*Special Events*

Forests and People First with Bianca JaggerForests and People First with Bianca Jagger
Saturday, October 17
1-2:30 p.m.
Central Library
Level B2 Conference Center
Registration Required

The Americas Latino Eco-Festival (ALEF), in partnership with Denver Public Library, is honored to host Bianca Jagger for an incredible afternoon in Denver. She is a cultural icon, has lived the life of model, actress and globetrotter — and now Nicaraguan-born Bianca Jagger is a tireless advocate for environmental justice. Jagger currently serves as a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA, IUCN Bonn Challenge Ambassador, and a Trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust.

Bianca Jagger will give the keynote speech on the perils of climate change and the need to restore both destroyed and degraded forests. Following Ms. Jagger's speech, Irene Vilar, Founder of Americas for Conservation + the Arts, will award Bianca Jagger the 2015 Nuestra Madre Award. The Nuestra Madre Award recognizes extraordinary work in environmental stewardship and land preservation. For more details, visit: americaslatinoecofestival.org. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Photo by Phil Poynter

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Cereal Saturday: Pilot Project

Cereal Saturday: Pilot Project
Saturday, October 3, 8 a.m.-noon.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Calling all kids! And that means all grown up kids, too, who love watching Saturday morning cartoons while devouring a big bowl of cereal. Denver Public Library is hosting this tribute to the days of ‘yore’ youth – we’ll be screening great cartoons from the 60’s right up through to the new millennium. Lots of fun retro stuff. And we’ll serve it up with a cereal bar of fun, nostalgic cereals – and healthy choices, too! But it gets even better for the real kiddos in the audience. Have homework that you need help with? Working on a project for school that is lacking good resource materials? Our reference librarians will be on hand to help with any homework or research project needs you have for school. So, yes, Moms and Dads – you are reading that right. Bring the kids and their research needs, and while you are feasting on Count Chocula and watching The Pink Panther, your mini-me can get some research assistance. This Saturday event is a test run and may return in the future! Free and open to the public.

The Mommie Dearest Diary with Rutanya Alda

The Mommie Dearest Diary with Rutanya Alda
Wednesday, October 7, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Registration Required

Fasten your seatbelts, Denver; it's going to be a bumpy night! Actress Rutanya Alda, who played Carol Ann — Joan Crawford's long suffering handmaiden in the cult film Mommie Dearest — has published her memoir about the experience. Because the making of the film was so tumultuous, Rutanya Alda kept a journal as a positive way to talk herself through being on the set of one of the strangest film productions in her career. Now, almost thirty-five years later, that journal has become the foundation of Rutanya's fascinating account of making a destined-to-be cult film. And it turned out that, because of Faye Dunaway's over-the-top behavior and acting, she is a strong, if not altogether flattering, presence in Ms. Alda's memoir. Rutanya Alda reads excerpts from The Mommie Dearest Diary, meets the fans and signs copies of her book at this special debut engagement at Denver Public Library. Seating is limited. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Nom de Plumage: or Strategies To Get Your Book Written During National Novel Writing Month
Nom de Plumage: or Strategies To Get Your Book Written During National Novel Writing Month
Tuesday, October 20, 7-8:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge

Sometimes it's about getting words down on paper -- and sometimes it's about creating beautiful passages reminiscent of peacock plumage. If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), we're hosting a guerrilla workshop that will inspire you to write with abandon. This event is for writers at all levels! Get great tips and tricks for not only surviving NaNoWriMo, but excelling at your novel writing. If you dream it, begin it!

We'll have special guest Yalonda Benford-Balkcom, who completed her first novel during National Novel Writing Month, on hand to answer questions and inspire your novel writing journey, too.

NaNoWriMo: Drop-In: Write-InNaNoWriMo: Drop-In: Write-In
Fan your inspiration and fortitude by attending one of our NaNoWriMo Write-Ins. All interested novelists are encouraged to come and hang out, get some writing done and draw strength for your fellow authors! Drop in anytime that works for you.

Saturday, November 7, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge

Saturday, November 21, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge

Start Your Engines Writing Class with Jana ClarkStart Your Engines Writing Class with Jana Clark
Saturday, September 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
and Saturdays, October 10 & 24, 11 a.m.-noon
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge

This class is open to any, specifically those who used to write but have stopped, those who have always wanted to write but weren't sure where to begin, and anyone in between. Join our teacher and Fresh City Life for three sessions starting September 26, please bring your own writing materials (pens or pencils, notebooks or paper).

Paris Holiday Market

Paris Holiday Market
This fifth annual Franco-inspired market gets bigger and better every year! Experience the sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of the holidays in Paris. Saturday and Sunday admission is free to this arts and crafts market sponsored by The Denver Public Library. Or for a big night out, join us for our first Paris Holiday Market Preview Night. Ticket sales will benefit Fresh City Life adult cultural programming and you’ll have a chance to vote for your favorite booths! Top three booths will win cash prizes of $200, $300 and $500! A wonderful chance to support local creatives and the Denver Public Library! Preview party includes live music interludes, sips and nibbles provided by Whole Foods Market and even some vendor specials for preview party guests!

Paris Holiday Market Preview PartyParis Holiday Market Preview Party
Friday, November 6, 6-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Vote for your favorite vendor booths. Eat, drink, listen to live, French music and shop local artisans. Tickets $10. Purchase in advance by check, cash or credit card. Call 720-865-1206 or email Trish at ttilly@denverlibrary.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, cash only.

Paris Holiday MarketParis Holiday Market
Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

The sights and sounds of a traditional Paris Christmas Market all weekend long. Holiday and gift shopping provided by talented local artisans and crafters. Support your community and have fun, too.