Cozy Winter Nights Are Perfect For Page-Turning
By Tara Bannon Williamson
Park Hill Librarian
Do you need a little escape with a good book during the frosty months that are upon us? Join us for Winter of Reading. Now through Feb. 29, the adult reading challenge entails reading, and completing library-related activities for prizes.
Pick up a brochure at any Denver Public Library location to get started. Complete the challenge by completing any five activities. Then, bring back your brochure to any one of our 26 locations and you’ll be rewarded with the choice of a Winter of Reading mug, glass, or metal straw set – plus a chance at winning one of our 30 Tattered Cover Bookstore prize packs.
Some of the 12 activities include:
• Asking a friend for a book suggestion
• Reading a book aloud to a pet or consenting adult
• Flaunting your library longevity by getting a sticker for your library card
• Reading a poem published after 2012
• Trying out a new recipe from a cookbook
The Denver Public Library has long celebrated reading in the summer with children and teens and so we are happy to focus on adult reading this winter! Encouraging adults to read is crucial. Not as many adults take the time to read for pleasure as people might think. There is so much to be curious about in the world, and we are here to help you explore and try new things this winter, and beyond.
Pauline Robinson Events
Winter of Reading | Programs throughout February
Tech Help Appointments | 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 Tuesday.
Drop-In Tech Help |Saturdays, noon-1 p.m. Feb 1, 8, 22, 29
Learn how to use tech more effectively. Get help navigating the internet, email and social networks. Learn how to access eBooks on any device and get your phone and tablet questions answered.
Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers.
eBooks made Easy | Thursday, Feb. 20, noon
Learn how to access library eBooks, audiobooks and video with your library card. Bring your own smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or explore the eBooks website using a library computer.
The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, Feb. 22, noon
This month’s selection: The Racketeer by Tayari Jones. 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.
Balance Class with Shae Patnoe: Mondays, Feb. 3 & 10, 2-3:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 4 & 11, 2-3:30 p.m.
Learn how to maintain balance and posture. With the right information and skills you will challenge your balance systems with the goal of preventing future falls. Come to one or all programs for the most benefit.
Rebels Remembered: My Neighborhood School | Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m.
This film explores the last century of education change in Denver area schools and traces the evolution through de facto segregation, busing and white flight. Discussion follows with director and activists featured in the film.
No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m.
Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between.
Grit, Success, and Encyclopaedia Britannica’s 250th Anniversary | Saturday, Feb. 8, 2:30 p.m.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Executive Editor and Author Theodore Pappas will take you on an exciting journey through Britannica’s intriguing history. You’ll see how perseverance in the face of great change and adversity is the key to success for companies like Britannica (which is thriving today in the digital age) as well as for individuals, in our personal and professional lives. Pappas’s new book, True Grit: Classic Tales of Perseverance, will be available for sale and signing.
Play and Explore | Monday, Feb. 10, 10-11:45 a.m.
Play with us! Family members and caregivers are a child’s first playmates and teachers. Engage your child in play activities that can help build creativity, coordination, and problem solving, strengthen muscles, increase social skills and encourage early learning. Ideal for ages 12 months to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesdays, Feb. 11 & 25 at 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.
Rebels Remembered: To Earn an Income | Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.
To Earn an Income examines the changes in African-American employment injustices from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement, including the historic racial imbalance in employment and the struggle to correct it. Discussion follows, with the director and activists featured in the film.
Valentine Boxes | Friday, Feb. 14, 3:30 p.m.
Use paint and sequins to design a heart-shaped box. Bonus: make a Valentine’s Day card too.
Swing Dance Classes | Saturday, Feb. 15: Family Session: 2-2:30 p.m., Teen and Adult Session 2:45-3:15 p.m.
Celebrate the 1920s by dancing. Dance to Big Band jazz music and learn how to move like the flappers did. No previous experience is required! Dance instructor from the Colorado Ballet. *Ideal for ages 9 to 12 years old, with an adult for the family session.
Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.
Who Was Charlie Chaplin? by Patricia Brennan Demuth
Learn about the silent film star Charlie Chaplin by reading this biography, then watch some clips from some silent movies while enjoying popcorn for our snack.
Marijuana 101 | Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2-3:30 p.m.
Recreational marijuana has been legal for five years in Denver. Learn from an expert from the Office of Marijuana Policy about how it all works, what are the lessons learned, and future challenges.
Park Hill Underground Comedy Club: AJ Finney | Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
AJ Finney’s organic approach is refreshing and his poetic stream of consciousness style makes for a colorful and unforgettable comedic experience. Howl with laughter with AJ, in our underground, after hours comedy club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Eighteen and over only due to adult content.
Needle in a Bookstack | Saturday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m.
Come practice your needlecraft with friends & neighbors. This is a drop-in craft group designed for moderate help/instruction in knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and hand stitched craft projects. Please bring your own project and supplies.
Recycling, Composting, and Trash in Denver | Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Denver Recycles will present on the city’s services for recycle, compost, and trash collection in addition to seasonal programs and events. We will discuss how Park Hill can help promote best recycle and compost practices and reduce waste.