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Plaza Voices: African American Migration

Cover of In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience

In honor of Black History Month, this week we share a few resources relating to the migration experiences of African Americans.

Keep Warm with Winter of Reading

Opera stars in costume lean over mixing bowl in "The Bartered Bride."

While Colorado is rife with opportunity to enjoy winter sports, my idea of a great winter afternoon is staying indoors with a good book and good food. Since Winter of Reading has declared reading itself a winter sport, I suppose I'm already halfway there! To combine reading and eating, I have selected a few cookbooks that read well from cover to cover, complete with excellent food writing, personal annotations, and, of course, recipes.

How About Some Winter Reading with a Passion For Skiing?

Skiing was what drew me to Colorado after I graduated from college. But, I had the passion for it long before I had had the opportunity to try it. There were two pairs of old wooden skis circa 1945 stashed away in a closet for years. My mother began skiing in the 40's since her job limited her to vacations during the winter months. She saw an ad in the New York Times for a ski outing by train with the Wall Street Ski Club.

Plaza Voices: Scholarships for DREAMers

College students

Earlier this month, TheDream.US, a nonprofit college access program, announced that it will partner with three Colorado colleges to offer scholarships and support services to youth in Colorado who qualify for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Plaza Voices: Refugees are Brain Gain

Syrian refugee pictured with clothing she created.

An organization in Finland called Startup Refugees is working to create new opportunities for refugees and native-born Finns, according to an article in Fast Company this month.

Soothe Your Bowie-Sads With These Books

Books picked by and related to David Bowie

On Saturday, January 9, several Denver bands paid tribute to David Bowie for his birthday and album release at the Hi-Dive's Bowiefest. I was not the only DPL employee dancing to cover songs, wearing glitter, or admiring the elaborate costumes. So coming to work the following Monday morning after the news of his passing made for a very somber day.

Plaza Voices: Mental Health

"Melancholy," courtesy of Creative Commons

Lulu, a Plaza staff member & regular contributor writes:

Upcoming Book Choices for the Central Library Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

We're starting the new year right at the Central Sci-Fi and Fantasy book club by reading some really excellent books! If you're interested in contemporary sci-fi and fantasy, this is the book club for you! We meet the first Tuesday of the month at 6:45 in the Burnham Hoyt book club room which is on Level 1, north east side.


Plaza Voices: Human Rights

Human Rights Logo (see for more details)

In honor of the recent International Human Rights Day, we have a post from Naghem, our regular contributor & staff member at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch:

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”  -Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Yes, We Have That Cookbook


Local magazine 5280 (available at your local branch or online through Zinio) recently featured 10 Favorite Cookbooks to Gift on their web site. With so many recipes just a search engine and a click away, are print cookbooks still needed? This article, and your library, say a resounding YES to that question.

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