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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!

Five Fall Favorites

When Harry Met Sally

Fall is here!

The leaves are turning and the color show has begun.

If you can't get enough of fall, these five flicks will keep you in the autumnal mood. Enjoy!

Podcast to Book

Ife Head

If you liked the BBC hit podcast, A History of the World in 100 Objects, you won't want to miss seeing the images in the new book featuring all 100 objects.

The series explores the microhistories of artifacts from Ife sculpture to the modern day credit card. Together, the objects weave a story of humankind. The podcasts are still available for download while you're on the hold list for the book.

The following titles are just a few of my favorite microhistories. The Library has many more titles to choose from so look for your favorite things too.

Check it Out!

Waka Flocka Who?

Top Twenty

Interested in new artists and old favorites? Check out the top 20 most requested albums to date for 2011.

Waka Flocka Flame's newest album is on order while Adele is holding fast with two albums in the top 5! Various compilations also make the list including a new tribute album to Billie Holiday.

Don't delay, get yourself on hold for these today! If you need assistance, we are happy to help

Sharpe's Tribute

Shannon Sharpe holding NFL Hall of Fame bust

What makes a person successful?  For Shannon Sharpe, his grandmother and the three Ds (determination, dedication, and discipline) are the foundation of his success.

My Dad recorded Sharpe's enshrinement speech into the NFL's Hall of Fame to share with me.  I am so grateful because the speech is an inspirational testimony to the power of love and self knowledge.  Sharpe asks people to separate the popular public persona from the person.  He is passionate about the support he received from his community and family but especially the legacy left by his grandmother, Ms. Mary Potter.  She sadly passed away a month before the awards ceremony.

Fall Home Projects

tool bag

With the end of summer approaching, the planning for fall home repair projects begins.  Grab a notebook and let the list making magic begin!

Hometime's how-to dvds help the novice and pro alike with planning and implementing all types of home repair.

The Library has many more home repair dvds and books to choose from if you don't find what you need below.  Check it out!

Children and AIDS

Ryan White

The 24th Annual AIDS Walk Colorado is taking place August 13, 2011.  Who will you walk for?

 

Parents all over the world have lost children of all ages to AIDS.  Generations of families have been destroyed in Africa due to this disease.  Newspapers report the statistics but children and those who care for them, are the most articulate about the impact of AIDS on their lives.

Nasdijj says it best when asked why anyone would adopt a child with AIDS in his memoir The Boy and the Dog are Sleeping: "Because one comes to you.  Because you can."

Wordless Woodcut Novels

Image from God's Man by Lynd Ward

Lynd Ward is known as a graphic innovator.  A prolific artist, he has illustrated more than 200 books for children and adults. 

In 2010, the Library of America published a two volume collection of six wordless woodcut novels by Lynd Ward.  The first novel God's Man was originally published the week of the 1929 stock market crash and was considered the first woodcut novel published in the United States. 

Speleologically Speaking

National Park Service Pictogram for Spelunking

Looking for something a little closer to home than touring the caves of France?  There are resources available at the Library for vicarious spelunking enthusiasts.

If the 3-D film, The Cave of Forgotten Dreams had you wishing for a sequel, try the following films:  

The Pledge

Flags Kit Carson Colorado  © Laurie Spurling

What do the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Knights of Columbus, and the U.S. Flag Code have to do with the Pledge of Allegiance?

Clergyman Francis Bellamy drafted his original 22 word sentence as a way to express "intelligent patriotism" in 1892.

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