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Celebrate National Game and Puzzle Week!

This week, November 15 - November 22, is National Game and Puzzle Week! Whether you game online, play cards or love a good puzzle, the library has something for you! Invite your friends or family for a fun night of playing games or solving puzzles. These activities are proven to keep your mind sharp and active and can even stave off the effects of aging on your brain!

Puzzles

Mother-in-Law Movies

Mother-in-Law's Day is November 21. If your mother-in-law has more in common with Marie Barone (Doris Roberts in Everybody Loves Raymond) than Naomi (Ruth's Mother-in-Law from the Bible) watch these films with nightmarish mothers-in-law - they are sure to help you appreciate your own much more!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

Mickey Mouse celebrates his 82nd birthday on November 18! His birthday was selected to coincide with the release of Steamboat Willie in 1928. This iconic cheerful mouse has become one of the most recognizable symbols in the world.

Where Denver’s Scandals are Buried

Call Number: X-21986 From Western History and Genealogy Collection

The Victorians were not as prudish as some believe. Sex, bribery, and other crimes of early Denver were taken to the grave in Denver’s Fairmount Cemetery. Presented by Fairmount Heritage Foundation volunteer Tom Morton on Wednesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Some books about Denver's scandalous history include:

Premiere Reads: Veteran’s Day

Honor the memory of a veteran and join Dennis Hagen, archivist for the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center and liaison to the Veteran’s History Project, as he shares the resources capturing veterans’ experiences on Wednesday, November 17, 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library.

Bring your new or favorite history read to share. Some popular or recently published selections include:

Happy National Homemade Bread Day!

You may be surprised to learn, as I was, that November 17th is National Homemade Bread Day. Bread has been a staple of our diets for almost 6000 years!

Some great ways to celebrate National Homemade Bread Day:

  • Make some bread!
  • Visit one of Denver's many wonderful bakeries! Buffalo Doughboy is one of my personal favorites. What's yours?
  • Feed bread to ducks in the park!
  • Learn about breads from all over the world! Naan, pita, baguettes, and fry bread are all delicious types of bread!

Books about Bread:

Music Honoring Our Native American Heritage

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by taking note of tremendous music honoring the traditions and experiences of the indigenous peoples of North America. Native American music often features flute and drums and can be spiritually healing or provide a rousing rhythm to move to.

Native Americans on Film

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by enjoying one of the many great films about the Native American experience. For far too long Native Americans were portrayed as the "bad guys" of Western films, I am thankful that Hollywood has adopted a more sympathetic attitude toward these heroic peoples.

Sherman Alexie is a prolific author who has written many stories and novels based on some of his own experiences and has had a few made into films, including  The Business of Fancydancing and Smoke Signals.

Book to Movie News: November

Who do you think should play the Lorax in the film version of the Dr. Seuss classic? Who is getting ready to direct a prequel to the Wizard of Oz? Who has been cast to play Bilbo in the Hobbit? For these answers and more - read on!

Black Dynamite

O'Leary: "Okay. We heard about your brother's death. The last thing we need is you running through the streets creating a river of blood."
Black Dynamite: "Tell me who did it and I'll just leave a puddle."
 

If you haven't seen this movie, Black Dynamite, you should. I was a bit hasty about watching it but did so only because, Micheal Jai White is the lead role in this film! I'll admit it's a bit on the not so funny side when it starts, but please give it time. It will grow on you. It has its mixture of comedy as well as some humorous action! Just keep in mind it's just a movie, don't take it so seriously and enjoy! Please leave a comment or two and let me know what you think.

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