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DPS Art Show

Dancing  Giraffe

The Denver Public Library is pleased to host the annual Denver Public Schools K-8 Art Exhibition from April 5 to April 19. Come see these wonderful works created by Denver’s elementary and middle school students. While you're downtown, visit some other art institutions around Denver. Then bring out your child’s (and your) creativity by making art from materials found around the house.

Participation in the arts provides many benefits for children of all ages. According to Americans for the Arts making art strengthens critical thinking and problem solving skills, bolsters self-confidence, and improves memory. After viewing the Denver Public Schools exhibit on Level 5 of the Central Library, take advantage of Denver’s active art community and spend a day immersing your child in visual art.

GET BOYS READING WITH GREAT GROSS-OUT BOOKS!

Oh, Yuck!

A growing body of research is discovering that there is a real crisis in boys’ reading. Boys are reading less and less well than their female peers, and this gap only gets worse as children get older. Much of the reason for boys' poor reading is that the types of books being offered to boys in school often hold little or no interest for them.

Jon Scieszka, award-winning author of The Stinky Cheese Man and other favorites, has started a campaign called Guys Read to encourage boys’ reading. He believes that simply offering boys books that they will enjoy is a huge step in making the shift from reluctant to motivated readers.

Colorado Teen Literature Conference

The Secret to Lying

The 24th Colorado Teen Literature Conference will be at the Tivoli, on the Auraria Campus on Saturday, March 31. The conference opens with Todd Mitchell, the author of The Traitor King and The Secret to Lying.

The conference features various classes and workshops presented by experts who specialize in teen literature and working with teens. One of the highlights of the conference is attending the luncheon, featuring keynote author Maggie Stiefvater, who wrote The Scorpio Races and The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy. The conference closes with both Todd Mitchell and Maggie Stiefvater answering questions from a teen panel.

You Must Remember This...

Moonwalking with Einstein

The USA Memory Championship was recently held in New York. Want to learn about the world of competitive memory, or improve your own brain power?

One recent book that looks into what it takes to be a memory champion is Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Want to see if you can remember the title and author? Picture Michael Jackson & Albert Einstein, both moonwalking, with a number 4 between them. Really concentrate on the image. See if you can recall the title & the author's last name (without looking!) at the end of this post!

Lambda Literary Awards Finalists Announced!

Zipper Mouth

The finalists for the 24th annual Lambda Literary Awards were recently announced, celebrating the best in GLBTQ literature in 24 categories. Winners will be announced on June 4.

Here are some of the finalists that are owned by the Denver Public Library. For the complete list, visit the awards web site. Check WorldCat for Interlibrary Loan possibilities for titles not available locally!

Lesbian Debut Fiction

The Girls Club, by Sally Bellerose, Bywater Books

Are You Ready for The Hunger Games?

The Hunger Games Movie Companion

The Hunger Games movie opens Friday, March 23! Are you ready?? What are you doing to celebrate?

Teens and adults alike have been captivated by Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. If you haven't had enough of the Hunger Games books, and want more books with similar themes, check out the If You Like The Hunger Games page on DPL's Teen Website, eVolver! I recently did a poll of my colleagues who enjoyed The Hunger Games for their ULTIMATE Hunger Games read-a-like.

Planting Seeds and Pulling Weeds: Gardening with Kids

Roots Shoots Buckets and Boots

Research shows that over summer break thoughts of swimming and lemonade push out recently learned reading and math skills. Combat summer learning loss with gardening, not flash cards! Gardening is fun, educational, good exercise, and a great way to connect with your child.

Spring is here and it's time to start planning your garden. If you don't have a yard, get creative and plant your seeds in a window box like the little girl in Flower Garden by Eve Bunting. You can also use a large pot or go green and reuse a cardboard box or a basket.

Spend some time with your child as scientists observing your garden this spring and summer. Things to notice:

Geek Book Club

Geek Book Club poster

Do you love Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Graphic Novels? Join us at the brand new Geek Book Club, which will be meeting the 3rd Saturday of every month. Our first meeting is this upcoming Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m at the Schlessman Family Branch.

The first selection is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Ready Player One takes place in the not so distant future, where thanks to an energy crisis the world is a pretty bleak place. Luckily everyone can spend their time in the OASIS, a virtual world that is a lot more appealing than the real one. James Halliday, the creator of OASIS, dies and leaves the ticket to his entire fortune hidden in the game.

James Tiptree Jr. Award Announced!

Deathless

The James Tiptree Jr. Award is a literary award given annually to science fiction or fantasy (novels, novellas, short stories) that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The award is named after Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the male name James Tiptree Jr. in order to be more accepted by publishers of science fiction.

While some of these books/stories may not be in the Denver Public Library's collection, they may be worth seeking out if you are interested in issues of gender in science fiction and fantasy. Please note all the teen books on the list--several of which were on my favorite reads of 2011 list!

The 2011 Tiptree Award Winner is: Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct Press, 2011)

The Honor List includes:

Celebrate Women Writers: Orange Prize Longlist Announced!

The Night Circus

Founded in 1996, the Orange Prize for Fiction recognizes women writing in English throughout the world. The longlist was recently announced, coinciding with International Women's Day.

The prize celebrates excellence, originality, and accessibility in women's writing. Celebrate Women's History Month by checking out some of these outstanding novelists!

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