"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery." -- President Barack Obama
For every triumph of human rights, there is a new corner of darkness somewhere in the world that needs the bright light of justice shone on it. And that light doesn't have to reach very far; Colorado is a hub for international human trafficking. A special task force has been formed to combat the problem.
Read up. Knowledge is empowering: many contemporary authors, both fiction and nonfiction, are reporting on this heartbreaking subject.
The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Author Series presents Paula Mitchell, author of Exploring Colorado Wineries on Monday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.
Mitchell will focus this presentation on wine fundamentals and organizing your Colorado wine tour, and will help you increase your wine knowledge and gain confidence in pairing wine with your favorite foods. Discover the incredible spectrum of Colorado's 125 wineries and tasting rooms. Sharpen your understanding of the "Five S's" of wine tasting. Expand your wine tasting vocabulary through the Wine Aroma Wheel. Learn the fine art of tasting room exploration. She'll make you want to start exploring!
While television food competitions like Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen, and Chopped can be fun to watch, the most prestigious food competition is widely believed to be the Bocuse d'Or, held every other year in Lyon, France.
The 2013 contest was held just this week, and the team from the United States finished a respectable 7th in the field of teams from all over the world. Check out the NPR story on this year's U.S. team and how they trained here.
Whether you aspire to participate in such a competition someday, or just like to read about how cooking contests work, the library has some items to get you started.
Looking for book suggestions for your child? You’re in luck; it’s award season. Every year the American Library Association chooses the best books for children in a variety of categories. The staff here at the library held our own mock award sessions to see if we could predict this year's winners. Here are our results...
This year marks the 75th anniversary for the Caldecott Medal. Named for nineteenth-century English children's book illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, this award is given "to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children." Medal Winner:More by I.C. Springman, illustrated by Brian Lies
In this season of resolutions to eat better and work out more, the mind can often get overlooked as a vital place to make important changes. If you're looking to exercise your brain, here's a variety of books that provided me with a steady diet of challenging ideas and new ways of thinking.
Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman :: The title refers to the two systems of our brain which dictate our decision making. The first is fast, impulsive, and emotional. The second is slower and more rational. Although we think we are being rational most of the time, Kahneman contends that our brain in an effort to be more efficient takes shortcuts that lead to poor decisions made in complete confidence of the decision maker. Information and research heavy, but worth the mental workout.
Love mysteries, but don't know what to read next? See if you missed any of the best mystery and crime novels, true crime, and biography of 2012 by perusing the nominations for the Edgar Awards!
The Edgars, given out by the Mystery Writers of America, have been honoring great mystery writing since 1946. This year's awards will be given out on May 2--plenty of time to read the nominees in your favorite category and predict your own winner!
Eating well can be as fun and diverse (and delicious) as ever with cookbooks and recipes created to promote health and wellness.
The great divide for many of us is the chasm between good tasting, satisfying foods and healthy, nutrient-dense fare. But the library shelves are groaning with great cookbooks that will help you bridge the perceived gap between delicious and nutritious. Here are a couple suggestions:
January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day! British author Alan Alexander Milne was born on January 18, 1882 and is the creator of everyone's favorite silly old bear and all of his pals in the Hundred Acre Wood! Celebrate with a spot of something sweet and a good book shared with dear friends! Reread the classic stories in The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne.
Winnie the Pooh's story begins on a pleasant day in 1924 when Christopher Robin Milne, the author's son, visited the London Zoological Gardens and encountered a real life Black Bear named Winnie who preferred condensed milk to honey! The original stuffed animals which inspired the beloved and timeless tales are on display in the New York Public Library. Mr.