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This Year I Resolve To...

Once again a new year is upon us. Time to crack out some resolutions. Every year my family would write our resolutions down and burn the paper in the fireplace as a sort of contract by flame or a promise to the heavens, but whatever your tradition is, it is time to start thinking about promises for the New Year!

Some resolutions to get you motivated:

This year I resolve to...

Get in shape!

See our "Staying Healthy" page under the Research tab, there are many good links but particularly the Diets and Nutrition section will have some great pointers.

The Denver Public Library also has many great health and fitness books, DVDs, and even workout music. So come in and checkout our 613.7s.

Some choice items are:

Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred

Ask Us!

Hold on holds got you down? Did you know that many library staff revel in being asked to recommend a book? So even if you can't have something brought over right now, browse the shelves or ask the staff to recommend something that you don't have to wait for!

Some libraries even have Staff Picks displays. These displays show off the diversity of library staff and are pulled from books that are available on our shelves. A selection from one of today's Staff Picks displays:

Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child, Nancy Verde Barr

Lion's Game, Nelson Demille

Reading Wish Lists

Don't let the hold on holds get you down! In addition to keeping track of items you would like to put on hold later on paper, there are lots of other great ways to keep track of books you have read and would like to read online! How do you keep track of what you want to read?

These sites are free, easy to use and provide unique ways of keeping track of what you have read and would like to read.

Goodreads

Audio Books for Holiday Road Trips

Audio books can help the miles go by faster on a holiday road trip. With the holds service on hiatus, this is a great time to explore DPL's Audio eBook collection for titles to download or to visit the closest branch location to browse books on CD in person.

I’ve found that some of the best audio books are juvenile and young adult fiction. Short stories are also a good option because you can listen to one story—or a couple of stories—and then take a break to converse with whomever you're traveling with, listen to music, or just silently enjoy the scenery until you’re ready for another story. Plus, a good audio book must have a great reader to tell the story: even a good story can’t survive a bad reader. Here are some favorites:

Give the Gift of Reading: Kids

Need to do some last minute shopping? Not sure what to get those special people in your life? Share the joy of reading and the pleasure of books by giving a book as a gift this year. These books make great gifts and go beyond best sellers or 'Best of Year' lists! Books help kids learn, grow and imagine all year long!

Older Kids

Give the Gift of Reading: Teens and Adults

Need to do some last minute shopping? Not sure what to get those special people in your life? Share the joy of reading and the pleasure of books by giving a book as a gift this year. These books make great gifts and go beyond best sellers or 'Best of Year' lists! Books are my favorite gift! Give books to the ones you love.

Adults

Celestial Happenings

Tonight starting around 11:00 p.m. marks the start of a full lunar eclipse. Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, celebrated by many earth-centered religions. Want to learn more about these phenomena and how people celebrate the Solstice?

Yet Another End of the Year List

It seems like everyone from the New York Times to NPR is coming out with Best Books of the Year lists right now. As "best" is subjective,  I instead offer you some of my favorites in various categories. Most of these are 2010 books, but are some are older books that I first read or listened to this year.

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (no zombies): The Passage, Justin Cronin

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (with zombies): The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell, Feed, Mira Grant

Who is Temple Grandin?

I saw the film Temple Grandin last week and can not stop thinking about this amazing, inspirational, woman! Temple Grandin has authored several books about animal behavior and her experiences with autism and her extraordinary way of seeing the connections between the two.

Roaring Twenties

I confess--I often judge books by their covers. That is, I'm quickly drawn to things that have great design and a sense of style. So while I haven't seen a single episode of HBO's acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire, about Prohibition-era Atlantic City, I love the glitz, glamour, and gaudiness of the 1920s that it depicts.

If you've seen Boardwalk Empire, or even if, like me, you haven't, you might be interested in these books and movies related to the Roaring Twenties, Prohibition, and the Mob that ruled it all.

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