03/13/2018 - 1:09pm
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Musician Robbie Robertson began his musical career early touring with headliners like Bob Dylan before he was 22 years old. Robbie credits summers spent with his Mohawk and Cayuga relatives for nurturing his love of music and stories, especially Hiawatha and the Peacemaker.

Robbie’s retelling of his favorite story begins with Deganawida, the Great Peacemaker, who needs a voice to bring all the warring nations together under the league of Iroquois or Haudenosaunee. Deganawida recruits the... more

03/12/2018 - 3:23pm

March is Women's History Month and the Winter Olympics just ended about a week ago. And there were some phenomenal women who participated in the Olympic events. Lindsey Vonn is one the superstars of the Olympics. And did anyone stay up late to watch U.S. Women's Hockey Team win the gold?! 

I will be honest I don't play sports very often and there are some sports out there that still don't make sense to me. But I will say one thing, I love seeing women thrive in the sport they have worked... more

03/08/2018 - 10:47am
ideaLAB studio picture

Traditional music studios cost millions of dollars to build. They require a staff, a recording engineer, and thousands of pieces of equipment to run. In the last few years, its become possible to create professional grade music with just a tablet and a little bit of creativity (and a lot of hard work!). If you're interested in dipping your toes into the world of digital music, join us on March 28 for a Make a Beat with GarageBand workshop.

GarageBand is a free to use music creation app for iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) and macOS. You can record instruments; play digital synthesizers... more

03/02/2018 - 3:37pm
Child building with LEGOS

The Green Valley Ranch Branch library is seeking an outgoing, friendly Youth Assistant to help with the After School is Cool (ASIC) program. This position will support and assist Library staff in planning and executing ASIC activities. The Youth Assistant will build positive relationships with kids during the ASIC program and assist with monitoring students ages 6-14. The Youth Assistant will set up the program, assist with the implementation of the program, and clean up at the end of each day.

Part-time, 10 hours a week, April - May 2018. The ideal schedule would be 3:30 - 5:30 p.m... more

02/20/2018 - 6:22pm
Denver city skyline

I’m writing this particular post to encourage you to be a tourist in your own city—Denver! Between the drudgery and routine of going to school, plus maybe you also have extra activities at school or a job, going home, doing homework, then getting up to do it all again the next day, it’s so easy to forget that you live in a completely awesome city. I recently had out-of-town guests staying at my house and consequently wound up showing them around and entertaining them. During a short driving tour of our “Queen City of the Plains,” it really struck me: Denver is wonderful! Talking about my... more

02/13/2018 - 3:00pm
Six of Crows book cover

The winner of the 2017 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (Blue Spruce Award) is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! Hundreds of votes were cast by teens and tweens from public and school libraries across Colorado to select this from twelve books nominated last year. To be eligible to vote for their favorite, young adults must read at least three of the... more

01/29/2018 - 5:58pm

February is for love, chocolate, flowers and... dating violence awareness.

Yes, February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. It's more common than you may think and it can take many forms. Dating abuse is when one partner acts in a way that exerts power and control over another. It includes physical and sexual violence, as well as bullying, stalking and online harassment. According to the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence,  1 in 3 teens in the U.S. has experienced “physical, sexual, verbal... more

01/25/2018 - 12:28pm
Clapper Board Picture




2018 is going to be a great year for book to film adaptations of popular Teen books! Here are some to look forward to.






The Death Cure is the third and final book in the Maze Runner series by James Dashner. Thomas and his friends have escaped from WICKED and their... more

01/21/2018 - 4:30pm

Want to do something extraordinary for your National History Day project? Our Community Technology Center has workshops for you. Come learn how to make a documentary video or your very own web page at the Central Library ideaLAB! Be sure to register at our links below.


Documentary Workshop 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 10

Web Design Workshop 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 24... more

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


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