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DIY for Mad Scientists

If you refer to your garage as your laboratory, or long for the days of science fair projects to explain how you blew off your eyebrows, you may be a mad scientist! Whether you are a gadget geek, a chemistry champion or an experiment egghead, the library has something to inspire, explain and delight.

Happy 50th Birthday Sean Penn!

It's hard to believe that Jeff Spicoli is turning 50 today! Sean Penn continues to have an amazing career, with two Academy Award wins for Best Actor and numerous critically acclaimed movies under his hat, both as an actor, writer and director!

Scintillating Swedish Film

Let the Right One In

Even if you've already seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and Let the Right One In, and everything by Ingmar Bergman, there are still many treasures of Swedish film to be discovered and enjoyed.

Which Swedish film is your favorite?

Author Talk with Tom Noel

Tom Noel

Join us on Wednesday, August 18, 6 p.m. at the newly renovated Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library for a magic lantern show, "Touring Cherry Creek from Francis Parkman to the Future," by noted historian Tom Noel on the historic transformation of Cherry Creek from its muddy beginnings to its glittering present.

Dr. Tom Noel, a Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation and Colorado Studies at University of Colorado in Denver is also known as "Dr.

For Love of Abbey

Abbey Lincoln

Compared to legends like Billie Holliday and Shirley Horne, Abbey Lincoln was born Anna Marie Wooldridge August 6, 1930 in Chicago, the 10th of 12 children. Heading to L.A. at the age of 19, she became a nightclub singer until she rose to stardom. Sadly, Ms. Lincoln passed away this weekend at the age of 80.

In addition to being an amazing singer, Abbey Lincoln was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1969 for her role as the title character in For Love of Ivy starring opposite Sidney Poitier, who also wrote the story. This came as no surprise to those who had seen her in the 1964 film, Nothing but a Man.

Happy Birthday Steve Martin!

image Steve Martin

Born August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, Steve Martin is an accomplished actor, comedian, playwright, novelist, and Grammy winning banjo player. His narration of the audio versions of his books is just icing on the side-splittingly funny cake. 

While never a cast member, he has hosted Saturday Night Live more than anyone else. His early writing credits include writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

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Philip K. Dick Festival

The Crack in Space

The first ever Philip K. Dick festival is being held in Blackhawk, Colorado on August 13,14 and 15. This area of Colorado was the setting for the Hugo Award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle.

Did you know that Philip K. Dick (1928 - 1982) is buried in Fort Morgan, Colorado? He authored more than 50 novels and 200 short stories! Many of his works have been adapted for the big screen

Mile High Music Festival

Mile High Music Festival (poster)

If you hear a ruckus coming from The Fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park this weekend, it's just the Mile High Music Festival. 45 musical artists will be playing August 14 and 15, including some of the hottest bands out there!

The lineup is stellar. Many have released a new album this year!

Latitudes Book Club

A Dozen on Denver: Stories

Celebrate Colorado's 134th anniversary of becoming a state on Sunday, August 15 at 3pm by exploring the rich diversity of the Colorado Book Awards. Pick from the wide selection of winners, or other books celebrating our great state! Share what you're reading or just come to learn about titles that you'll want to read.

Day of Inventions

Day of Inventions

August 12 is a day of inventions. On this day in history, Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine; Henry Ford's Model T rolls off the assembly line; and the IBM personal computer is released.

In addition to books about these and other inventions, modern inventors will find PubWEST imminently useful.

My favorite invention, other than running water and the printing press, is duct tape. If I could invent one thing it would be a combined washing machine and dryer or a car that ran on garbage like in Back to the Future 2.

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