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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.

Talk Like a Pirate Today...Speak Polish or Portuguese or Punjabi Tomorrow

Talk Like a Pirate Day



Library staff have been blogging in anticipation of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is celebrated every September 19th. Did you know the Library's language acquisition database, Mango Languages, features Pirate as one of the 60 language courses available to customers?

Attend our Research Skills Class for Adult Students

Bob Lawrence wins graduate award by NTU- Brackenhurst, Creative Commons licensed

The number of older students returning to school has been steadily increasing over the past decade. Students over the age of 25 now comprise 38 percent of the total college population, with that number expected to rise by 25 percent by 2019.

Our Reference Services department has certainly seen an increase in visits from non-traditional students. Library research has migrated to an online environment, and looks quite different than even ten years ago. Fear not! Students can rely on the library to help them navigate this new learning landscape. We have created a course on library research to provide adult learners with the skills they need to study more productively and research more confidently.

Little Free Libraries: Neighbors Creating Richer Communities

Our Little Free Library by Robin Filipczak

This spring, my family installed a Little Free Library in front of our home. Have you heard about these libraries? Founded in 2009, the Little Free Library movement seeks to:

promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide

build a sense of community as people share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

Owners can create their own library box or purchase one from Little Free Library and register on the organization's website. Library locations are then geolocated on a Google Map.

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write (You) a Letter

Courtesy of donovanbeeson / Flickr / Creative Commons licensed

"Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls; for, thus friends absent speak." -- John Donne, in a verse letter to Sir Henry Wotton, written before April 1598.

I love the thrill of finding a hand-written note tucked into the interminable piles of junk mail that show up in my mailbox.

To prove it, I have 25 years of archived correspondence: postcards from around the globe, hand-made birthday cards filled with my sister's effusive love, even a tender billet-doux or two. These physical artifacts tie me emotionally and metaphysically to the people who have touched my life. April is National Card and Letter Writing Month, which gives us the perfect excuse to connect to those we care about through the written word.

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