Click on the photo to the left to see the correct answer to these questions.

1. There is no more famous figure in Irish history than St. Patrick, but where was he actually born?

 

 

 

2. Non-liturgical St. Patrick's Day is always held on March 17. What is the significance of this date?

 

 

 

 

3. Before 'the wearing of the green' became ubiquitous, what color was most commonly associated with St. Patrick?

 

 

 

Good news - Blu-ray is coming to the library!

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How do I find out what Blu-ray titles you have?
Search our catalog and limit your search by the format Blu-ray, or click on the “Blu-ray On Order” link of the left side of the catalog page.

How many Blu-ray’s can I put on hold?
You are limited to 5 holds for Blu-ray titles that are 7-day checkout (feature films); 5 holds for Blu-Ray titles that are 21-day checkout (non-fiction and TV series) and 5 holds for Children’s Blu-Ray titles (these are all 7-day checkout) on your card at one time. You are still limited to a maximum of 30 holds (all formats combined) per library card.

Novel Night--Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Novel Night

Have you bought your Novel Night tickets yet? Support FREE Fresh City Life My Branch programs by attending this fund raiser on Friday, March 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we'll have wonderful food and beverages and giveaways throughout the night! We couldn't do it without them!

Sponsors include:

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

HarperCollins Publishers

Midwest Library Service

DPL Friends Foundation

Tattered Cover

Taxing Consequences

Douglas H. Shulman

Meet Douglas H. Shulman, the 47th Commissioner of the Internal Revenue. He presides over the Internal Revenue Service and probably doesn't have time for too many movies.

If he did relax with a movie before April 17 (this year), he might like one of the following comedies or dramas depicting everything from rogue I.R.S. agents to creative tax preparers. And if you can't find a connection, watch them again employing six degrees of separation between the film characters and the I.R.S.!

Planting Seeds and Pulling Weeds: Gardening with Kids

Roots Shoots Buckets and Boots

Research shows that over summer break thoughts of swimming and lemonade push out recently learned reading and math skills. Combat summer learning loss with gardening, not flash cards! Gardening is fun, educational, good exercise, and a great way to connect with your child.

Spring is here and it's time to start planning your garden. If you don't have a yard, get creative and plant your seeds in a window box like the little girl in Flower Garden by Eve Bunting. You can also use a large pot or go green and reuse a cardboard box or a basket.

Spend some time with your child as scientists observing your garden this spring and summer. Things to notice:

A little (tax) help?

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Tax Day is April 17 this year, but it's still just around the corner. The IRS mails out fewer paper forms each year. They can be downloaded, or copied from the reproducible set at the Central Library.

The Piton Foundation will find free tax preparation help locations near you.

Geek Book Club

Geek Book Club poster

Do you love Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Graphic Novels? Join us at the brand new Geek Book Club, which will be meeting the 3rd Saturday of every month. Our first meeting is this upcoming Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m at the Schlessman Family Branch.

The first selection is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Ready Player One takes place in the not so distant future, where thanks to an energy crisis the world is a pretty bleak place. Luckily everyone can spend their time in the OASIS, a virtual world that is a lot more appealing than the real one. James Halliday, the creator of OASIS, dies and leaves the ticket to his entire fortune hidden in the game.

James Tiptree Jr. Award Announced!

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The James Tiptree Jr. Award is a literary award given annually to science fiction or fantasy (novels, novellas, short stories) that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The award is named after Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the male name James Tiptree Jr. in order to be more accepted by publishers of science fiction.

While some of these books/stories may not be in the Denver Public Library's collection, they may be worth seeking out if you are interested in issues of gender in science fiction and fantasy. Please note all the teen books on the list--several of which were on my favorite reads of 2011 list!

The 2011 Tiptree Award Winner is: Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct Press, 2011)

The Honor List includes:

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives

A modernized Greek chorus.

New York's famed Aquila Theatre is touring the country with their Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives program and they are making a stop in Denver.

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue is a major national humanities program traveling to 100 public libraries and art centers across America focusing on inner-city, rural and underserved communities with a mission to inspire people to come together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life.

LOOKING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES

Is your last name Zolp? Are you under 4'10"? A Displaced Aurarian? If so, you may qualify for an Unusual Scholarship.

If not, we have other resources that can help.

There are several ways that you can seek money for your education, even if you're not a straight A student (check out the $1000.00 A GPA Isn't Everything Scholarship). Many students begin by talking with the guidance counselor of the college they will be attending. You can also research local entities, such as where you or your parents work, Kiwanis Clubs or the church or synagogue that you attend.

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