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Plaza Voices: 100 Questions

Cover of Learn About the United States, an audiobook available through DPL

You might have seen it on Facebook, say, or Buzzfeed: "Would you be able to pass the citizenship test? Find out now!" Well, you CAN find out, and from a very reputable source: the United States Citizenship and Information Services (USCIS) website now features its own online self-test! Unlike some of the other online quizzes out there, USCIS gives instant feedback--if you miss a question, you get a big red X and a heads-up on the right answer.

The Passing of a Legend

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

I have loved and admired Robin Williams' work ever since I first watched him as the lovable hyperactive alien Mork from TV's Mork and Mindy (photo courtesy of Darsie, Wikimedia Commons). It seemed that even scripted material became improvisation when in the hands of The Master Improv Artist Extraordinaire!

Kilt Tease

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Planning an Outlander party to swoon with other fans? ​

Guid gear comes in sma' bulk!

Good things come in small packages and your wee library card connects you to the World. Checkout the following resources to create a party worthy of the Scottish Highlands, even if you haven't read all eight books in the series!

Plaza Voices: Noodling Around

Picante Beef Flavor Top Ramen

When you think of "fusion cuisine," Top Ramen may not be what comes to mind. But a recent blog post by National Public Radio's Linda Poon has opened my eyes. Ramen, as one of her sources notes, is a platform food--just about anything can be built upon it.

Two Literary Lords Turn 60

Lords anniversary display

This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of two modern literary classics, William Golding's Lord of the Flies and J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

My Dog Gandhi

Izzy and Lenore

I have a completely deaf and half blind dog named Gandhi. We named him Gandhi because after naming our cat Fang, we are firm believers in giving our animals good-natured names. We also have a Scottie named Tonks and a Westie named Lassie who serve as Gandhi's guide dogs.

Eisner Awards--Celebrating Graphic Format Books

Saga

The 26th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were given out on July 25 At San Diego Comic Con International. Awards were given out in 30 categories to works published in 2013, celebrating the best of the comics world.

Plaza Voices: "All Immigrants are Artists"

Cover of De Kooning: An American Master, by Mark Stevens and Annalynn Swann

I started thinking recently about how many famous and influential artists came to the U.S. from other countries. Willem de Kooning, that giant of American abstract expressionism, emigrated from the Netherlands in 1926--as a stowaway aboard a British freighter. Pop artist David Hockney's sun-soaked images of California are perhaps all the more notable because he himself is English, though he lived here for years.

Book Discovery: DPL Booklists

When you're looking for something to read, and you're already on waiting lists for the latest bestsellers, where can you discover new reading ideas?  Try Denver Public Library booklists!

DPL booklists are each based on a theme, genre, or award, and include both fiction and nonfiction titles. There are currently more than 80 booklists available for your perusal on our website. Visit denverlibrary.org/lists to find the following booklists, and more:

Scariest Books in Existence!

*You will feel PAIN!* *You will see SUFFERING!* *You will smell DEATH!* *Your life will NEVER BE THE SAME!*

Your suffering in life is no comparison to the suffering of the characters in these books.

These are some of the scariest/ disturbing books in existence!

Also, If you wanna see/hear a real live ghost, check out the video I uploaded at the bottom of the blog.

--WARNING: these books are violent --

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