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Audio Books for Holiday Road Trips

Audio books can help the miles go by faster on a holiday road trip. With the holds service on hiatus, this is a great time to explore DPL's Audio eBook collection for titles to download or to visit the closest branch location to browse books on CD in person.

I’ve found that some of the best audio books are juvenile and young adult fiction. Short stories are also a good option because you can listen to one story—or a couple of stories—and then take a break to converse with whomever you're traveling with, listen to music, or just silently enjoy the scenery until you’re ready for another story. Plus, a good audio book must have a great reader to tell the story: even a good story can’t survive a bad reader. Here are some favorites:

Give the Gift of Reading: Kids

Need to do some last minute shopping? Not sure what to get those special people in your life? Share the joy of reading and the pleasure of books by giving a book as a gift this year. These books make great gifts and go beyond best sellers or 'Best of Year' lists! Books help kids learn, grow and imagine all year long!

Older Kids

Give the Gift of Reading: Teens and Adults

Need to do some last minute shopping? Not sure what to get those special people in your life? Share the joy of reading and the pleasure of books by giving a book as a gift this year. These books make great gifts and go beyond best sellers or 'Best of Year' lists! Books are my favorite gift! Give books to the ones you love.

Adults

Celestial Happenings

Tonight starting around 11:00 p.m. marks the start of a full lunar eclipse. Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, celebrated by many earth-centered religions. Want to learn more about these phenomena and how people celebrate the Solstice?

It Was a Very Good Year- in the Fresh City Life kitchen!

Colorado Trout waiting to by fried up by Chef Daniel

Last cooking demo of the year, Saturday, December 18, 1:30 p.m. in the B2 Conference Center.

Fresh City Life has an early holiday present for you! We've added all of the 2010 cooking demo recipes to our denverlibrary.org/recipes website as downloadable PDFs you can now view, print off and make at home!

This year has been full of amazing chefs teaching delightful dishes, and now you have access to those dishes whether you attended the class or not.

Here are some highlights of the 2010 cooking demos:

New Irish Cuisine Cooking Series in February and March- Chef Jessica Gaydos taught us about the potato famine, soda bread, and boxty, a very starchy yet delicious fried potato dish.

Citizenship Ceremony Welcomes 76 New Citizens

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.

Classical String Quartet

Enjoy a lovely string quartet playing the holiday sounds of the season on Thursday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch Library.

Recently Released String Quartet Music:

Happy Birthday Tim Conway!

Born on December 15, 1933, Tim Conway is known as "the best second banana in the business."

Conway made regular appearances on comedic television programs such as The Carol Burnett Show, The Flip Wilson Show and McHale's Navy.

While best known for his television career, he has also starred in:

Country Christmas

Country and Western music artists bring a heapin' helping of warmth and cheer to the Holidays. Deck the Halls, ya'll!

Yet Another End of the Year List

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

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (with zombies): The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell, Feed, Mira Grant

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