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Poetry in the Reference Room

Jean de la Fontaine

When I started working here in 1996 B.G. (Before Google), questions about poetry were frequently asked in what was then called the General Reference and Nonfiction Department. More often than not, patrons were older people who had memorized poems in their youth and wanted to verify the texts that they recalled. This pedagogic practice has gone out of fashion, but anyone of a certain age will smile at the recollection of rhymes and meters mastered long ago. I can still recite poems by Jean de La Fontaine that I learned by heart in eighth grade in 1968.

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Do you have the next big idea? Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Do you have a startup you want to get started?

Getting to Know Colorado Wildflowers

Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes

The weather outside right now isn't exactly inviting--first it rains, then it snows, then it rains again. It's a good day to be inside. But snow or no snow, we all know winter is finished, and all this moisture means the hillsides are about to be covered with wildflowers. Most Coloradans recognize famous one like the Rocky Mountain Columbine, but what about the lesser-known wildflowers? Have you met the Blue Toadflax? How about the Curvepod Fumewort? Little Pink Elephants? I haven't, I'm afraid, but I've decided this is the year I will.

A Period in U.S. History Never to Be Forgotten

Gateway to Freedom by Eric Foner

Growing up in the northeast, I had always assumed albeit naively that slavery only existed in the southern states. Years later, I was looking at statistics pertaining to the U.S. slavery population prior to the Civil War on the U.S. Census website and was I surprised. Much to my dismay it existed everywhere even in my hometown, the city of New York. How shocking that was.

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.

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