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Country Side of Life

Academy of Country Music Awards

You don't have to be a fan or regular listener of country music to enjoy a good awards show. The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards will be televised live on Sunday, April 3.

Two of my favorite ACM catagories for the 2011 awards are entertainer of the year and album of the year. Like most protagonists in a country music song, I am looking for a change and hope the academy gives a nod to Aldean or Lambert for entertainer of the year.

If you need a refresher on a performer's talents, listen to one of the CDs by a nominated artist:

The Shorty Awards

Shorty Awards

The 3rd annual Shorty Awards are being hosted from NYC live Monday, March 28! The awards show honors the best of short, real-time content with 140 characters or less on Twitter.

Addicted to text messaging? Then you may enjoy Twitter. Likened to text messaging on the Internet, I am hooked on Twitter. Learn how to tweet (send a message) with the best of your tweeps (Twitter + peeps) with the variety of help guides available at the Library.

Miss Jackson

Cover art for Janet Jackson's Number One

Don't have a ticket to her concert April 6?

The Library has a selection of Miss Jackson's CDs and DVDs to host a staycert in your own home.

Sample of CDs available:

Music DVDs include:

To Life!

Fanny Brice spelling out Jell-O in Baby Snooks voice - Martha Holmes, 1946

The Singer Gallery, located in the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, is featuring a new exhibit of images from LIFE Magazine, "the first all photographic news magazine" launched by TIME founder Henry Luce.

Over 60 images by popular photojournalists are represented including Margaret Bourke-White and John Loengard.   They captured life in America and abroad, giving beauty and sadness diverse faces to those at home.  If you can't make it to the  exhibit or want to learn more about the people behind the cameras, take a look at these titles available at the Library:

Rock On Brett Saunders

Bret Saunders

Colorado is home to fantastic radio stations and one of them is 97.3 FM KBCO: World Class Rock.  The popular morning show hosted by Brett Saunders highlights new music, books, and current events.

If you miss any of the shows, the KBCO website features podcasts with authors and musicians.  Always behind on who is trending in rock, I get the 411 by reviewing the "Top 20 on demand."  Did you know the Library offers many artists who are featured?  Check it out!  

Vote Now!

Vote Now

The 42nd annual Dove Awards are being televised on Easter Sunday, April 24. Place your vote now for Artist of the Year!

Can't recall your favorites? WOW Hits and WOW Gospel are soulful cds to help you review last year's hits. (Tip: 2011 WOW Gospel is now on order!)

If you want celebration for the weekend or want to compare the contenders for Artist of the Year, spin one of the following:

Design and Circumstance

Small Things Considerd:  Why There is No Perfect Design

Henry Petroski is an extraordinary engineer who has been called the "poet laureate of technology." He explores the histories of everyday things and exposes them as engineering marvels.

Favorite titles include:

Voice Actors Make it Possible

Enduring the same cartoons and repeats of Disney full-length feature films with kids can be exhausting.  To make it through the fifth showing of SpongeBob SquarePants, I now play a game:  Whose voice is that?!  

Many actors are now leading double lives as voice actors or voiceover actors.  Their talents make watching repeats possible for me.  Here are a few of my recent discoveries:

History of the Red Cross Movement

Red Cross

When a humanitarian crisis strikes, international members of the Red Cross movement (including the Red Crescent) are there to help.

Jean Henri Dunant, a Swiss businessman, founded the movement after his life was forever changed witnessing and recalling the Battle of Solferino in 1859. Dunant was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1901 along with Frédéric Passy who helped found a French peace movement.

Making Time for Horology

Breguet No. 1188. Tourbillon, The Hermitage Museum

How do you measure your 24 hours? Horology, the art and science of measuring time, has kept horologists like watchmakers and clockmakers busy for centuries.

While in the stacks I discovered a comprehensive work on Breguet time pieces. Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823) has been called the father of modern horology due to the mechanical advancements and inspired craftsmanship he employed in his designs. I won't give up my high school Timex but I sure can appreciate Breguet's work.

Curious about other titles featuring the best of horological advances and the physics of time? These titles will get you started:

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