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Artist in Residence at Ross-Broadway Branch Library

Just Try It

Artist in Residence ​is Denver Public Library’s first Artist in Residency Program designed to support our local art community and encourage exploration of resources available at the Library. The chosen artist will be given a $500 stipend, be paired with a Library staff member to aid in researching the proposed topic and be provided with a space at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library to make new small-scale work.

Plaza Voices: U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera (Library of Congress)

This past June, the Library of Congress announced that the new Poet Laureate of the United States will be California writer Juan Felipe Herrera. He is the first Latino author to hold the post. He was also the Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2015.

Herrera has been called "an American original," whose poems "champion voices and traditions and histories, as well as a cultural perspective, which is a vital part of our larger American identity.” 

Mindfulness at Noon: Mindful Community Engagement

Living Life in Full Bloom

Though we may not always feel we are actively engaging with our communities, they are a valued resource that can bring so much to our lives. A thriving community takes care of one another, whether that be with programs and services, schools, gathering places, or neighbors that look out for one another.

Crickets - the Gateway Bug

Chopsticks with cricket

Back in the early '90s, I got into buying, preparing, and eating caterpillars on a fairly regular basis. They were smoked and crunchy/chewy and delicious cooked in a peanut butter sauce with onions and garlic and hot peppers. On one of many trips through the Central African rainforest, the rickety and over-stuffed bus I was on broke down and some of the women passengers disappeared into the thick trees only to return within the hour with handfuls of caterpillars wrapped in their shawls.  

Saturday Sessions: Live Music Performances at Central

Jason Klobnak performing on trumpet

The library's live music performances -- Saturday Sessions -- featuring great local and traveling musicians, has become a downtown destination event. The 2015 season continues next weekend with a concert showcasing Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn.

Ivory and Brass: Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn
Saturday, August 22, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Extra! Extra! The Okee Dokee Brothers Will Perform a 2nd Free Show!

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Due to high demand for their upcoming free show at the Denver Public Library, The Okee Dokee Brothers will perform a 2nd free show at the Central Library on Saturday, August 22! In addition to their 2 p.m. show, the duo will also play at 11 a.m. Doors will open 30 minutes before each show begins.

Creating a Frankenstein: How a 19-year-old Wrote the Best Horror Novel Ever

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (August 30, 1797 - February 1, 1851) was on vacation on the shores of Lake Geneva in the summer of 1816, and was not having any fun -- instead of the warm, cloudless days that she'd looked forward to, the weather was chilly and wet.

A Bicyclist Beats the Horses!

 The Story of the Bicycle.  Harper's Weekly. April 11, 1896. p. 359
  • Jack Prince, a champion bicycle rider, beat three local race horses at Thunderbolt Race Park in Savannah, Ga. on Dec. 6, 1892 - that's right, 1892!

So, excitement about bicycle racing is not new. Articles in The New York Times appeared in abundance in the 1870s about this burgeoning spectator sport. Such events were sometimes referred to as tournaments, contests, or matches and were often combined with other athletic events.

Plaza Voices: The Universal Language

Yasmine Hamdan's "Ya Nass," available from DPL

The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called music the "universal language of mankind," an old idea with some new scientific backing.

Music, like all languages, is constantly evolving, mixing ideas, identities, and cultures. Globalization and the internet have enabled more and more of us to listen to and create music that crosses the borders between languages, ethnicities, and nations. 

Hold on a lady minute: Bianca Jagger cares about environmental injustice & she'd like to know what you are going to do about it

She was a jetsetter of the first water, dashing around the world making films, storming the beautiful people at Studio 54 or modeling clothes for designers like Halston. She dazzled other great icons of the era, including The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, whom she married in 1971. She's a mother, a grandmother, and a great grandmother. And she is one of the most important voices in environmental justice for the world today. She is Bianca Jagger and she's got a bone to pick with the way we treat the planet and its people.

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