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Plaza Voices: The Boulder County Latino History Project

Cover of "La Gente," available at DPL

According to the Pew Research Center, Colorado is home to 1,071,000 Latinos, including immigrants and their descendants as well as Colorado natives, whose families were here before Colorado was part of the United States.

Happy pluto flyby, new horizons!

This morning at about 7:50 a.m. eastern time, the New Horizons spacecraft flew within 7,800 miles of Pluto at a speed of 31,000 mph. We probably won't get to see pictures and data until tomorrow because it's not communicating with Earth right now while it gathers data. It's supposed to re-start communications at about 8 p.m.

Help me spend money on (teen) magazines!

I'm in the process of choosing magazines for the Central Library's Teen Space for 2016 and I need your help! I have enough money to buy maybe 1 or 2 new magazine subscriptions, so if there's something you think the library should have, let me know.

Here's what we have right now:

BMX Plus

Decibel

EGM - Electronic Gaming Monthly

Game Informer Magazine

J-14

Mad

Robot Magazine

Seventeen

Sophisticate's Black Hair Styles & Care Guide

Teen Ink

Teen Vogue

Summer Beach Reads for Men

As a Coloradan, do you ever feel left out when you see a list of "Summer Beach Reads?" I did too, until I learned that we have plenty of sandy beaches right here in Colorado. The reservoir at Chatfield State Park is the closest, and offers a view of the mountains, a swim beach, and a huge off-leash dog park. The 700-acre Boulder Reservoir is another state park where you can relax on the beach, swim, bike or view diverse wildlife.

Plaza Voices: Biennial of the Americas

Biennial of the Americas

The Biennial of the Americas, established by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2010 when he was Mayor of Denver, is a series of events, art exhibitions, workshops, and talks devoted to exploring the economic and cultural ties between countries in the Western hemisphere.

Mindfulness at Noon: Is Mindfulness the New Happy?

10% Happier

There's no question that a happier life is a better life. Less stress and more productivity, less loneliness and more meaningful connections, less information overload and more creativity--sounds good to me! But it's so easy to get lost in the doubt of past decisions, the uncertainty of the future, or even the lack of confidence in the present moment. Mindfulness can help.

Here are some mindful strategies for happiness I'm exploring:

Plaza Voices: Independence

Fireworks

Heading into the July 4th weekend, it's good to remember that independence movements aren't ancient history--numerous countries have fought for independence during the past 100 years, and there are active separatist movements across the globe.

Plaza Voices: A World of Comics

Cover of "Just So Happens," available from DPL

Desiree S., a DPL staff member, writes:

Last month, over 100,000 people flocked to the Denver Convention Center for Denver Comic Con, one of the largest events of its kind in the nation.

What do you know about Emily Griffith, Robert Speer, or Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales?

Corky Gonzales

The Great Lives in Colorado History is a series of short bilingual biographies written at a third grade reading level. Each book is a "flip book" containing both English and Spanish translations.

Newbery Challenge

Eli holding one of his favorite Newbery books, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

One of the best parts of being a children’s librarian is getting to talk books with kids. I met Eli, a voracious 9-year-old reader, earlier this week when he visited the Children’s Library and requested several older titles from our historical collection. We got to chatting and he shared with me how a Newbery challenge at school sparked his interest in the award.

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