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How Do You See Denver?

Big Blue Bears & Spirit of The West On New Library Cards

By Becky Corning, Pauline Robinson Branch Librarian

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Designs by (clockwise from upper left): Tiffany Tomlin-Shanks, Nathan Greyman, Sherry Spitsnaugle and Dustan Nichols will be featured on new library cards this year. They were selected from a contest announced last summer.

This year, your library card may feature a drawing of the big blue bear sitting on the big red chair, a graphic representation of Denver neighborhoods, or a photo of the Spirit of the West structure.

Last summer, Denver Public Library asked residents to submit their best visual representations of the city to be used on library cards. More than 200 submissions were entered.

The judges chose the following four final designs:

• Nathan Greyman took DPL’s “bookstar” – our iconic logo – and stylized it with color

• Tiffany Tomlin-Shanks incorporated several well-known Denver landmarks into one setting for her entry. Denver artist Laurence Argent’s Big Blue Bear is sitting atop Donald Lipski’s famous red chair, while the Yearling reads along.

• Dustan Nichols’ map-inspired card provides a graphic representation of Denver neighborhoods. Roads and landmarks become colorful shapes in this design. One library employee noted that she can’t wait to use this one to show people how to get to the post office.

• DPL Event Coordinator Sherry Spitsnaugle’s entry features a photo of the “Spirit of the West.” The wooden structure, which is in the Western History and Genealogy Department at Central Library, is also known as the Derrick. It is made from lumber from a 1920s sawmill in Washington and is designed to mimic sights from the Old West: a derrick from the days of oil and gold mining, a teepee, or a windmill.

The final designs will appear on DPL library cards soon.

January 2016 programs: Pauline Robinson Branch

5575 E. 33rd Ave at Holly

Legos Program | Saturday, Jan. 2, 2 p.m.

Come make some Lego creations with us. You may even win a prize!

One-on-One Computer Help | By Appointment

Get technology assistance from one of our in-house experts on your own device or a public computer. Learn the basics, such as email, social networking, word processing and eMedia. Call 720-865-0290 to schedule an appointment.

Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers.

Beginning Knitting | Thursdays, Jan.14, 21, & 28, 2-3 p.m.

Join our knitting/crochet circle for beginners. Learn basic stitches in both crafts. You will be able to make scarves, hats and other accessories by the end of the three sessions. Space is limited, call 720-865-0290 to reserve your spot.

The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, Jan.23, 12 p.m.

This month’s selection: Philomena: a mother, her son, and the fifty year search by Martin Sixsmith. Drop-ins are welcome.

Park Hill Branch

4705 Montview Blvd.

Tuesday Tech Hour | Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

All Ages Storytime | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their caregivers. Craft activity immediately follows the program.

Baby Storytime | Thursdays and Fridays at 11:15 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for babies ages 0-18 months and their caregivers. Play and social time immediately follow the program.

Toddler Storytime | Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers.

No Strings Attached Book Discussion Group | Saturday, Jan.2 and Saturday, Jan.30, 11 a.m.

Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between.

Sherlocked: the Game is Afoot! | Saturday, Jan. 9, 2:30 p.m.

In collaboration with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and their International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes, the library will host an afternoon of mystery for the whole family.

Magic Club | Monday, Jan. 11 and Monday, Jan. 25, 4:30 p.m.

Are you a Teen in grades 6-12? Do you already play Magic: the Gathering, or are interested in learning? Join us two Mondays a month to play and meet other Teens who are also Magic-Minded.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesday, Jan. 12 and Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m.

Teens ages 13 and up are invited to join the Park Hill TAB. Help plan library events and projects at the Park Hill Library, talk about your favorite books, and make your opinion count.

North of 50 | Wednesday, Jan. 13, 4 p.m.

A program for those 50+ and their families designed to help you stay healthy, informed, connected, and happy. This month’s topic is “Stem cells and other new treatments for Parkinson’s disease” presented by Curt R. Freed, MD, Head of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Leopold Korn and Michael Korn, professors at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Sewing Lounge | Saturday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.

Have a project you want to work on, but don’t have a sewing machine? No problem, use ours. Grab your supplies and head on over. We’re here to answer your questions.

Childcare Meet and Greet! | Saturday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m.

Parents, babysitters, nannies and caregivers are invited to connect to one another in a safe in person environment. Childcare providers, bring your references for the parents to contact. Parents, bring the kids to help you find the best candidates.

Genre Chat 2nd/3rd Grade Book Club | Tuesday, Jan. 19, 3:30 p.m.

The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla

Activity: Chalk drawings

Blooming Readers 4th/5th Grade Book Club | Thursday, Jan. 21, 3:30 p.m.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

Activity: Penguin water bottles

Your Neighborhood/Your Stories with StoryCenter | Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m.

Recording and sharing the stories all around us helps us be a part of history, the people’s history. Guided by StoryCenter, we will write, be inspired and, if you want, share our stories. Bring an object that relates to your story or a personal photo (electronic or paper) of a quirky, but favorite Denver location as a prompt. We’ll teach you how to tell it and maybe even record it for an online collection that you can send to your friends.


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