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Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus

55,000 people die in agony from this virus every year.

I'm talking rabies, people. I assumed (incorrectly) that this virus was mostly extinct. Rabies is very much alive and well - thanks to a lack of vaccines and treatment in some parts of the world. As a bleeding heart who is likely to try to help any injured animal that crosses my path, I decided to do a bit of research to see exactly how prevalent rabies is in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Natural Resources has some very accessible information, in case you're interested.

Kittens and Cats!

Cat's Colors

As the nights get longer and the days get shorter kids will be inside for longer periods of time. It is time to cuddle up and read some good stories.

Some of my favorite books to read aloud are about cats and kittens. Jane Cabrera author of the book Cat’s Colors has been writing and illustrating books for over 12 years. Cat’s Colors and Kitty’s Cuddles are two of the 40 books that Jane Cabrera has written which are about Cats.

Your Aging Parents and You - What to Do?

Declining health and other age-related disabilities are forcing your self reliant parents to endure heartbreaking lifestyle changes. Whether on the verge of relinquishing their independence and sense of dignity to a dependence on caregivers or adjusting to changes that are already in place, your folks are relying on your support.

Research guide and true story, the very readable A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents - and Ourselves by Jane Gross, New York Times reporter and creator of The New Old Age blog, offers a wealth of web-based resources and anecdotal insights gained from experience and research.

Learning About Stranger Danger

The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers

The tragic abduction and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway while walking to school in her Westminster neighborhood has struck fear into the heart of parents all over the country, and particularly in the Denver metro area. Short of barring our children from going out of doors, what can we do to keep them safe and healthy when they are out of our immediate sight?

Sharing books on topics like personal safety, stranger danger, and street smarts is a gentle but effective way of educating and informing children about these essential facts. Authors of these books are especially careful to impart information in a matter-of-fact manner that does not frighten children, but rather gives them the necessary tools they need to keep themselves safe and protected from harm.

Presidential Elections for Curious Kids

Lives of the Presidents

With the debate in Denver and the presidential elections coming soon, children might be interested in learning more about the presidency, life in the White House, and the election process. Here are some recommended fiction and nonfiction books and websites for a variety of ages. Read them together or give them to your child for independent reading and then start a discussion about the government.

Nonfiction for Older Elementary and Middle Schoolers:
Madam President by Catherine Thimmesh
The Election Book: The People Pick a President by Carolyn Jackson
See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan Goodman

October is Anti-Bullying Month--Are You Ready to Take a Stand?

Cornered

October is Anti-Bullying Month. If you are a teen, kid, parent, teacher, or if you interact with any of these people, bullying probably has affected you somehow.

Bullying can take many forms, from teasing and spreading rumors about someone to physically hurting to exclusion to anonymous cyberbullying. Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied someone? Have you ever stood by and not said something while someone was being bullied? Have you ever spoken up for someone?

The more we all educate ourselves about what bullying is, what the causes are, and what we can do about, the more safe our schools, gyms, streets, and cyberspace will be.

Have You Read Enrique's Journey Yet?

Enrique's Journey

Have you read this year's One Book One Denver selection, Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario yet? You still have time to pick up a copy and join us for a book discussion on Saturday, September 29!

What is the book about? Here's the description from the DPL catalog:

Happy Hobbit Day!

The Hobbit film still

September 22 is Bilbo Baggins' Birthday, and is often celebrated around the world as Hobbit Day! Celebrate by having second breakfast, going barefoot, watching the Lord of the Rings films and reading about J.R.R. Tolkien!

Enjoy these books with your favorite glass of Ent-Draught or Lembas bread!

Free the Books! Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

Image by Charlie Corrigan

Did you know that over 11,000 books have been challenged since Banned Books Week began in 1982? Celebrate your freedom to read and check out a banned book today!

The library enthusiastically supports an individuals freedom to choose what they read and to express their own unique opinions. Having multiple viewpoints available to you is a fundamental right that libraries work hard to protect.

What is your favorite banned book? Some famous banned books include:

Still Waiting for Gone Girl?

Gone Girl

One of the summer's hottest books was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. That title still has a hefty holds list, but if you're looking for other suspenseful reads/studies in character for now, check out one of these:

Before I Go to Sleep, S.J. Watson

Still Missing, Chevy Stevens

Drowned, Therese Bohman

Playing Dead, Julia Heaberlin

The Lifeboat, Charlotte Rogan

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