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Ashley & JaQuavis have done it again!

Well as most people who actually know me know, I love to read Urban Lit. I must say that KISS KISS BANG BANG was one of the most intense hood love stories I've read in 2010! It starts off really strong and keeps you so engrossed in the pages but then flashes back into the past to explain how this book got to the point where it is. The main character, Free, was just released from his 5 year bid in prison only to come out with Russians, who he use to work for, wanting half a million dollars in six months. WOW!

Alex Award Winners Announced

Today the Young Adult Library Services Association announced the winners of the Alex Awards. The Alex Awards are given to ten adult books, both fiction and nonfiction, that also appeal to young adults and were published during the previous year.

The 2011 Alex Award winners are:

Hearty Winter Meals

Crazy for Casseroles, by James Villas

On chilly, dark winter nights, we all want to eat something hearty.  We need comfort and simplicity, but without spending an entire evening in the kitchen.  One-pot meals and casseroles are the answer and Denver Public Library has plenty of helpful cookbooks!  Need some titles to satisfy your hunger and keep you warm?

Recent years have given us many new cookbooks that emphasize convenience, with a focus on one-pot meals and spending less than an hour on family dinner.  On the other hand, casseroles may require some assembly, but these new cookbooks have given us fantastic updates to old-fashioned classics.  It's hard to beat the all-in-one combination of vegetables, grains, and protein- especially when the flavors touch on all of our tastes.  The leftovers are nice, too!

How about a recipe that uses up day-old rice and is a snap to prepare?

 

Legal Matters

At the reference desk, we are asked a wide range of interesting questions, some involving the law. 

How old do I need to be to legally ride a moped?
What are my rights if I am pulled over by the police?
My boyfriend is in jail. What do I do?
I need a will. Can you help me find a form?

Librarians can not give legal advice or counsel, but we can refer you to resources readily available to you.

The library's online legal resources and forms are immensely helpful. You can browse the Colorado Revised Statutes and even search for specific terms. You can find legal forms including leases, wills, affidavits, and much more. Whether you need help finding a lawyer, settling a landlord dispute or answering questions about citizenship and immigration, the library has resources to help you get started.

Your Library Card: Your Ski Pass' Best Friend

Heading to the slopes this season? Whether you prefer the bunny hill or the black diamond, don't forget to stop at the library for free music to listen to during the drive, and books on how to improve your cruising and carving. At your local library, head to the nonfiction section and look for the call number 796.93!

Happy Birthday, Isaac Asimov!

Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov on January 2, 1920 and died on April 6, 1992. During those 72 years, he wrote or edited over 500 books and was published in nine out of the ten Dewey Decimal categories.*

Biographies of Isaac Asimov include:

Let's Read Aloud!

Did you know that reading aloud with your family strengthens literacy skills for everyone, fosters a life-long love of reading, and gives eveyone happy memories of being together? You don't have to do voices or read like a pro to have fun and create happy memories! What book do you love to read aloud with your family?

Personal Inventory

The end of the year is often a time of personal reflection and goal setting. Whether you are looking for motivation, direction or are looking to assess or sharpen your skills, the library can help! Ask your local librarian to direct you to the Motivation and Conduct of Life sections of the library.

Generally, these books reside around the 153s or 158s, but specific titles or subjects you are looking for may be shelved elsewhere.

Happy Birthday, Stan Lee!

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Stan Lee turns 88 today! Stan Lee, with other artists, co-created Spider-man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and Daredevil, among others. His participation in comics revolutionized the landscape, challenged the Comic Code Authority and fueled the dreams of millions. His commitment to literacy is inspirational!

Frequently, he makes appearances in films based on his comic books. In addition to Spider-Man and X-Men, he also had memorable cameos as himself in Mallrats and Comic Book: The Movie.

Books written by Stan Lee include:

This Year I Resolve To... 2

New Year's resolutions can be easy to make yet difficult to follow. Here's one that's both easy to make and do!

When was the last time that you read a poem? They are good for your mind and your soul. Poetry can lift you up and take you away from the everyday. So, resolve this year to read a new poem every single day!

It's really easy to read a new poem everyday when they are sent to your email and Poets.org offers just that! A new poem each day for your astute perusal delivered right to your inbox. Often times the poems are so good I have to checkout a book by that author!

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