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Happy 40th Birthday Kevin Smith!

Born August 2, 1970, Kevin Smith is the wizard behind the characters Jay and Silent Bob. His first film, Clerks, was made for $27,575 and was paid for by selling off a treasured comic book collection and maxing out 10 credit cards but made over $3 million in theaters!

Whether you love or loathe Kevin Smith, he has made an indelible mark on the film world. Candid about his New Jersey upbringing, his autobiography is coversational in tone.

Love to the Cardiac Kids

Love to the Cardiac Kids

Did you know that anyone can have a child with a congenital heart defect? Almost one of a hundred births will have some form of congenital heart disorder. The 6th Annual Cardiac Kids Parent Conference is here to help.

The 6th Annual Cardiac Care Parent Conference is September 11, 2010 at the Childrens' Hospital. Buy your tickets before August 30 for a special discount. Bring your partner for only $5 more.

I was born was a mild congenital heart defect that required surgery by the time I was a Freshman in High School. While it was a confusing time for me, I can not imagine what it must have been like for my parents. The financial burden, the questions, the uncertainty - all things I didn't worry about because they did.

Deep Cool - Books to Beat the Heat

Shopping for Porcupine (Book Cover Image)

Not a cloud in the sky. I'm sweating in the garden, my scalp slowly broiling. My mind is elsewhere seeking mercy from the sun - dreaming of distant places where I could chill...SERIOUSLY chill. I'm talking the Arctic and the Antarctic.

While you might be able to convince me to briefly set foot someplace in the Arctic (Alaska, anyone?), the Antarctic with its annual mean temperature of -58 degrees is simply out of the question. But in books, I'll happily vicariously experience toes black from frostbite, sleeping in sodden sealskin sleeping bags, and eating nothing but frozen seal meat. These books put my minor discomforts in perspective and leave me with a sense of wonder and awe. I'm glad some braver souls than myself have explored such places and that some have survived to tell the tale.

Book to Movie News

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Book Cover Image)

Have you seen the film versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire based on the bestsellers by Stieg Larsson? These films based on books are just two of many recently released or in production.

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Library Card Database Clean Up

In an effort to clean up our patron database, library cards were recently purged for those who had not checked out materials in several years. Unfortunately, our current system does not count online transactions such as eMedia checkouts or database use. If your card is no longer recognized - the error message is "Can't find that ID" - you will need to register for a new library card.

Register online to receive a temporary library card number, which will allow access to library databases. Visit any Denver Public Library within 28 days to complete the registration and pick up your new permanent library card.

Lunch Travels: Brazil

Photo by Amanda Parkhurst-Strout

Can't afford a trip to a far off land right now? Join us at the newly renovated Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library on Tuesday, August 3 at noon, for Lunch Travels: Brazil! Enjoy a photo journey through Curitiba, Iguazu Falls, Salvador, and the tiny island of Boipeba.

Brazil is home to one of the three largest waterfalls in the world, Iguazu, as well as the world's largest tropical rainforest. After hearing about the breathtaking scenery, delicious street food, and charming nooks and crannies of Brazil, you may want to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture or prepare for a trip of your own!

Summer of Reading - Pick Up Prizes By August 7

Another Summer of Reading program has ended, but you can still pick up your prizes. The last day to claim prizes is Saturday, August 7.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Summer of Reading 2010! Please take a moment to complete a short survey online and tell us what you liked, didn't like, and if you have any ideas to improve the program.
The winners of the drawings for the iPod Shuffles and Dell laptop computers will be notified in August.

Streaming Music Databases - Send-to-Mobile

Send to mobile device

Music Online and all of the Library's streaming music collections now offer Send-to-Mobile functionality. What this means is that you can now send an audio track, album, or playlist from our streaming collections to your mobile device to listen to later. The item that you send stays on your device for 48 hours.

Go to Music Online or any of our streaming music databases and look for a cell phone icon ("Send-to-Mobile") next to each track, album, or playlist. Wherever you see that icon you can click it to obtain a “shortlink” to send and enable playback on your mobile device.

There are several ways to send this link:
 

Happy Birthday Ken Burns!

Born today in 1953, Ken Burns has been entertaining and educating audiences for 30 years, and is credited with perfecting the long documentary style, epitomized by his opuses Jazz and Baseball.

Calling PBS home, he has directed over 19 films, most recently The National Parks: America's Best Idea.
With only a few minor exceptions, the library owns Burns' complete works.

I love Freaks & Geeks

Great TV shows are constantly being released on DVD, and the library is a fabulous place to revisit wonderful shows that you may have missed. Freaks & Geeks was a comedy drama that aired during the 1999-2000 television series.

It was produced by Judd Apatow, who brought you various comedy hits such as Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin.

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