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What Do I Read Next? Some Lesser Known Teen Book Awards

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Most folks have at least heard of the Newbery and Printz Awards, given by the American Library Association, and commonly used when teens are wondering what to read next. But what about other awards?

How about ones specific to genre fiction? Here are some awards lists you might not have thought to look for your next teen read. Of course, these books are great for adults, too!

Many of the adult book awards include a subcategory for teen books. This is the recently announced Andre Norton Award Shortlist for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (part of the Nebula Awards):

The Mystery of Taxes

The Beekeeper's Apprentice

Tax season got you baffled? Or need a good mystery to get your mind off of your taxes? Join Fresh City Life My Branch for a program this week!

Choose from 2 sessions of Tax Season: Planning and Strategizing this week! Either today, Tuesday, February 21 at 1 p.m. at Ross-Cherry Creek or Thursday, February 23 at 5 p.m. at Ross-University Hills. Both individuals and small business owners can learn how to maximize their returns with 10 strategies that will help you get the most out of your tax return.

Colorado Blue Spruce YA Book Award Announced!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

The 2012 winner of the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award was recently announced:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, by Jeff Kinney

Runners up:

The Maze Runner, James Dashner

City of Glass, Cassandra Clare

Feel the Love with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

What do you love? Books? Crafts? Tea? Bread? Dogs? Building stuff with Lincoln Logs? Share your passion--or find a new one--with Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Love knitting? Share your knowledge at Sit 'n Knit at Bear Valley, Tuesday, February 14 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.  Beginners can learn from experts!

The Books on Broadway group will be discussing Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers on Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Flint Whitlock

The Beasts of Buchenwald

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Flint Whitlock, author of The Beasts of Buchenwald, this Sunday, February 12, at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Mr. Whitlock is an author and military historian specializing in World War II. Three of his books have been finalists for the Colorado Book Award. He has appeared on The History Channel and in various documentaries, and often leads battlefield tours. For the past two years, he has been the editor-in-chief of a national magazine, WWII History.

Travel, Retire, Craft!

Novel Night

Want to learn how to Secure Your Retirement? How about how to Travel Like a Flight Attendant? Just want to make something with your hands? Join us this week!

Fresh City Life My Branch has a diversity of offerings for you this week! Come to one class, come to them all!

Wednesday, February 8 at 6 p.m. at Ross-Cherry Creek, learn all about Securing Your Retirement. Understand the role that Social Security benefits can and should play in your overall retirement plan, and examine the changing landscape of retirement today. Leave with a list of ways you can plan for, and achieve, your retirement goals!

Is it in Your Future to Attend a Library Program?

Write your own fortune this week, and predict that you will attend a Fresh City Life My Branch program on Saturday, February 4!

There are numerous options for all the crafters out there who want to exercise their creativity before watching the big game this weekend! All of these events are happening on Saturday, February 4 as part of our Make & Take Studio Series:

10 a.m.: Felt Fortune Cookies at Schlessman. Write your own creative fortunes and swap prophetic one-liners with your fellow crafters as you make these sweet treats!

Coffee, Dinosaurs, and Appetizers!

How about a cup of coffee with your appetizers? Or your dinosaurs! Fresh City Life My Branch has all that and more!

Tired of the same old coffeemaker, or want to save money by brewing your own at home? Learn brew methods you may not be familiar with and how to make a delicious cup of coffee at home using both classic and new contraptions during Strange Brew! Please register: 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org. Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch.

FCL My Branch This Week

Terrarium

Thinking about retirement? Technology? Mysteries? Crafts? Healthy eating? If you're thinking about it this week, Fresh City Life My Branch has a program about it!

If you want to find out how to Secure Your Retirement, join us at Ross-Cherry Creek on Wednesday, January 25 at 6 p.m. Get a better understanding of Social Security and what role it can and should play in your overall retirement income plan. Get actionable recommendations on how to plan for, and achieve, the retirement you envision!

There are several offerings for crafty folk this week in our Make & Take Studio series:

Strong, Smart Women

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I’ll admit, I read a lot more nonfiction than fiction, a lot more young adult books than adult ones. But lately I’ve been drawn to intense thrillers with strong, complex, and flawed female protagonists. These women are not perfect, but they’re interesting, and have unique voices which made all of these books good reads for me.

Once I finished Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects, I immediately got her second book, Dark Places—even though these books are not in a series. In both, there were interesting characters, twists and turns, and good writing.

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