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.

Featured Nonprofit: Demi's Animal Rescue

Recently, the DPL Nonprofit Center had a visit from Demi Merritt, the founder of Demi's Animal Rescue, a no-kill animal rescue that focuses on complete rehabilitation of difficult pets, and then finds the best matches for adoption. At 20, Demi is a nonprofit veteran (the organization became a 501c3 in 2010) and is a born fundraiser and advocate.

Cover Stories Exhibit Part 8: New Yorker, March 2009 And Wired, September 2012

We have been showcasing some of our favorite titles with an exhibit titled Cover Stories, a celebration of magazine cover art. In this final installation of this blog series, we turn our focus to cover art of the 21st century.

The New Yorker
Mar 16, 2009
Artwork: Michelle O.
Illustrator: Floc'h

Soothe Your Bowie-Sads With These Books

Books picked by and related to David Bowie

On Saturday, January 9, several Denver bands paid tribute to David Bowie for his birthday and album release at the Hi-Dive's Bowiefest. I was not the only DPL employee dancing to cover songs, wearing glitter, or admiring the elaborate costumes. So coming to work the following Monday morning after the news of his passing made for a very somber day.

Your 24/7 Reference Shelf: Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library Screenshot

When you're working on a research project, wouldn't it be great if you had a whole collection of reference books you could use any time of day or night? Well, if you have a library card and access to the Internet, you do! Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is an online reference collection that students can access from home, with over 3,500 electronic reference books—including encyclopedias, almanacs, biographies, guides to current events and controversies, and much more.

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