*Special Events*

Carnality: Dancing On Red Lake with Author Josiah Hesse

Carnality: Dancing On Red Lake with Author Josiah Hesse
Friday, July 31, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library
Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Josiah M. Hesse is an Iowa-born journalist and refugee of the 1990s Christian youth revival movement. His work has appeared in VICE, Splitsider, The Denver Post, The Cannabist, LaughSpin, Out Front Colorado, The Spit Take, Substance, Westword, Noisey, Colorado Public Radio, Birdy, The Fix, and Suspect Press. He currently lives and writes in Denver. Book description of Carnality: ‘Over the last four years Jacob Sloan has lived naked and alone within an abandoned island hotel, smoking cannabis, eating squirrels and swimming in a lake that contains a dark secret. As memory slowly begins to flower in his brain, Jacob recalls the traumatic events that led him to the island, describing a childhood spent in fear of barcodes, the Antichrist, and being abandoned in the ever-nearing Rapture. In addition to his tales of madness and murder on an Iowa farm, Jacob also recounts the true story of how California’s acid-fueled hippies of the 1960s became the religious-right of the 1980s.’ Come and meet one of Denver’s newest and exciting voices in fiction writing as he reads selections from his debut novel.

ACT: Adult Coloring TherapyACT: Adult Coloring Therapy
Saturday, August 1,
9 a.m.-5 p.m. and
Sunday, August 2,
1-5 p.m.
Central Library
Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Work out your feelings at an inspiring color-in hosted by Fresh City Life. Coloring inside or outside the lines is encouraged. There will be a community table with a mural-sized coloring page that everyone can work on together. And, in case you need some alone time, there will be another station where you can work on your own coloring page to take home. You choose, but whatever you choose, it is a fun and artful way to get centered and reduce stress. And after we work on it for two days, we’ll display the mural to share it with our library customers! Come, join in, and bring kids of all ages.

Human Walking Program with Denver Animal ShelterHuman Walking Program with Denver Animal Shelter
Tuesday, August 4,
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Central Library
North Lawn at 14th Avenue and Broadway

Can you imagine what it is like to be chained to a desk with nothing but a mouse for entertainment? What must it be like to be kept in a tiny box and ignored for eight hours a day?  For many downtown office workers this is their day-to-day life. The Denver Public Library and Denver Animal Shelter are teaming up to help these needy office workers break the shackles of sedentary, corporate life. Come and see big-hearted, friendly adoption dogs rescue loving people and take them for a walk.  They’ll even take you out for a spin – that’s how much these dogs care about you!

Glitterville's Stephen Brown

Glitterville’s Stephen Brown: Camp Gitchacrafton
You may know Stephen Brown from his telegenic appearances on Craft Wars; or you may know him from his crafting books, Glitterville’s Handmade Halloween and Glitterville’s Handmade Christmas. But once you know this charismatic crafter, you are a fan for life. Stephen Brown is a tireless artisan who creates ingenious craft experiences for anyone who enjoys rolling up their sleeves for glue, scissors, glitter and creativity. He’s hosting two special workshops for our 2015 Camp Gitchacrafton – pick your favorite and enjoy the fun. These events are free and open to the public.

Camp Halloween/FallCamp Halloween/Fall
Saturday, September 19, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Registration Required

Hang out with Stephen for this morning session. You’ll take away an adorable fall craft project and Stephen will show off other creative possibilities for the fall holidays. Book signing to follow. Seating is limited. Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Camp Christmas/WinterCamp Christmas/Winter
Saturday, September 19, 2-5 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Registration Required

Make a charming and wintry craft with Stephen Brown. You’ll take away a pretty thing that you made and learn about other fun craft experiences to indulge in for the holidays. Remember, crafting has no calories! Book signing to follow. Seating is limited. Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Forests and People First: An Evening with Bianca JaggerForests and People First: An Evening with Bianca Jagger
Friday, October 16, 7-9 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 evening 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. Later that evening, 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.