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Heartwarming and reflective stories are inviting on a chilly winter’s evening.

Eight become cooking school students and learn even more about life.

Moving, touching, wonderfully written and inspiring - adjectives that describe all these books and more.

The holiday season always brings about warm, fuzzy feelings to me. Memories of holidays of long ago bounce in and out of my reverie. The winter night that my sister and I spied Santa and Mrs. Santa putting our wished for swing set together in the backyard. It was a revelation for both of us. We never told Mom and Dad and we were “surprised” on Christmas day. The end of innocence.

Message from City Librarian: Letter to the Editor: We are Relevant

The Denver Post recently wrote an article about how libraries need to reinvent themselves in the digital age titled: "Digital update for the public library" (12/7/11).

The article states “Libraries will look very different in the digital age, and they must," and also questions how DPL will remain relevant. We have a lot of data and many success stories to demonstrate our relevance. In the coming months as we engage the community to talk about our future and sustainable funding, these stories will be told.

In the meantime, here is the letter to the editor I submitted in response to the article (note, I was limited to about 150 words).

Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids & Teens

From Red Sled by Lita Judge

It's that time of year when two great book events converge - best books lists come out and it's gift giving season. Specialists from across the Denver Public Library have put together our list of the best books to share with your kids this year. Great stuff from baby books to the zombie apocalypse, pop-ups to poetry, it's all here. Enjoy!

Books for the Very Youngest:

Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight by Caspar Babypants and Kate Endle.
Some of baby's favorite animals are illuminated by different light sources, like a raccoon snacking by the campfire, in this beautiful and creative board book.

Online Holiday Fun!

NPR

The holiday season is upon us! Looking for fun, free and festive online entertainment? Look no further!

There are lots of fun things to do online during the holidays, from listening to an old favorite like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to finding a new recipe - Romanian Zucchini Potato Latkes, perhaps? Here are a few sites to get you started!

Hop in My Chrysler, It's as Big as a Whale

recent picture of the B-52s

Known for their eclectic sound, energetic live performances, retro fashion sense - and huge bouffant hairdos! - the B-52s were popular on college radio and the live music scene of the early '80s.

After playing their first show at a house party in Athens, Georgia on Valentine's Day 1977, they moved to New York, headlining at CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. Introduced to a national audience after appearing on Saturday Night Live in 1980, they released several successful albums and had a couple of hits - Rock Lobster and Private Idaho.

Intuition, Crafts, and Food!

Sharing Mountain Recipes

Before Fresh City Life My Branch programming takes a bit of a break for the holiday season, enjoy one of these programs this week!

Tonight, Monday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Schlessman, Man of 1,000 Songs Rob Wivchar is back to soothe your winter stress with his holiday stylings! Stop by and listen for a while!

On Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. you have many craft choices:

The Warmth of Other Suns: A Community Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson

Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation, in partnership with The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and City Year Denver present a Community Conversation featuring Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, on Thursday, December 8, 7-9 p.m. at the Manual High School Auditorium.

Wilkerson, who spent most of her career as a national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times, is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism, and was the first black American to win for individual reporting.

Fatty McButterpants' Holiday Survival Party Mix

If the temptations of holiday snacking are too much for you, be a game changer and make some healthy, tasty party mix to munch on.

Oscar Wilde wrote, "I can resist anything except temptation."

True enough, especially this time of year. Those of you who know me know that I'm a big guy. I always reach for crunchy carbs when I want to snack, so I decided to try and make a party mix that I can eat without guilt and without popping buttons. Yesterday's snow was a perfect opportunity to get in the kitchen and experiment. Here's my first two versions:

 

Holiday Survival Party Mix Version 1 (super simple)

6 cups shredded wheat squares

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club Selects a Great Winter Read

Breadcrumbs

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has announced their selection for December, and it's a magical winter book for kids and parents/caregivers to read together.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu is the story of fifth-graders Hazel and Jack, who are best friends until a magic mirror and an evil queen turn Jack's heart to ice. Hazel knows what she has to do: go on a quest to save Jack's life!

It's an enchanting fantasy with beautiful black and white illustrations (and a gorgeous cover) that really bring the story to life. Breadcrumbs is a middle grade chapter book, but the story is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

The Legacy of Rosa Parks

December 1st marks the 56th anniversary of Rosa Park's arrest for refusing to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. She worked tirelessly side-by-side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. launching him as a key figure in the struggle for equality. Her quiet and courageous act changed America and redirected the course of history.

When asked to explain her actions on that day she detailed her motivation in her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story:
“People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."

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