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There's a reason why many of our popular shows are remakes from the UK: our friends across the pond really know how to do good TV, especially clever, thrilling mysteries. So if you're in the mood for a smart whodunit check out one of these fine British mystery series.

  • Wire in the Blood - Psychologist Dr. Tony Hill is called upon to help the police solve a series of brutal murders in the northern English town of Bradfield.

Who is Richard Castle?

Naked Heat

Mysterious fictional author Richard Castle releases his second book, Naked Heat, on September 28. Fans of the show will be happy to know that the new season of Castle starts on September 20.

Richard Castle is inspired by mystery novelists and TV writers like Stephen J. Cannell and James Patterson. Both best-selling authors make cameos on the television show. The first book written by Castle, Heat Wave, was not only featured in the show but was an important plot point in one of last season's episodes.

Suggest a Name for New Branch Library

Architect's drawing of Green Valley Ranch Library

The Denver Public Library welcomes suggestions from the community to name the new branch library at Green Valley Ranch, scheduled to open in Spring 2011. The Library will consider all ideas for the new branch name including names of individuals, groups, geographic location or other entities.

Learn more about the new Green Valley Ranch Branch Library.

Naming suggestions that recognize an individual will be considered for a person who has provided extraordinary service to the Denver Public Library as a staff member, a distinguished person who has provided extraordinary service to the Library or anyone who otherwise merits special recognition.

Back to School: Teachers on Film

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Schools everywhere are starting back up this week. Let's hear it for those influential teachers that have shaped our lives! Are you a teacher? Did you know that the library has resources tailored to your needs?

From PLACE exam test prep books to help getting 20 copies of The Great Gatsby for your class, the library is here for teachers and students alike. 

Farming, Anyone?

The Bucolic Plague (book cover image)

With so much talk about food safety, organic produce, and local eating, do you ever have the urge to just move to the country and start your own farm?

That's what Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner did, and you can read all about the ups and downs of shifting from New York ad exec (and former drag queen) to farmer in The Bucolic Plague.

You may be familiar with The Fabulous Beekman Boys from their TV show on Planet Green.

Premier Reads Book Club

Join us on Wednesday, August 25, 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library to ramp up for the rat race and sharpen your competitive edge with a review of favorite business titles. Share what you're reading or just come to learn about titles that you'll want to read!

Did you know that the urban myth about razor blades in Halloween candy has absolutely no truth to it?  Why do urban myths like that persist and how do they get started?  If you can make an idea like that stick regarding your business, your business will be successful. This is the premise for the title Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath & Dan Heath.

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Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild Exhibit

Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild Exhibit

The Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild presents ...and Sew and Sew ...Quilts of Wa Shonaji, an exhibit by quilters from around Colorado. Please join us at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library during the month of August for this extraordinary exhibit of art and craft.

About the Guild

The Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild was formed in February 1994 by five African American women who were interested in perpetuating the heritage of quilting and promoting fellowship among those in quilting. The Guild is committed to supporting and educating the community. To this end, the Guild offers exhibits, quilting classes, lectures and quilt documentation through its various programs during the year. The name Wa Shonaji comes from the Swahili language and means literally “people who sew.”

Howl and More Book to Movie News

Howl

James Franco stars as Allen Ginsberg in the film Howl, due out in October. This film, more than a biopic, is about the cultural revolution that one poem caused. Also starring are Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeff Daniels.

Howl by Allen Ginsberg is considered to be a seminal work of the Beat Generation and was originally intended to be a performance piece.

Teen Read Week Sticker Contest

Books with Beat. Teen Read Week - Oct. 17-23, 2010

Hey teen artists - it's time again for our Teen Read Week Sticker Contest!

Teen Read Week is October 17-23 this year and the theme is Books with Beat. One person will be chosen as our contest winner and will have their sticker distributed in all Denver Public Library locations during Teen Read Week! The winning art will also be featured on our teen website, eVolver.

The Rules

  • Artwork needs to measure 3” x 3.”
  • It can be any kind of 2-D art: color, B/W, photo, digital, whatever!
  • Entries need to be turned in by Saturday, September 4, 2010 and the winner will be announced by the first week of October.

Get all the details on eVolver!

Taste of the Garden

The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without Recipes and Drawings by Mollie Kat

LiveWell West Denver invites you to a Taste of the Garden Produce and Health Fair on August 20 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey. Each family or single adult will get a bag or box full of free fruits and vegetables! There will also be cooking demos with free samples!

What is your favorite fresh from the garden vegetable recipe? I love zucchini and asparagus. I've found that the trick to cooking asparagus is to saute them over medium/low until they turn bright green. Serve quickly. They really taste the best when they are still snappy. The rest of the menu usually goes a little something like this: baked salmon in wasabi/honey/soy sauce mix, couscous, and spring mix salad. Depending on how fancy we are feeling, we might saute the asparagus in garlic and fresh rosemary. What I like best is that none of these dishes is time or labor intensive.

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