Schlessman Family Branch Library, 100 Poplar St. (Quebec & 1st Ave), (720) 865-0000
Hours: Sun 1-5pm, Mon 12-8pm, Tues 10am – 6pm, Weds 12-8pm, Thurs 10am – 6pm, Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 9am-5pm
Schlessman in the Digital Age
Lowry’s Schlessman Family Library offers nearly 100,000 books, CD’s and DVD’s, but banish any notion you might have that the library is only row after row of hard-copy materials. Schlessman is keeping pace with today’s technology – you don’t even have to leave home to download any of the library’s 15,000 eBooks, 10,000 audio eBooks, 200 digital magazines, and live-stream music and movies. They even have a Pandora-reminiscent site for streaming music called Volume: A Local Music Project. Everything is free to borrow with a Denver Public Library card.
All of Denver Library’s downloadable content can be found here and is accessible from eReaders, smart phones, tablets and laptop or desktop computers. New to downloading content from the library? Never fear: device-specific, step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) are available for each type of download here (right-hand column). Want one-on-one help? Visit the library on Monday from 12-1P for Tech Mondays or ask one of the librarians anytime – they can help you get started borrowing and downloading digital content like:
eBooks – Titles for adults, teens and kids can be downloaded to your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or smart phone app.
Tumblebooks – Kids can read books, play games and do activities, all on-line.
BookFlix – Like Netflix for kids, but the videos are of books being read to them, with reading prompts for beginning readers.
Reference eBooks – From law to medicine to sports, search hundreds of reference publications here.
Academic eBooks – Pick a subject and search – thousands of non-fiction books converted to PDF format so you can view them on-line.
Audio eBooks – Listen to the latest bestseller or a classic on any of your devices.
Volume – Live streaming of local music.
Music Online Database – Database featuring hundreds of thousands of songs in genres from Classical and Americana to Jazz and Global.
Streaming Video – It’s Library Netflix with new and old movies. Need help deciding – you can watch a sample before you borrow!
Digital Magazines – From 5280 to Allure to Architectural Digest to Better Homes and Gardens, full-color digital versions of your favorite magazines.
And don’t forget, the library has computers for members to use on-site, including kid’s computers, scanners, and free Wi-Fi, if you want to bring your own device.
Programs and Events
When we say there’s something going on at Schlessman every day, we really do mean EVERY DAY. Check out Schlessman’s Calendar of Events.
For kids, Schlessman features a variety of regularly-scheduled storytimes:
Pajama Storytime: Mondays at 6:30 pm
Tales for Two’s: Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Preschool Storytime: Thursdays at 10:30 am
Book Babies: Fridays at 10:30 am
Little University: Saturdays at 10:30 am
Currently, Schlessman is gearing up for their signature program—Summer of Reading—which helps to increase literacy rates and prevent “summer slide,” where reading comprehension and retention can decrease when kids are out of school for the summer. The program gives incentive prizes to kids from birth through 12th grade for reading or being read to, including the ever-popular Elitch Gardens Theme Park tickets. In addition to reading and prizes, each branch library also offers unique programming during the summer to help keep kids engaged and interested in learning and growing. Registration for the program begins June 1 at Schlessman. Information is available at summerofreading.org.
The library has special on-line resources for kids and teens – and their parents. The Kid Webpage offers on-line encyclopedias and other reference materials, links to homework help and information about after-school programs, book recommendations, games, and StoryBlocks, videos of rhymes and songs that parents can speak and sing to their baby, toddler or pre-schooler to promote reading readiness. The Teen Webpage features book blogs, events calendar (Book Club, Build Club, Teen Advisory Board, ideaLABs), homework help via on-line chat, Comic Book, Gaming and Anime resources, movies, music and eBooks.
There are also adult programs at Schlessman Family Library. Some of the regularly scheduled programs include Chess Club, Book Chat, and Comic Book Club, but there are also programs at Schlessman and other Denver Library branches where you can meet an author, learn how to garden or arrange flowers, become a better public speaker, plan a trip, take a class on William Shakespeare or the Tuskegee Airmen, take a cooking class, learn to sew or knit, explore local history, learn more about genealogy, revisit classic film and discuss TED Talks, get help with computers and technology or get swept up in a performance by the Colorado Chamber Music Society. View the full Denver Library events schedule on-line, or pick up a copy of their monthly schedule at any branch location.
Schlessman’s Plazas Program offers support for new immigrants, refugees and asylees, including second-language conversation skills, citizenship, business networking, and more. Plazas are a dedicated space for migrants from all over the world to connect with people, information and resources. You can find out about Denver Public Library and City of Denver services for new immigrants here.
