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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
book cover

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


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


01/29/2018 - 5:58pm
Self-love heart

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


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

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


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


05/17/2017 - 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


05/01/2017 - 6:36am
Pandora

Explora for Teens is a great resource for students but it's also great for just about everyone looking for information and news on all sorts of topics. Our mythological friend, Pandora, has decided to pop in and take a trip around the world to see what's going on. See if you can figure out where Pandora visited and what she's learned.

Pandora has a passport and visas for every corner of the world, so she's set to go. Pandora is also interested in... more


04/04/2017 - 10:44am
Woman shelving books

The Sam Gary Branch Library of Denver public Library is currently seeking a high school student (ages 14 -17) interested in working part-time at the library in a paid position as a Youth Assistant. More details about the job can be found here.

Do you want to know what it's like to work at the library as a teen? The following is an essay our current Youth Assistant, Gina, wrote about her experience working at the library:

 

I started my experience with the library two years ago as a... more


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