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Happy 90th Birthday 19th Amendment!

Not for ourselves alone. The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

What's the big deal about the 19th amendment? In addition to giving women the right to vote, it was an integral moment in the civil rights and equality movements. Victory took decades and few of the initial supporters lived to see their dream realized. Ratified 90 years ago today, we celebrate our freedoms and those who inspired them.

Our 19th amendment guarantees, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Tennessee provided the requisite approval of three-fourths of the states, being the 36th state to ratify the amendment.

Back to School: Hilarious High School Films

For those about to begin High School, we salute you. Because many schools start back up this week, we have celebrated teachers on film, and while you could not pay me to relive High School, watching movies about this particular rite of passage is just darn amusing.

Meet the New Colorado Poet Laureate

Ludlow by David Mason

Did you know that Colorado has its very own Poet Laureate? David Mason is our newest poet laureate. Appointed to a 4-year term, Mason is committed to bringing poetry to each of Colorado's colorful counties.

In addition to being our Poet Laureate, Mason is a professor at Colorado College. His latest work, Ludlow, tells the story of a few immigrants in southern Colorado and the Ludlow Massacre of 1914. It was named best poetry book of 2007 by the Contemporary Poetry Review and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Works by Mason include:

August 24

What do Paulo Coelho, James Tiptree Jr. and Orson Scott Card all have in common? In addition to being award winning novelists - today, August 24, is their birthday!

Learn more about these and other authors using the database Literature Resource Center, available from home with your library card!

James Tiptree, Jr

Who is Richard Castle?

Naked Heat

Mysterious fictional author Richard Castle releases his second book, Naked Heat, on September 28. Fans of the show will be happy to know that the new season of Castle starts on September 20.

Richard Castle is inspired by mystery novelists and TV writers like Stephen J. Cannell and James Patterson. Both best-selling authors make cameos on the television show. The first book written by Castle, Heat Wave, was not only featured in the show but was an important plot point in one of last season's episodes.

Back to School: Teachers on Film

Chalk

Schools everywhere are starting back up this week. Let's hear it for those influential teachers that have shaped our lives! Are you a teacher? Did you know that the library has resources tailored to your needs?

From PLACE exam test prep books to help getting 20 copies of The Great Gatsby for your class, the library is here for teachers and students alike. 

Premier Reads Book Club

Join us on Wednesday, August 25, 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library to ramp up for the rat race and sharpen your competitive edge with a review of favorite business titles. Share what you're reading or just come to learn about titles that you'll want to read!

Did you know that the urban myth about razor blades in Halloween candy has absolutely no truth to it?  Why do urban myths like that persist and how do they get started?  If you can make an idea like that stick regarding your business, your business will be successful. This is the premise for the title Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath & Dan Heath.

More Premier Titles:

Howl and More Book to Movie News

Howl

James Franco stars as Allen Ginsberg in the film Howl, due out in October. This film, more than a biopic, is about the cultural revolution that one poem caused. Also starring are Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeff Daniels.

Howl by Allen Ginsberg is considered to be a seminal work of the Beat Generation and was originally intended to be a performance piece.

Taste of the Garden

The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without Recipes and Drawings by Mollie Kat

LiveWell West Denver invites you to a Taste of the Garden Produce and Health Fair on August 20 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey. Each family or single adult will get a bag or box full of free fruits and vegetables! There will also be cooking demos with free samples!

What is your favorite fresh from the garden vegetable recipe? I love zucchini and asparagus. I've found that the trick to cooking asparagus is to saute them over medium/low until they turn bright green. Serve quickly. They really taste the best when they are still snappy. The rest of the menu usually goes a little something like this: baked salmon in wasabi/honey/soy sauce mix, couscous, and spring mix salad. Depending on how fancy we are feeling, we might saute the asparagus in garlic and fresh rosemary. What I like best is that none of these dishes is time or labor intensive.

The Buzz on Beekeeping & Honey

Bees

Join staff from DenverBee.org on Saturday, August 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library as they talk about their experience with and love of beekeeping and honey. Participate in a honey tasting! It will be the Bee's Knees! Learn more about having your own hive!

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