The Denver Public Library system has an extensive list of public services, including support for small businesses, patent and trademark services, career training and resources for teachers. Students can set up an appointment to spend some one-on-one time with a librarian learning how to use the library to do research and you can even request a personalized reading list from a librarian. To see a full list of Denver Public Library services, visit their website.
Meetings at Schlessman
Ever wondered what’s on the second floor at Schlessman? It’s a Community Meeting Space that can accommodate up to 50 people and features a white board and projector screen. The space may be reserved for $10/hour (call (720) 865-0000 or stop by to see if it’s available and fill out a reservation form) or, when not reserved, is available on a first-come-first-serve basis for use.
To learn more about the library, visit their website at www.denverlibrary.org
Connect with the Library on Social media:
Schlessman Family Branch Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schlessman.dpl
25 Mar 2015
What better way to spend springtime in Lowry then in one of the eighteen parks that provide nearly 800 acres of recreation and natural reserve space. Lowry’s parks harmonize with Colorado’s environment, with 35 percent of the total acreage devoted to native plants and grasses and less than half sod, some of which include low-irrigation grass varieties.
Lowry offers a variety of parks and open space, including a sports complex, dog park, natural walking trails, parks perfect for hosting an event with pavilions and grills, great family-friendly parks with play spaces and space to picnic, meandering green spaces, and the Reading Garden, a quite contemplative space featuring some of Lowry’s most spectacular public art.
Some of Lowry’s parks are owned and maintained by the LCMA and others by the City of Denver Parks and Recreation. Parks owned by the LCMA may not be reserved nor used for commercial or organizational events, but the City of Denver parks are available for reservations. See the list below and link to the Denver Parks and Recreation website for instructions on how to reserve a park. LCMA parks are generally smaller and open to private use by Lowry residents and their guests. The LCMA’s park policy may be viewed here.
You can report maintenance or graffiti issues in an LCMA park by calling (720) 583-5262. You can report maintenance or graffiti issues in a Denver Parks and Recreation park by calling 311. If there is suspicious activity in any of the parks, please call either the Denver Police Department’s non-emergency number (720) 913-2000 or 9-1-1. For more information about crime prevention see here.
18 Mar 2015
What You Can Do.
If You See Something, Say Something
Lowry is part of Denver Police Department (DPD) District Three. Per DPD, if you notice a crime in progress – you see someone breaking into a house, you hear gunshots – call 911 immediately. You can also text message 911 at (720) 723-8911, which DPD refers to as it’s “Text-A-Tip” line. They respond immediately to texts sent to the Text-A-Tip number. If you notice suspicious activity or have a question, you can also call DPD’s non-emergency dispatch number (720) 913-2000, a number that many Lowry neighbors have chosen to program into their phone so they don’t have to search for it when they need it.
If you have an ongoing concern about crime and safety in Lowry, you can email District 3 at 3.Dist@Denvergov.org or you can contact Community Resource Officer is Mike Borquez who you can contact by calling 303-505-5471 (cell), or 720-9113-1183,(Desk).
Know your neighbors, communicate with them, report suspicious activity, and find the way that is most convenient and effective for you to stay on top of Crime and Safety issues in Lowry. There are a number of options:
NextDoor: The Denver Police Department is active on NextDoor, a private social networking site that assigns you to a group based on your home address. Once you create a NextDoor account, you can customize what information you receive and how – you can choose to only get information about Crime and Safety issues or to receive information from other categories (Classifieds, Recommendations, Free Stuff). You can choose how you want to receive information from each category – one email per post, daily digest email or no email at all. You can also select to receive urgent messages (missing child, fire, flood, criminal activity) via text message. DPD posts Crime Stopper Alerts and information about criminal activity happening in Lowry and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Facebook: Denver Police District Three has a Facebook page where they post information like Crime Stopper Alerts, composite sketches and mug shots of wanted suspects, updates on criminal activity and trends in the district and crime prevention tips.
You may also want to follow Denver Police District Two’s Facebook page District Two borders Lowry to the north and is one of the first in the city to begin posting SVP videos – videos notifying the community that a Sexually Violent Predator lives in the area. The SVP videos identify the individual, provide information about why the individual is identified as a Sexually Violent Predator and list the parks, recreation centers and schools that are within a 1-mile radius of the SVP’s residence. SVP’s living on or around East Colfax may be within that 1-mile range of Lowry parks and Montclair Recreation Center.
Lowry may also post or re-post crime and safety information on Lowry’s Facebook page or Lowry’s Twitter feed During the flooding in the Fall of 2014, for example, Lowry published information about the Westerly Creek and Kelly Road Dams on social media.
