DPL Staff Art Show partners with East High Exhibit at Central

For the twelfth consecutive year, the Denver Public Library is proud to showcase the exceptional artistry, creativity and talent of 37 staff members. The staff art show is quite eclectic this year, with mediums including oil, acrylic, wool, photography, plastic, tesserae, faux fur, and even a re-purposed book.

Don't miss this chance to see the hidden talents of the workers who check out your books, answer reference questions, ensure your safety or shelve the books.

How About Some Winter Reading with a Passion For Skiing?

Skiing was what drew me to Colorado after I graduated from college. But, I had the passion for it long before I had had the opportunity to try it. There were two pairs of old wooden skis circa 1945 stashed away in a closet for years. My mother began skiing in the 40's since her job limited her to vacations during the winter months. She saw an ad in the New York Times for a ski outing by train with the Wall Street Ski Club.

Plaza Voices: Scholarships for DREAMers

College students

Earlier this month, TheDream.US, a nonprofit college access program, announced that it will partner with three Colorado colleges to offer scholarships and support services to youth in Colorado who qualify for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Denver Takes Center Stage at White House Conference on Education

City Librarian Michelle Jeske outside the White House

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and City Librarian Michelle Jeske travel to White House to showcase partnerships for student learning

I Love You -- I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do: Get Hitched at Denver Public Library

Our Anti-Valentine's Day Parties are legendary. From zombie love stories to a Xanadu disco inferno, we've hosted an Anti-Valentine's Day Party that always covers the ridiculous and the sublime. This year, we are serving love realness with a screening of Muriel’s Wedding that will be punctuated with an actual wedding ceremony! We’re seeking happy couples who would like to get married at this event! Come and witness the fun at this special afternoon. The library is providing the officiant, witnesses and reception for the cheapest, most fun and funny wedding ever.

Free aloe plants at Ross-Broadway

UPDATE 1/28/16: All aloe plants have been given away. Our seed library is available to browse during all library opening hours.


Winter of Reading: Where Reading IS a Winter Sport

When someone in our eleventh-grade math class would say they were going skiing or snowboarding, our beloved-yet-crotchety teacher would make a face and ask, “Why?”

“Uh, because it’s fun?”

“No, it is not fun. It’s cold. It’s wet. It has a high index for pain.”

Unique Finds from Reference Room Wanderings

How Products Are Made book

I was hired as a Denver Public Library Reference Librarian in August 2015 and since then I’ve been slowly working my way through the vast array of resources available at my fingertips. While we have an impressive collection of online databases and resources, my favorite place to delve is the Reference Services Department or Reference Room. The Reference Room is located on Level 3 of Central and was built during the 1990 renovation with designer Michael Graves.

Bowie in Black & White

Crawdaddy, February 1978

The first time I ever saw David Bowie was watching Saturday Night Live back in 1979.  My family had just returned to the U.S. and I was 11 years old.  He wore this amazing black and white outfit that he couldn't walk in so he had to be carried downstage to perform.  I had no idea who he was and because he was bathed in pink light, I assumed this was Pink Floyd.

Plaza Voices: Refugees are Brain Gain

Syrian refugee pictured with clothing she created.

An organization in Finland called Startup Refugees is working to create new opportunities for refugees and native-born Finns, according to an article in Fast Company this month.

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