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KIDS - Recommended New Books

cover art from Kat, Incorrigible

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some titles we are excited about this spring!

Younger Readers:

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg tells the story of what happens when 8-year-old Eleanor's favorite babysitter moves away.  Everybody in the family misses her.  Could the new babysitter ever be okay?  This sweet story isn't as funny as the title sounds, but it is a terrific and realistic book.  Recommended by Anna from the Eugene Field branch.

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare

Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper

Why is April 23rd a memorable date for Shakespeare lovers? William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and he died on April 23, 1616. Many novels have been written about his life, loves and family, with most drawing inspiration from the historical details that are known about this legendary playwright.

Fictional accounts of Shakespeare's Life:

IMPAC Award Short List Announced

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award honors novels with high literary merit written all over the world in any language. The short list for the 2009 award has just been released! The winner will be announced on June 15, 2011.

Journey on the Appalachian Trail

At over 2,100 miles, the Appalachian Trail is the world’s longest footpath. While many folks have read about the AT in Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, there also are many more books out there detailing the reality of thru-hiking the AT.

While I doubt that I will ever undertake the daunting task of walking from Georgia to Maine, the stories of those that have will continue to enthrall me.

A Journey North: One Woman’s Story of Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Adrienne Hall

The New Appalachian Trail, Edward B. Garvey

Listening to Great Books

I still love listening to a great book!!

Isn’t that what listening to a book on CD or eMedia is all about? Learn all about eMedia.

Make Mother's Day Plans with Eleanor Brown

What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than to bring your favorite woman to hear Eleanor Brown talk about her very popular novel The Weird Sisters? You can even get her a signed copy!

After Mother's Day brunch, plan on taking mom, grandma, or your favorite aunt to the Schlessman Family Branch for this Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presentation on Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Sherlock Holmes, Man of Mystery

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating literary figure. Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many more stories have been written by a variety of authors about this intriguing detective.

Shirley Jackson Award Nominees Announced

The Shirley Jackson Awards honor outstanding achievement in writing psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Try out some of the nominees if you dare! And make sure to check out some books by the awards' namesake, Shirley Jackson, while you're at it!

NOVEL

  • Dark Matter, Michelle Paver
  • A Dark Matter, Peter Straub
  • Feed, Mira Grant (I really enjoyed this one--the 2nd book in the series, Deadline, is coming soon!)

Librarian with Dancing Fingers

I am a librarian with dancing fingers.

I live with a neurological disorder called cerebral palsy (cp). There are several types of cp and I have a rare type called ataxic. It affects my balance (I still use the railing when I descend stairs), my speech is not perfectly clear (I don’t mind repeating what I say), and I sometimes have a tremor when I use my hands. CP is not progressive and it doesn’t hurt for me to move – it just is a bit slower.

Laughter in Recovery

Jeff Garlin: My Footprint

Addiction is in the news and so is recovery.

You don't have to be an addict to have addiction touch your life. Family members, friends even co-workers may be struggling with addiction to food, drugs, or other destructive behaviors. Comedians, especially those who have struggled with addiction, can often say what others would never dare to voice. They shine a light on the painful subject and infuse laughter in the darkest moments of addiction. Comedians Chris Farley and John Belushi are reminders of the deadly consequences of addiction.

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