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Plaza Voices: Libros Prohibidos

Last week marked the close of the 33rd annual Banned Books Week, a nationwide celebration of our freedom to read. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. 311 challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom last year, not including the many other unreported ones.

Big Library Read is back with two great YA selections

Big Library Read October 2015

Today, October 7, 2015, we launched the first ever multi-title Big Library Read as we kick off the latest installment of our global eBook club event with two outstanding Young Adult titles that readers of all ages will love.

First meeting of the adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy book club at Central!

I love this book. You should love it too.

The first meeting of the Central Library's Sci-Fi and Fantasy book club is Tuesday, 6 October from 6:45-8 p.m. We're meeting in the 1st floor book club room which is in the Burhnam Hoyt room (where the new books are) on the NE side of the Library.


Plaza Voices: My Journey--Coming to America

The Statue of Liberty

Naghem S., a Plaza staff member, writes:

I asked my father why he came to the United States. Below is his story, and essentially the beginning of my story, for if it wasn’t for my father’s sacrifice I wouldn't be here today to share this with you.

"At a young age, I always knew that I was going to be drafted into the Iraqi Armed Forces. It was a nightmare of mine because while I was proud and honored to serve my country, the president was an absolute dictator. To say “No” would mean death to me, my family, and everyone who ever knew me.

Carol Ann Tells All: The Mommie Dearest Diary is Here!

Meet movie actress Rutanya Alda (Deer Hunter, Amityville Horror 2) at her premiere book signing at Denver Public Library. Rutanya's new book, The Mommie Dearest Diary, was just released and finally fans of the cult film Mommie Dearest can find out the backstory and the truth about why Faye Dunaway won't talk about this film.


Cover of New Jim Crow

Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action.

R.A.D.A., the Denver Public Library's new social issues book group, would like you to join us at the Blair-Caldwell Branch Library in a discussion of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness on Saturday, October 10, 2:30 p.m.

Plaza Voices: Colors Speak Louder Than Words

Cover of The Secret Language of Color, available from DPL

Naghem S., a Plaza staff member, writes:

What’s your favorite color? What color do you wear to feel good? What color brings you happiness? Maybe you have more than one favorite color and maybe you love all colors equally. Colors speak louder than words, especially if you don’t feel like talking.

Mindfulness at Noon: Creativity and Innovation Would Like to Say a Few Words


Artists and designers must use creativity and innovation in their work but even if you don't work in what you consider to be a creative field, you still use creativity in your day-to-day life. We're all creative with our homes, schedules, money, and relationships, and we have to be creative to solve problems at work and at home. We're all designers, even if the only thing we design today is dinner! So how can we use mindfulness to encourage creativity and innovation in any task?

Graphic Novels! New to eMedia!

​If you've been looking to get caught up in some great stories, but don't want to commit to a whole novel (I mean, words, amiright?) why not check out a compelling graphic novel? Shoot, you don't even need to visit a library to get one! While we've had graphic novels in our emedia collection before now, we've just dramatically expanded our collection! Rejoice!

Need some suggestions on where to get started? Try one of these*:

Plaza Voices: My Journey--Wearing a Hijab in America

Woman wearing a hijab.

Naghem S., a Plaza staff member, writes:

“Why do you wear that thing on your head?”

I get asked this question almost every day, and a million reasons pop into my head. It’s my religion, it’s an act of worship, the hijab gets me closer to God, it’s my identity, and so forth. Yet the resonating voice, that soul-stopping and heart-pounding answer, is that my hijab is my freedom.

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