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Why Volunteer?

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Did you know that people who volunteer are more likely to be successful in school and at their jobs? Volunteering, whether at the library or another organization, is a great way to positively impact your community while strengthening your own skill set at the same time!

The library and other organizations like the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Dumb Friends League and the Denver Zoo, rely on volunteer involvement to assist in many important and fun tasks! The experiences you have while volunteering will help you know what kind of career you might be interested in pursuing.

Denver Public Library’s Green Valley Ranch Branch Receives LEED Gold Certification

Green Valley Ranch Branch Library Exterior

Under the City’s commitment to sustainability, the Green Valley Ranch Branch Library is proud to announce that it has been designated to receive Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

The Gold Certification award is based on the library’s aggressive efforts to design, build and operate the facility in a sustainable way that helps to protect and enhance the environment. Denver’s commitment to sustainability is embodied in the Greenprint Denver initiatives, driven by a 2007 executive order which requires all buildings renovated or maintained with city funds to be designed, constructed, and operated according to principals outlined in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED.

Message from City Librarian: Letter to the Editor: We are Relevant

The Denver Post recently wrote an article about how libraries need to reinvent themselves in the digital age titled: "Digital update for the public library" (12/7/11).

The article states “Libraries will look very different in the digital age, and they must," and also questions how DPL will remain relevant. We have a lot of data and many success stories to demonstrate our relevance. In the coming months as we engage the community to talk about our future and sustainable funding, these stories will be told.

In the meantime, here is the letter to the editor I submitted in response to the article (note, I was limited to about 150 words).

Digital Collections Site Changes

Digital Collections

The Denver Public Library is excited to announce the newest updates to our Digital Collections website. The updates include a refreshed design, new content, powerful zoom tool, social tools, organized browse pages and an easy to use search and refine interface.

In addition to the popular western photos, art, maps and building plans that have been offered in the past, newly digitized materials have been added making searching for digital historical materials much easier:

Message from City Librarian: 2012 Budget Update

On Monday, November 14, the Denver City Council will vote to pass the City's 2012 budget. After much discussion and negotiation, we are anticipating that the Library's budget will essentially remain flat for 2012. If approved, we will have the same service levels as 2011 (outlined in my last blog post), and the new branch in Stapleton will be open 32 hours per week.

Also, you may have seen in the Denver Post recently that Mayor Hancock opposed Councilman Chris Herndon’s potential amendment to increase funding for the Denver Public Library in 2012 in order to support additional hours at branches that serve the poorer neighborhoods in Denver. At the November 7 City Council meeting, Councilman Herndon decided not to bring this amendment forward.

iWorld Exhibit: Call for Entries

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Deadline for Entries:
Jpeg images must be received by Wednesday, November 30, 5 p.m. MST

Exhibition runs at two venues:
CPAC, January 10 - February 11, 2012 (Reception Friday, January 13, 5-8 p.m.)
Central Library, Level 5, January - March 2012 (Reception tba)

It’s official; our world has become inundated with instruments of intrusion, invention, interaction, and instant gratification that have changed the way that we interpret our environment. This i‐volution has affected photographers as much as anybody, giving us more ways to see, capture, and share the images that surround us. iWorld invites you to respond to the “i‐zation” of our nation with your best interpretation, inspiration, innovation, or illustration of the world that you see.

DPL Receives Awards from Colorado Association of Libraries

Green Valley Ranch Branch Library

Green Valley Ranch Branch named Colorado Library of the Year and the Central Library Renovation named Colorado Project of the Year!

On October 14, 2011 the Denver Public Library accepted two top awards from the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) at the statewide association’s annual conference.

StoryCorps is in Denver - Record Your Story!

StoryCorps MobileBooth

UPDATE: The audio archive is now available in the Digital Collections Catalog.

StoryCorps is a national oral history project that encourages us to listen to each other by sharing the stories of our lives with the people we love. Their mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve these stories by recording high-quality interviews between friends or family.

14th Annual Booklovers Ball

Dust off your dress boots and saddle up for the 14th Annual Booklovers Ball: From the Wild West to the Digital Frontier.

Celebrate how the Denver Public Library preserves the past, enriches the future and blazes trails into the future.

Saturday, October 1, 2011. Denver Central Library. Cocktails, dining and dancing. Black Tie.

Tickets: http://dplfriends.org/events/ball.html

Message from City Librarian: Branches Won’t Close in 2012, But We Still Must Plan for the Future

Today, Mayor Michael Hancock announced that the Denver Public Library will not have to close any branches, or further reduce service hours in 2012, which is great news for the short-term. However, we are still in dire need of a long-term sustainable funding solution to ensure the best-possible service to the Denver community.

The $32,104,500 budget proposed by Mayor Hancock would provide funding to maintain 2011 service levels: 18 of the 23 branches will be open four days (32 hours) a week; four branches will be open six days (48 hours) a week, and one branch will be open four days a week and a half day on Sunday (36 hours). The Central Library will be open 52 hours a week, with weekend hours from 1-5 p.m. In addition, the budget funds the new branch in Stapleton, at a service level of 32 hours per week.

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