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Warm Up With A Good Book In February

Let The Winter Of Reading Ignite Your Mind

By Tara Bannon Williamson

Librarian, Park Hill Branch

According to the Pew Research Center, at least one out of every four adults who can read didn’t read a book last year.

Librarians are always standing by to help someone find a book that fits your mood and interests. Even if you haven’t finished a book in over a decade, we can find at least one that can delight and/or inspire you. Whatever your reading obstacle, we have a solution we would love to share with you.

To further incentivize reading and connect our community to all that the library has to offer, Denver Public Library is offering the Winter of Reading program again this year. The fun starts on Feb. 1 and goes through March 31. You can pick up your brochure at any of the Denver Public Library locations, including the Bookmobile.

Winter of Reading is open to everyone 18 and over. Those under 18 will get their chance for events and prizes this summer with our annual Summer of Adventure program. Participation is free and open to everyone – whether or not they have a library card.

Participants receive a brochure with 12 library activities on it. By just completing five or more activities, they earn a prize, a mug – or new for 2018, a pint glass. Those who complete their brochure and return it to their library are also entered in a drawing for a fantastic collection of prizes from the Tattered Cover. Each library location will select a winner for this valuable reward.

Short Books For Busy People

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (175 pages)

In this action-packed alternative history novella, feral hippopotamuses threaten the Louisiana marshlands and a crew of likeable and snarky characters are called in to save the day.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (181 pages)

Exploring the mystical nature of memory and how our early experiences shape the adults we become, the masterful author of American Gods creates a bittersweet and haunting atmosphere that propels the novel.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (207 pages)

Beautifully written, this complex and moving novel is set in central and southern Florida in the early 20th century, and is regarded as a seminal work in both African American literature and women’s literature.

Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin (209 pages)

This candid and humorous memoir by comedy legend Steve Martin includes anecdotes from his first job selling guidebooks at Disneyland, his early magic and comedy act, and his years paying his dues in the comedy scene.

After the Quake: Stories by Haruki Murakami (147 pages)

Murakami is widely regarded as one of the finest living authors today for his breathtakingly haunting and lyrical writing. These stories focus on the aftermath of the terrible Kobe earthquake of 1995 and have been described as “richly mysterious and emotionally prismatic” by Booklist Magazine.

Pauline Robinson Branch Events

Winter of Reading | Feb. 1 – March 31

It’s a reading program for adults. Come in and pick up a brochure. Complete five activities and get a mug or pint glass.

Tech Help Appointments | Mondays and Tuesdays, noon – 1 p.m.

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 the library at 720-865-0290 to schedule an appointment for Monday or Tuesday.

Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m.

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

Sankofa Storytime | Thursday, Feb. 8, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

The word Sankofa comes from the Akan people of Ghana. It means, “to go back and get it.” One of the Adinkra symbols for Sankofa depicts a mythical bird flying forward with its head turned backward. Our Sankofa Storytime brings the African American tradition of storytelling to life. A collaboration of local artists, authors, community organizations and local librarians Sankofa celebrates families, children, stories and the arts.

The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, Feb. 24, noon

This month’s selection: Swing Time by Zadie Smith. Drop-ins are welcome.

Random Acts of Kindness Week | Sunday – Saturday, Feb. 18-24

Come in and make things. Share them around the neighborhood and in your home.

Park Hill Branch Library Events

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

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their parents or 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.

Hip-Hop Dance | Friday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m.

Join Ian from Bboy Factory Dance Studio for a class teaching Hip-Hop dance including agility, rhythm, and coordination. Ideal for ages 6 through 11.

Ukuleles: Easy to Play, Easy to Love | Saturdays, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10, 2:30 p.m.

Learn to read standard sheet music and ukulele tablature to play melodically and harmonize using chords and lyrics in this adult-level class. Get tips for buying, tuning, maintaining your ukulele and community resources. Some loaner ukuleles are available or bring your own. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Come to one or both sessions.

Magic Club | Monday, Feb. 5, 4:30 p.m.

Do you already play Magic: the Gathering, or are you interested in learning? Stop by two afternoons a month to play and meet other teens. Ideal for ages 10-17. *No meeting Monday, Feb. 19: library closed for Presidents’ Day.

Family Fun Night: Pajama Jammie Jam | Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.

We will be having a Pajama Jammie Jam storytime and dance party. Kids, come dressed in your jammies and bring your grownups for stories, a craft and then be ready to dance, dance, dance!

Crazy 8’s Math Club | Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28, 4 p.m.

Weekly sessions on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. A math club where you will build stuff, run, jump, and make music. Materials are limited so registration is suggested. Ideal for grades K-2.

Different Perspectives, Civil Dialogue | Fridays, Feb. 9, 16, and 23, 4 p.m.

Challenged by talking with others whose opinions differ significantly from your own? Want to reap the benefits of learning from those differences? We will explore a foundational key to dialogue success and revisit two key power tools you already have in your toolkit.

No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.

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

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesdays, Feb. 13 and Feb. 27, 6 p.m.

Ideal for ages 13-18.

Tween Book Club | Thursday, Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m.

Pie by Sarah Weeks

Activity: metal art

Park Hill Underground Comedy Club: Nathan Lund | Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.

Laugh with beloved Comedy Works regular, host of Film on the Rocks, and Denver Comedy Champion Nathan Lund in our underground, after hours comedy club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Eighteen years and over only due to adult content.

Home of the Brave: A Small Town, Its Veterans and the Community They Built Together with Author Donna Bryson | Saturday, Feb. 17, 2:30 p.m.

Donna Bryson gives a detailed and honest account of how residents of a struggling Colorado town revitalized their community by helping veterans desperately looking for a place to call home. Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day with us as we discuss how compassion, kindness and service can transform lives and inspire entire communities, and whether Montrose, Colorado is a blueprint for others who want to make a difference.

Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, Feb. 20, 3:30 p.m.

Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Activity: Decorate a birdhouse for a brownie. Ideal for grades 2-3.

Defending the Constitution in the Age of Trump | Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.

The American Civil Liberty Union’s mission is to protect the constitutional rights of every person in the United States, regardless of race, gender, sexuality or religion. The ACLU believes President Trump’s administration poses an unprecedented threat to our civil liberties. Join us for an informative talk and discussion on Defending the Constitution in the Age of Trump with ACLU volunteer speaker Kathleen Hynes, Ph.D.

What is Intersectionality? | Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Intersectionality refers to the ways in which our race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and ability, intersect to affect our realities and lived experiences. Explore how our multifaceted identities can help clarify ways in which people can experience privilege and oppression.

Coloring for Grown Ups | Saturday, Feb. 24, 2:30 p.m.

Come for a nostalgic hour of coloring, in or outside the lines. Use our supplies to unplug and color your way to serenity.

Storytime Yoga | Monday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a unique and fun program that combines preschool storytime with yoga! Get ready to move and groove to songs and stories with Miss Adrienne. Ideal for ages 2 to 5 – accompanied by an adult.

Age by Design: The Setting with Jane Barton | Tuesday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m.

Location—the environment—is a critical factor in the aging process. When circumstances dictate a reassessment of the home, the discussion tends to be emotional, frightening, and somewhat confrontational. Please join us to learn about innovative housing options and to dream about your ideal location, location, location.

Colorado Jazz Workshop | Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy classic jazz standards from the Colorado Jazz Workshop featuring a three-piece horn section and three-piece rhythm section. The Colorado Jazz Workshop was founded in 1987 by Edd Nichols and Ken Anderson and recently performed at the 6th Annual Colorado Jazz Workshop Festival at Dazzle.

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