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Library eBooks on Kindle!

Kindle

Denver Public Library’s eBook collection is now compatible with the Amazon® Kindle! Now you can download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more. To get started, visit our eMedia site.

We also offer eBooks and audio eBooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, MP3 player, and eBook reader like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader.

While Waiting for The Hunger Games Movie...

Summer of the Apocalypse

Are you one of the teens or adults who loved Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy and are wondering what to read while waiting for the movie to be released next spring?

Dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction is extremely popular right now. Here are some of the titles that some colleagues and I recently put together for a training on these topics. This post will concentrate on some favorite post-apocalyptic fiction. Look for some great dystopias in an upcoming post! What's the difference between dystopian & post-apocalyptic? In a nutshell: In a dystopia, there is a pseudo-utopian structure in society that has great flaws and the focus of the story is figuring out what is wrong and rebelling.

2045: A Story of Our Future

2045:  A Story of Our Future

As a general rule, I don't read much fiction.

However, I have a weakness for post-apocalyptic, sci-fi dystopian pieces. Think Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) and Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep). Confessional sidebar: I'm a much bigger fan of the film Blade Runner (which is, of course, based on Androids) than I am of the book. Both succeed, however, in firing the cylinders of the brain and sparking imagination.

Colorado Authors Coming Soon!

Walking Denver

Want to walk Denver or be inspired to research your family tree? Get information on either or both with these upcoming Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series events at Schlessman.

On Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m., Mindy Sink will discuss her latest release, Walking Denver: 30 Tours of the Mile High City's Best Urban Trails, Historic Architecture, River and Creekside Paths, and Cultural Highlights. Hear her talk and then get out and explore your city in this beautiful fall weather! Mindy is also the coauthor of Colorado Organic: Cooking Seasonally, Eating Locally.

KIDS - Recommended New Books

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids.  Here are some new books, both sweet and creepy, that we are excited to share with you for fall.

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider.  James is a very, very picky eater.  His dad has tried everything to get him to eat, but then he starts telling really weird stories about their meals to try to convince James to eat.  Did you know that there is a troll who cooks for us and if you don't like his food he'll have to go back to working at the rat circus?  This funny book will tickle picky and adventurous readers alike.  Recommended by Lisa from the Westwood branch.

laugh it out

When I think of everything I want to accomplish in life, having as many laughs as possible comes to mind. Humor has a certain way of easing the fear & worry that is way too easy to carry with us in this modern world. In those moments when you laugh so hard that tears come to your eyes, it truly feels like everything is going to be just fine.

Visit the library and check out a book by one of these humorists and your nerves will thank you for it.

- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt

- I Drink for a Reason by David Cross

- Bossypants by Tina Fey

What is the Rocky Mountain Land Library?

Rocky Mountain Land Library

The Rocky Mountain Land Library's simple mission is to encourage a greater awareness of the land and access to stewardship tools so that we may work together to preserve our land.

Its 20,000 + volume natural history library is especially focused on the land and communities of the Rocky Mountains. The Land Library is currently engaged in a site search to provide both the shelves and proper environment for a truly unique residential land-study center.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Carol Batrus

When Elephants Fly

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Carol Batrus on Saturday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Schlessman.

Ms. Batrus, Columbia University graduate and Wall Street survivor, shows how one person can make a difference in the lives of many in her memoir When Elephants Fly: One Woman's Journey from Wall Street to Zululand. Unsatisfied with her life even after much success, Batrus traveled to Africa, where she learned to live without the gifts of modern infrastructure.

Are you a Single Parent?

50 wonderful ways to be a Single-Parent Family

Being a single mother or father can be very overwhelming!

There are so many responsibilities involved with being a parent and being single can certainly make it difficult. Coping with the idea of divorce for you and your children can make your head spin hundred degrees. The questions arise as to who will get to keep the children which days and which holidays. If the father or mother is not involved in the child's life it creates problems because children start to ask questions.

Different feelings arise and single parents might feel like they don't have the answers to their children's questions. Do you ever feel like there is nobody to help you out? Do you feel like no one understands what you are going through? Do you need help finding childcare for your children?

Then take a look at these books:

Colorado Authors Series Presents Phyllis Perry

Speaking Ill of the Dead

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Phyllis Perry at Schlessman Family Branch on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Phyllis J. Perry has written over 70 books for adults and young people. Among these are Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Colorado History and It Happened in Rocky Mountain National Park. Speaking Ill of the Dead is a delightfully wicked look at the badly behaved characters who shaped the history of Colorado.

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