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The Corpse Flower's Cousins: Books and Videos about Freaky Plants

Corpse Flower at US Botanic Garden

This week, one of the most talked about residents of Denver was a giant flower named Stinky. The big, smelly blossom at the Denver Botanic Gardens made the national news, and people have been waiting over three hours to get a look at it. Stinky even has its own StinkyCam. But the corpse flower isn't alone in the world of bizarre and amazing plants.

Plaza Voices: U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera (Library of Congress)

This past June, the Library of Congress announced that the new Poet Laureate of the United States will be California writer Juan Felipe Herrera. He is the first Latino author to hold the post. He was also the Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2015.

Herrera has been called "an American original," whose poems "champion voices and traditions and histories, as well as a cultural perspective, which is a vital part of our larger American identity.” 

Mindfulness at Noon: Mindful Community Engagement

Living Life in Full Bloom

Though we may not always feel we are actively engaging with our communities, they are a valued resource that can bring so much to our lives. A thriving community takes care of one another, whether that be with programs and services, schools, gathering places, or neighbors that look out for one another.

Creating a Frankenstein: How a 19-year-old Wrote the Best Horror Novel Ever

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (August 30, 1797 - February 1, 1851) was on vacation on the shores of Lake Geneva in the summer of 1816, and was not having any fun -- instead of the warm, cloudless days that she'd looked forward to, the weather was chilly and wet.

Plaza Voices: The Boulder County Latino History Project

Cover of "La Gente," available at DPL

According to the Pew Research Center, Colorado is home to 1,071,000 Latinos, including immigrants and their descendants as well as Colorado natives, whose families were here before Colorado was part of the United States.

Happy pluto flyby, new horizons!

This morning at about 7:50 a.m. eastern time, the New Horizons spacecraft flew within 7,800 miles of Pluto at a speed of 31,000 mph. We probably won't get to see pictures and data until tomorrow because it's not communicating with Earth right now while it gathers data. It's supposed to re-start communications at about 8 p.m.

Help me spend money on (teen) magazines!

I'm in the process of choosing magazines for the Central Library's Teen Space for 2016 and I need your help! I have enough money to buy maybe 1 or 2 new magazine subscriptions, so if there's something you think the library should have, let me know.

Here's what we have right now:

BMX Plus


EGM - Electronic Gaming Monthly

Game Informer Magazine



Robot Magazine


Sophisticate's Black Hair Styles & Care Guide

Teen Ink

Teen Vogue

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:

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