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Plaza Voices: My Journey - Living with PTSD

Naghem, our regular contributor & staff member at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch writes: 

I am no expert on PTSD. I know the basic causes and some of the signs, but following the huge wave of refugees coming to the United States, one can expect a large number of these people to have PTSD. Not only that but the world has been in turmoil lately, more so than before, and many people across the world are suffering from PTSD.

The National Outdoor Book Awards

Finding Abbey

Many folks clamor to know the winners of the National Book Awards or the Pulitzer Prizes. I'm more partial to niche book awards.

How to Cope When You've Run Out of Jane Austen Novels

The only known portrait of Jane Austen, looking slightly crabby.

When once asked if he read novels, philosopher Gilbert Ryle responded: "Oh yes, all six every year."  Ryle didn't live in a time where there were only six published novels. What he meant was that there were only six novels worth reading—and those were the six novels of Jane Austen. December 16, 2015 marks Austen's 240th birthday. 

Chi-raq & Lysistrata

Chi-Raq & Lysistrata

I first heard about Spike Lee's new movie "Chi-Raq" on NPR the other night. I'm looking forward to seeing it too!  I love that it was inspired by the Greek dramatist Aristophanes' Lysistrata.

Plaza Voices: My Journey - Who am I?

Naghem S., our regular contributor and staff member at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library writes:

Who am I?

I find myself asking this question a lot, and I have yet to find a definite 100% answer. Yes I know who “I” am. I know my name, my parents, my religion, what foods I like, what my favorite color is and all of that jazz, but I don’t know where I belong.

I was born in Iraq to Iraqi born parents. Does that make me Iraqi?

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: BOOKS FOR KIDS & TEENS

Float by Daniel Miyares

Whether you're interested in gift ideas or recommended reads, the following titles are the best and brightest children's and teen books of 2015 - as chosen by librarians throughout the Denver Public Library system. Browse all the books in our catalog or follow the links for each category.

Books for the Very Youngest:

Niche and Cozy: DIY Your Own Mystery Title

A wall of cozy mysteries: where sweet and sinister collide.

When you look at a bunch of mystery books grouped together (say, at your local library), you probably notice that alongside those edgy-looking covers from Gillian Flynn or Scandinavia is more than a little pastel. These are what is known as "cozy mysteries." Last week, I wrote for the Movies Blog about British crime dramas with a non-London setting. Most of those I mentioned are people who deal with crime as part of their jobs: police officers, journalists, private investigators.

Plaza Voices: The Local and Global Reach of Games

No matter where in the world you find yourself, you will always see games being played. Games not only provide a great channel for opening up & getting to know others better, but can also help develop important critical thinking and strategy building skills that transfer into other areas of life. They are one of the oldest ways known for bringing people together and are an important component of any culture.

Plaza Voices: My Journey -- Learning English

Naghem S., our regular contributor & Plaza staff member writes: 

Plaza Voices: Mahatma Gandhi

Naghem S., our regular contributor & Plaza staff member writes:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

October 2 is a national holiday in India because it is Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Gandhi, born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was an anti-war activist and a lawyer. His life legacy is the philosophical ideology of Satyagrana, meaning insistence of truth.

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