National Parks Service Centennial

Guide to National Parks

Did you know that the National Parks Service will turn 100 on August 25, 2016? The National Parks Foundation is using this celebration as a way to encourage people to visit and use the parks, learn about their history, and educate folks so that they will be preserved for the future.

SM Energy Works to Improve STEM Education for Denver Kids

SM Energy Presenting $100,000 Check

Partnership Funds Makerspaces at Denver Public Library

SM Energy on Thursday, March 17, presented a $100,000 check to the Denver Public Library to fund science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and makerspace programs for kids and teens. In appreciation for the gift, the library’s digital makerspace at the Central Library will be renamed the SM Energy ideaLAB.

Come Join us for World Poetry Day! Monday March 21, 2016

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Monday March 21, 2016 is World Poetry Day!

We would like to invite you to a fun-filled afternoon at the Denver Public Library.

On Monday March 21, from 4-6:00 p.m. we will be hosting poetry readings that reflect the rich and diverse talents of poets from all over the world in honor of World Poetry Day.

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - proclaimed World Poetry Day on March 21 in 1999. Two key objectives are highlighted:

Plaza Voices: Dreams

Cover of "I Have A Dream," available from DPL

This week, our regular contributor Naghem S. shares a meditation on the dream of a better future:

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Langston Hughes

Make Something This March

Get out those knitting needles, button up that paint smock, strap on the old tool belt and “Get Your Craft On!”  Every month our Denver Public Library branches offer dozens of fun, easy and creative craft programs for all ages.  If you’re a seasoned crafter or a novice wanting to find your craft calling, you will find a wonderful variety of activities to choose from at your local libraries.
Here are some programs coming up for the rest of this month:

"A Place in the Sun"; a "MUST SEE" at the Denver Art Museum

Although I love the majestic scenery of Colorado, I also adore the splendor of the desert southwest of New Mexico.

This small exhibit at the Denver Art Museum of 40 works by artists of the fabled Taos Society, Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings is a "must see." Each work is such a clear example of New Mexico's state slogan (we know from their license plate), “Land of Enchantment."

Happy One-Year Anniversary to City Librarian Michelle Jeske

Michelle Jeske rose through the ranks to become Denver Public Library's new City Librarian last March after a nationwide, 6-month search. She began working at DPL in 2001, and served in a number of positions including the Manager of Web Information Services and Community Technology Center, Senior Special Collection Librarian for the Library Without Walls, and as the director of Collections, Technology and Innovation.

Plaza Voices: New License, New Look

Image of the new Colorado Drivers License format

Colorado Drivers Licenses are getting a new look! The new licenses will be issued at three offices, in Littleton, Aurora, and Frisco, during the pilot program starting this month. Other offices will continue issuing the older format for now.

Though this will not immediately affect immigrants seeking licenses under the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act (SB251), license holders should be assured that their licenses are still good until they expire.

Chocolate: The Journey from Cacao Seed to Kit Kat

With Valentine's Day behind us, and Easter and Passover approaching, we're right in the midst of chocolate season. One way to celebrate is with a visit to Chocolate: The Exhibition, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where you can barter for cacao beans in an Aztec marketplace, learn about chocolate as a global commodity, or enter an ancient Maya temple environment, where citizens grew cacao and ground its seeds into a bitter, frothy drink.

How to Fill the Downton Abbey Void in Your Life

Dowager Countess says: Don't be defeatist! It's so middle class.

This Sunday, the final episode of ITV's smash costume drama Downton Abbey aired on Rocky Mountain PBS. For six seasons, we've been watching the house of Crawley as closely as the house of Windsor. (But let's face it, the Crawleys probably have more drama.) Lest you feel bereft in this brave new world, here are some titles from DPL to help you keep calm and carry on in the absence of the Dowager Countess.

If you're not ready to let go just yet:

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