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Native Americans on Film

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by enjoying one of the many great films about the Native American experience. For far too long Native Americans were portrayed as the "bad guys" of Western films, I am thankful that Hollywood has adopted a more sympathetic attitude toward these heroic peoples.

Sherman Alexie is a prolific author who has written many stories and novels based on some of his own experiences and has had a few made into films, including  The Business of Fancydancing and Smoke Signals.

Book to Movie News: November

Who do you think should play the Lorax in the film version of the Dr. Seuss classic? Who is getting ready to direct a prequel to the Wizard of Oz? Who has been cast to play Bilbo in the Hobbit? For these answers and more - read on!

Colorado Authors Series: Polly Letofsky

Polly Letofsky left her home and headed west across 4 continents and over 14,000 miles to become the first woman to walk around the world for breast cancer. Join us at the Bear Valley Branch Library on Saturday, November 13, at 2 p.m. as she discusses her book, 3MPH: The Adventures of One Woman’s Walk Around the World.

While strangers welcomed her into their homes, it was never an easy road. Polly struggled with earthquakes, muggings, languages, and even religious riots. Her extraordinary journey around the world on foot raised global awareness for breast cancer and is a testament to the indomitable human spirit.

Stay Healthy This Flu Season

Stay Healthy This Flu Season by visiting our Flu Shot Clinic! Protect yourself and your family from the flu with a flu shot from the Visiting Nurses Association on Saturday, November 13, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Vaccines are available for anyone over 6 months old. Flu mist is available for people ages 2-49 with no chronic health conditions. Cost is $25 cash, check, or credit card.

More books on Preventative Care:

Top Ten Best Books of 2010 According to Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly has announced their list of ten fiction and nonfiction titles that stood out as the very best of books published this year. As the year wraps up, these lists become more and more common, as Library Journal published their top 10 picks last week. What have been your favorite books of 2010?

Artists in Fiction

Celebrate the fourth annual Denver Arts Week, November 5-13, by reading some of the many books about art and artists available from the library! These novels feature artists as main characters, are primarily set in a museum or incorporate art heavily into their plots. Enjoy!

'Reel' People: Musicians

Celebrate the fourth annual Denver Arts Week, November 5-13, by watching some of the many films about art, artists and musicians available from the library! Several film adaptations have been made based on the lives of famous musicians and singers. Which one is your favorite?

It is hilarious that Gary Oldman has two films on this list - and that they are both so different! He has played both Ludwig van Beethoven and Sid Vicious! It is also worth pointing out that Gary Oldman really is playing the piano during some of his scenes in Immortal Beloved and had a baby grand delivered to his hotel room during filming to practice!

Veterans Rock!

On Veteran's Day, we take the time to honor those that have served our country. It is important to remember that these individuals play other valuable roles in our society as well. Among other things, some veterans have gone on to become famous musicians!

Happy Birthday Sesame Street!

Sweepin' the clouds away / On my way to where the air is sweet / Can you tell me how to get, / How to get to Sesame Street...

Sesame Street premiered on public broadcasting television stations on November 10, 1969. It was the first show of its kind based on educational research and helped many children prepare for and succeed in school! Over its 41 year history, Sesame Street has produced over 4,000 shows.

The library owns hundreds of DVDs with Elmo, Abby, Zoe, Baby Bear, Grover, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, The Count, Bert, Ernie and all your Sesame Street pals!

Life Imitates Art

Celebrate the fourth annual Denver Arts Week, November 5-13, by watching some of the many films about art and artists available from the library! Several documentaries have been made about the artistic process, famous artists and the commercial complications of art. Which one is your favorite?

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