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Plaza Voices: Películas de ciencia ficción y fantasía

Cover of Sleep Dealer/Traficante de Sueños, available from DPL

This week, our regular contributor Desiree S. writes:

Robots! Aliens! Time travel? What do these things share in common (other than being awesome)? They are all subjects of movies you can check out at DPL while also improving your Spanish speaking skills.

The Bookseller: An Interview with Denver Author Cynthia Swanson

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

Cynthia Swanson is a Denver writer and mid-century modern designer. Her debut novel, The Bookseller, is being released by HarperCollins Publishers on March 3. This work of historical fiction, set in Denver in the early 1960s, asks the question, “How did I end up in my current life?

Do you think you would risk your life to save a stranger?

Village of Secrets

Pierre Piton, a courageous 17-year-old, led French Jews in hiding during the Holocaust on a complicated 250-kilometer journey to cross the border between France and Switzerland with overnight stays in churches, crossing streams, climbing over barbed-wire fences, all the while cleverly evading the regular patrols. After many successes, while on a train, he was finally arrested by the French police. Rather miraculously, he was later released.

Saturday Sessions: Go Island with Toco Bay

If any music can be said to have charms to soothe the savage breast -- it just might be the ebullient sounds of Caribbean steel drums. Originally coming to the fore during WWII in Trinidad, steel drums were developed by African slaves who were brought to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago to work on French and Spanish plantations. The music of these instruments became a direct link to the music of their homeland. 

This Saturday, Denver Public Library hosts Toco Bay, the Colorado duo that uses steel pans to create a beautiful and joyous concert.

Michelle Jeske Named Denver City Librarian

Michelle Jeske, Denver's New City Librarian

The Denver Public Library Commission is pleased to announce Michelle Jeske as the new Denver City Librarian. She was named the leader of the Library system after a six month national search and assumes her duties March 2.

The greatest film director?!

Picture #1

Picture #1: Huge smile and adorable big ears...cute kid, huh? Well, his name is Steven. Little Steven loves role playing, making up stories, has a huge imagination, and so much more!

 

Little Steven is growing...

 

Woman Power In a World of Men: Marlene Dietrich in Manpower

Marlene Dietrich started her career as a film actress in 1930. Born in 1901, she was thirty before American audiences discovered her in Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel; she became a film superstar and yet she was past the age of ingenue -- a rarity in Hollywood. But she learned auteur and Hollywood lighting and makeup techniques from von Sternberg, who had pioneered 'butterfly lighting' to create perfect shadows on Dietrich's face when photographed in close-ups and medium shots.

I Can't Complain, But Sometimes I Still Do: Getting Help for Consumer Grievances

If you're like most people, at some point you've sought justice for a consumer complaint, such as a landlord/tenant dispute, a home repair rip-off or persistent robocalls. It can be confusing to figure out where to direct a complaint, but there are ways to take control of the situation and empower yourself.

Craft brewer's Quiz

Drink Craft Beer

If you're a craft brewer, or if you want to be a craft brewer, check out what Denver Public Library has for you! We have these great magazines covering the craft brewing industry.

Farewell Message From City Librarian Shirley Amore

Shirley Amore

Dear Friends and Supporters,

My time as leader of the Denver Public Library is coming to a close. Retirement begins March 1. When I look back on my 8+ years as City Librarian, I am so proud of what we have achieved together.

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