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We Explore: The United States of Literature

We Explore: The United States of Literature

Thanksgiving has come and gone (I know, right?), which means that the holiday season is upon us now with all of its trappings: pumpkin spice lattes, mall traffic, snow angels, and tryptophan. This is also the busiest travel time of the year, with people going every which way across our great nation. Of course, as any reader knows, books allow you to travel without the pleasure of experiencing DIA's cattle drive in your socks. And for those of us who will be stuck in planes, trains, and automobiles over the coming weeks, maybe you'll finally have time to unwind with a good book.

The Young Elites

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Byers Branch Library Recommends:

In this video, Mary reviews the first book in a new YA fantasy series by Marie Lu:

THE YOUNG ELITES

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: BOOKS FOR KIDS & TEENS

Hug Machine

At the closing of every year, librarians throughout the Denver Public Library system collaborate on a list of their favorite children's and teen publications from that year. Whether you're looking for gift ideas or just a good recommendation to read, here are our suggestions, the best and brightest of 2014.

Browse the titles in our catalog. 

Books for the Very Youngest:

Cooking in a Winter Wonderland

5280: The Cookbook

There is something about winter weather that makes me want to cook and bake.  When it gets cold outside I start to dream about soups and stews, casseroles and all kinds of yummy meals.  I start to browse cookbooks and collect ingredients for my favorite cookies.  If you are at all like me, we have a great week coming up for Engage Programming. 

A Cockatiel Christmas

Bette Midler

When do you start playing Christmas music? In my home, it's the day after Thanksgiving when KEZW Studio 1430 AM begins an aural orgy of holiday fare. I discovered 1430 when I was "gifted" a cranky cockatiel. Let's call him Pierre.

Steampunk: Where the Future Meets the Past

While doing some early online holiday shopping, I came across the "steampunk roadkill leather top hat," on sale for $346.50, reduced from $495.00. Although I decided against buying the hat, I realized that I wasn't exactly sure what "steampunk" is, or where it came from.

Plaza Voices: Tight-Knit

Photo of hands knitting (Creative Commons).

Jennifer Duddy Gill, a Plaza staff member, writes:

When I was about eight years old my mother taught me how to knit. I was amazed that using two wooden sticks to make loops with string could create fabric that I could actually use for something. Creating something from almost nothing was both surprising and gratifying to me.

What's in your future?

future

It's hard to believe 2014 is coming to an end.  Seems like just yesterday we were awaiting Y2K, judgment day, purple skies and people running everywhere.

Hour of Code at the Library!

Last year, 15 million students (children and adults) dipped their feet into programming in one week for the Hour of Code - this year, we're going for 100 million, and Denver Public Library is proud to be part of the effort. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics - it's organized as part of Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14.

Come participate in the largest learning event in history - There's two Hour of Code events at DPL!

SO many photos...

110 camera

Remember when you used to have a camera to take photos? I started with a little 110 camera, and then a Polaroid. I even had an SLR for a while, but I never got really good at using it. Now I take all my photos with my phone. And I don’t wanna brag, but they’re great photos, too!

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