Denver Sampler

What to do in downtown Denver if you don’t have a ticket for 0pening day of Baseball Season?  Enjoy art, architecture, libraries, and food.  There’s plenty available.

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Newly- renovated Union Station houses a hotel, bookstore, restaurants and other shops.  We admired the woodwork and lighting fixtures.  And some orchids.

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At the Denver Museum of Art, we made a lunch reservation at the fine restaurant Palettes.  I think it should be renamed Scrumptious.

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Closeup of an outdoor sculpture of a whisk broom and dustpan.  We were on our way to the Clyfford Still Museum in 65 degree weather.

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I didn’t know anything about Mr. Still, a contemporary of Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko and Jasper Johns.  Most of his work consists of large, abstract pieces.  My favorite is the one of the boat.

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We had to stop at the Denver Public Library, where childrens’ artwork was posted in the creating room.  It was a comfortable place with interesting windows.  For National Poetry Week, there was an activity to rearrange already-chosen words on sticky notes.  Mine is below.  Happy Spring!

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Book Fare

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Imagine a bunch of excited third graders in the school library for the book fair.  Then expand the scene to adult librarians in a big city convention center for the national meeting of the Public Library Association (PLA), which I attended in Denver last week as a guest of my daughter.  While she went to sessions I could peruse the booths.

The big blue bear outside the convention center really wanted in to get a book, too.

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Book giveaways were everywhere.  All these were free…but you had to get them home by yourself.  Most of them had disclaimers on the cover: Advance Reader’s Edition or Uncorrected Proof/Not for Sale. 

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Major and independent publishers showed their upcoming books for preview.

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Lots of electronic invaders…sometimes change is good.

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What’s the solution for illiteracy in America?

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This would be a good start.

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Next time: authors I was able to meet (and one I wanted to).