Denver and Beyond!: Adventures with the Okee Dokee Brothers

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Did you know that The Okee Dokee Brothers are going to be playing a kids’ concert at the Central Library onSaturday, August 22 at 2pm? Did you know the Okee Dokee Brothers are Denver natives? It’s true! Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing grew up in Denver, but their music has taken them far.

Colorado's Ghost Glaciers

Landscape from RMNP with and without ice age glaciers. From NPS.

This weekend I hiked up to Arapahoe Glacier in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area. It's the largest glacier in Colorado, and definitely an impressive sight--a field of ice covering nearly 40 acres, nestled among towering crags at 12,700 feet. But by glacial standards, Arapahoe Glacier is a pipsqueak. It's tiny compared to great valley glaciers like the one in the second photo, which is in Alaska.

Happy pluto flyby, new horizons!

This morning at about 7:50 a.m. eastern time, the New Horizons spacecraft flew within 7,800 miles of Pluto at a speed of 31,000 mph. We probably won't get to see pictures and data until tomorrow because it's not communicating with Earth right now while it gathers data. It's supposed to re-start communications at about 8 p.m.

Help me spend money on (teen) magazines!

I'm in the process of choosing magazines for the Central Library's Teen Space for 2016 and I need your help! I have enough money to buy maybe 1 or 2 new magazine subscriptions, so if there's something you think the library should have, let me know.

Here's what we have right now:

BMX Plus


EGM - Electronic Gaming Monthly

Game Informer Magazine



Robot Magazine


Sophisticate's Black Hair Styles & Care Guide

Teen Ink

Teen Vogue

Summer Beach Reads for Men

As a Coloradan, do you ever feel left out when you see a list of "Summer Beach Reads?" I did too, until I learned that we have plenty of sandy beaches right here in Colorado. The reservoir at Chatfield State Park is the closest, and offers a view of the mountains, a swim beach, and a huge off-leash dog park. The 700-acre Boulder Reservoir is another state park where you can relax on the beach, swim, bike or view diverse wildlife.

Some Interesting Reading in U.S. Government Docs, really?

Recently, I stumbled across a photo of shrunken heads in a book for librarians about The Serial Set, (or the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, a broad reaching collection of House and Senate reports, documents from committees, agencies and much more) when thoughts of an old horror movie I had watched as a kid involving shrunken heads came to mind.

It was called the Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake.

Plaza Voices: Biennial of the Americas

Biennial of the Americas

The Biennial of the Americas, established by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2010 when he was Mayor of Denver, is a series of events, art exhibitions, workshops, and talks devoted to exploring the economic and cultural ties between countries in the Western hemisphere.

Mindfulness at Noon: Is Mindfulness the New Happy?

10% Happier

There's no question that a happier life is a better life. Less stress and more productivity, less loneliness and more meaningful connections, less information overload and more creativity--sounds good to me! But it's so easy to get lost in the doubt of past decisions, the uncertainty of the future, or even the lack of confidence in the present moment. Mindfulness can help.

Here are some mindful strategies for happiness I'm exploring:

Shake Your Sillies Out!: Dancing and Singing at the Library

Jim Gill and banjo

Here at the Children’s Library we like to dance and sing because they’re fun ways to develop early literacy skills. Dancing develops gross motor skills so important for learning to run, jump, catch, and throw. Singing helps kids learn the sounds of letters by stretching out words to fit a melody.

This summer we have two special events that feature singing and dancing at the Central Library. We hope you can join us!

Plaza Voices: Independence


Heading into the July 4th weekend, it's good to remember that independence movements aren't ancient history--numerous countries have fought for independence during the past 100 years, and there are active separatist movements across the globe.

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