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It's That Time of Year Again...

Blood, Bones & Butter

I enjoyed doing a nontraditional favorites of the year list last year, so thought I'd compile my favorite reads of 2011, in various categories, as the year comes to a close.

Favorite Cookbook:
Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites.
Everything I've done from this book so far has been wonderful. The Brie & Apple Tart will be Christmas morning breakfast at our house, and later we'll have the Rocky Road Pie!

Teens! Get Ready for Blue Spruce Voting Time!

Did you know that the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award is voted on ONLY by teens in 6th-12th grades? Here's your chance to help decide the most popular books for middle and high school students in Colorado!

The Denver Public Library will help you vote this year starting December 1! In order to vote, you need to have read at least THREE of the nominated titles, so start now! Voting will run from December 1-31, and can be done in person at any library branch or through DPL's Teen website. Anyone in 6th-12th grade can vote! We'll post our very own DPL winner in January along with the official state winner!

The 2011 Nominees, chosen by teens all over Colorado, are:

Recent Reads on Differences

As a person with a disability, I am always interested in new books about others who live with differences.

I have read three books lately. In The Anti-Romantic Child, Priscilla Gilman who is an expert on the poet, Wadsworth, intertwines his poetry as she describes her journey as a mother of a son with special needs. Elizabeth Bonker is an adolescent who has autism and writes poetry, though she is unable to speak. I Am in Here describes her life and how her parents have helped her.

Money Money

Lost and Found : Unexpected Revelations about Food and Money by Geneen Roth

Money! Money! We all need it and there’s never enough of it! 

You already know about using the library to borrow DVDs, books and music. Have you used the Value Line database to better understand your investments? Check out the many materials that DPL has to assist in saving and investing money.

KIDS - Recommended New Books

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids.  Here are some new books, both sweet and creepy, that we are excited to share with you for fall.

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider.  James is a very, very picky eater.  His dad has tried everything to get him to eat, but then he starts telling really weird stories about their meals to try to convince James to eat.  Did you know that there is a troll who cooks for us and if you don't like his food he'll have to go back to working at the rat circus?  This funny book will tickle picky and adventurous readers alike.  Recommended by Lisa from the Westwood branch.

Terry Pratchett

I heard Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series and other books, discuss his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

With the use of a computer-based dictation system, he is able to write. In the NPR interview, Pratchett discussed his efforts to make assisted suicide an option for himself and others. For now he is content to keep writing.

School Lunch Scramble

Top 100 Recipes for a Healthy Lunchbox

As a teenager, I went to a private school which did not provide hot meals most days.

I remember the regular scramble to pack 5 sack lunches – 4 for children (me and my siblings) and 1 for my mother.  If you find yourself in the same situation, hopefully one of the books below will slightly ease the school lunch scramble.

Back to School Resources

Are you a parent attempting to get your children ready to go back to school?

Children and teens may have spent hours reading to earn prizes through the Summer of Reading Program, but what do they need to know to be ready for math or science or any other subject? We have two series of books which can assist parents in knowing what their children need to know. Amy James has written Kindergarten Success through Fourth Grade Success.

KIDS - Recommended New Books

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids.  If you're looking for some new titles to keep you reading until school begins, here are some that we recommend.

Younger Readers:

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Michael Connelly!

Michael Connelly, born July 21, 1956, is a popular author you may or may not know.  If you want to know more about Michael Connelly or any other author, our database Literature Resource Center can help.

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