It's autumn. My thoughts turn to the usual autumnal things like the changing leaves, apple picking, pumpkin carving...and a strange hankering for tales of desperation.
Something about this time of year tends to make some of us a bit melancholy. It's a time to fend off sleep when the sun sinks below the horizon at 5:00. We watch the leaves fall and our flowers wither with frost. We haul out the blankets and heat up the tea kettle. We bake bread and fill bowls with hearty soups as if we're bears stockpiling calories for our long winter's sleep. This time of year, reading about hardship somehow makes me feel cozier.
The Days of Awe began with Rosh Hashanah and ends with the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur.
Even if you don't celebrate the holidays, the Library has a variety of titles to help you learn more about Jewish traditions and customs. Nonfiction titles like Days of Awe and The Yom Kippur Anthology are interesting guides. Stories about growing up Jewish are a more personal, intimate way to celebrate and immerse yourself in another person's experience.
Money! Money! We all need it and there’s never enough of it!
You already know about using the library to borrow DVDs, books and music. Have you used the Value Line database to better understand your investments? Check out the many materials that DPL has to assist in saving and investing money.
A recent after hours lecture at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science yielded a bit more than stuffed animals. The world class dioramas include a bit of whimsey by one artist.
Usually painters sign their work with their name but Kent R. Pendleton, one of the diorama artists, painted elves (some argue they are leprechauns) into his work. The Museum staff know visitors with binoculars usually mean one thing: elf hunt!
Interested in learning more about the role and history of nature and science museums in the United States?
The Colorado Authors Series is happy to present Caroline Dow on Saturday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m at Schlessman.
She will present a talk based on her book Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners: Your Fortune in a Teacup. Along with a demonstration, she'll discuss how to choose and brew tea, herbal teas for health, and the history of tea. Refreshments will be served. Please join us, and see other Fresh City Life My Branch events here.
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.
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.
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.