3.05.2015

Rest in peace, Mr. Larry

Mr. Larry passed away on February 23, 2015. He started volunteering at Pauline Robinson Branch Library when it opened in 1996, and started volunteering for Denver Public Library in 1995. He just recently slowed down at the end of 2014. Mr. Larry was particularly committed to educating our youth. Over the years, he helped many students, young and old, with their math homework, and performed many other duties around the library. He became the face of Pauline Robinson Branch Library, within the library and in the community. He will be missed.

We celebrated Mr. Larry's life today. Several of his family members, local and out-of-towners, stopped by the library to tour the branch and see where he spent his time.




At the conclusion of Mr. Larry's funeral service, the family played "At Last" by Etta James. This classic, which is a standard at many weddings, was a pleasant surprise, and brought a smile to many attending the service. Rest in peace, Mr. Larry. You will be missed. 


2.28.2015

Grand Opening in Pictures

The Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library is Officially Open!!!


Grupo Tlaloc: Blessing Ceremony and Dance


Storytime Corner

"Make A Happy Sound" in our music studio







Coffee, Tea, Snacks...


2.23.2015

Library vs. Lieberry

And We Stay


"There weren't even any windows, just blocks of concrete stacked on top of one another to form walls... It was a library, not a lieberry."

"A lieberry has windows with light coming through them. A lieberry is as cozy as a garden. The ideas it inspires are seeds that grow up to be flowers. " 
Page 97

2.22.2015

Mental Illness in the Black Community

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Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm EST is set aside for the Black Girl Nerd Podcast. I listen to the live podcast, chat with other listeners, and post comments and questions to twitter  #BGNPodcast Topics range from interracial dating to Doctor Who to discussions featuring celebrity panelists such as Taimak.  Tonight the discussion topic was Mental Illness in the Black Community and the discussion was rich, empowering, deep, light-hearted, funny, and life affirming. 

I listen to the BGNPodcasts because I self-identify as African-American, female, and nerd (of the book nerd variety) As a book nerd, the more I listened to the podcast, and the more I participated in the Twitter discussion, the more I felt compelled to share some resources related to the topic. 

  The Secret She Kept 72 Hour Hold
 
Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength

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openpathcollective.org
http://www.medicare.gov/coverage/outpatient-mental-health-care.html
depressioncomix.com
betterhelp.com
depressedwhileblack.tumblr

1.26.2015

Truth in Fiction: Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Love Is the Drug

"Everything is a drug, Coffee taught her that. Some are legal and some are illegal, some your brain makes on its own, and some your doctor dispenses in orange bottles, but it's all brain chemistry in the end." 
Marella talking to Bird p. 153

"There's nothing wrong with taking care of yourself, you know. What's the point of being brave if it destroys you?" p.169

"There can be no success without a clearly defined goal." p. 171

"There's no more painful rejection than that of the person who knows you best." p. 225

"Scientists learn about the world. It takes governments to use that knowledge for good or bad ends." p. 331

1.09.2015

Truth in Fiction: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

"Living a lie is painful and doesn't do anyone any good. I had to be true to myself, because either way God would know if I was lying." 
Tia Bertha, page 282

1.06.2015

Resolve to Rock 2015

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Storytime Underground asked the Youth Services Providers across internetland to share their professional goals for 2015. I am resolved to rock in 2015, and here are my professional goals.

1. Create connections, community, and writings that have a positive impact on the world and those with whom I share this beautiful planet. I am in the unique and wonderful position of opening a brand new library branch, with a brand new building, and a brand new collection this year. My new library community deserves the absolute best, as does every community.

2. Read review journals, blogs, and professional literature. The queue of blog posts that I need to read is ridiculous; add to that the fact that I have stacks of journals at work and at home. I need to make time to read more of these publications and to do so in a timely manner. I need to keep up with my professional reading.


3. Learn Spanish AND maintain my French language skills. My new library community consists of a large number of Spanish speakers. I have to at least make an effort to learn Spanish, so that I can serve the community to the best of my abilities. While I am learning Spanish, I do not want to lose my French. I rarely use French here, but I do when I travel. And I just love the language.

4. Attend an awesome library conference. I am already scheduled to present at the Colorado Teen Literature Conference which is always awesome, but I am super excited about the possibility of attending my first NCAAL.

5. Schedule my blog posts. There have been several occasions when I thought I had published a post, but nope I look and the post is still in my Drafts. Of course by the time I think to look , I am writing a new blog post, and oftentimes the previous post is dated and/or no longer relevant for whatever reason.There is really no reason for that to happen when I know how to schedule.