Reviews and Blog Posts: Winter

Monsieur Lazhar

Reviewer Rating:
4

  An unfortunate accident leads to the demise of the French teacher in a suburban school and an immigrant from Algeria is hired to replace her. He soon finds though that helping children deal with grief is no small feat especially given the principal's desire for life to return to...

Play Areas at a Glance

It’s cold out! How about a nice spot to play indoors?

Many of Denver Public Library’s locations have designated play areas or play-times for children to enjoy.

Playing helps children build vocabulary, develop verbal communication, and think symbolically all while having fun. Check out how beneficial play can be for your little one.

Denver Public Library locations with play options:

Cobweb bride

by Vera Nazarian

Reviewer Rating:
4

In a fictional, Renaissance-era, European country, Death wants a wife and, until he finds her, he's calling a halt to taking souls.  Oh, you can still die, as demonstrated by dismembered soldiers, assassinated princesses and butchered animals, but the spirit remains in your animated corpse.  Despite appearances, this is not...

Winter Fun With Froggy

Froggy Gets Dressed

It's about to get cold in Denver! If you're looking for some indoor fun for your little one try brainstorming creative activities after reading a favorite picture book.

I love Jonathan London's Froggy books, and one of my favorites is Froggy Gets Dressed. Froggy doesn't care that frogs are supposed to hibernate in winter. He's ready to play in the snow. He is so excited to go outside that, despite his mother's reminders, he forgets to put on the appropriate winter garb.

Here are a few fun things you can do after reading this book:

'The Sun is Low': Aspects of the Winter Solstice

Winter solstice, Newgrange, Ireland.

I have news for you: 

The stag bells, winter snows, summer has gone

Wind high and cold, the sun low, short its course

The sea running high...

       -- Anonymous, Ireland, 9th Century
 

Stags and sea?  In Denver?  Not so much, but wind and cold are certainly ...usually ...typical of winter on the Front Range.  And darkness?  Oh yes.  Daylight has been in steady decline since the autumnal equinox on September 22, and will not increase until after the winter solstice on December 21.  Whether you are a modern commuter coping with

Hearty Winter Meals

Crazy for Casseroles, by James Villas

On chilly, dark winter nights, we all want to eat something hearty.  We need comfort and simplicity, but without spending an entire evening in the kitchen.  One-pot meals and casseroles are the answer and Denver Public Library has plenty of helpful cookbooks!  Need some titles to satisfy your hunger and keep you warm?

Recent years have given us many new cookbooks that emphasize convenience, with a focus on one-pot meals and spending less than an hour on family dinner.  On the other hand, casseroles may require some assembly, but these new cookbooks have given us fantastic updates to old-fashioned classics.  It's hard to beat the all-in-one combination of vegetables, grains, and protein- especially when the flavors touch on all of our tastes.  The leftovers are nice, too!

How about a recipe that uses up day-old rice and is a snap to prepare?

 

Your Library Card: Your Ski Pass' Best Friend

Heading to the slopes this season? Whether you prefer the bunny hill or the black diamond, don't forget to stop at the library for free music to listen to during the drive, and books on how to improve your cruising and carving. At your local library, head to the nonfiction section and look for the call number 796.93!

Chill Out

Love the snow? Chill out with these frosty films featuring blizzards, snowy locales and even a few cold-hearted killers. Whether you are looking for flurries of laughter or showers of tears, the library has a film for you.

Winter Sports Films

Not enough winter sports on TV for you? Check out this list of seriously cool winter sports films. Featuring the best and funniest of hockey, ice skating, curling, and skiing films.

Waiting for winter

by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Reviewer Rating:
5

A deer tells a squirrel about snow, "White and wet and cold and soft." The squirrel decides to stay awake this winter and see the snow. The squirrel's attempts to stay awake (vigorous exercise, singing sea shanties) wake up a hedgehog and a squirrel, who also want to see this...

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