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The Race Card Project: Share Your Story in Six Words

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In 2010, as NPR host and special correspondent Michele Norris traveled the country to promote her family memoir “The Grace of Silence” she had an idea. To engage the audience at her readings, she handed out postcards and, "I asked people to think about their experiences, questions, hopes, dreams, laments or observations about race and identity. Then, I asked that they take those thoughts and distill them to just one sentence that had only six words.

Valverde Bazaar Pop Up Outdoor Market

Forty years ago, a Denver teenager with a passion for stained glass began scouring demolition sites to retrieve artistic treasures from the rubble and repair them into expressions of art and beauty. These forays led Eron Johnson on a lifetime and worldwide journey of collecting and selling antiques and renovating dilapidated spaces around the city.

Cover Stories Exhibit Part 8: New Yorker, March 2009 And Wired, September 2012

We have been showcasing some of our favorite titles with an exhibit titled Cover Stories, a celebration of magazine cover art. In this final installation of this blog series, we turn our focus to cover art of the 21st century.

The New Yorker
Mar 16, 2009
Artwork: Michelle O.
Illustrator: Floc'h

Cover Stories Exhibit Part 7: Omni, May 1984 And Out, November 1998

We have been showcasing some of our favorite magazine titles with an exhibit titled Cover Stories, a celebration of magazine cover art. This week, we take a look at two splashy titles of the eighties and nineties.

May 1984
Artwork: TechnoMadonna
Artist: Stanislaw Fernandes

Teachers: Request Research Pathfinders for Your Students

claassified research by throgers, Flickr: The Commons, Creative Commons license

When you are guiding your students through research projects this year (large or small), take advantage of the Library's Research Pathfinder service.

Nothing Says Summer Like the Extended Essay

Summertime! High school students turn their attentions to hanging out at the pool, snagging tickets to the area's best concerts, and making money with a summer job.

And then there is a group of International Baccalaureate (IB) students who are using the summer months to begin a research journey known as the "Extended Essay."

Literature Expert? Test Yourself with this Quiz

Photo Credit: Brittany Stevens on Flickr

Love Literature? Put that knowledge to test with this quiz.

1. Which famous author/playwright in the 1800s made his name first known as a Professor of Aesthetics?

• Charles Dickens
• Oscar Wilde
• Washington Irving
• Walt Whitman

Check your answer in the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

The Bookseller: An Interview with Denver Author Cynthia Swanson

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

Cynthia Swanson is a Denver writer and mid-century modern designer. Her debut novel, The Bookseller, is being released by HarperCollins Publishers on March 3. This work of historical fiction, set in Denver in the early 1960s, asks the question, “How did I end up in my current life?

Readers' Guide Retrospective: An Old-Fashioned Research Tool Gets a Modern-Day Search Interface

Are you (ahem!) old enough to remember the green set of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature in your library? For decades, the Guide was the gold standard access point to US and Canadian magazines.

If you wanted to read all the article coverage of the lunar landing, for example, the Readers’ Guide would provide you with a list of citations across magazine titles, saving you the time of combing through each individual publication.

Library Named 'Bicycle-Friendly Business' by

Enter the secured employee bike room parking at the Central Library, and you'll understand how much bike commuting is part of the Library's culture. You'll find it packed with commuter bikes every day of the year.

Whether we're mopping our sweaty brows in the heat of the summer, or bundling up for our dark, cold winter rides, Denver Public Library employees LOVE being in the saddle.

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