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Sherlock Holmes: The Game is Afoot, Again and Again!

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are back — in many different guises. Not only are Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the process of filming Guy Ritchie's anticipated sequel to the motion picture that was a well-deserved box office hit in 2009, but Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star in Sherlock, a BBC TV adaptation set in present-day London that surprised me with its cleverness and creativity.

Sherlock, which recently aired on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery, was created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (co-creator of another great BBC series, Coupling), and they do a phenomenal job of mixing Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories with modern situations and technology.

Customize your own website

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Are you interested in learning how to customize your website a bit more?

Take these FREE classes at the Library:

January 3, 6–8 p.m.

Intro to HTML and CSS - Take a look at how HTML and CSS can help you expand upon your website development skills. Must have an email account to attend this class.

January 10, 6– 8 p.m.

Expanded Intro to HTML - Go a bit beyond the basics of HTML and discover a few more uses for this web development tool. PREREQS: Either attend Intro to HTML and CSS OR have some basic experience using HTML.

January 24, 6–8 p.m.

Sit and Knit

Join a group that is sure to please any fiber maven on January 4, 2011 from 10-12 a.m. at the Bear Valley Branch Library. If you are an experienced knitter, this is your opportunity to share your knowledge and if you’re a beginner, this is your chance to increase your knitting know-how. Fiber hosts: Kathy Orth and Charlotte Updike.

The library has books for knitters of all skill levels!

Why do we sing Auld Lang Syne at New Year's anyway?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And auld lang syne! 

What does that mean anyway?

Auld Lang Syne is based on a Scottish poem, attributed to Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns in 1788. Auld Lang Syne translates to "Old Long Since," and more roughly it means "long, long ago" or "days gone by." There are many verses to the traditional song and the deeper meaning lies within these stanzas. These verses expound on the glories of friendship, fellowship and hope for the future, while still honoring days gone by.

You can find Auld Lang Syne on the following CDs, plus many Christmas albums.

Happy Birthday Denzel Washington!

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954. He continues to be one of the most fascinating and deeply affecting actors on screen today. In addition to other awards, he won Best Supporting Actor for Glory in 1990; and the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2002 for his role in the film Training Day.

Happy Birthday, Stan Lee!

Stan Lee book cover

Stan Lee turns 88 today! Stan Lee, with other artists, co-created Spider-man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and Daredevil, among others. His participation in comics revolutionized the landscape, challenged the Comic Code Authority and fueled the dreams of millions. His commitment to literacy is inspirational!

Frequently, he makes appearances in films based on his comic books. In addition to Spider-Man and X-Men, he also had memorable cameos as himself in Mallrats and Comic Book: The Movie.

Books written by Stan Lee include:

This Year I Resolve To... 2

New Year's resolutions can be easy to make yet difficult to follow. Here's one that's both easy to make and do!

When was the last time that you read a poem? They are good for your mind and your soul. Poetry can lift you up and take you away from the everyday. So, resolve this year to read a new poem every single day!

It's really easy to read a new poem everyday when they are sent to your email and Poets.org offers just that! A new poem each day for your astute perusal delivered right to your inbox. Often times the poems are so good I have to checkout a book by that author!

This Year I Resolve To...

Once again a new year is upon us. Time to crack out some resolutions. Every year my family would write our resolutions down and burn the paper in the fireplace as a sort of contract by flame or a promise to the heavens, but whatever your tradition is, it is time to start thinking about promises for the New Year!

Some resolutions to get you motivated:

This year I resolve to...

Get in shape!

See our "Staying Healthy" page under the Research tab, there are many good links but particularly the Diets and Nutrition section will have some great pointers.

The Denver Public Library also has many great health and fitness books, DVDs, and even workout music. So come in and checkout our 613.7s.

Some choice items are:

Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred

A Very Jazzy Christmas

Jazzy Christmas

Here is a great free playlist of streaming music to get you into the holiday spirit. "A Very Jazzy Christmas" includes tracks from our Jazz Music Library database:

  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen performed by Marian McPartland
  • Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) performed by David McKenna
  • Christmas Time Is Here [Instrumental] performed by Vince Guaraldi
  • Ole Santa performed by Dinah Washington
  • Christmas In New Orleans performed by Louis Armstrong
  • Christmas Island performed by Ella Fitzgerald
  • And many more!

Give a Gift to the Denver Public Library

Give the Gift of Books

Celebrate the Holidays with a gift to the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation.

Show your support of the Library with cash donations or by becoming a member of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation. These funds are used to support collections and programs at the Denver Public Library.
Visit the Friends Foundation to donate now.

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