In a recent Denver Post article by Vincent Carroll, he states, “… does it really make sense to relieve the city's budget woes by creating a permanent funding stream for the one service whose customer base is facing potentially drastic erosion? Before any tax reaches the ballot, let someone make that case.”
As you can imagine, I have a very strong opinion about this. Libraries have been adapting to the world around them for the past century, and the surge of the digital age is no different. Libraries provide essential services to the public such as computer access and training, job-search assistance, literacy programs, and access to thousands of print and digital materials. They serve as the cornerstone of their community and are a key link in developing a knowledgeable, productive workforce and fostering economic development.
May 6 - September 28, 2011 Central Library Western History Art Gallery - Level 5
Presented by the Telecommunications History Group, Inc. and the Denver Public Library.
From Smoke to Text displays how telecommunications changes our lives and world. The show, created by The Telecommunications History Group, Inc., guides viewers from smoke signals and invention of the telegraph in the 1800s to smart phones and the internet today.It asks viewers to envision “What’s Next?”
In May we will be celebrating two major milestones in Denver Public Library's history — the groundbreaking for the new branch library at Stapleton and the completed renovations of the Central Library.
I often find myself explaining how the Library has managed to renovate many of our locations, open a new branch at Green Valley Ranch, and plans to build two more branches in Stapleton and in West Denver as we are facing the possibility of closing branches to meet our 2012 budget reduction target.
Who needs the library? Probably you! Below is just a small sampling of some of the people we serve on a daily basis.
Technophiles.Download books, audiobooks, and movies to your mobile device or your home computer! Configure your account to send you email, or text messages for notification on the go! Chat with us on Twitter, and on our other social media outlets!
Library budget cuts could mean closing 7-12 branches in 2012.
The Denver Public Library Commission met yesterday, April 20, 2011 to discuss potential cuts to the Library’s budget, as well as options for sustainable funding. They released this White Paper which explains more about the situation and their recommendations.
In a nutshell, DPL has been instructed by the city to prepare a 2012 budget proposal with a target reduction of $2.5 million. The three options for meeting this target are:
The May 3, 2011 Denver Municipal General Elections are to be conducted by mail. Deadline to register to vote is April 4, 2011. It is important to keep your address updated with the Denver Elections Division so that your ballot is delivered to your current address. Ballots are not forwarded by the U.S. Post Office.
What is your first thought when you think of libraries?
I recently had to create an elevator speech on library advocacy. It is my thought that many people aren't aware of all the fantastic services the Denver Public Library has to offer. Here's my take on what your library can do for you, in 30 seconds or less:
Denver Public Library and Craig Bergsgaard Studios present:
Lessons Learned at Bloody Sand Creek, a free panel discussion on one of the most infamous chapters in Colorado history.
Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Of all the atrocities perpetrated on the Native American people during the Westward expansion, Colorado was home to one of the worst: The Sand Creek Massacre.
On November 29, 1864, on the banks of the Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado, a 700-man militia raided a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho settlement, slaughtering and mutilating the inhabitants—most of whom were women, children, and elders.
For 146 years, people have been trying to understand why and how seemingly civilized people could perpetrate such a grisly act.