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Eisner Award Nominees Announced

Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love

The nominees for the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced today. See the complete list here.

Whether you're a seasoned graphic novel reader or are new to the format, this list is a great place to find suggestions for what to read next. The nominees cover a wide range of categories, from continuing series to single issue, from publications aimed at kids, teens, and adults, to humor, reality-based, and anthologies. There are also specific awards for the all of the different artists who put their talents to work to make a graphic novel as a whole: writer, penciller/inker, painter, cover artist, lettering, and coloring.

Not only is April Poetry Month, it's also National Humor Month

Comic Verse

So let us combine the two pleasures and read some poetry that makes us laugh!

Also known as light verse, humorous poetry has long been a practiced form. From cowboys to columnists, from Chaucer to Silverstein, humorous poetry has plenty to offer. Here is a small list of collections of humourous poetry.

Poet as Musician

Many musicians write lyrics, while some write pure poetry.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a little music, try some of these poet/musicians on for size.

Leonard Cohen

Bob Dylan

Tori Amos

Bob Marley

Mos Def

Conserve Energy & Help the Earth

With gas prices rising and Earth Day April 22, you may be wondering if there are ways to conserve energy and help the earth.

There are a myriad of ways finding alternatives to driving, growing your own food, eating less meat, and making your living space more energy efficient. We at DPL can help! Here are a few resources on our shelves.

City Tales: Pittsburgh

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

Ah, Pittsburgh. The Steel City. City of Champions. My adopted hometown.

Pittsburgh has come a long way from the dirty, smog filled days of the steel mills but I don't think the city has quite yet reached the status of a vacation destination for many other than me.  Here are a few titles that allow you to travel to the 'Burgh without leaving your recliner.

What Have We Done For You Lately

What is your first thought when you think of libraries?

I recently had to create an elevator speech on library advocacy.  It is my thought that many people aren't aware of all the fantastic services the Denver Public Library has to offer. Here's my take on what your library can do for you, in 30 seconds or less:

Money Management, Travel, and Teacups

Whether you want to help a child learn about money, virtually travel to Cuba, or make a candle in a teacup, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!!

Adult program selections this week include:

Cover Me

Jeff Buckley's Grace

Is there any cover song that is better than the original?

My husband and I were discussing cover songs the other day and the conversation got me thinking. I used to be adamant that no cover song is better than the original until I realized that I couldn't argue my point because one of my favorite songs of all time is a cover! This brought to mind several other examples of cover songs that I actually prefer over the original. So I guess I have to eat my words a bit (just don't tell my husband!).

Here's my "better than the original" list. I'm curious to see what your list would include.

Chew and Review: Long Live the Cookbook!

Dorie Greenspan, Around My French Table book cover

I read a recent New York Times article, Gadgets You Should Get Rid Of (or Not), that lists the devices that we can do away with (or keep) now that technology has progressed to the point of redundancy. One of the suggestions broke my heart: cookbooks.

“BOOKS Keep them (with one exception)… there is one area where printed matter is going to give way to digital content: cookbooks. Martha Stewart Makes Cookies, a $5 app for the iPad, is the wave of the future. Every recipe has a photo of the dish (something far too expensive for many printed cookbooks).

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