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Plaza Voices: Independence


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:

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?


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

2015 Audie Audiobook Winner to be Announced May 28

The Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Finalists are selected by a group of diverse judges and, from that group of finalists, one winner is awarded. The 2015 Audie finalists were announced earlier this year, and the winner will be announced on May 28th.

DPL has an extensive selection of audiobooks across many genres. For example:

Take a Hike: Books, Maps and Websites for Picking the Perfect Trail

Trails Illustrated Map of Rocky Mountain National Park

If you're into hiking, it's hard to beat living in Denver. Some of the best trails in the nation are within an hour's drive of the city. Whether you like casual strolls or scaling fourteeners, Denver Public Library can connect you with great resources to help you find the perfect trail.


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