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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.

The Great Debate: When it Comes to Fiction, Would You Rather . . . .

Cartoon by Tom Gauld: http://angryrobotbooks.com/2011/05/a-natter-with-damned-bu

If you are a fiction reader who uses the Central Library, you know about our extensive fiction collection on Level 2. Right now, the fiction collection is broken into separate sections based on literary genre: mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, western, horror and general, literary fiction. Novels within each genre section are shelved alphabetically by author.

This month, we’re asking our customers how they’d like to see the fiction collection arranged. Would you rather . . .

Mindfulness at Noon: Compassion Gets a Mindful Makeover

A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives

It's pretty easy to become overwhelmed with all that's wrong with the world – so many things need fixing but feel out of our control. We all (I hope) feel some level of compassion, we recognize suffering and want to do something about it. But it can be scary to care, we don't want to be taken advantage of. Mindfulness can help. It can focus that attention and cultivate awareness, even when our mind wanders.

TEDxMileHigh: Are you going?

TEDxMileHigh

The fifth annual TEDxMileHigh is this Saturday, June 13, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, and the good news is we can help you get that TED Talk fix even if you are not lucky enough to attend this year, or if you go and you love it so much you just gotta have more!  Not only do we have computers available for public use at all of our locations so you can watch previous TED Talks online, we also have

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