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Harvey Pekar 1939-2010

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Harvey Pekar, author of the American Splendor comic series, died today at the age of 70. The cause of death is not yet known but Pekar suffered from cancer, which he and his wife wrote about in Our Cancer Year.

Harvey Lawrence Pekar was born October 8, 1939 and was best known for writing the American Splendor series, which chronicled Pekar's everyday life in Cleveland and was illustrated by a variety of artists including R. Crumb. Pekar was also a huge jazz fan and critic and authored a jazz opera called Leave Me Alone.

Kids and Teens, help pick the books for the new Green Valley Ranch and Stapleton Libraries

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Hey kids and teens! We want to make sure we have your favorite books at the new Green Valley Ranch and Stapleton branch libraries. Tell us the books you want to see and you'll be entered into a drawing for a Target gift card!

Kids, visit kids.denverlibrary.org/mynewlibrary to tell us your picks.

Teens, visit teens.denverlibrary.org/mynewlibrary and let us know what you want.

Don't forget to give us your name and phone number or email address if you want to be entered into the drawing for the Target gift card!

Thanks for helping us make your new libraries a great place for kids and teens!

Happy National Doughnut Day!

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National Doughnut Day falls on the first Friday in June every year and was created by The Salvation Army in honor of the Salvation Army “Doughnut Lassies” who made donuts for homesick soldiers during World War I. Legend has it that although donuts were first introduced by Dutch settlers, it was the popularity of the doughnuts made by the "Lassies" that really made doughnuts a hit in America.

Doughnuts are certainly a hit with me! My dream doughnut feast would include doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Doughnut Plant in New York, and Walton Donuts right here in Denver. But who am I kidding? Any doughnut is a good doughnut! I'll definitely be heading out for my free doughnut from LaMar's or Krispy Kreme on National Doughnut Day.

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