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With Halloween less than 2 weeks away, it's a great time to get started crafting a costume! Forget those expensive getups! The library has books on making costumes for yourself, your kids and even your pets! What will you be this Halloween?

Mad Scientists

The real monster in Frankenstein is not "the creature" but instead Dr. Frankenstein himself. Mad scientists and evil geniuses permeate horror films and though they may be set on world domination or defying the laws of nature, they illustrate our relationship to science by crossing the line.

Death by Kittens: Fashion designer Fallene Wells meets Marcel Proust

Designs by Fallene Wells

Fresh City Life asked Denver's elite fashion designer to answer the Proust questionnaire -- to see if we could get a peek at their Freudian slips.

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our twelve designers will be featured here with their responses to the infamous Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist, believed that people must know and understand themselves before they can know or understand others.

Chicano Theater

Su Teatro, Denver's talented acting troupe providing the best of Chicano theater, recently purchased the Denver Civic Theater on Santa Fe Drive.

My friends and I were too young to understand the growing use of the term Chicano while elders preferred Mexican. When I was older, a writer summed up what Chicano meant for him - "the hyphen between Mexican and American." Chicano theater is another way of accessing the rich cultural traditions of Mexican Americans. If you haven't read any Chicano drama, take a look at the following titles:

Silk Screen Trick or Treat Bag

Get ready for Halloween by silk-screening your own canvas trick or treat bag on Saturday, October 23 at 11 a.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Free bags and candy provided. Registration is required. Please call 720-865-0955 to register.

More tricks and treats for the holiday:

Celebrate Teen Read Week October 17-23

Teen Read Week Sticker by Talia, age 12

The theme for Teen Read Week 2010 is Books with Beat. Why is it important to celebrate teens and reading October 17-23 (and the rest of the year)? For a lot of reasons!

"Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun, and can be done anywhere! Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce." - American Library Association

Solomon Burke: King of Soul

Celebrate the memory of the "greatest soul singer of all time" with several CDs available at the Library. Solomon Burke died October 10, 2010 in Amsterdam but his amazing soulful voice will not be forgetten.

His songs "Take Me (just as I am)" or "Cry to Me" are personal favorites as is the collection "Don't Give Up on Me." If you are a fan of R&B (Burke partnered with the finest performers), his voice reaffirms there is still a place for S-O-U-L. Lower the lights and sit yourself down to hear a true master at work. Other favorites include:

Opera Superstar Joan Sutherland

Joan Sutherland

Opera fans' hearts broke this week with the news of Joan Sutherland's death. She had a phenomenal vocal range, size and quality of voice that raised the standard of operatic performance. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century." Her highest note was a high F-sharp and her voice remained clear and strong throughout her range.

 

 

SEE more YouTube videos of Joan Sutherland.

2010 National Book Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Awards celebrate the best of American Literature published in the last year. The 2010 National Book Award Finalists were announced on October 13 by Pat Conroy at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home. The winners in each category will be announced on Wednesday, November 17.

Last winners were Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Fiction), The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J.

Behind the Veil: Travel in Yemen and Jordan

Join us for another exciting evening of Travel Tales on Tuesday, October 19 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library! Come travel behind the Arabian veil and explore the fascinating countries of Yemen and Jordan. Travel photographer Shirley Brown will captivate your travel bug!

For More Information on These Countries:

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