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Oscar Wilde: Impressions of Colorado

Excerpt from Oscar Wilde's essay, Impressions of America, "From Salt Lake City one travels over the great plains of Colorado and up the Rocky Mountains, on the top of which is Leadville, the richest city in the world. It has also got the reputation of being the roughest, and every man carries a revolver. I was told that if I went there they would be sure to shoot me or my travelling manager. I wrote and told them that nothing that they could do to my travelling manager would intimidate me.

Oscar Wilde's Leadville Adventure

Oscar Wilde recorded, in his Impressions of America, that when he visited Leadville, Colorado in April of 1882, he was lowered in a bucket to the bottom of one of Horace Tabor's mines and while at the bottom of the mine, he was treated to a three-course dinner hosted by a group of rough and ready miners. Dinner was described thusly, "The first course was whisky, the second course was whisky and the third course was whisky."

Plaza Voices: New Citizens to be Honored at the Central Library

Ms. Perez, a Plaza participant, became a citizen in 2010.

This Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the Denver Public Library is pleased to host its 15th annual naturalization ceremony at the Central Library. This year's event is a joint effort of the Library's Services to New Immigrants Initiative and its Reference Department.

Mindfulness at Noon: Extra Servings of Mindfulness for Better Health

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A wise woman once said "Your body hears everything your mind says." That woman was Naomi Judd. Okay, I don't know how wise she is, but I sure connected with that quote. And I figure someone who has faced serious health issues and spent much of her life touring must know something about how stress impacts your body!

Denver Public Library Celebrates National Poetry Month

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"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."
Carl Sandburg

April is National Poetry Month, initiated in 1996, by the Academy of American Poets.

The purpose was to highlight the effects of Poetry in all facets of culture, both on a national and international scale, and a way to focus on the importance of poetic expression in our daily lives.

2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Winner

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2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Winner

Atticus Lish is the winner of the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his novel Preparation for the Next Life (Tyrant Books).

Denver Public Schools Citywide Middle School Art Exhibition

Yesterday staff from the Denver Public Schools and the Denver Public Library worked together to hang over 100 amazing artwork made by middle school students and now the Denver Public School Citywide Middle School Art Exhibition is here! The art will be on display from April 7-27 in the Level 5 Western History and Genealogy Gallery and in Schlessman Hall on Level 1. Come see these wonderful artworks created by Denver’s talented students.

Tell Us: What Would YOU Check Out?

The Denver Public Library is considering a "Library of Things"--items to be checked out or to use in the library that go beyond what you already expect from us (beyond books, DVDs, CDs, ebooks, etc).

Libraries across the country have been successful with such collections, and we want to know what YOU would check out from the Denver Public Library if it were available! Some ideas are:

Baking pans

Knitting needles

Button makers

New technology

Art

Scribes, Scholars, and Storytellers Series

Engage is excited to present the Scribes, Scholars, and Storytellers Series at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. Meet authors, listen to them speak and learn about the process of writing during these three programs.

The Day That Eugene Field Punk'd Oscar Wilde

Eugene Field

Based on this photo, you may not guess that the author and journalist, Eugene Field, had a wicked sense of humor. During his tenure as the editor of the Denver Tribune (1880-1883), he pulled many pranks on his friends and acquaintances and even visiting dignitaries.

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