Have you heard of the Lambda Literary Awards? For 25 years, the "Lammys" have celebrated the best in gay and lesbian literature. This year's Awards ceremony will be held in New York on June 2nd. There are a little over 20 award categories and more than 100 finalists nationwide.
It just so happens that 6 of this year's finalists live in the Denver area, so JCPL thought it would be neat to bring them in for a group reading for the public.
The Belmar Library is going to host the reading on Friday, May 10th, from 6:30-8pm. You'll get a chance to meet the authors, ask questions, get autographs, and hear some really great stories.
The readers and their nominated works are:
Jerry Wheeler - Strawberries and other Erotic Fruit
Kieran York - Appointment with a Smile
Sean Eads - The Survivors
Dylan Edwards - Transposes
Matt Kaily - Teeny Weenies: and Other Short Subjects
Early registration is now available for the Adult Summer Reading Program – this year’s theme is Groundbreaking Reads.
This year we will be playing Bingo! It’s not just about reading this summer but exploring the Library. Finish your first bingo and come into your local library to get a certificate for a free book from the Library Foundation book sale. You can complete up to 4 bingos and each bingo you complete will place you in the grand prize drawing for a Kindle. Here's a little tip - we are suggesting you use the year you were born as your registration password so it's easy to remember.
Parents and guardians – be sure to sign your kids and teens up for Summer Reading Club too. Dig into Reading for kids and Beneath the Surface for teens. New this year, we will have a special program for the little ones, sign up under Dig into Reading but look for the bingo card just for babies, toddlers and preschoolers which focus on fun and early literacy. Just have one library card in your family? No problem, just register yourself and you will see a button allowing you to add others to your card.
Bingo cards will be available online and at your local library on June 1st – the official start of Summer Reading Club!
Have you heard about Free Comic Book Day?
On Saturday, May 4th, comic book stores across the nation will participate by giving out a selection of free comics to their customers. In addition, many comic book stores will be hosting special events, such as the chance to meet local comic artists and writers.
Some of the Denvera-area comic book stores involved in Free Comic Book Day include Time Warp, Mile Hi Comics, Hero Headquarters, and I Want More Comics. You can find other participating locations here.
Keep in mind, of course, that with Jefferson County Public Library, every day is Free Comic Book Day. From graphic novels to trade paperback collections and anthologies, the library system has extensive holdings on all your favorite comic titles. Come borrow them any time you like. We believe reading makes everyone a super hero!
The story of how Herb and Dorothy Vogel assembled one of the most extensive and important collections of 20th century art is quirky, inspirational, and just plain fun. The NYC based couple worked at the US Post Office and the Brooklyn Public Library and spent their evenings and weekends scouting and buying art directly from people who would become some of the most influential artists, painters, and sculptors of the century.
If their story intrigues you, check out the documentary about them, Herb & Dorothy.