For the twelfth consecutive year, the Denver Public Library is proud to showcase the exceptional artistry, creativity and talent of 37 staff members. The staff art show is quite eclectic this

year, with mediums including oil, acrylic, wool, photography, plastic, tesserae, faux fur, and even a re-purposed book.

Don't miss this chance to see the hidden talents of the workers who check out your books, answer reference questions, ensure your safety or shelve the books.

Sharing the gallery is the "Recovering the Classics" exhibit, a 2013 project that celebrated 100 great books in the public domain by inviting illustrators, typographers, and designers to create new covers for titles such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein, and Grimm's Fairy Tales. The concept is that many of the greatest classic books have poorly designed covers that fail to capture what makes these books exciting and inspiring.

To celebrate the success of Recovering the Classics and nurture communities of book-lovers in the process, the organization launched 50x50, in which libraries, schools, book stores, galleries, local civic organizations, and others across the country create their own events around the covers - exhibits, readings, school activities, or design-a-thons. The goal is to showcase 50 classic book covers in all 50 states, so, in the Fall of 2015, student artists at East High School took up the challenge with some pretty amazing results.

Both shows are on Level 7 at the Central Library, and will run through the end of February.