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!
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:
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:
Listening to Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa, The Message - Grandmaster Flash, Roxanne Roxanne - UTFO (Untouchable Force Organization), I felt like break dancing but did the calculations: age + height + gravity = 911. The urge to "boogie" hit me while I was reading the book The Legends of Hip Hop by Justin Bua.
I would describe him in the most literal sense as an "Hip Hop Artist." Justin Bua brings us an excellent critique of some of Hip Hop's greatest. His discourse on Hip Hop's Legends instantly took me back to that place we called the Student Union at Metropolitan State College talking Hip Hop over slices of pizza and soda.
Justin incorporates a Hip Hop narrative while reflecting on the affects of Hip Hop on his life. His colorful portraits of Hip Hop's great artists appeal to that "inner Hip Hop" in all of us who grew up during that era.
The July/August issue of Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine led me to this recipe for fudge bars, and a summer long obsession with creating fun, refreshing, and tasty ice pops! (the lemon ice recipe in that issue was a hit, too!).
While it seems that summer will soon be over, with school starting up soon and the weather cooling down a bit, it's still warm enough to crave an ice pop after work or school on a hot day! They can be as simple as blending together fruit, water, sugar, and lemon juice and freezing it or as creative as strawberry basil or any other combination that sounds good to you! They can be healthy or decadent, or even just for grown ups!
The average bowling ball weighs 12-13 pounds. This summer, with the help of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat To Live, I've lost 57 pounds -- or about four and half bowling balls.
Can you imagine carrying four bowling balls around with you all day -- from the moment you wake up until you get back into bed? I can and I did. I've still got a long way to go, but I'm celebrating those four bowling balls. And a half.
Behold, the first day of school...a time that fills the hearts of parents and children with excitement and dread, often in equal measure.
Particularly for brand new preschoolers and kindergartners, as well as for other children who have never been to school, the first day can be a time of wondering and worry as much as anticipation and excitement. A great way to soothe fears as well as celebrate this new experience is to share a picture book about beginning school, the first day of school, and other school-related experiences.
For first-day fears, try these titles to help reassure children:
Julia Child, who many people consider the original celebrity chef, would have turned 100 on August 15. She inspired many to try their hands at cooking, make mistakes along the way, and have fun doing it!
The Denver Public Library has many of Julia's cookbooks, along with biographies of her and books written by those she worked with and inspired, not to mention DVDs of her show The French Chef. Julia came to cooking later in her life, and her years before she moved to France and learned to cook are also interesting to read about. How will you celebrate Julia's birthday?
David Rakoff lost his long battle with cancer on August 9. He was 47. A unique literary voice and humorist, in his writing, Rakoff was a self-effacing, cheerful cynic.
I fell in love with David Rakoff's writing when my friend, Ron, told me that he thought David and I were alike in our cynicism, pessimism and (I suppose) in utilizing them to get a laugh. Shortly after that, I received all of David's books in the mail; my friend decided I should find out for myself.