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Plaza Voices: Stories from Angel Island

Cover of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, available from DPL

This year marks the 105th anniversary of the opening of Angel Island, an immigration station near San Francisco that is sometimes called the Ellis Island of the West. However, Angel Island primarily acted as a detention center for immigrants, especially those of Asian descent.

Be a Rebel. Be a Rock Star. Be a Man and Read to your Kids.

Reading is rebellious. My conviction in believing this is just as strong as my belief in the sky being blue, or in beauty being ubiquitous.

Reading is the one thing I can still do to get in touch with the outlaw in me, the adolescent delinquent craving confrontation with authority. It’s because of this, too, that I read to my son every day. It’s the closest I get to doing something religiously. I want him to think for himself, rebel against anything that goes against his ideals and the integrity of who he is, who he will be.

Quiz Time! You're in Good Company!

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How good are you at figuring out what certain images have in common?  

Take a look at these - how are they linked?  SPOILER ALERT - Answers below.  

If you need a little help - try using some of our databases (library card required). 

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Get Frosted This Friday

Fresh City Life is getting out amongst 'em this Friday at Denver Art Museum's: Untitled: On the Rocks. This fun evening highlights the current Cartier exhibit of jewelry and rare items from the Cartier jewelers' collection. It is a fascinating and sparkling show -- go see it if you haven't yet. 

Winter of Reading is coming

What is the best thing to do during the long cold winter months? Why, read of course! Anyone who is a Book Person (and aren’t we all) can tell you that the best way to spend a cold day is curled up with a good book, listening to some tunes and sipping from a steaming mug of tea.

Plaza Voices: Important Update on Driver's Licenses and IDs under SB-251

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Senate Bill 13-251, The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, authorizes driver's licenses, instruction permits, or identification cards to be issued to individuals who are either unable to demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S., or can demonstrate only temporary lawful presence.

U.S. Presidents Quiz - What about these?

Thomas Jefferson

There are a lot of things in common among U.S. Presidents.  So far, they have all been male, that's one.  Many of them (but not all) appear on Presidential $1 Coins.

What is the unusual distinction that is shared by these five presidents? 

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Martin Van Buren
  • James Buchanan
  • Chester Arthur

In a related way, what do these two presidents also have in common?  

Plaza Voices: World Immigration in Film

Film poster for "In Between Days," available from DPL

Immigration is in the news, not just here in the U.S. but around the world. This week we bring you a selection of international films that explore the immigrant experience, both here and across the globe.

How Colorado Got So Rugged: Books on Colorado Geology

Messages in Stone Book Cover

If you want to see geologic marvels, Colorado is the place to be. Tall mountains, deep canyons, desert mesas, dinosaur bones, glacial valleys--this state has it all. But have you ever wondered how it got this way? Why is Colorado so rugged, when states like Iowa and Kansas are so flat? What raised those mountains and carved those valleys?

Open Enrollment For Health Insurance Is Almost Over. Get Enrollment Assistance Now!!

Connect for Health Colorado

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began November 15, 2014 and runs through February 15, 2015. This means we are nearing the home stretch for open enrollment. During open enrollment you can enroll for the first time, renew your current plan, or switch to a different plan. If you were enrolled in a plan for 2014, the benefit year ended on December 31, 2014.

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