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First Day of School Books

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

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:

Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child!

My Life in France

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?

DVDs:

Julia Child, The French Chef

We Won't Get Too Comfortable, David

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. 

What's the Plural of Apocalypse?

The Road

The Atlantic recently published a list of their favorite post-apocalyptic novels in anticipation of Peter Heller's new one, Dog Stars, which they predict will become a classic.

I've read 8 out of 11 (I'm embarrassed to admit that the ones I haven't read are the "classics"). How many have you read? Did they get the list right? Would you take any out? What would you add? And, most importantly, which one of the ones I haven't read (in bold) should I read next? Maybe we'll make it a Geeks Who Read Book Club selection for 2013!

Treasure Hunters

Dark Gold

If you’re anything like me, the last treasure hunt you went on began with removing the cushions from the sofa. And the closest you came to finding gold was in the form of some fish-shaped crackers. This summer, live vicariously through the treasure-hunting heroes of some great adventure novels.

Dark Gold by David Angsten
While tracking down his missing brother in Mexico, Jack Duran stumbles across the mystery that might have been his brother's downfall: a mysterious treasure-laden shipwreck, rumored to be protected by some sort of underwater monster.

Learn About Fort Logan This Weekend!

Commander & Builder of Western Forts

You have 2 chances to hear Dr. Jack Ballard talk this weekend through Fresh City Life My Branch! Put together both lectures and get a complete picture of Fort Logan!

On Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch, Dr. Ballard will be discussing his book Commander and Builder of Western Forts: The Life and Times of Major General Henry C. Merriam, with particular emphasis on General Merriam's relationship with nearby Fort Logan. Merriam was the first real commander of Fort Logan, and had the longest tenure as fort commander.

Books for Bedtime

Sleepy Me

I don’t wanna go to bed. I’m not tired. Sound familiar? Bedtime can be stressful but establishing a bedtime a routine can turn your evenings into a time to bond rather than battle. Reading together is a great way to wind down at the end of the day and makes a fun addition to your routine. Here are a few books that will help your child relax and get ready to sleep, transition from a crib to a bed, or spend a full night in her own bed.

Establishing a bedtime routine and sticking to it every night can help make the end of the day peaceful instead of a struggle. Try a few different schedules to figure out what works at your house. Include brushing teeth, changing into pajamas and reading books. Once you find a schedule that works, stick to it. That way, your child will know what to expect and be ready to sleep. When your little one has a good night be sure to praise her, reinforcing the positive behavior for the future.

Here are a few great books to snuggle up and read with your toddler:

Food Truck Nation

One of the more enjoyable eating trends in recent years has been the rise of the humble food truck from greasy purveyor of basic fare like hotdogs and cotton candy to gourmet restaurant on wheels, serving everything from curry rice omelets to cardamom-spiced doughnuts. If you love food trucks, the library has some terrific resources for you.

If you have ever dreamed of creating that street flavor at home, you are in luck, because author and food truck devotee John T. Edge has just published The Truck Food Cookbook, which is filled with delicious and easy-to-follow recipes from food trucks across the country. Make Korean short ribs (from Los Angeles) or coconut veggie chicken crepes (from Philadelphia). Satisfy your sweet tooth with sweet potato cupcakes (from Durham, NC) or Shaker lemon pie (from San Francisco).

Create a magical miniature garden space

Container gardening is the art of growing anything that would grow in a backyard garden in the confined space of a container. Miniature gardens take this to a new level with scale and perspective becoming essential elements. Many garden centers have taken notice of this popular hobby and regularly stock miniature plants and accessories.

A miniature garden can be created around the base of a tree or in any type of container, but something vintage or unusual can add to the charm. All it takes is some imagination and creativity. Miniature gardens take less time and money than real ones, but give similar satisfaction. You can utilize miniature arbors and fences, even tiny furniture and pots to "theme" your space or rely totally on miniature plants and herbs to create visual impact.

Coping with Grief and Tragedy

March 2001 Employee of the Month Award from Aurora Century 16

The events at the Aurora Century 16 Movie Theater have stunned and saddened people across the country. As a former employee of the Aurora Century 16 Movie Theater, my thoughts are with the employees and those in attendance last night.

I did not believe what I was reading this morning when I learned about the events that occurred while most of Colorado slumbered. Working at the Aurora Century 16 theater was my first job after I graduated from Purdue and moved to Colorado over 10 years ago. If you have never worked in a movie theater, it is not as glamorous as you might think. My work uniform involved wearing a vest with popcorn on it and a bow tie. Popcorn does have an alluring aroma, but not when you can't wash it out of your hair.

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