01/11/2018 - 12:58pm
Photograph of Walter Dean Myers in New York City. Photo from

The Walter Dean Myers Awards (or "The Walter") are named for author Walter Dean Myers who wrote over a hundred books, won tons of book awards, and was a proponent of the importance of diversity in books for kids and teens.

What makes a book diverse? We Need Diverse Books defines diversity as "including (but not limited to) a person of color, Native... more

11/09/2017 - 11:14am
Book cover for Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner

England had knights with their own brand of chivalry, while Japan had bushi or samurai and their code of honor. Samurai Rising is the true-story of Minamoto Yoshitsune, one of the most famous samurai who lived during 12th century Japan, a time of political strife and short life spans. Danger surrounded Minamoto’s family and young Minamoto was placed in a Buddhist monastery in the mountains far from harm. But when Minamoto was 15 years old, he ran away to become a... more

10/26/2017 - 4:49pm
OWLS in progress sign

There’s all kinds of fun things for Teens going on at many Denver Public Library locations. But what will you do AFTER Halloween is over?!

The Park Hill Branch Library’s got you covered: Come get your HARRY POTTER on and find out if you can pass your OWLs. That’s right. On Friday, November 3 from 6:30-8 p.m. find out if you can pass your Ordinary Wizarding Levels (OWL) exams along with the rest of Hogwarts’ best and brightest! Organize a team, or sign up as an individual, to complete a... more

10/19/2017 - 5:05pm

Doing  National History Day and looking for help with your project? The Reference Services librarians can help you research like an expert! This year's theme is Conflict & Compromise in History, and National History Day's Theme Book will get you started thinking about your topic. Here at DPL, we selected topics from NHD's list and created research guides showing the library's resources like books and articles... more

06/06/2017 - 4:53pm

Aaah, summer! June is well under way, and if you're in the market for fun, FREE things to do with your time, there's sure to be a library close by that has something going on. From cupcakes to painting, from cosplay to cooking and everything in between, we've got you covered...


Bear Valley Branch Library

Tigers and Leopards Face Painting: Wednesday, June 7, 2:30 p.m.

In this step-by-step class, students will learn the fundamentals of face... more

06/01/2017 - 2:14pm
photo of handwriting on paper

College application deadlines are calling your name—and they want your unique essay. How do you know what to write? How do you showcase YOU when other students are answering the same questions? How do you translate a personal experience into something that demonstrates why you are meant to attend your top choice school? We’ll tackle all these questions and get you started on your essay. If you have a draft, please bring it with you. You’ll leave this class with a beginning and an outline for a brand new essay or a revision of your draft.

At the Green Valley Ranch Branch, we... more

05/30/2017 - 10:15am
Cassette tape

I remember when I graduated from high school and the epic summer after graduation. I will most definitely be aging myself here, but one of the things I remember most is the music my friends and I listened to. My best friend would burn CDs full of our favorites bands and songs. Some of them stayed all summer long, while others were the flavor of the week. One thing for sure is that I think of our adventures driving around the wonderfully hot city.

So what songs were we listening to? The summer of 2005 started my love affair with Fall Out Boy. I was introduced to them with their... more

05/23/2017 - 12:14pm
Splash & Bash

MY Denver is very excited to announce the 2nd Annual Splash & Bash for teens! Your ticket to the party is your MY Denver Card. Don't have one? Pick one up at one of Denver's 27 recreation centers.

Splash & Bash
Friday, June 9, 1-4 p.m.
Cook... more

05/17/2017 - 5:18pm
Alex & Eliza

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

Melissa de la Cruz

If you are excited about the musical Hamilton, you are sure to like this book. This is the love story of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza. This book is fiction, but it does have some historical accuracy. 










Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy... more

05/02/2017 - 1:26pm
Build a Better World logo

The Collaborative Summer Library Program has announced the winners of the 2017 Teen Video Challenge!

The Teen Video Challenge encouraged teens to create short public service announcements that promote reading and library use over the summer to other teens. The 2017 theme was "Build a Better World" and fourteen states participated in the contest this year. The winning videos illustrate the diversity of our nation and of the teens that created them. 

There were some incredible submissions to the Colorado competition, and we're very proud to have two Denver Public Library Teen... more


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