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For the Birds

I just finished reading Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O'Brien, and it made me think of the other interesting stories of birds and bird watchers out there.

Wesley is a rescued wild bird who the author, a biologist, raises from when he is just days old. O'Brien's insights into owl behavior, along with this very personal story (and absolutely adorable pictures!), make this an interesting and thought-provoking read. If you're interested in finding out about the diversity of birds, try Sy Montgomery's Birdology: Lessons Learned from a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Cassowary.

Scotland Rocks!

When most people think of Scottish music, an image of a man in a plaid skirt comes to mind. But there's a lot more than bagpipes and fiddles going on north of Hadrian's Wall.

I'm the sort of person who really likes music, but who doesn't really care a lot about bands. My friends (who are in a very good band called My God Micah) must get exasperated with me because I never know who sings any song and am totally clueless about which bands play what shows where.

FROZEN!

Frozen

JUST LIKE THE SNOW OUTSIDE THIS MOVIE HAS PLENTY OF IT AS WELL.

So I just recently watched this movie FROZEN just because my hold list has gone down and I needed something to watch. I didn't even really think I would like it because I would never put myself in that type of situation. It starts off just normal but not boring where you would want to take it out of your DVD player. It does get pretty intense. I literally had my hands over my mouth because I got so into the movie! I really felt nervous as I watched the horror the people went through as the movie progressed.

kiss kiss bang bang!

Ashley & JaQuavis have done it again!

Well as most people who actually know me know, I love to read Urban Lit. I must say that KISS KISS BANG BANG was one of the most intense hood love stories I've read in 2010! It starts off really strong and keeps you so engrossed in the pages but then flashes back into the past to explain how this book got to the point where it is. The main character, Free, was just released from his 5 year bid in prison only to come out with Russians, who he use to work for, wanting half a million dollars in six months. WOW!

Alex Award Winners Announced

Today the Young Adult Library Services Association announced the winners of the Alex Awards. The Alex Awards are given to ten adult books, both fiction and nonfiction, that also appeal to young adults and were published during the previous year.

The 2011 Alex Award winners are:

Amelia Earhart, Queen of Aviation

Amelia Earhart and Frederick G. Bonfils, Rh-173

January 11 marks the 76th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's historic solo Pacific flight. The documentary Where's Amelia Earhart? explores her disappearance years later, as does an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. Can you name the 3 actresses who have recently portrayed Ms. Earhart on the silver screen?

Adventure is worthwhile in itself. 

- Amelia Earhart

Automated Handling What?!

Come on down to the Central Library for a full-on view of the fun and fantastic new automated handling system or sorter! You can see it in action through a viewing window on Level One. There's another one at the Schlessman Branch Library of which you may catch a glimpse through an open door when passing through.

The sorters are part of the Library's radio frequency identification (RFID) system implemented as part of the Better Denver Bond program. These sorters allow our staff to focus on serving you better. They also provide immediate return of your materials. And the items get back on the shelf faster for the next customer. Check out this video to see how it works.

Easy Steps to Managing Money for Financial Success

Dr. Taffy Wagner

Does your money work for you or against you? Join us to find out how to make your money work for you!

Money is a tool that everyone uses every day. But are you using it in the best way? Join Certified Educator of Personal Finance, Dr. Taffy Wagner, and learn how to make your money work for you! This event is happening on Sunday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Want to read more about personal finance? Try the 332 section of your local library, or look for some of these titles:

Going the distance!

Distance

You shouldn't pass this movie along.....

So I started to watch this movie with the mind-set this would be yet another romantic comedy. But it turned out to go a little serious at times because anyone could actually be put into that type of situation and it's not very funny. I must say Justin Long has come a long way in his acting career. I couldn't really buy into his character in JEEPERS CREEPERS after I saw DODGEBALL.

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?

 

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