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Ever wonder how much you receive in return for every $1 in taxes you spend on the Denver Public Library? Find out how much you're saving by using the Library Return on Investment Calculator. Keep reading to learn why libraries aren't going the way of the dinosaur any time soon; they're more relevant than ever!

Have you ever heard the question (or asked yourself), "Why do we need libraries when we have the Internet and eBook readers?" The Denver Public Library encourages you to share the following facts with your friends and family. During a recession, it's more important than ever that library services are known about and shared.

The first cut is the deepest -- Edward and his scissorhands

Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands

Being Tim Burton film series opens this Tuesday!

No contemporary filmmaker has created a body of work that showcases so singular a vision as Tim Burton. With a gothic palette and an Emo sensibility, Burton creates memorable, quirky and thoroughly original stories on film. He dares his audience to dream unreal dreams while tapping into our universal desire to be unique and our fears of being alone, rejected or, worst of all, normal. Walter Chaw, filmfreakcentral.net, hosts with after-film discussion

Cute little cake "pop" seeks baker wanting new adventures

Move over cupcake, there's a new treat in town. Just when we thought cupcakes were the be all, end all in cute along comes Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats by Bakerella.

Angie Dudley has popped to fame with her popular baking blog bakerella.com, not to mention appearing on The Martha Stewart Show. Cake Pops chronicles the creation of this tasty morsel with fabulous step by step photos. It is also refreshing that she encourages you throughout the book to try your own combinations of flavors and ingredients.

More Books on Mini Sweet Treats:

Library Love Story: Diane and David Grey

David and Diane Grey (center) with DPL Executive Team memebers

Deciding to donate landscaping to beautify the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch was about as easy as walking by the building.

We walk in the neighborhood on a regular basis and noticed that not much had been done as far as landscaping. When the branch was under renovations recently, we started talking about how wonderful it would be if the outside of the branch could look as beautiful as the inside.

As the owners of G.E. Enterprises, Inc., a landscape company, we knew we had the expertise to really make a difference in the “curb appeal” of the branch. We contacted the library, got the wheels turning, and completed the project soon after the branch reopened earlier this summer.

Underwater Monsters

While cinematically preparing for Halloween, we have listed the great Monster Movies. Underwater Monster Movies are another aspect for the film buff to consider. From The Creature from the Black Lagoon to Jaws, these films will leave you feeling glad that Colorado is lacking major bodies of water.

Monster Movies

Monster movies are fun all year long, but deserve special attention as we approach Halloween! From rabid bunnies to unseen threats, these films will have you cringing in fear but quivering with laughter!

Putting Your Garden to Bed

Join Jackie Burghardt of J.B. Landscape Design as she helps give us tips on winterizing your garden for enhanced spring performance on Tuesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library.

Imagine John Lennon at 70

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John Winston Lennon was born on October 9, 1940. Although he is no longer with us, the music of John Lennon lives on. Inspiring singers and songwriters to this day, the world continues to mourn his loss 30 years later. Google is honoring the 70th anniversary of his birth with an animated homepage.

Post-Beatles Releases:

Goofy Ghost Films

'When the Frost is on the Punkin' is one of my favorite James Whitcomb Riley poems and today's weather reminds me that it is indeed pumpkin season! Get in the Halloween spirit with these goofy ghost films that will have you cackling with laughter.

Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel Prize for Literature

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This week the Swedish Academy awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature to Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa.

The War of the End of the World has been my favorite Vargas Llosa book so far, a fictionalized account of a community of marginalized people who followed a fanatical leader to desolate, impoverished northeastern Brazil at the end of the 19th century.

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