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Plaza Voices: Remembering the Dead

With Halloween creeping up right around the corner, you’ve probably also seen the iconic skull (calavera) and skeleton decorations commonly associated with the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos. Did you know Día de los Muertos is a public holiday in Mexico, and did not always coincide so directly with Halloween celebrations? Prior to 16th century colonization, it was celebrated during the beginning of summer, its roots going back almost 3,000 years to traditional Aztec festivities.

Adult Sci-fi and Fantasy book club at the Central Library

Ancillary Justice

We had a great first session of the new adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy book club! There is a pretty even divide between Planners and People Who Don't Know What Planning Is (I'm emphatically in the second camp) so as a compromise, we're planning about 3 months in advance. I may have done some breathing exercises to handle the forethought required.

What If?

The Bookseller, A Novel

What if?
Who among us hasn’t wondered how our lives might be changed if we had chosen a different path, zigged instead of zagged? We might ask, “What if I hadn’t been late to the bus that day?” or, “Where would I be now, only if…?”
When I find my mind turned this way, as happens here and there, I try to remember that not every crossroads is so clearly marked, and pining for things-that-may-have-been is not a terribly healthy thing to do. But still, sometimes I cannot help but wonder...what if?

Real Estate 101: Find a Great Realtor!

Who, what, where, how?? I am pulling my hair out! So many questions and not enough answers. Finding a real estate agent that you like, trust, and is great in real estate is legitimately a job!

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.

R.A.D.A.

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.

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