Celebrating National Poetry Month -- Poetry Behind Bars

I don't mind eels
Except as meals.
And the way they feels.

--The Eel, by Ogden Nash

Born in 1952 in Santa Fe, poet Jimmy Santiago Baca was abandoned by his parents at the age of two, then lived with his grandmother for a few years before ending up in an orphanage, where he stayed until he was 13, when he ran away and lived on the streets.

Samurai Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum: The Library Has More!

  • The Denver Art Museum is hosting a most unusual exhibit about the Japanese samurai. Examples of their armor and weapons are on display along with the protective gear worn by their horses. Colorful and distinctive, their elaborate outfits, covering the body from head to toe are certainly something to behold.

Shelf Life & Adventures in Podcasting

Some of the Shelf Life crew in the studio

Have you ever had a story you wished that the world could hear? Do you have an idea that absolutely needs sharing? Podcasting is a fantastic and easy way to bring your thoughts to life, and the Denver Public Library has many great tools to help you get started. We were so excited about podcasting here at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch library that we had the idea to create our own podcast -- one where we could share our favorite books, movies and music; interview local community leaders, and provide news about upcoming events.

Celebrating National Poetry Month- Getting Inspired

Every National Poetry Month I look forward to writing poetry every day. Just a jot or a tittle, scribbled down at lunch, or an epically long Free Verse agonized over for days, or weeks, or the whole month! If you don't know where to start, or are excited to share with others come to our Write On!

Beyond World Book

When I was in 6th grade, I wrote a report on sea lions using the Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia with the green spine. Now, I'd use the excellent Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia ... which leads me to today's subject of encyclopedias. Comprehensive sets such as World Book or Britannica are alive and well, and fill a need for anyone interested in learning and finding information.

Fashion! Turn To the Stacks from Reference Room Wanderings

The Fashion Book Cover

Who better to kick off this blog about fashion than the iconic David Bowie who inspired millions with his music and funky clothing choices? No one, RIP Bowie your legend lives on. (Feel free to bug your co-workers by blasting Fashion loudly while reading this blog.)

Comic Books for People Who (Think They) Don't Like Comic Books

After months of waiting, this Friday and Saturday finally mark DINK: The Denver Independent Comics and Art Expo. DPL will be there, and even if I weren't working the event I'd be pretty dang excited. But a couple of years ago, I never would have considered going to DINK. I have a weird history with comics, and until recently they generally didn't do much for me.

Big Library Read: American Sniper

American Sniper

From now until March 31, 2016 users from over 21,000 libraries around the world can borrow the eBook and audio eBook of the #1 New York Times best selling American Sniper without any wait lists or holds. The Big Library Read creates a digital “global book club” for two weeks as readers can experience the same title together and share their thoughts on our discussion board.

Plaza Voices: Athlete, Olympian, Refugee

Olympic Flag

What do elite swimmers from Syria, Judo champions from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a track & field star from the Central African Republic have in common? 

They are all hoping to compete in Brazil this August as part of the first-ever team of Refugee Olympic Athletes

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