Reviews and Blog Posts: families

November is National Family Literacy Month!

Family reading together

This month marks the annual celebration of National Family Literacy Month, a nationwide initiative to encourage families to read together. Reading together builds and strengthens literacy, encourages a love of reading, and is a great way to spend time together as a family.

Cardboard, Cardboard Everywhere! - The A-maze-ing After-Hours Harry Potter Party!

The A-maze-ing After-Hours Harry Potter Party is just around the corner! On Friday, September 25th from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Central Library families are invited to discover the secrets hidden in our giant Harry Potter Triwizard cardboard maze and nosh on tasty Honeydukes snacks. The maze will be big enough for families to explore together. This is a family event. No unaccompanied adults or kids, please.

The A-maze-ing After-Hours Harry Potter Party @ Central!

credit: Jakovche - Wikipedia.org - Created: 28 July 2011

Do you love Harry Potter? Do you love giant walk-through mazes? Then join us for the A-Maze-ing After-Hours Harry Potter Party on Friday, September 25th from 6:30-8pm! Discover the secrets hidden in our giant Harry Potter Triwizard cardboard maze and nosh on tasty Honeydukes snacks. The maze will be big enough for families to explore together. This is a family event. No unaccompanied adults or kids, please.

The professor's daughter

by Joann Sfar

Reviewer Rating:
4

Sfar writes a fun, zany story and Emmanuel Guibert gives it life with perfectly matched graphic art. When Egyptologist Professor Bowell leaves town on business, his daughter Lillian and prized mummy Imhotep IV decide to spend the day together exploring Victorian London. On the surface, Lillian and Imhotep IV don't seem to have much...

The Boston girl : a novel

by Anita Diamant

Reviewer Rating:
4

What an enjoyable story. The Boston Girl is about Addie Baum who is now 85 and is being interviewed by her granddaughter Ava. Addie has had her share of deep sorrows and great joys.  She was born in 1900 to immigrant parents and has lived through many changes – cultural,...

New ideaLAB Hours for Families and Adults!

If you haven't heard about it already, the ideaLAB is DPL's makerspace, located in the Central Library in the Community Technology Center. What's a makerspace? Well, it's a place for making stuff - music, art, robots, games, websites, purses, paintings - and giving you access to the tools you need to do so (we have 3D printers, the Adobe Creative Suite, a music studio, a Dremel - see our complete list of tools here). We opened two years ago as a space just for teens, but we've been slowly adding more hours for other ages.

The book thief

by Markus Zusak

Reviewer Rating:
4

This story is about a foster German girl, books, a Jewish fist fighter and a little bit of thievery. In 1942 Leisel Meminger, a young foster girl living in Nazi Germany discovers something she can't resist...books.  She begins to steal books from the Mayor's library and Nazi book burnings.  With...

Plaza Voices: Creativity in the Community

Family working together in a Plaza art program.

Karen D., a Plaza staff member, writes:

LEGOs are taking over Cherry Creek

How many LEGOs do you think are in this jar?

LEGO bricks have been spread all over the Cherry Creek branch these past few weeks. There was a LEGO brick road, a LEGO replica of Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library (built by our resident LEGO master), a LEGO jar guessing game, LEGO rainbows for our story time regulars, and even a chocolate LEGO making party a few weeks ago. Families stirred patiently and poured their chocolate mixtures into block molds to make LEGOs you could build with and then eat!

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