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John: New York City

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon died in front of his Manhattan home.

It was the first "Kennedy moment" in my life, a memory that still seems fresh, almost like it happened yesterday. My ritual of falling asleep while listening to an old-school "digital" clock radio (the one with the rotating flat panels for each number), was jarringly interrupted by the breaking news that John Lennon had been shot in New York City. I leapt out of bed, ran downstairs, and stood motionless in front of the TV as Howard Cosell, on Monday Night Football, announced that John Lennon was dead. One of my heroes had been murdered, and it simply did not make any sense.

Roaring Twenties

I confess--I often judge books by their covers. That is, I'm quickly drawn to things that have great design and a sense of style. So while I haven't seen a single episode of HBO's acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire, about Prohibition-era Atlantic City, I love the glitz, glamour, and gaudiness of the 1920s that it depicts.

If you've seen Boardwalk Empire, or even if, like me, you haven't, you might be interested in these books and movies related to the Roaring Twenties, Prohibition, and the Mob that ruled it all.

Books:

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Carl Weber Presents: FULL FIGURED!

This was an interesting book from start to finish. I personally haven't read too many books by Brenda Hampton or La Jill Hunt. But that didn't stop me from picking up and reading this book! It starts off and right away it sucks you into all of the characters.

eBooks for iPhone and Android

Overdrive Media Console for iPhone and Android

New apps launched today - December 7, 2010. With the new free OverDrive Media Console app you can download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audio eBooks directly to your iPhone or Android phone.

Update: if you've downloaded the previous version of Overdrive's app, and are having problems with the e-books appearing after you download them, you may need to delete the app and download it fresh. See commenter Mark's thread below.

Holiday Classics

'Tis the season to hear Holiday music everywhere you go. Whether you are trimming the tree, wrapping presents or just snuggled up front of the fireplace (or the Yule Log channel in my case) here are some classic Holiday carol selections to keep you merry and bright.

On This Day in History: Attack on Pearl Harbor

The quiet morning of December 7, 1941 was shattered by air raid sirens. The naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese fighter planes. The attack lasted less than 2 hours, but the aftershocks made waves for years to come. Several films have tried to capture the feeling of uncertainty and the extreme bravery exhibited on this day.

Indelible Books

in·del·i·ble / inˈdeləbəl /  Adjective

(of ink or a pen) Making marks that cannot be removed.
Not able to be forgotten or removed.

Looking for your next tattoo? Did you know there was a Facebook group for Tattooed Librarians? After checking out The Word Made Flesh, I'm not surprised!

Getting a tattoo may not be your cup of tea. But as fans of the television show Miami Ink know, you don't have to have one to be fascinated by them.

20 Great Live Albums

Nothing compares to the roar of a live crowd waiting for a much loved band to take the stage. These albums were generally recorded in one or two nights and capture the raw intensity of Rock 'N Roll!

  1. Live at Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers
  2. Live at the Apollo by James Brown
  3. Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971 by The Byrds
  4. At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash

Darlings, Get Yourself to the Theatre for Holiday Fun!

Phoebe Reese, blogging for a cause -- Holiday cheer for all of you -- and a good sturdy new year start for Fresh City Life. Plus single-handedly saving Denver theatre.

Hello my little rum balls!

Pictured left top photo, Phoebe Reese and her littlest fan. Can you tell how much I adore children from this photo? Well I do!, But these tiny tots have no visible means of support -- they don't buy theatre tickets or souvenir programs or cocktails at intermission. What a bore! Second pic is the adorable trio who founded Balls: Melanie Owen Padilla, Mare Trevathan and GerRee Hinshaw. Aren't they sweet?

Rob Wivchar: Man of 1,000 Songs

Rob Wivchar from the Rob Wivchar website

Listen to the holiday stylings of the versatile Rob Wivchar while you escape from seasonal madness at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library on Tuesday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m.

Can't make it to this event? Rob Wivchar will also be at the Schlessman Family Branch Library on Monday, December 13, at 6:00 p.m.

Love to sing along? These songbooks will please any songbird and you'll never have to fumble for the lyrics again.

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