You are invited to learn about and celebrate Kwanzaa at the Library. Kwanzaa is a non-religious African American holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. It is celebrated for seven days: December 26 - January 1.
Join us for Kwanzaa programs featuring performers and light refreshments:
Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation, in partnership with The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and City Year Denver present a Community Conversation featuring Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, on Thursday, December 8, 7-9 p.m. at the Manual High School Auditorium.
Wilkerson, who spent most of her career as a national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times, is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism, and was the first black American to win for individual reporting.
NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has announced their selection for December, and it's a magical winter book for kids and parents/caregivers to read together.
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu is the story of fifth-graders Hazel and Jack, who are best friends until a magic mirror and an evil queen turn Jack's heart to ice. Hazel knows what she has to do: go on a quest to save Jack's life!
It's an enchanting fantasy with beautiful black and white illustrations (and a gorgeous cover) that really bring the story to life. Breadcrumbs is a middle grade chapter book, but the story is sure to captivate readers of all ages.
National Public Radio (NPR) has started a special project for listeners ages 9-14: the Back-Seat Book Club. Beginning in October, the show All Things Considered would like young listeners and their parents to read a selected book each month and then join in the conversation with that book's author. They want to know what you think and give the author a chance to answer questions you have about the book!
The first selection in the Back-Seat Book Club is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which is perfect for Halloween. It's the story of Nobody Owens, a boy who is normal in every way – except that he has been raised by ghosts in a graveyard.
Are you ready to rock? Join us on Thursday, June 30 at 4 p.m. in the Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center for a free concert with Harry and the Potters!
Imagine if Harry Potter quit the quidditch team and instead started using the power of rock and roll to fight evil. This is Harry and the Potters: the original wizard rock band! Join us as they return to the Denver Public Library on their first tour of libraries since they last visited us back in 2007. Paul and Joe DeGeorge started this band in 2002 when Joe was 15 and Paul was 23. They played their first show in a shed in their parent’s backyard.
Please join us for the first event in our oral history lecture series for Breaking the Barriers, a historical timeline featuring the significance of African Americans in tennis:
The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective
Monday, May 9, 6-8 p.m.
Blair Caldwell African American Research Library
Colorado has a rich history of pro tour professionals located in our own backyard with direct connections to Arthur Ashe, the first African American male to win a Grand Slam event. Featured panel participants will share experiences and inspirations from their association with Arthur Ashe. In addition, learn about unknown facts, obstacles and struggles faced by early African American tennis pioneers.
Moderator: Nancy McCloskey Concierge, Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club
Denver Public Library and Craig Bergsgaard Studios present:
Lessons Learned at Bloody Sand Creek, a free panel discussion on one of the most infamous chapters in Colorado history.
Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Of all the atrocities perpetrated on the Native American people during the Westward expansion, Colorado was home to one of the worst: The Sand Creek Massacre.
On November 29, 1864, on the banks of the Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado, a 700-man militia raided a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho settlement, slaughtering and mutilating the inhabitants—most of whom were women, children, and elders.
For 146 years, people have been trying to understand why and how seemingly civilized people could perpetrate such a grisly act.
Our fantastic series for singles, the Overdue Love Club (OLC), has a new location: Mad Wine Bar! On Friday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m., join the smart and sexy Vivienne VaVoom, for a fun evening that will start with an interactive icebreaker.
It’s your year to have fun, meet new people and broaden your perspective (and your prospects)!
The exhibit will open on Saturday, December 11 at 10 a.m., with an opening reception until 12 noon. A wall will be dedicated to the children and families who participated in the free art programs at the Byers Branch throughout the year, and left their work at the library to be put on display.
The art will be on display for the public throughout December.
This event is free and all are welcome.
For gallery hours and more information, visit the Center for Visual Art website at metrostatecva.org.