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KIDS - Recommended New Books

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some titles we are excited about in the new year.

Younger readers:

Top Ten Documentaries for Black History Month

What are your top ten films for Black History Month? These documentaries, in alphabetical order, attempt to capture facets of the African American experience. Be sure to check out the lists featuring the Top Ten Biographical Films and the Top Ten Dramatic Films for Black History Month.

Anonymous Authors

With the recent speculaton over who is behind the new book O: A Presidential Novel, what do you think about books being published by anonymous authors? Several books have published anonymously within the last forty years. Some authors revealed their involvement years later. Does it make the work less credible because they hide (or try to hide) their identity?

Extend Your Growing Season with Cold Frames

Earthly Delights

Want to have fresh lettuce all year round? Learn how on Saturday, February 26, 11 a.m. at the Ross-Univeristy Hills Branch.

Denver Master Gardener Barbara Masoner will share how she grows food throughout the year. Learn how to build a cold frame in your own yard. It's cheap, it's easy, and it provides fresh greens even during the winter!

Want to learn more about growing your own food, either throughout the year or in a small space? Check out some of these titles:

Top Ten Biographical Films for Black History Month

The Tuskegee Airmen

What are your top 10 films for Black History Month? In addition to films such as Ray and Ali, many excellent biographical films have been made about influential and extraordinary African Americans. Check out these films, presented in alphabetical order.

Happy Birthday Edward Gorey!

Gashlycrumb Tinies

Edward Gorey, born on February 22, 1925, is the author of over 100 books and the illustrator of hundreds more. Even though he passed away in 2000, his macabre crosshatch style of illustration has influenced many artists to this day and continues to capture the imaginations of readers everywhere.

Do You Believe in Miracles?!

Miracle Movie Poster

The event known as The Miracle on Ice occurred on February 22, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. The United States Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union Hockey Team by a score of 4 to 3, widely considered to be the biggest upset in sports history. This win did not secure the gold medal for the team, however, it was earned after defeating the team from Finland.

The Disney film, Miracle, starring Kurt Russell as Coach Brooks, portrayed this historic event to a new generation of sports fans. Paying excellent attention to historical details, the film not only delves into the minds and motivations of the players, but the national fervor that they were embodying.

Local Indo-Jazz Fusion

Aakash Mittal's Videsh

Do you like music that defies genre and blurs boundaries? Local musician Aakash Mittal blends the sounds of India with classic instrumental jazz. That might seem unlikely, but he pulls it off with ease to create a rich and piquant experience for your ears.

Mittal's songs range from shamanic and meditative to bustling and chaotic, combining the undulating melodies of traditional Indian music with your classic groovy coffee shop and lounge jazz.

reading, not rocking

Does everybody dream of Rock Stardom at some point in their life? I cannot count the number of "taking the school by storm and blowing everyone away" talent show fantasies I had as a teenager, and to this day I wonder what could have been had I learned how to play guitar instead of the piano. It is on days like this that I decide to live vicariously through others by throwing on some of my favorite music and reading about my favorite bands instead.

There is something quite satisfying in reading about lives completely unlike your own: lives you will never lead, but are curious about anyway. Not only that - it is pretty fun to read about the origins of your favorite band, or about some debauchery you either have never experienced or have put far behind you. Read one of these rock biographies and experience some secondary musical inspiration.

 

Author Series: Jewell Parker Rhodes Visits Schlessman

Recent Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award winner for her children's novel Ninth Ward, Jewell Parker Rhodes will be speaking at the Schlessman Family Branch on Saturday, February 26, at 2 p.m.

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