Reviews and Blog Posts: reading

The storied life of A. J. Fikry : a novel

by Gabrielle Zevin

Reviewer Rating:
5

- A.J. Fikry is a widower who owns a bookstore on an island off the coast of Massachusetts.  He’s a bit of an eccentric and is mourning his wife’s death but then two events happen - his personal copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tamerlane is stolen and a 25 month...

S.

by Doug Dorst

Reviewer Rating:
4

S. is two stories for the price of one. As a tribute to reading, S. explores and celebrates the adventure of the writer as well as the reader. The internal novel is well written and worth reading for the interesting story and the story in the margins is an amazing creative...

Book Friends Forever Book Club for Early Readers

Frindle

Join the Book Friends Forever early readers book club (K-2nd grade) for lively discussion, snacks, and crafts every month.

The Book Friends Forever meet one Wednesday a month in the Children's Pavilion at the Central Library. Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at 3:45 p.m. We will discuss Frindle by Andrew Clements. This funny story is about a boy who renames a pen "frindle" to spite his teacher and has to face the havoc that ensues. Frindle was unanimously voted in by all the kids in the group. 

Coming Soon...from Fresh City Life My Branch!

Get the scoop this week from DPL staff on technology and books!

Start your week with our Monday Morning Technology Open House at 11 a.m. on August 6 at Ross-University Hills. Staff will be on hand to answer any technology questions you may have. Have you been wanting to find out how to check out e-books from the library? This is the perfect chance to learn!

2011 Summer of Reading

Read With Me

Denver Public Library's popular Summer of Reading program is in full swing for 2011. Make sure the kids and teens in your life sign up online or at any branch library location through July 30.

For many years, Summer of Reading has been a great way to encourage kids and teens reading during their summer break. Keeping young readers engaged and curious about reading and learning prepares them for the upcoming school year by acting as a bridge to keep literacy and comprehension skills sharp. Also, it doesn't hurt that there are incentives to encourage our little bookworms to keep at it.

Celebrate Teen Read Week October 17-23

Teen Read Week Sticker by Talia, age 12

The theme for Teen Read Week 2010 is Books with Beat. Why is it important to celebrate teens and reading October 17-23 (and the rest of the year)? For a lot of reasons!

"Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun, and can be done anywhere! Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce." - American Library Association

2010 One Book, One Denver Title Chosen

One Book, One Denver

The 2010 One Book, One Denver selection has been chosen by popular vote!

UPDATE: The Help by Kathryn Stockett is the 2010 One Book, One Denver selection. For more information, please visit the One Book, One Denver page.

One Book, One Denver is Mayor Hickenlooper's citywide book club created to build community and stimulate people to read. Denver citizens, young and old, are encouraged to join others in the shared experience of simultaneously reading the same book and participating in related events.

Vote! 2010 One Book, One Denver Selection

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Voting will take place June 1 - 15 for the next One Book, One Denver title.
The 2010 One Book, One Denver selection will be chosen by popular vote! Rate each of the books, one to five stars. The top-ranked book will become the 2010 program selection, launching in September. Visit the DOCA (Denver Office of Cultural Affairs) website for more information and to cast your vote.

One Book, One Denver is Mayor Hickenlooper's citywide book club created to build community and stimulate people to read. Denver citizens, young and old, are encouraged to join others in the shared experience of simultaneously reading the same book and participating in related events.

This year's titles for consideration will be:

Do You Read With Your Kids?

The New York Times recently ran this article about Jim Brozina and his daughter Kathy, who read together each evening for 3,218 nights. Neither Kathy's involvement in theater and outings with friends or single dad Jim's dates got in the way of their commitment to read together.  If you think you don't have time to read with your kids, check out this story, and maybe be inspired to start a reading streak of your own.

 

If you need tips on how to read to your kids, want book suggestions, or want to see why reading with your children is important--no matter how old they are--check out the Grown Ups section of the Denver Public Library's Kids web page. Jim and Kathy's streak started during her fourth grade year and ended as of her first day of college. Could you get your kids excited to try to break their record?

Stone reader

Reviewer Rating:
4
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This is the story of a man determined to find the author of an obscure 70s novel, The Stones of Summer. It's safe to say the director is obsessed with finding the author. In the process he learns a lot about how great books just disappear from the literary radar.

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