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Enigma: How the Poles Broke the Nazi Code by Władysław Kozaczuk & Jerzy Strasz

Intrigued by codes, ciphers and those who break them? The PBS mystery Bletchley Circle introduced a new audience to the fascinating world of decryption.

Susan, Mille, Lucy and Jean harness all their experience gained as codebreakers at Bletchley Park to find a killer. Bletchley Park is an estate and at one time, ground zero for English codebreaking activities during WWII.

Right Neighborly

Getty Image - Man smacking his head and standing behind white picket fence.

Ah, home sweet home...um, maybe. That urban castle of solace can quickly turn into one of strife if you are plagued by nosey or noisy neighbors.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood never prepared us for the Griswolds and Mr. & Mrs. Smiths of the world. Now that the weather is improving, you can't rush past your neighbor because it's too cold to chat. So how can you move from avoidance to acceptance and appreciate the neighbors you have?

Holiday Magic

Cee Lo's Magic Moment

Amp up any holiday party with new tunes or remakes of Christmas classics. Whether you prefer R&B, country or jazz music, there is much to choose from in 2012 to complement your favorites.

Hold lists are started for new Christmas albums by these artists. Place your holds online or give us a call. We are happy to help!

 

Cowboy Crazy

Cover for A Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree by Janet Dailey

Frazzled just thinking about the holidays? From Montana to Texas, the cowboy rules hearts so take time out to enjoy a western flavored romance!

These new titles will have you racing to the end.  Need help finding a romance title? We are happy to help!

Freedom Blues

Jafar Panahi and Nasrin Sotoudeh, 2012 Award Winners

Weary of the election? Does a world without oppositional speech sound perfectly dreamy? Don't rush to give away your civil liberties just yet.

The 2012 Sakharov Freedom of Thought Award is a reminder of the human rights our fellow citizens of the world don't enjoy. Awarded by the European Parliament since 1988 and named after the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, the Prize honors those who have made an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy.

Denver Sings

GALA Choruses Festival 2012

Do your shower acoustics assist in delusions of stardom? Do you secretly await the lone elevator ride or duck into a stairwell to break out in song? Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of a choir?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you won't want to miss over 6,000 voices and 200 performances of the GALA Festival 2012. The streets of downtown Denver are going to be filled with the sound of music. Gleeks and groupies of Gareth Malone, choirmaster who is changing communities one song at a time on BBC's The Choir, will turn out in force.

The Dance Lane Is Open

Don Cornelius, creator & host of Soul Train

Don Cornelius and Dick Clark had us learning new dance moves beyond shake, rattle and roll.

Soul Train and American Bandstand set styles, pop culture trends, and introduced new artists to teens of all ages! I owe my  f-i-n-e dance skills to Soul Train while my neighbor says he collected 45s for artists appearing on American Bandstand. My friend Nancy remembered Madonna's performance on Clark's show, one of her first television appearances.

Here are a few of my favorite performers appearing on Soul Train:

Taxing Consequences

Douglas H. Shulman

Meet Douglas H. Shulman, the 47th Commissioner of the Internal Revenue. He presides over the Internal Revenue Service and probably doesn't have time for too many movies.

If he did relax with a movie before April 17 (this year), he might like one of the following comedies or dramas depicting everything from rogue I.R.S. agents to creative tax preparers. And if you can't find a connection, watch them again employing six degrees of separation between the film characters and the I.R.S.!

The Great Stone Face

Cover image from Buster:  A Legend in Laughter by Larry Edwards

Fans of The Artist may enjoy the antics of comedic film star Buster Keaton.

Raised performing vaudeville with his parents, Keaton's big break came in 1917 when he appeared in "Fatty" Arbuckle's The Butcher Boy. By the 1920s, Keaton had his own studio. Inspired by Mathew Brady's Civil War photographs, Keaton wrote and starred in The General - often considered the best film of its era.

"Oh my dears, is it really true?"

Maggie Smith as Lady Grantham

Yes, it's true! Downton Abbey concludes its second season on PBS and we’re in for a long wait before the third season arrives next year.

After winning a list of awards, including Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Outstanding Miniseries, Downton Abbey groupies are pondering how to manage during the interim.

To help us through the rough patch, we have compiled a list of titles (books and films) to keep you entertained. Whether you’re in the mood for Downton-style storytelling or non-fiction that examines life and relationships in an Edwardian country house, the Library has something for everyone.

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