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In Praise of Beards

Leo Tolstoy

Although it may not go down in the annals of history, February 3rd, 2012, marked a momentous occasion. After 60 years of being banned, Disney Parks "cast members" aka face-to-face employees may now sport a beard.

The change in policy allows neatly trimmed beards up to a quarter inch in length which doesn't mean they'll be joining the ranks of the seven dwarfs anytime soon but it is the biggest step against facial hair oppression since employees were allowed mustaches in 2000.

The Reading Rocket Rides Triumphant

The Reading Rocket emerges from the depths of the library to start its day.

Many mornings I catch the glorious sight of the Denver Public Library Reading Rocket leaving to begin its rounds. The Reading Rocket serves many locations throughout the Denver metro area. Check it out for locations near you.

If you love bookmobiles as much as we do, here are some titles for you:

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

Colorado Authors Series Presents Flint Whitlock

The Beasts of Buchenwald

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Flint Whitlock, author of The Beasts of Buchenwald, this Sunday, February 12, at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Mr. Whitlock is an author and military historian specializing in World War II. Three of his books have been finalists for the Colorado Book Award. He has appeared on The History Channel and in various documentaries, and often leads battlefield tours. For the past two years, he has been the editor-in-chief of a national magazine, WWII History.

February Picks for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club

The Hundred Dresses

This month NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has two selections: The Hundred Dresses and Shooting Kabul.

The Hundred Dresses is a 1944 classic by Eleanor Estes. In this age where bullying is a serious topic, the story of Wanda Petronski, who is teased for her name, where she lives, and the fact that she wears the same faded dress every day, will really hit-home with readers. Wanda insists she has one hundred beautiful dresses at home and when the girls at school mock her for it, she stops coming to school and her family decides to move to a bigger city.

Strong, Smart Women

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I’ll admit, I read a lot more nonfiction than fiction, a lot more young adult books than adult ones. But lately I’ve been drawn to intense thrillers with strong, complex, and flawed female protagonists. These women are not perfect, but they’re interesting, and have unique voices which made all of these books good reads for me.

Once I finished Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects, I immediately got her second book, Dark Places—even though these books are not in a series. In both, there were interesting characters, twists and turns, and good writing.

Colorado Authors Series: Stan Yan, SquidWorks Comics

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Stan Yan of SquidWorks comics this Sunday, January 22, at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Stan Yan grew up in Denver and went to school at UC Boulder where he got his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Yan’s life took the tragic turn into sales for the securities industry, where he wallowed in ethical poverty on-and-off for 13 years. He takes his frustrations out by penning graphic novels such as The Wang.

Saturday: Design Your Home Library or Create Your Urban Homestead

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading

This Saturday, join Fresh City Life My Branch for one of these special events! The Colorado Authors Series presents Sundari Kraft, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading, or learn how to arrange your home library with Thatcher Wine from Juniper Books.

Aspiring urban homesteaders! Gather at the Schlessman Family Branch at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14 to get started with Sundari Kraft. With her book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly — and save money and time — in an urban environment.

TumbleBookLibrary - eBooks for eKids!

TumbleBooks

The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of TumbleBooks -- animated, talking picture books -- with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books, and Tumble Puzzles & Games.

A growing selection of Tumblebooks are available for iPad. Take a look at the TumbleBooks iPad Collection.

View TumbleBooks online - no need to check them out but you must have an internet connection and a library card.

Hair Loss

Women and Alopecia: Managing Unexplained Hair Loss

Hair loss is never easy. It can affect individuals of all ages, including children.

People may be undergoing treatment for cancer or they may be healthy. Appearance is very important in our society so there is always the question of how to live with hair loss and still look attractive. Some individuals wear wigs, hats or go bald. Fortunately for us who live with hair loss the web can provide important information, support, and resources.

2011 Author/Illustrator Visit with Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe

The Children's and Family Services department hosted renowned author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe in November for a week-long visit to schools and libraries.

Javaka has illustrated 11 books and won the Coretta Scott King Honor Award for In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall and Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow. His most recent work as an illustrator can be seen in What's Special About Me, Mama?

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