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Thanksgiving Read-Alikes

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and Thanksgiving books are flying off the shelves. The Denver Public Library owns approximately 2500 items about Thanksgiving for kids, and almost 1800 of them are checked out. We have less than two weeks to go, so if you're looking for books about Thanksgiving, come get your books ASAP (or put them on hold)! Even if every last one of our books, magazines, DVDs and CDs about Thanksgiving are checked out when you get here, there are a lot of other options that you can share with your child.

One of a Kind Children's Books

The Denver Public Library is home to the Juvenile Historical Collection, a fascinating collection of historical books for children. Twelve of the books in this collection can't be found at any other library in the world. To find out if other libraries own a book we search in WorldCat, which is a catalog that contains over 2 billion items from over 10,000 libraries worldwide.

What do you know about Emily Griffith, Robert Speer, or Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales?

Corky Gonzales

The Great Lives in Colorado History is a series of short bilingual biographies written at a third grade reading level. Each book is a "flip book" containing both English and Spanish translations.

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.

A Tour of the (Possibly Haunted) Children's Library Basement

Basement Door

Have you ever come to the library looking for a book only to find that it's in the "Historical Collection" or the basement? Before I worked at the library I was looking for holiday books at a branch and this very thing happened; I waited while a friendly librarian went into the storage area to retrieve them for me. I was intrigued. What could this storage area possibly look like?

Now that I work at the library I visit the basement or "Lowers" many times every day. I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a little information and a few pictures of this behind the scenes area.

Beach Time in Denver


Have you ever thought Denver would be absolutely perfect if only there was an ocean nearby? I certainly have, but while we don't have an ocean, the Denver metro area does offer some fun beach experiences. There's Confluence Park in downtown Denver, where you can watch kayakers while relaxing on the sand.

March is Sing With Your Child Month!

Maria Had a Little Llama

March is Sing With Your Child month, so break out in a joyous song. Even if you can't carry a tune, your child won't mind. In fact, they'll probably love your singing and make you feel like a singing sensation.

Our Favorite Apps For Kids

Big Nate Comix by U

Feeling overwhelmed with all the choices in kids’ apps out there? Take a look at our list of high-quality apps for iPad and Android tablets. 

There are a lot of games and interactive books to choose from so finding quality, educational, and entertaining apps can be a gigantic challenge that requires a substantial time commitment! The librarians in the Children's Library are here to help. We spent hours previewing a wide variety of apps and these are our favorites for toddlers through middle schoolers. We looked for apps that have clear instructions, encourage meaningful interaction (not random poking), and have an educational purpose, but are still fun.

Want to know what Thomas Edison, Beatrix Potter, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller had in common?

Helen Keller

They all loved to read! 

In the late 1920's Mrs. Katherine Watson, a creative Children's Librarian at the Denver Public Library, had a great idea to get the children of Denver excited about reading by highlighting the books famous people of the time enjoyed reading as children. She wrote letters to 140 well-known men and women, ranging from authors to politicians to adventurers, asking what their favorite books were as kids. She sent a typed list of popular children's books, so the recipients could easily place a check next to their favorites and return the list.

High Tea at the Denver Public Library

Tea Rex

You are cordially invited to high tea at the Denver Public Library on Saturday, January 25 at 2 p.m. We’ll get dressed up and have some tea. Oh what fun this party will be! Join us for delicious tea, cookies, a story, and a craft.

January is National Hot Tea month and you are invited to celebrate with the Children's Library at the Central Library. We'll serve a variety of hot and iced teas and cookies. There will be music, a tea related read aloud and a craft. This year the party will also highlight teas from around the world.

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