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RITA Awards: Excellence in Romance Novels and Novellas

Amid the rippling, throbbing, pounding heat of July in San Antonio, romance novel authors, publishers, readers and judges will gather for the Rita Awards to recognize outstanding published works in their chosen genre.

Although romances are often stigmatized and ignored by literary critics, they have the largest market share of fiction sales, followed by religious/inspirational, mystery, science fiction/fantasy and classical literature.

What We're Reading II

Due to popular demand, the critically acclaimed series from the library's Literary Bureau, "What We're Reading," is back. Our tireless researchers have read books on their lunch hours, breaks and even at home in order to share their findings.

Remembering Candy Givens and Zephyr

If you picked up a newspaper on January 27th, 1984, the big news was Michael Jackson's head catching fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. A less splashy story was the accidental death of Candy Givens, the 37-year old singer, songwriter and harmonica player of the bluesy Boulder hard rock band Zephyr.

Why We Love Bicycles

Although most of us wouldn't ride in a boxcar to the basement of the Alamo to recover a bike, many bicyclists can sympathize with Pee Wee Herman's anguish when his beloved red beach cruiser is stolen in Pee Wee's Big Adventure. There are lots of reasons we appreciate our bikes - they allow us to view our city in ways that our cars can't, reduce our carbon footprint, and provide exercise as well as leisurely and energizing transportation to work.

Free Nonprofit Class: Using the Foundation Directory Online and the Colorado Grants Guide

Join us on Wednesday, June 25th and learn how to find possible funders for your 501(c)3 organization. There will be a demonstration of both the Foundation Directory Online and the Colorado Grants Guide, followed by hands-on research.

What We're Reading

Whenever I tell someone I work in the library, a common response is, "Wow, it must be great to be around books and read all day!" The reality is that reading on the job is considered bad form, and most of us are too busy checking out books, shelving them when they come back, providing reference, managing the network, keeping everyone safe or maintaining buildings to do more than glance at a tempting title.

What do we read in our free time?

Coming Clean: Unusual Uses for Common Household Products

Don't you wish that there was one product that could unclog drains, shampoo the dog, make slime, fight foot fungus and kill ants? Borax, which you'll find in the laundry detergent aisle, does all these things, and more (see video below).

Splinter! Colorado Wood Today at Foothills Art Center

Founded in 1968 by a group of Golden artists, the Foothills Art Center in Golden is located in a renovated 1872 Gothic church just a few blocks from the lively downtown area. In addition to exhibiting the visual arts in many mediums, the Center offers classes, lectures,seminars and tours.

Tell Me A Story: The Art and Joy of Audiobooks

Do you find cleaning the bathroom or weeding the garden dreary? Try listening to an audiobook and make your chores something to look forward to. They're also great for commuters and running errands -- you don't feel quite so helpless in traffic jams when you're listening to a great mystery or compelling biography. And family road trips are even better with a well-narrated book that everyone can listen to and discuss.

Bernie Krause and Music of the Natural World

NOISE, n. A stench in the ear. Undomesticated music. The chief product and authenticating sign of civilization.

~ Ambrose Bierce, in Devil's Dictionary (1911)

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