According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 654,949 people were welcomed as citizens in 2014. On September 17th, Citizenship Day will commemorate this milestone for new Americans. Becoming a citizen in the United States is often a joyous experience for new immigrants who spend years studying for the naturalization test.
Artist in Residence is Denver Public Library’s first Artist in Residency Program designed to support our local art community and encourage exploration of resources available at the Library. The chosen artist will be given a $500 stipend, be paired with a Library staff member to aid in researching the proposed topic and be provided with a space at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library to make new small-scale work.
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:
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.
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 . . .
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.
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:
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.
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!