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Sheet music collection continues to grow at DPL

Cover of Alexander's Ragtime Band score

For those listeners of jazz, tunes like Anthropology by Charlie Parker and Lullaby of Birdland by George Shearing are standards. What many may not know is that those musical compositions are contrafacts. A contrafact is a piece of music that uses the chord progression of a different song but is given a new melody and arrangement.

Plaza Voices: Latino Americans - 500 Years of History

With more than 50 million individuals living in the United States, Latinos and Hispanics comprise the largest minority group in the country. Based on the 2014 Census estimate, almost 30% of individuals living in Denver are Latino and/or Hispanic. With such large numbers, it should come as no surprise that this group is anything but homogenous -- from newly sworn in U.S. citizens to second generation immigrants like myself, everyone has a very different story to tell and experiences had along the way to finding their own place in the United States.

Cover Stories Exhibit Part 1: Scientific American (1869) and The Graphic (1871).

Cover Stories Part 1 Graphic

Did you know that the Central Library has an enormous collection of periodicals, ranging from The Gentleman's Magazine, which dates back to the 1730s, to Game Informer, which offers the latest in video game news? We decided to showcase some of our favorite titles with an exhibit titled Cover Stories , a celebration of magazine cover art presented in re-purposed frames found in a storage area on the 6th floor.

Plaza Voices: Care for All

Lulu, a Plaza staff member & new contributor, writes:

Need Help With Your National History Day Project?

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Are you a student participating in National History Day this year and looking for help with your project?  Let the Denver Public Library's Reference Services Department help guide you to great resources!  This year's theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History, and National History Day provides a sample topics list to get you started thinking about your topic.  Reference librarians here at DPL have created several pathfi

Cover Stories Exhibit - 150 Years of Magazine Cover Artistry

Cover images

It was author George Eliot who said "Don't judge a book by its cover," but that doesn't always apply to a magazine. In fact, most often, it's just the opposite. Magazine cover design is what sells the stories inside.

Niche and Cozy: DIY Your Own Mystery Title

A wall of cozy mysteries: where sweet and sinister collide.

When you look at a bunch of mystery books grouped together (say, at your local library), you probably notice that alongside those edgy-looking covers from Gillian Flynn or Scandinavia is more than a little pastel. These are what is known as "cozy mysteries." Last week, I wrote for the Movies Blog about British crime dramas with a non-London setting. Most of those I mentioned are people who deal with crime as part of their jobs: police officers, journalists, private investigators.

The Country and the Gritty: Provincial British Crime Dramas

The English countryside. Pictured: sheep. Not pictured: games afoot.

On the spectrum of British mysteries, there are two extremes that spring immediately to mind. On the one end is the amateur sleuth cracking the case against a deceptively quaint backdrop—think Miss Marple's St. Mary Mead. On the other of the spectrum is the jaded Scotland Yard vet trying to solve London's grittiest crimes, of which Prime Suspect's Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennyson is the prime example.

November is National Family Literacy Month!

Family reading together

This month marks the annual celebration of National Family Literacy Month, a nationwide initiative to encourage families to read together. Reading together builds and strengthens literacy, encourages a love of reading, and is a great way to spend time together as a family.

Plaza Voices: The Local and Global Reach of Games

No matter where in the world you find yourself, you will always see games being played. Games not only provide a great channel for opening up & getting to know others better, but can also help develop important critical thinking and strategy building skills that transfer into other areas of life. They are one of the oldest ways known for bringing people together and are an important component of any culture.

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