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"Oh my dears, is it really true?"

Maggie Smith as Lady Grantham

Yes, it's true! Downton Abbey concludes its second season on PBS and we’re in for a long wait before the third season arrives next year.

After winning a list of awards, including Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Outstanding Miniseries, Downton Abbey groupies are pondering how to manage during the interim.

To help us through the rough patch, we have compiled a list of titles (books and films) to keep you entertained. Whether you’re in the mood for Downton-style storytelling or non-fiction that examines life and relationships in an Edwardian country house, the Library has something for everyone.

Being Elmo

Elmo and Kevin

Once upon a time, Tickle Me Elmo had adults standing in line. The new documentary about Kevin Clash and Elmo will explain why and how they became the face and voice of Love.

Kevin Clash developed a "Muppet mindset" watching hours of Sesame Street and making puppets as a child. He first shared his story in his book, My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love, and Laughing Out Loud. Now film fans are eagerly anticipating the new documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey which won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and is in limited release.

BOO! It's a Beiber Christmas.

Pumpkin wearing Christmas hat

Can't get your hands on Halloween music at the Library due to high demand? Avoid serial disappointment and embrace the frighenting reality that now is the time to think about your holiday playlist.

The Library is stocking up on new holiday favorites of popular artists past and present.  Sometimes hold lists are unavoidable so don't delay and get on hold today!

Here are a few first holiday albums by the following artists: 

Fire: A Spy Thriller

Cover of Fire: A Spy Graphic Novel

Looking for suspense and intrigue? Check out a spy thriller where nothing is as it appears to be and trust is not an option.

Life imitates art for Brian Michael Bendis who gathered inspiration for his graphic novel from the American intelligence community. While a fan of traditional spy novels, I enjoyed how the graphic art moved the narrative along, increasing the drama! Fire is a quick read revealing the anxious, paranoid existence of a spy's life.

Bendis also encourages his readers to check out the following titles:

New Cozy Mysteries

Cookie Dough or Die

Murder can ruin a perfectly good day. The sleuths in these new mystery titles are determined to get on with their lives even if it means solving a crime at the most inopportune time!

The "detectives" in cozy mysteries aren't usually CSI experts but rather everyday people who happen to stumble across dead bodies or have friends who need help. 

Many sleuths become resident experts in their often small communities. And like a really good cookie, one cozy mystery is never enough.

Here are a few, first titles in new mystery series available at the Library:

Classical Guitar

Marc Teicholz

Grant, one of our valued Library volunteers, is a member of the Denver Classical Guitar Society and shared the news that Marc Teicholz is coming to Colorado! Teicholz has been called both "technically gifted and musical to the core," playing more than 18 different historic guitars.

Teicholz will be performing in Denver on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the South Broadway Christian Church. While currently on faculty with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Teicholz makes the classics his own.

Change Agents: Bell and Jobs

Derrick Bell

Derrick Bell and Steve Jobs both died on Wednesday but the similarities don't end there. Both men would not be deterred by those who could or would not believe.

Derrick Bell spent his professional life exposing racisim in the legal system and higher education.  He encouraged members of diverse groups to tell their stories as a way of building support and community, something he felt scholarship alone could not do.  

Heavy Metal to Medal

The band Godsmack

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (and half marathon) is rolling into Denver on October 9, 2011.  The race will have bands performing at various points throughout the course and rap up with a post run concert.

The idea of running makes me *cry* so I sought recommendations for music that will push and pump me up!  Friends tell me my regular diet of Broadway show tunes won't cut it and I need some music that will help me *roar* even if I am walking, moshing, and thrashing my way through.  Here are a few heavy metal recommendations from the Library's collection:

The Days of Awe

Matzo Balls for Breakfast by Alan King & Friends

The Days of Awe began with Rosh Hashanah and ends with the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur.

Even if you don't celebrate the holidays, the Library has a variety of titles to help you learn more about Jewish traditions and customs. Nonfiction titles like Days of Awe and The Yom Kippur Anthology are interesting guides.  Stories about growing up Jewish are a more personal, intimate way to celebrate and immerse yourself in another person's experience.  

Favorite memoirs include: 

Cassowaries, Quetzels, and . . . Elves?

Quetzel

A recent after hours lecture at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science yielded a bit more than stuffed animals. The world class dioramas include a bit of whimsey by one artist.

Usually painters sign their work with their name but Kent R. Pendleton, one of the diorama artists, painted elves (some argue they are leprechauns) into his work. The Museum staff know visitors with binoculars usually mean one thing: elf hunt!

Interested in learning more about the role and history of nature and science museums in the United States?

The following books will get you started!

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