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Indelible: Denver’s Lasting Impressions of the Library

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Indelible: Denver’s Lasting Impressions of the Library
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Indelible: Denver’s Lasting Impressions of the Library
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Ducker, Bruce
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Denver, CO
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Center for Colorado and the West
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English

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Auraria Library
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Indelible: Denvers Lasting Impressions of the Library | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/indelible-denvers-lasting-impressions-library[12/7/2015 3:12:58 PM] Home Indelible: Denvers Lasting Impressions of the LibraryIndelible: Denvers Lasting Impressions of the LibrarySubmitted by CLEAVITT on 4-5-2015 05:21 PMAuthor: The Denver Public Library Publishing: Indelible: Denvers Lasting Impressions of the Library. By the Denver Public Library. Denver, CO: The Tattered Cover Press, 2014. 84 pages. Black-and-white photographs. 5 x 8. $10.00 paperback. Reviewer: Bruce Ducker Indelible is a collection of thirty-six pieces by local book lovers as a paean to 125 years of the Denver Public Library.Echoing the library itself, it is a slumgullion of views, recollections, and insights. A novelist or two, a caterer, several poets, patrons and padrones, librarians, shelvers and delvers, the bibliophilic and the bibulous are all represented.Here are anecdotes of pick-ups (Jenny Stockton), courtships (Kristen Monroe), parturition (Zac Lougheed) and tombstones (Buzz Jackson); poetry from Smallwood, Amer, Baldwin, Gabrieloff, and Howe. Memoirs (and how), a written sketch of Juanita Gray from Terry Nelson, and a cartoon sketch of the futures robot librarian from Charlie Corrigan.In Colorado fiction circles, Big D stands for Dallas, and Sandra is here. Also a first appearance in print by Pascal Spangenberg, age five, and a numberless appearance by Tom Dr. Colorado Noel (ageless). If several essayists chose to write about the obvious, it is becauseas we know from our readingall happy families are alike.Lupita Ramos and Thane Benson give us insider views of library mechanics. Genealogy occupies Buzzy Jackson and professor, novelist, columnist, and jazzbo-spouse David Milofsky focuses on history. History, too, for civic stalwart Barbara Steinberg, for the prolific and protean Tom Noel, and for his near-rhyme, the distinguished novelist Margaret Coel.Perhaps the most authoritarian essays come from our fortunate citys two most recent city librarians. Shirley Amore retires this spring, after eight years as the CEO. Her stellar term included wrangling the lean cows of financial crisis and recession and the fatted cows of bond proceeds. No better testimony of our citys love for its library could exist, excluding of course this slim volume, than the willingness of Denvers citizens to approve fifty-two million dollars of capital improvements for the system in the midst of the downturn.Shirleys predecessor, Rick Ashton, was city librarian for twenty-one years. He has contributed to this collection a substantive account of the efforts and decisions, on and under his watch, that resulted in the honors that befell our library. For three years running, the DPL was designated the best library in the country. We wonder when the Library Commission, the Friends of the Library, and the City of Denver will recognize Ricks considerable achievements.That aside, this is a suitable celebration of a great institution. Reviewer Info: EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanNow, thats wrong! Some of these Japanese are citizens of the United States. Colorado Gov. Ralph Carrs response to Executive Order 9066 forcing Japanese into internment camps during WWII.

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Indelible: Denvers Lasting Impressions of the Library | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/indelible-denvers-lasting-impressions-library[12/7/2015 3:12:58 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us The novelist Bruce Ducker lives in Denver. He and his wife, Jaren, are staunch supporters of the library. She is a past president of the Library Commission and of the Library Friends. He has over the years paid enough in late fines to finance a new branch, which he suggests be named for his wife.