On December 7, 2010, the Denver Public Library hosted a Citizenship ceremony on behalf of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This is the 10th year the Library has sponsored the event. This year, 76 citizens from 39 countries were naturalized. Together with their friends and families, about 275 people attended the ceremony in the Central Library's Schlessman Hall, followed by a brief reception in the B2 Conference Center.
The Hon. Judge Christina M. Habas from the 2nd Judicial District Court administered the Oath and Pledge of Allegiance. Also in attendance was Ms. Karen Rokala, President of the Library Commission. Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution handed out miniature flags. Members of the Monument Hill Sertoma Club distributed copies of booklets containing the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The West High School JROTC Color Guard directed by Antonio Cruz, Jr. gave the Presentation of the Colors.
It seems like everyone from the New York Times to NPR is coming out with Best Books of the Year lists right now. As "best" is subjective, I instead offer you some of my favorites in various categories. Most of these are 2010 books, but are some are older books that I first read or listened to this year.
Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (no zombies): The Passage, Justin Cronin
I saw the film Temple Grandin last week and can not stop thinking about this amazing, inspirational, woman! Temple Grandin has authored several books about animal behavior and her experiences with autism and her extraordinary way of seeing the connections between the two.