Neighborhood Email Lists: If you don’t already receive the Lowry eNews by email, you may want to add yourself to that email list, which you can do at the top of this page. Certain areas of Lowry have individual email lists – most require you to confirm your residency in that neighborhood:
Northwest Neighborhood (6th Ave north to 11th Ave., Uinta west to Quebec): To join the list email firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Park (bordered by Yosemite, Dayton and Lowry Blvd): To join the list email email@example.com.
Lowry West (Quebec west to Oneida, Alameda north to 4th Ave.): To join the list email firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguard Property and Deter Crime
Use lighting to deter would-be criminal activity, make sure your home address numbers are clearly visible from the street AND the alley so that neighbors can report criminal activity and emergency services can find you. Do not leave garage doors open, lock all exterior doors and windows, don’t leave unsecured items on your front porch or in your driveway and lock cars that are parked outside of your garage – these are all ways to deter crime in Lowry.
DPD recently launched a Lights On campaign: “LIGHTING: A proven deterrent to burglar attacks at night is lighting. Strategically placed lights in hallways, basement areas, passageways, and garage areas can be useful. Burglars seek unlighted areas to affect their entry.
• Use interior light timers to establish a pattern of occupancy
• Exterior lighting should allow 100- feet of visibility
• Use good lighting along the pathway and at your door
• Use light timers or photo-cells to turn on/off lights automatically
• Use infra-red motion sensor lights on the rear of single family homes
• Turn off exterior lights during the day.
If you have exterior lighting use it, turn on your porch lights and or spot lights and or lighting attached to the building and/or poles adjacent to the building. If the bulbs are burned out replace them. Illuminating the area prevents the Burglar(s) from hiding and allows the Police Officer(s) to see the building while doing their rounds and/or additional patrols at night.”
For even more details on Neighborhood Crime Prevention review all of the Denver Police Department suggestions on their website.
John Hand Theater is tucked away near 1st and Quebec in the Colorado Free University building. Originally named “Toad Hall,” it was renamed in honor of its founder, John Hand, and presented its first main stage production in October of 2014. The theater is housed in the historic Air Force Base Fire Station, the main stage and backstage areas reside where fire trucks once stood at the ready. Hand procured seats from a defunct movie theater in California, keeping with the historic charm.
“The Hand” is home to two companies, Firehouse Theater Company and Spotlight Theatre Company (you can also follow both companies on Facebook, see below). John Hand Theater produces 8-9 shows a year – there’s something happening nearly every weekend of the year! To buy tickets for one show or a season pass, visit the individual theater company’s website, for Firehouse Theater Company buy here and for Spotlight Theatre Company buy here. The theater seats 85 patrons, creating an intimate setting and ensuring that everyone gets a good seat. Outside there is easy, free parking and inside you can find a small selection of reasonably priced snacks and drinks to enjoy with the show.
Spotlight and Firehouse are semi-professional theater, meaning the actors get a stipend, but still have “day jobs.” For each show, about 50-100 actors from around the Denver metro area audition. For more information about how to audition for a particular show or become active in the larger Denver theater community, visit the Colorado Theatre Guild.
The current production, Enchanted April by Spotlight Theatre Company is a hilarious and moving romantic comedy. The play tells the story of two frustrated London housewives who decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages; they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four women bloom again in ways that they, and we, would never expect. For a complete review visit. There are only six performances left (final show on Sat, March 21st @ 7:30 pm), so don’t delay!
Next up in John Hand Theater is, The Lion in Winter by Firehouse Productions, which is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play examines the inner conflicts of a powerful English family who fight hard over love and power during the Christmas of 1183.
Season passes offer lots of benefits – in addition to better rates on show tickets, there is a free ticket exchange and season pass holders get discounted guest tickets and invitations to special events. Season passes will go on sale soon for the Fall 2015 – Fall 2016 season.
Future Productions for 2015
Firehouse Theater Company
April 4 – May 2, 2015
THE LION IN WINTER
An epic tale of love and intrigue
by James Goldman
Directed by Rick Bernstein
Spotlight Theatre Company
May 16 – June 13, 2015
An edge of your seat thriller
by Patrick Hamilton
Directed by Bernie Cardell
Spotlight Theatre Company
June 27 – July 25, 2015
by Larry Shue
Directed by Katie Mangett
Firehouse Theater Company
August 29 – September 26, 2015
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Tony-award winner for best play
by Christopher Durang
Directed by Steve Tangedal
Spotlight Theatre Company
October 10 – November 7, 2015
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Experience the power of this classic
Adapted by Christopher Sergel, from the novel by Harper Lee
Directed by Bernie Cardell
Firehouse Theater Company
November 20 – December 19
A RING-A-DING CHRISTMAS
A Crooner Holiday Revue
by Jim Landis, Arrangements by Eric Weinstein
Directed by Kelly Van Oosbree