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Happy Birthday, Isaac Asimov!

Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov on January 2, 1920 and died on April 6, 1992. During those 72 years, he wrote or edited over 500 books and was published in nine out of the ten Dewey Decimal categories.*

Biographies of Isaac Asimov include:

Let's Read Aloud!

Did you know that reading aloud with your family strengthens literacy skills for everyone, fosters a life-long love of reading, and gives eveyone happy memories of being together? You don't have to do voices or read like a pro to have fun and create happy memories! What book do you love to read aloud with your family?

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.

Blood Drive at Bear Valley

Helen Bonfils & George Somnes, Call Number: Rh-1241, WHG Collection

Give the gift of life - donate blood. Each week, Bonfils Blood Center needs more than 4,000 donors to meet the needs of our community and to be prepared in case of an emergency. Give blood on Thursday, January 6, 1:00-6:30 p.m at the Bear Valley Branch Library.

To schedule an appointment, please call (303) 363-2300 or visit their website.

Personal Inventory

The end of the year is often a time of personal reflection and goal setting. Whether you are looking for motivation, direction or are looking to assess or sharpen your skills, the library can help! Ask your local librarian to direct you to the Motivation and Conduct of Life sections of the library.

Generally, these books reside around the 153s or 158s, but specific titles or subjects you are looking for may be shelved elsewhere.

Sherlock Holmes: The Game is Afoot, Again and Again!

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are back — in many different guises. Not only are Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the process of filming Guy Ritchie's anticipated sequel to the motion picture that was a well-deserved box office hit in 2009, but Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star in Sherlock, a BBC TV adaptation set in present-day London that surprised me with its cleverness and creativity.

Sherlock, which recently aired on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery, was created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (co-creator of another great BBC series, Coupling), and they do a phenomenal job of mixing Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories with modern situations and technology.

Customize your own website

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Are you interested in learning how to customize your website a bit more?

Take these FREE classes at the Library:

January 3, 6–8 p.m.

Intro to HTML and CSS - Take a look at how HTML and CSS can help you expand upon your website development skills. Must have an email account to attend this class.

January 10, 6– 8 p.m.

Expanded Intro to HTML - Go a bit beyond the basics of HTML and discover a few more uses for this web development tool. PREREQS: Either attend Intro to HTML and CSS OR have some basic experience using HTML.

January 24, 6–8 p.m.

Sit and Knit

Join a group that is sure to please any fiber maven on January 4, 2011 from 10-12 a.m. at the Bear Valley Branch Library. If you are an experienced knitter, this is your opportunity to share your knowledge and if you’re a beginner, this is your chance to increase your knitting know-how. Fiber hosts: Kathy Orth and Charlotte Updike.

The library has books for knitters of all skill levels!

Why do we sing Auld Lang Syne at New Year's anyway?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And auld lang syne! 

What does that mean anyway?

Auld Lang Syne is based on a Scottish poem, attributed to Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns in 1788. Auld Lang Syne translates to "Old Long Since," and more roughly it means "long, long ago" or "days gone by." There are many verses to the traditional song and the deeper meaning lies within these stanzas. These verses expound on the glories of friendship, fellowship and hope for the future, while still honoring days gone by.

You can find Auld Lang Syne on the following CDs, plus many Christmas albums.

Happy Birthday Denzel Washington!

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954. He continues to be one of the most fascinating and deeply affecting actors on screen today. In addition to other awards, he won Best Supporting Actor for Glory in 1990; and the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2002 for his role in the film Training Day.

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