On Saturday, March 15, Byers Branch Library hosted the first ZINE 15 event, and it was AWESOME! We designed our very own zines, resulting in a fabulous array of drawing styles. Since we created no-staple zines, we were able to make several copies and fold them into booklets right away. After our hard work, we enjoyed reading each other's stories and trading zines.
A lot has happened this fall at the Ross-Cherry Creek branch! You may have seen our in-house tree standing tall as can be, right in the center of the first floor, or our ever-changing cultural displays in the front and the Beehive area.
The Cherry Creek tree brought a lot of attention as the site for "leaf" us your favorite book. Kids, teens, families and adults all were able to leave us the title of their favorite books.
It looks like the spider that took over the Park Hill book drop is sticking around for Thanksgiving. We fed him a turkey to see if that would satisfy him but he's still hungry. We'll see if we can get him out by Christmas.
Are you 9-12 years old? Do you like to read great books and have great discussions about them with your friends? Wouldn't it be great if you could all read the same book at the same time this summer? Well you can and you can help us decide which book to pick for Youth One Book, One Denver, 2014. Voting is open from November 6th - November 20th.
Park Hill Branch Library has had its doors closed for the past two weeks while our HVAC system has been completely gutted and replaced. We’ve neglected to do much dusting over the past two weeks, and as a result the spiders have really gotten out of control.
In fact, one gigantic spider has made its home right over our book return, just in time for Halloween. So if you’re planning on visiting us again once we reopen on Monday, October 28th you might have to brave the spider’s jaws in order to return your book. Be careful! It looks friendly, but it might bite!
Do you hear that? That's the sound of a million wanna-be authors panicking!
That's right, November 1st is the start of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo to those in the know. Thousands of people (official count as of this posting is nearly 150,000) will crack their knuckles and sit down in-front of their blank pages (paper or digital) and attempt to write a novel (50,000 words) in thirty days. Thirty days!?!?
That's impossible, I hear you cry! But it's not, you can start and finish a novel in thirty days if you can manage to average about 1,667 new words each day. See, it's easy right?
Bear Valley Staff asked one of our Drawing Prize Winners for her thoughts about Summer of Reading 2013.
Bear Valley Staff: What was your favorite part of Summer Reading?
Rachel Soderstrom: I got prizes for doing something that I love! I love Elitch's and I love reading!
BVS: What about those prizes? Did you get anything cool?
RS: Oh yes, VERY cool! I won the drawing for a $50 Target Gift card! I was uber-surprised that it was $50 because I had thought it was only going to be about $10. And I love Elitch's, so a free ticket was awesome! And of course, I love adding books to my personal book collection so the book prize was especially good.
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).
The Building Contest Judging has been rescheduled for:
Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. There will also be fun activities across the hall in the Level 7 Meeting Room!
If you need additional information, please contact the branch where you entered the contest.
The theme of the 2013 contest was Building Books.
Participants chose a favorite book and made a LEGO® design based on a scene, character or even the cover of the book! Entries were accepted in four categories: Preschool-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-12th grade or Family.
David Bondarchuck was once a homeless teen living in a shelter off of Colfax Avenue in Denver.
Every day he’d take the bus to the Denver Central Library and read cookbooks and books about entertaining – cover to cover—as though they were text books. The Library provided him with safe haven and the knowledge he needed to pursue his passion. In 2011, just four years after David founded his own local catering business, Scratch Catering Services, two of his dreams came true: he was invited to decorate the White House for the holidays, and was featured on the Martha Stewart show. In 2012 he returned to the White House and is now a free-l