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Maurice Sendak 1928-2012

Celebrating the life of author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away last week.  His work inspired and intrigued, with stories and pictures that were at once magical, beautiful, and strange.  I fell in love with Sendak as a child, and rediscovered him as an adult when I was working as a nanny.

The Reading Rocket Rides Triumphant

The Reading Rocket emerges from the depths of the library to start its day.

Many mornings I catch the glorious sight of the Denver Public Library Reading Rocket leaving to begin its rounds. The Reading Rocket serves many locations throughout the Denver metro area. Check it out for locations near you.

If you love bookmobiles as much as we do, here are some titles for you:

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

Fresh City Life My Branch is Green!

Fresh City Life My Branch taught me how to make a terrarium!

Last week I attended a Fresh City Life My Branch class at Ross-Cherry Creek, and learned how to make a terrarium! Terrariums are in the midst of a huge comeback, and these tiny eco-systems are popping up everywhere. We learned about what ingredients make a successful terrarium, and then designed our own to take home. It was so fun and easy, you can make a terrarium in almost any container.

Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist

Evolution of a Crazy Artist

Sophie Crumb, daughter of R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, has a new book of her art dating back from her childhood.

Genetics are unpredictable, but it’s not much of a surprise that  when world famous artists R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb combined DNA their daughter, Sophie Crumb, would follow in their alternative comics footsteps. Like her parents, Sophie's work is autobiographical, disturbing, raw, and often hilarious.

"Just Kids" is Rock n' Roll Love

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"Just Kids" is Patti Smith's memoir of her relationship with New York City, art, music, and most of all, Robert Mapplethorpe. It chronicles Smith and Mapplethorpe's adventures as young, unknown artists in New York City, up until Mapplethorpe's death.

Patti Smith is known as an accomplished musician and poet. In her new book Just Kids Smith reflects on life before she and her friend Robert Mapplethorpe established themselves as professional artists.

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