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A Grand Adventure

Winter Of Reading Offers Escape Into Books

By Tara Bannon Williamson

Park Hill Branch Librarian

Park Hill Librarian Tara Bannon Williamson bones up on her tucks and tail bonks. Photo by Cara DeGette

 We are kicking off year five of our Winter of Reading program. Patrons are encouraged to visit the library, grab a brochure, and work to fulfill five reading or library activities. Sweet and simple! When you complete the challenge, bring back your brochure to any of our branches and you will be rewarded with the choice of a Winter of Reading mug or pint glass, plus a chance at winning a Tattered Cover prize pack.

The fun begins on Jan. 2. Be sure to complete your activities and return your brochure to any Denver Public Library location by Feb. 28 to collect your prize and be counted among the completers. A library card is an invitation to try new things and have grand adventures without great expense or effort. The goal of Winter of Reading is to have some fun and show appreciation to the readers in our community. We hope it highlights to library customers services they may not know we have and connect them to books they might not otherwise have read.

This year we are hoping to connect you with your next great read by encouraging readers and listeners to pick up a title that was published the year you were born, recommend a book to a friend, and read or listen to a book that was translated to open a window into another world.

If the fear of fines kept you away in the past, you’ll be pleased to know that the Denver Public Library is going Fine Free in 2019!

Beginning Jan. 1, all DPL libraries will discontinue charging overdue fine penalties for late returns. We’re even zeroing out most customers’ existing overdue balances so they can start fresh. That means that when life gets in the way and you return items a few days late, you can do so without worrying about overdue fines. Even if you have an overdue item that prevents you from checking more items out, just return the book and you will be back to borrowing!

Pauline Robinson Events

Tech Help Appointments | Mondays and Tuesdays, noon-1p.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, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 29, 30, 10:30 a.m.

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

Computer 101 | Wednesdays, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 29, 30, noon -1:30 a.m.

Drop in computer class. Limit 10

Glitter Light Switch Cover | Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2 p.m.

Light up your room with a glittery light switch cover.

Intro to 3D printing | Thursday, Jan. 3, 2-3:30 p.m.

Come 3D print with Hypatia Studio LLC. You’ll learn how to design Celtic knots, jewelry, or other kinds of objects in 3D, and then see your design made right in front of you with 3D printing.

Did You Know about Hope Communities? | Thursday, Jan. 10, 1-2:30 p.m.

Hope Communities is a nonprofit that provides affordable rental housing with wrap around support services at multiple properties across Denver. Members of the team of The Gardens of Hope Communities, located on Thrill Place, will talk about their resources that are available for not only their residents but the entire community.

Outfoxing the Predators | Thursday, Jan. 17, 2-3:30 p.m.

Mario Casparian from the Denver District Attorney’s office will discuss how to protect yourself and spot the 5 Red Flags of Scams and ID theft.

Drop-In Libby Class | Thursdays, Jan. 24, 2 p.m.

Libby is a reading app for borrowing digital books and audiobooks from the library. You will learn how to navigate in Libby on you own device and how to create place holds.

The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, Jan. 26, noon

This month’s selection: What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi. Drop-ins are welcome.

Park Hill 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 & 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.

Cardboard Construction I Wednesday, Jan. 2, 3 p.m.

Use saws, screws and cardboard to build anything you can think of. Ideal for ages 6 to 12 accompanied by an adult.

Magic Club | Monday, Jan. 7, 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 Gathering Monday, January 21.

Smartphone & Tablet Basics I Tuesday, Jan. 8, 4 p.m.

Learn how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android, or Apple smartphone or tablet. Afterwards, there will be time for answering your questions. Please bring your own device.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) I Tuesdays, Jan. 8 & 22, 6 p.m.

Join the Park Hill TAB. Help plan events and projects, talk about your favorite books, music, movies and make your opinion count. Plus snacks. Ideal for ages 13-18.

Snow Slime | Friday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m.

Learn to make your very own white slime that looks like snow. Join us for some ooey, gooey fun!

No Strings Attached Book Chat I Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m.

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

Conversation for the Ages: Justice I Saturday, Jan. 12, 2:30 p.m.

What do we owe to each other? How do we talk about what matters most? Engage in one or all of our monthly discussions using classic and contemporary texts as springboards for talking about pressing issues.

Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, Jan. 15, 3:30 p.m.

Book: My Explosive Diary by Eliza Boom

Activity: Make a spy periscope and enjoy some ice cream. Ideal for ages 6 to 9.

My Teenage Angst | Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.

Did you hold on to journals, yearbooks and notes from your teenage years? Megan Nyce invites you to dust them off and join her for a hilarious PG-13 trip down memory lane. Listen to friends and strangers read these keepsakes aloud and get to know your neighbors in a whole new way. Email to sign up to read your journal aloud.

Tween Book Club | Thursday, Jan. 17, 4:30 p.m.

Tackle a good book—of your choice—and bring it to share with the group. Activity: decorate a water bottle.

Ideal for grades 4 and up.

Good Music: What It Is and Who Gets to Decide, with Jack Sheinbaum I Saturday, Jan. 26, 2:30 p.m.

Author Jack Sheinbaum proposes that good music can be playful rather than serious, diverse rather than unified, engaging to both body and mind, in dialogue with manifold styles and genres, and collaborative.

Boomers Leading Change I Tuesday, Jan. 29, 4 p.m.

Learn about Boomers Leading Change and how you can find a perfect volunteer match for your interests and skills. The mission of Boomers Leading Change is to mobilize, connect and empower Adults 50+ to utilize their skills, experience, passion and energy to create positive, lasting social change.

Conflict in our Daily Lives I Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6:30-8 p.m.

Conflict is a part of every relationship, whether it is between family members, coworkers, neighbors, or friends. Learn about how to address conflict as an opportunity for strengthening relationships and for growth through problem solving. Join The Conflict Center in an interactive session to gain the tools necessary to help understand differing perspectives, generate options, and create mutually agreeable solutions.


Sue Wofford Retiring

Congratulations to Sue Wofford on her retirement from the Park Hill Branch Library after nearly three decades of providing excellent reading suggestions and help to generations of Park Hill community members. For more about Wofford, read the May 2018 article of the Greater Park Hill News, “Sue Wofford, Secret Weapon.” Shown here is Wofford, along with library patron Malcolm, who is 2 in this photo. File photo by Amy Rickert Hyde

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