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Adult inspiration found in kid-friendly crafts

As a kid I marked time not by the seasons but by events. My most favorite event was the annual back to school shopping trip. My siblings and I would munch down on K-Mart’s blue light special sandwiches and parade like five hungry caterpillars collecting our yellow no. 2 pencils, pink erasers, and crayons. There is nothing like opening up a new box of crayons and breathing deeply.

I still celebrate the season by taking stock in my apartment. What needs a fresh coat of paint or where I can add new color? Renovation expectations are managed by a limited budget and talent. I rely on the experts like Todd Oldham, Libby Langdon, and Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan but the library has so many talented designers you can take home for a weekend.

KIDS - Recommended New Books

cover image from Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

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 summer.

 Books for younger readers:

I Barfed on Mrs. Kenly by Jessica Harper is the third book in the "Uh-oh Cleo" series.  On her way to a birthday party, too many pancakes catch up with Cleo and she barfs on her friend's mom's fancy coat!  Recommended by Val from Virginia Village.

Teens - Win an Autographed Copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan!

Children's Collection Specialist Gwen Vanderhage with the authors.

Hey teens! Are you a John Green and David Levithan fan? Here's your chance to win an advance reader's copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson that has been autographed by both authors!

Here's how it works:

Batman in 2010

Kapow!

Bam! Pow! Kapow! If your graphic novel or comic collecting allowance has taken a hit, never fear, the library is here! The Library has all the best graphic novel collections for all ages. Batman is DC Comics beloved Dark Knight who works outside the system. Created by the artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, he made his first appearance in 1939. Check out some of the great bat books that have come out so far this year!

Illustrious Fiction of India

India's rich cultural history, sophistication and allure make it a rich tapestry in which skilled authors can weave their tales. Complex social structures combined with lyric prose and mythical elements generally typify these works, but each thread is rich with its own detail and artistry.

Eat What You Grow

If you love gardening, and you love eating, nothing is better than growing your own food. Denver Urban Homesteading is an organization that offers classes and agricultural activities for everyone!

Want to know more about backyard chickens? Be sure to read all about it on Gwen's blog!

Things to do in the Dark

Were you among the thousands to lose power on Monday? Not sure what to do when there is no TV, no Xbox, and no electricity? Be prepared for power outages by stocking up on great books from the library, in addition to candles, matches, flashlights, batteries, and a radio! Stay safe and stay entertained with a little help from these great books.

What's your favorite non-electrified activity?

For the whole family:

For the couple:

One Day - July 15th

I woke up this morning and realized that today is July 15th, a major theme of the novel I'm currently reading - One Day by British author, David Nicholls. I can't tell you everything since I'm only in the middle of it but I couldn't resist writing about it on this day.

Nicholls follows two characters over twenty years of July 15ths, tracing the path of their changing lives and relationship. They say if you like Nick Hornby, author of A Long Way Down, About a Boy, and High Fidelity, you'll love this. ; It's all the rage in the UK. I don't have a verdict yet but am compelled enough to keep going - it's easy summer fare.

If you didn't wake up singing the Marseillaise, c'est la vie

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The lush Loire Valley, fragrant pain au chocolat, soaring Eiffel Tower, and haute couture may be thousand miles away. A good read for the Francophile is not.

Beacoup fiction, travelogues, and memoirs abound with French and Parisian themes:

George Steinbrenner 1930-2010

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Controversial baseball legend, George Michael "The Boss" Steinbrenner III, owner of the New York Yankees, has passed away, a week after his 80th birthday.

Many books have been written about Mr. Steinbrenner. Regarding himself, he said, "I'm really 95 percent Mr. Rogers, and only 5 percent Oscar the Grouch."

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