Reading is rebellious. My conviction in believing this is just as strong as my belief in the sky being blue, or in beauty being ubiquitous.
Reading is the one thing I can still do to get in touch with the outlaw in me, the adolescent delinquent craving confrontation with authority. It’s because of this, too, that I read to my son every day. It’s the closest I get to doing something religiously. I want him to think for himself, rebel against anything that goes against his ideals and the integrity of who he is, who he will be.
Winter is here, having come on like the resounding snap of a frozen twig, shooting through the silence of a freezing landscape. It drifted in after surrounding and defeating late fall with little more than a thrash of wind whipped leaves. Winter is here. And I am cold.
So I’ve had this vision. It’s of Bill and Ted, grown older – maybe a little wiser. They have jobs and families, expanding waist lines and thinning hair. But still, when they encounter something that is most excellent, something that rejuvenates them and makes them feel alive, even if for just a moment, they discreetly lean back and play a wicked air guitar. It’s not quite as loud as we all remember; it’s not quite as fast. But it is as necessary as ever – maybe more necessary now than it’s ever been. It’s a reminder that hey hey, my my, rock & roll can never die.
Denver Public Library is proud to be a part of Ride for Reading Week, 2014! We’ll be teaming up with Colorado Women’s Cycling Project to promote literacy and healthy living in Colorado by donating books via bicycle to children at Fulton Academy, a Title 1 school in Aurora.
DPL Connect, our pedal-powered mobile library, will join over 100 cyclists to deliver more than 3000 books by bike for this year’s Colorado delivery! And you are cordially invited to ride with us.
Over the past few months, the Denver Public Library has been developing a new service to connect the library to the community outside of our physical locations.
We wanted to literally take our services to the streets and to meet you where you are -- in the neighborhoods, at community events, in the parks, the coffee shops, the skate parks, concerts, farmer's markets and more.
We are super stoked to introduce what we came up with: DPL Connect -- a pedal-powered mobile library and wi-fi hotspot.
DPL Connect will make its inaugural ride at its official launch on Wednesday, August 7 on 16th Street Mall. Our tricked-out trike will provide free wireless internet access and will be stocked with a rotating collection of books tailored to the bike's location (i.e. cookbooks and urban farming for farmer's markets, bike repair and Denver maps for bike trails, etc).
If you think the only thing heavy metal and gardening have in common is Robert Plant, then I have news for you!
Award-winning gardener Chris Beardshaw, perhaps best known in the UK for his work on the BBC’s long running television series, Gardeners’ World, has released the results of a horticulture study he conducted with a group of students looking at plant growth and health. The study confirms what head-bangers and junior high science fair participants have known for decades: heavy metal music acts as a nutrient for healthy growth.
It's that time of year again, when the days in March are numbered and the dream of flowers flowering is almost more than a dream. It's the time of year when the western wind blows warmly, carrying with it the smell of mountain rain. It's almost April, which means it's also that time of year for you to check and make sure your toilet bowl isn't wrapped over invisibly with saran wrap...
Happy April Fools day!
Satirist and author Kurt Vonnegut once said that "if you make people laugh or cry about little black marks on sheets of white paper, what is that but a practical joke? All the great story lines are great practical jokes that people fall for over and over again."
So with that said, can you think of a better place to celebrate April 1st and get inspired for a little tomfoolery yourself than the public library?
If you're in the mood, check out some of these great pranks and pranksters you can find at DPL:
As we mentally prepare for what will be, it’s always helpful to look back at what was. Looking forward, 2013 will undoubtedly be an exciting year for new music. With anticipated releases from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, A$AP Rocky, Bad Religion, Kid Cudi, Black Sabbath (maybe...), M.I.A., and bands that will pull a ‘Lumineers‘ on us by coming out of nowhere to take over the radio waves, we have a lot to look forward to...
But as we wait for an exciting 2013, why not listen to the best of 2012? Looking back, it was a wonderful and endlessly fascinating year for music. Veterans Neil Young and Crazy Horse stampeded back onto the scene by releasing two (!) critically acclaimed albums, in addition to Young’s biography Waging Heavy Peace (read Bobby’s book review). Die Antwoord returned and reminded us why they hold such a special place in our hearts.