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Cover Stories - 150 Years of Magazine Cover Artistry

Graphic showing 16 historic magazine covers

This week we have two more early 20th century magazine covers for your enjoyment. These and all the covers we're blogging about can be seen in the Cover Stories display on the wall outside the Reference Services area on Level 3 at Central Library. Please come and have a look at the full display! Neither of these two magazines is still in print:

The Theatre, March 1905
Artwork: “Dustin Farnum as The Virginian, Otto Sarony Company - photographer unknown

Chi-raq & Lysistrata

Chi-Raq & Lysistrata

I first heard about Spike Lee's new movie "Chi-Raq" on NPR the other night. I'm looking forward to seeing it too!  I love that it was inspired by the Greek dramatist Aristophanes' Lysistrata.

ACA Enrollment Is In Full Swing!

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Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act started November 1, 2015 and runs through January 31, 2016. During this time you may enroll for the first time, renew your current plan, or switch plans all together. If you were enrolled in a plan in 2015, the benefit year ends on December 31, 2015.

Cover Stories Exhibit Part 2: Harper's Bazar, March, 1888 and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, September, 1893

In Cover Stories Exhibit Part 1, we saw a beautiful wood engraving based on a patent drawing for a bicycle/merry-go-round combo from the May 4, 1869, cover of Scientific American, and another from a photograph depicting the Great Chicago Fire from the October 21, 1871 issue of The Graphic.

Quiz Time - December

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It's December and that means holidays and winter and snow and it's almost 2016!! We should have at least one more fun quiz.

So here goes, have fun!

What famous person, born in 1937, was born William December Williams?

Check your answer here.

You Don’t Have to Be An Entrepreneur to Like Demographics Now!

Anyone who is drawn to numbers and statistics is likely to enjoy the rich information and ease of access that Demographics Now provides. (A Denver library card is required and you can get one online when you click here).

So, why not get acquainted! To help you get started, we have a quick reference guide to walk you through the basic steps.

Sheet music collection continues to grow at DPL

Cover of Alexander's Ragtime Band score

For those listeners of jazz, tunes like Anthropology by Charlie Parker and Lullaby of Birdland by George Shearing are standards. What many may not know is that those musical compositions are contrafacts. A contrafact is a piece of music that uses the chord progression of a different song but is given a new melody and arrangement.

Cover Stories Exhibit Part 1: Scientific American (1869) and The Graphic (1871).

Cover Stories Part 1 Graphic

Did you know that the Central Library has an enormous collection of periodicals, ranging from The Gentleman's Magazine, which dates back to the 1730s, to Game Informer, which offers the latest in video game news? We decided to showcase some of our favorite titles with an exhibit titled Cover Stories , a celebration of magazine cover art presented in re-purposed frames found in a storage area on the 6th floor.

Need Help With Your National History Day Project?

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Are you a student participating in National History Day this year and looking for help with your project?  Let the Denver Public Library's Reference Services Department help guide you to great resources!  This year's theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History, and National History Day provides a sample topics list to get you started thinking about your topic.  Reference librarians here at DPL have created several pathfi

Cover Stories Exhibit - 150 Years of Magazine Cover Artistry

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It was author George Eliot who said "Don't judge a book by its cover," but that doesn't always apply to a magazine. In fact, most often, it's just the opposite. Magazine cover design is what sells the stories inside.

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