Reviews and Blog Posts: books

Resources for Great Travel

Want to see the best sights while travelling? Denver Public Library can help.

I just returned from a vacation during which my parents and I used several books to determine which sights to see. Quality books on a destination can be invaluable. DPL has a wide variety of books to check out.  If you tend to want to purchase books, you can always check out ours in order to determine which books you wish to buy.  We attempt to have the most current (including 2011) guides available, but please check them out early since many individuals already know about these resources.

Check out these popular guides plus others

May is Zombie Appreciation Month

World War Z by Max Brooks

May is Zombie Appreciation Month, here's a list of Zombie novels that are not to be missed!

Zombies Zombies everywhere and not a brain to eat!

A tribute

Cycling. The sport of professional cycling is one of the most unique, bizarre and passionate sports viewed and participated in worldwide.

Two days ago, pro-cyclist Wouter Weylandt from Belgium, age 26, died on a descent just 12.4 miles from the finish line during the Giro D'Italia pro-cycling tour of Italy.

The sport of professional cycling yields danger each day as cyclists bike up to 244 kilometers (+) or 155 miles per day for up to three weeks straight, with perhaps a two or three day break the entire time.

Parks

Need a place to play and rest?

Parks are wonderful places to play, hike, skateboard, play with a dog, take a walk, spend time with a significant other or do a variety of other activities. With many trees just beginning to flower, it is a great time to plan a visit so you can dream of summer. DPL has books and DVDs about state and national parks here in Colorado.

Eisner Award Nominees Announced

Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love

The nominees for the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced today. See the complete list here.

Whether you're a seasoned graphic novel reader or are new to the format, this list is a great place to find suggestions for what to read next. The nominees cover a wide range of categories, from continuing series to single issue, from publications aimed at kids, teens, and adults, to humor, reality-based, and anthologies. There are also specific awards for the all of the different artists who put their talents to work to make a graphic novel as a whole: writer, penciller/inker, painter, cover artist, lettering, and coloring.

Need some living space pizzazz?

Want to add some pizzazz to your living space?

I live in a 600 square foot loft apartment. It doesn’t feel small since the ceiling is so high. Yesterday I took a few minutes to look through a book about decorating small living spaces. The book provided some ideas that I plan to use. Whether your living space is large or small, you can use the books below to help you live more creatively.

Helpful Internet Sites

Have you wondered what tools we librarians use to find books and movies?

Have you ever tried unsuccessfully to find a book or movie in Denver Public Library’s catalog at midnight? Common websites often prove to be enormously helpful. We use Amazon at www.amazon.com to find titles and authors. The Internet Movie Database at www.imdb.com is what we use to find movie titles. Mid Continental Public Library has created a useful database for finding the order of children’s series.

Welcome Back, Request It!

Request It!

Denver Public Library’s Request It! service is back!

PLEASE NOTE: If your request is for an item coming out in February 2011 or later, we suggest waiting and checking the catalog periodically. The Library is busy processing orders for thousands of recently-released and forthcoming titles, so many of your requests may already be in our "to order" queue. Holding off on submitting purchase requests for a few weeks will help to maximize your 30 request per year limit.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

A Fresh Crop of Juicy Picture Books

Fall is the biggest season for exciting new books at the library.  Here are some of the fun new picture books you can share with your little ones.

Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly written by Carolyn Parkhurst and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino.  Five-year-old Henry is trying to put on a TV cooking show with his two-year-old sister Elliebelly. They're making raspberry-marshmallow-peanut butter waffles with barbecued banana bacon.

Paper Training Your Animal Spirit Guide

 I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil. -- Truman Capote

In conjunction with the Fresh City Life Series highlighting Truman Capote and his 1966 Black and White Ball, Denver Bookbinding Company is doing it up right for paper crafters and fans of DIY. DBBC recently launched their new bookNpaperlove branch of the business – highlighting learning experiences, crafting events, and bookmaking studios for… well, book and paper lovers. Great fall fun; sign up for one or two and enjoy!

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