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:

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.
Oxford Hotel
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 blogCheck back every week for reviews, literary events, and other bookish finds.