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I Love You, Man

Female friendship has been celebrated in movies widely even before Beaches was a blockbuster, but it isn't until recently that male friendships also received the same cinematic treatment. Bromances celebrate the brotherly love and friendship between two men and are often hysterical!

Many of the films on this list are written, directed, and/or produced by Judd Apatow. I think it is safe to assume that he is quite the bromantic.

Film Classics for the Whole Family

Looking for a film your whole family will enjoy? The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together by Ty Burr gives lots of suggestions and talking points to introduce even the smallest child to film classics. Tired of watching the same Spongebob movie time and time again? Try one of these classic films!

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!

TuneGlue Finds New Music For You

If you are looking to widen your musical horizons based on musical groups or artists that you already enjoy, I recommend using the online tool TuneGlue. Next time you are browsing the library's music collection you will be supplied with new artists to discover and treasure!

When you first pull up the website, you might be underwhelmed at the sheer sparseness of it. Start by searching for a musical artist or group that you like. After searching, a little record icon pops up. Click on the icon and then on "Expand" - you will be given a handful of different artists or groups that you may also enjoy. Click on any of the bands or musical artists to generate even more leads. Sometimes, the connections overlap and create a web of suggestions.

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.

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