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Watch Your Languages

Yiddish with Dick and Jane

As we are rearranging the books in the Central library as part of the Central Library Bond Improvements, we are unearthing many treasures that deserve attention. We have relocated many of our books that are in world languages and much of the 400s.

The library has many items in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Don't see your favorite language? Be sure to try Interlibrary Loan for even more choices!

Garden-to-Table Eating

Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes Cover

As summer comes to a close and the garden has much to offer, I have been thinking a lot about garden-to-table eating. The new wave of localized eating and knowing the source of one's food has led to many beautiful cookbooks that help you make the most of your garden.

Even if you skipped the heirloom Lemon Oxheart tomatoes this year, Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes provides many stunning photos and recipes, as well as inspiration for next year's garden plan.

I, for one, left out the potato patch this season, but the following recipe for herbed french fries cannot be missed.  The volunteer Purple Peruvian Fingerling potatoes in my backyard will soon go under the knife to be made into these:

 

International Read Comics in Public Day

LENORE

Saturday is the first ever International Read Comics in Public Day! It also happens to be Jack Kirby's birthday! Whether you read manga, graphic novels or classic Archie comics, share your love of reading!

My Favorite Comic Books

Happy 90th Birthday 19th Amendment!

Not for ourselves alone. The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

What's the big deal about the 19th amendment? In addition to giving women the right to vote, it was an integral moment in the civil rights and equality movements. Victory took decades and few of the initial supporters lived to see their dream realized. Ratified 90 years ago today, we celebrate our freedoms and those who inspired them.

Our 19th amendment guarantees, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Tennessee provided the requisite approval of three-fourths of the states, being the 36th state to ratify the amendment.

Chew and Review: Culinary Magazine Collection

Bon Appetit cover

Have you ever noticed the fantastic collection of cooking magazines at your local library? I'm kind of addicted to them. This week's recipe review will be picked from your favorite of three: Bon Appetit, Cook's Illustrated or Cooking Light. Take the poll and help me choose!

Right after I gave birth to my son, I found it difficult to complete an entire novel so I started checking out the library's magazines. Reading in short spurts; I could do that! And what a great variety. I especially appreciate the culinary magazines:

Download audio eBooks to your iPhone -- without a computer!

Getting Started With Overdrive Media Console

OverDrive iPhone app and Denver Public Library audio books -- at last!

I just discovered the OverDrive Media Console application for my iPhone! Now it's possible to find, download and listen to audio books without plugging your phone into a computer. This is nice if you're like me and don't want to haul around a laptop everywhere you go. Awesome. It's available at the iTunes Store for free! Add the OverDrive application to your iPhone or iTouch first, then start shopping!

Meet the New Colorado Poet Laureate

Ludlow by David Mason

Did you know that Colorado has its very own Poet Laureate? David Mason is our newest poet laureate. Appointed to a 4-year term, Mason is committed to bringing poetry to each of Colorado's colorful counties.

In addition to being our Poet Laureate, Mason is a professor at Colorado College. His latest work, Ludlow, tells the story of a few immigrants in southern Colorado and the Ludlow Massacre of 1914. It was named best poetry book of 2007 by the Contemporary Poetry Review and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Works by Mason include:

August 24

What do Paulo Coelho, James Tiptree Jr. and Orson Scott Card all have in common? In addition to being award winning novelists - today, August 24, is their birthday!

Learn more about these and other authors using the database Literature Resource Center, available from home with your library card!

James Tiptree, Jr

Who is Richard Castle?

Naked Heat

Mysterious fictional author Richard Castle releases his second book, Naked Heat, on September 28. Fans of the show will be happy to know that the new season of Castle starts on September 20.

Richard Castle is inspired by mystery novelists and TV writers like Stephen J. Cannell and James Patterson. Both best-selling authors make cameos on the television show. The first book written by Castle, Heat Wave, was not only featured in the show but was an important plot point in one of last season's episodes.

Farming, Anyone?

The Bucolic Plague (book cover image)

With so much talk about food safety, organic produce, and local eating, do you ever have the urge to just move to the country and start your own farm?

That's what Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner did, and you can read all about the ups and downs of shifting from New York ad exec (and former drag queen) to farmer in The Bucolic Plague.

You may be familiar with The Fabulous Beekman Boys from their TV show on Planet Green.

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