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The Passing of a Legend

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

I have loved and admired Robin Williams' work ever since I first watched him as the lovable hyperactive alien Mork from TV's Mork and Mindy (photo courtesy of Darsie, Wikimedia Commons). It seemed that even scripted material became improvisation when in the hands of The Master Improv Artist Extraordinaire!

Scintillating Science

Periodic Table of the Elements cupcakes (Chemical Heritage Foundation)

Forget spring, science is in the air! It's everywhere, even on cupcakes (photo courtesy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation).

Science is in our schools - well, OK, it has always been there but is getting a new emphasis (or should I say renewed emphasis) in Colorado schools through the Colorado Department of Education's STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education program designed to help students become better prepared for higher education and life beyond high school.

John Green Is My Hero!

John Green (photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore) - author, vlogger, tweeter, teacher, activist, Nerdfighter Extraordinaire - is my hero. His brother Hank is a very close second on my hero scale, as well. And yes, I am now a proud Nerdfighter, too, fighting suck and doing my best to increase awesome!

What an inspiration these brothers are - sharing their energy, creativity, knowledge, passion, innovation, and let's face it, just plain genius, with the world. 

Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Announced

Image: Book Sticker 2012 Man Booker Prize

I loved every Man Booker Prize winning novel I've read: The White Tiger, Life of Pi, Midnight's Children,The English Patient.

And I always thought I had read more of them then I actually have.

Garrison Keillor at Red Rocks

Garrison Keillor and his A Prairie Home Companion show will be at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this Thursday, July 18th, at 7:30 pm. If you were lucky enough to be able to get a ticket you are in for a treat!

For all of you hard core Prairie Home Companion fans who just can't get enough of news from Lake Wobegon or Keillor's wit and humor, or for all you Wobegon newbies who would enjoy folksy, intelligent, charming tales of small town Minnesotan life, have we got some great stuff for you!

If Lake Wobegon literature is your cup of tea, Denver Public Library has these Lake Wobegon fiction titles:

Wobegon Boy

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe

The Denver Post called him the Father of African Literature and quoted African scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah as saying that he didn't just influence African literature, he invented it.  Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author, poet, and professor, passed away last Thursday in Boston.    

Achebe was critical of the portrayal of African people and civilization in Western literature as barbaric or inarticulate, and worked to change this false perception through his own works and through the founding of Okike, a Nigerian literary magazine.  He was active in Nigerian politics and government, sometimes at the risk of his own safety.  He was awarded The Man Booker International Prize in 2007.

Here is a sampling of his titles available through Denver Public Library:

His novels:

March is National Nutrition Month

In honor of National Nutrition Month we will have Registered Dietitians visiting the Green Valley Ranch Branch on Monday, March 18 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the Central Library on Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

These nutrition experts will be on hand to talk about healthy eating and the USDA's new MyPlate dietary guidelines, along with any other food and diet questions you may have.

Maps and More...

Fall is a fabulous time to get out and enjoy Colorado's amazing scenery.

Whatever you love to do or have been wanting to try, we've got you covered. If you love to camp, you may want to check out Camping Colorado: A Comprehensive Guide to Hundreds of Campgrounds by Melinda Crow.

Or maybe you're looking for some fun, interesting hikes? These guidebooks may be right up your alley:

Xu Beihong Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum

Xu Beihong Exhibit

I've just walked through the Xu Beihong Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum and was blown away.  The exhibit includes ink and watercolor (my favorites), charcoal drawings, pastels, and oil paintings.  I loved the way the ink and watercolor works are mounted on very large scrolls surrounded by what looks like exquisite silk fabric in colors and textures that complement the artwork.  The pieces are absolutely stunning!

The exhibit emphasizes Xu Beihong's importance and influence in establishing a modern style in Chinese art while maintaining Chinese art's traditional roots.  The short informational film played at the start of the exhibit says that he was one of the very first Chinese artists to travel to Europe and train with Western artists, and he brought some of those techniques back to China, sharing what he learned with other artists.

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