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Not Your Father's Library Card - How to Save 15% on Select Performances at the DCPA

A library card recently sold at auction for $7500.00. It bore the signature, the earliest known signature, in fact, of eighth-grader Elvis Aaron Presley, and was issued by Humes High School in Memphis in 1948. The King of Rock and Roll had borrowed a copy of "The Courageous Heart: A Life of Andrew Jackson for Young Readers."

Get Ready for the 2015 Peep Contest!

Get ready to turn your favorite painting or sculpture into a peep diorama!  Get inspired at the Denver Art Museum and then use marshmallow Peeps to recreate a famous painting or sculpture.

The Joy of Cookbooks

In Her Kitchen

Even if you don't actually like to cook, there is a certain pleasure to be had from just perusing cookbooks. Some have gorgeous photography. Some authors write about food in a way that can get you craving flavors you've never tasted before. Cookbooks allow you to fantasize about dishes that you might make (if you could find all of those rare ingredients and if you actually had all the strange kitchen gadgets required!). They allow you to travel the world through the cuisine of various countries. Some get so specific that they center around a single ingredient.

Plaza Voices: Mapping Your Journey

Map of the world

This Saturday, March 28, the Denver Public Library's Plaza and Services to New Immigrants Initiative will partner with History Colorado to offer free activities and museum tours for New Americans and their families.

World Poetry Day! - March 21

earth and ink quill

In Paris in 1999, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), proclaimed March 21st as World Poetry Day.

What’s the Big Deal with 3D Printing Anyway?

Confession: despite working everyday with new (and old) technology, I wasn’t terribly eager to dive into the world of 3D printing. To be sure, the technology behind it interested me, but, from a standpoint of usefulness, I was pretty skeptical. I mean, does the world really need more plastic junk? So, when ideaLAB set up not one but two 3D printers, I definitely had mixed feelings.

Plaza Voices: Telling Our Stories

Cover of Purpose, by Wyclef Jean, available at DPL

Personal stories are fascinating. They enliven history, putting events into a context we can understand. They bridge the gaps between our own experiences and those of others, as we see common human concerns arise in circumstances vastly different from our own. More than anything, personal histories help us to empathize with people whose lives we may have never imagined.

novella /noʊˈvɛlə/

Literary Lingo

The Oxford English Dictionary notes the term novella is derived from the Italian novella originally a short fictitious narrativeBut the novella is not short on popularity.

Big Library Read - Shakespeare Saved My Life

Shakespeare Saved My Life

We’re excited to announce that the latest Big Library Read is now live, offering millions of users around the globe the opportunity to join the largest global eBook club in the world. For the next two weeks the eBook Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates will be available to borrow without any wait lists or holds.

Cinderella, the World Traveler

There’s been a lot of buzz about the new Cinderella movie that’s in theaters right now. But did you know that the story has been around for centuries? And that there are over 1,000 versions of the Cinderella story from all over the world?

Her name can be Cinderella, but she’s also been known as Rose, Yeh-Shen, Aschenputtel, Cendrillion, Jouanah, Nyasha, Teresa, Damura, Domitila, Pongi, and more.

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