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Creatures in the Walls: Fossils at the Central Library

Belemnite fossil

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the fearsome basilisk emerged from its lair and slithered through the walls of Hogwarts. One look at its reflection left people petrified. Here at the Central Library, I'm happy to say we have no basilisks. But we do have creatures in our walls, and they were petrified--literally turned to stone--long ago.

April is National Financial Literacy Month -- Be Informed with Helpful and Fun Resources from the Library

According to its 2013 National Report Card, the Center for Financial Literacy gave Colorado a "B" for our State's efforts to improve financial literacy in high schools.

Plaza Voices: Second Generation

Cover of Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation

Of the many reasons people leave their home countries to start lives in a new place, "opportunity" has to be one of the most common.

The first generation makes the leap, leaving friends, family, and history behind. What happens to their children, the ones born here? What opportunities do they embrace, and what do they value?

Got Weed?

Big Weed by Christian Hageseth

Are you thinking about the marijuana business and are tempted by the prospect of making lots of money?

It may seem enticing, but…., where are you going to safe keep those greenbacks? --In a bank? Forget it. And, what are you going to do about taxes? The federal government regards the marijuana trade as illegal, but God forbid, you fail to remit those taxes!

Those are just a few things you will have to deal with.

Want to know more?

Denver Tool Library - and a quiz!

Denver Tool Library

Have you heard about the new Denver Tool Library?  It's opening up April 4th and it's going to be way cool. 

Plaza Voices: Telling Our Stories

Cover of Purpose, by Wyclef Jean, available at DPL

Personal stories are fascinating. They enliven history, putting events into a context we can understand. They bridge the gaps between our own experiences and those of others, as we see common human concerns arise in circumstances vastly different from our own. More than anything, personal histories help us to empathize with people whose lives we may have never imagined.

St. Patrick's Day Quiz

St. Patrick

Beannachtai Na Feile Padraig Oraibh!  Now that I've wished you a Happy St. Patrick's Day, let's see how well you do with these questions I've put together to test your knowledge.  Best of luck!  

The twelfth-century work Tales of the Elders details a meeting between St. Patrick and members of the Fianna, a band of warriors led by the mythical Irish hero:

Plaza Voices: Immigrant Women

Cover of Danticat's Behind the Mountains, available from DPL

March is Women's History Month, and a time to explore the experiences and contributions of immigrant women here in America.

Both the Migration Policy Institute and the American Immigration Council offer demographic information on immigrant women, detailing country of origin, occupation, and education level.

Denver's Famous Dinosaurs

Reconstruction of Stegosaurus by O.C. Marsh

Have you ever heard of Triceratops? How about Stegosaurus? "Brontosaurus"? Of course you have--they're some of the superstars of prehistory; depicted in countless picture books, cartoons, and roadside statues. Many eight-year-olds could give you a scholarly lecture about them. But what many Denverites don't know--even some of the eight-year-olds--is that all three of these dinosaur celebrities were first discovered right in our back yard. They're actually local celebrities, and their discoveries make for some pretty interesting reading.

I Can't Complain, But Sometimes I Still Do: Getting Help for Consumer Grievances

If you're like most people, at some point you've sought justice for a consumer complaint, such as a landlord/tenant dispute, a home repair rip-off or persistent robocalls. It can be confusing to figure out where to direct a complaint, but there are ways to take control of the situation and empower yourself.

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