What a great thing to celebrate–that likely gorgeous building just down the street from you, filled with fantastic, old-smelling books and infinite knowledge at your fingertips.
It’s National Library Week, in fact, we’re smack-dab in the middle of it. Denver Public Libraries are recognizing National Library Week from April 8-14, encouraging local readers to get out to their nearest branch and support libraries. And National Library Week is about more than just reading a borrowed book. It’s a reminder of everything that libraries offer us.
Here are some awesome examples, courtesy of the Denver Public Library:
- Research your family’s history at the Central Library’s Western History and Genealogy Department
- Attend a class or lecture with the Fresh City Life or Fresh City Life My Branchadult cultural programming
- Try out our digital collection — download an eBook or eFlick to your personal device
- Thinking about opening your own business or need help with marketing resources? Learn about business plans and market research through ourBizBoost program
- Bring the kids to a storytime
- Learn about a new technology — check our line-up of free classes at our Community Technology Center
- Watch a video of Denver City Councilwoman Judy Montero talk about why she loves the Library
- Preserve your Colorado history on the Creating Your Community website
- Celebrate National Bookmobile Day on April 11 by learning more about DPL’sbookmobile services or watch some YouTube videos created by bookmobile librarians from across the country
To top it off, there are some special events you can still catch today and this weekend as part of the celebration:
Evil Companions Literary Award
Thursday, April 12, 6 p.m.
20th Anniversary celebration featuring 2012 award winner, Luis Urrea, 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. $70, Purchase tickets
Doors Open Denver
Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Decker Branch Library
This year, our 99-year-old Decker Branch will be participating in Doors Open Denver. The community can tour the branch and learn about its rich history and architecture. FREE
Sarah Ann Noel is a freelance writer, blogger, and public relations professional. She blogs “Read Alert” every week and covers other Denver-related events and thoughts on writing and motherhood on her personal blog. Check back every week for reviews, literary events, and other bookish finds.