Library News

The Library Started It All: Other Borrowing/Rental Services in Denver

Several months ago, library staff gathered information from you, our customers, to see what “nontraditional” items you might like to see the library circulate. While of course we will continue to offer books, music, and movies (both physically and digitally!), we heard many great ideas.

We also heard about many items that are already available to borrow or rent from other places in Denver--in some cases, even things that the library already has or does. We wanted to make sure to get the word out about some of these  services, programs, and classes. Here is a sampling:

Free sunflowers grown from the Ross-Broadway Seed Library!

free sunflower babies

The Ross-Broadway Branch Library has the only seed library in DPL. We planted sunflower seeds donated by a generous customer, and boy do we have lots of baby sunflowers coming up! We would love to share our bounty with you, so drop by and we'll give you a free sunflower plant.

The Great Debate: When it Comes to Fiction, Would You Rather . . . .

Cartoon by Tom Gauld: http://angryrobotbooks.com/2011/05/a-natter-with-damned-bu

If you are a fiction reader who uses the Central Library, you know about our extensive fiction collection on Level 2. Right now, the fiction collection is broken into separate sections based on literary genre: mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, western, horror and general, literary fiction. Novels within each genre section are shelved alphabetically by author.

This month, we’re asking our customers how they’d like to see the fiction collection arranged. Would you rather . . .

Ross Broadway Branch Library through rain or shine!

The staff at the Ross Broadway Branch Library are fortunate to be able to visit the La Familia Recreation Center every 3 weeks. Working with the My Denver Card Staff, we merge My Denver Cards with Library cards, bring books for children and adults to check out and just get to know people in the community. 

DPL Announces Linked Data Launch

Libhub Initiative libhub.org

Libraries have always been about more than physical spaces. We are about connecting our community to resources, services, knowledge, and entertainment to serve both individuals and communities at large.

Are libraries still relevant?  We emphatically say -- YES!  We have taken steps to ensure that this remains true by joining forces with other libraries, developers, and vendors to transform our catalog data into a format that’s searchable on the Web based on this belief:

Youth One Book, One Denver 2015

Youth One Book, One Denver is here!

Are you 9-12 years old? Close enough? Do you like to read a great book and have great discussions about it with your friends? Well now you all can when you read this summer's Youth One Book, One Denver title selection together. The winner, as voted on by kids like you from around the city, is The Comet's Curse by Dom Testa.

Connecting Vecinos: Stretch & Play

Doing Left Grasp Bird's Tail with Dr. Bob Tank, Jr.

Left Grasp Bird's Tail is the name of the 2nd move out of the 108 moves in the Taoist Tai Chi set. On May 16, customers at Byers Branch Library got a feel for Left Grasp Bird's Tail among other basic tai chi stretches with instructor Dr. Bob Tank during the recent Connecting Vecinos program. In just a few moves we started to feel calmer and stronger, even though it was challenging to keep our shoulders relaxed!

Plaza Voices: Plaza Art Show!

Family visiting Denver Art Museum as part of Plaza program

The Denver Public Library's Plaza program partners with both the Denver Art Museum and the Art Students League of Denver to offer free, professional arts programming to Denver's diverse immigrant communities at branches throughout the city.

Mindfulness at Noon: I Love You [fill in the blank]. Now be Mindful!

Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom

Oh, love. So beautiful, so inspiring, and so much work. Whether we're talking about a partner or spouse, a parent, a child or a friend, it's amazing how much love you can feel for someone, and at the same time how much work the relationship takes. Emotions run high and sometimes the person you love most is the cause of stress, anger or anxiety. In every relationship, it's important to nurture not only our partner, but also ourselves.

Plaza Voices: Asian Pacific Heritage Month — Tennis Art in Motion

Portrait of Debby Yodder, by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Barry Gutierrez

On display at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library, May 1-31, 2015:

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