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Change Agents: Bell and Jobs

Derrick Bell

Derrick Bell and Steve Jobs both died on Wednesday but the similarities don't end there. Both men would not be deterred by those who could or would not believe.

Derrick Bell spent his professional life exposing racisim in the legal system and higher education.  He encouraged members of diverse groups to tell their stories as a way of building support and community, something he felt scholarship alone could not do.  

Heavy Metal to Medal

The band Godsmack

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (and half marathon) is rolling into Denver on October 9, 2011.  The race will have bands performing at various points throughout the course and rap up with a post run concert.

The idea of running makes me *cry* so I sought recommendations for music that will push and pump me up!  Friends tell me my regular diet of Broadway show tunes won't cut it and I need some music that will help me *roar* even if I am walking, moshing, and thrashing my way through.  Here are a few heavy metal recommendations from the Library's collection:

The Days of Awe

Matzo Balls for Breakfast by Alan King & Friends

The Days of Awe began with Rosh Hashanah and ends with the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur.

Even if you don't celebrate the holidays, the Library has a variety of titles to help you learn more about Jewish traditions and customs. Nonfiction titles like Days of Awe and The Yom Kippur Anthology are interesting guides.  Stories about growing up Jewish are a more personal, intimate way to celebrate and immerse yourself in another person's experience.  

Favorite memoirs include: 

Cassowaries, Quetzels, and . . . Elves?

Quetzel

A recent after hours lecture at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science yielded a bit more than stuffed animals. The world class dioramas include a bit of whimsey by one artist.

Usually painters sign their work with their name but Kent R. Pendleton, one of the diorama artists, painted elves (some argue they are leprechauns) into his work. The Museum staff know visitors with binoculars usually mean one thing: elf hunt!

Interested in learning more about the role and history of nature and science museums in the United States?

The following books will get you started!

Five Fall Favorites

When Harry Met Sally

Fall is here!

The leaves are turning and the color show has begun.

If you can't get enough of fall, these five flicks will keep you in the autumnal mood. Enjoy!

Podcast to Book

Ife Head

If you liked the BBC hit podcast, A History of the World in 100 Objects, you won't want to miss seeing the images in the new book featuring all 100 objects.

The series explores the microhistories of artifacts from Ife sculpture to the modern day credit card. Together, the objects weave a story of humankind. The podcasts are still available for download while you're on the hold list for the book.

The following titles are just a few of my favorite microhistories. The Library has many more titles to choose from so look for your favorite things too.

Check it Out!

Waka Flocka Who?

Top Twenty

Interested in new artists and old favorites? Check out the top 20 most requested albums to date for 2011.

Waka Flocka Flame's newest album is on order while Adele is holding fast with two albums in the top 5! Various compilations also make the list including a new tribute album to Billie Holiday.

Don't delay, get yourself on hold for these today! If you need assistance, we are happy to help

Sharpe's Tribute

Shannon Sharpe holding NFL Hall of Fame bust

What makes a person successful?  For Shannon Sharpe, his grandmother and the three Ds (determination, dedication, and discipline) are the foundation of his success.

My Dad recorded Sharpe's enshrinement speech into the NFL's Hall of Fame to share with me.  I am so grateful because the speech is an inspirational testimony to the power of love and self knowledge.  Sharpe asks people to separate the popular public persona from the person.  He is passionate about the support he received from his community and family but especially the legacy left by his grandmother, Ms. Mary Potter.  She sadly passed away a month before the awards ceremony.

Fall Home Projects

tool bag

With the end of summer approaching, the planning for fall home repair projects begins.  Grab a notebook and let the list making magic begin!

Hometime's how-to dvds help the novice and pro alike with planning and implementing all types of home repair.

The Library has many more home repair dvds and books to choose from if you don't find what you need below.  Check it out!

Children and AIDS

Ryan White

The 24th Annual AIDS Walk Colorado is taking place August 13, 2011.  Who will you walk for?

 

Parents all over the world have lost children of all ages to AIDS.  Generations of families have been destroyed in Africa due to this disease.  Newspapers report the statistics but children and those who care for them, are the most articulate about the impact of AIDS on their lives.

Nasdijj says it best when asked why anyone would adopt a child with AIDS in his memoir The Boy and the Dog are Sleeping: "Because one comes to you.  Because you can."

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