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KIDS - Recommended New Books

from The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by Dan Santat

Now that we are halfway through summer, are you looking for some great new books to read?  Here are some new favorites from staff across the Denver Public Library system that you can use to fill up your Summer of Reading folder!

Younger Readers:

Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind by Caroline Adderson. When Jasper's beloved Nan leaves for a week-long cruise, he has no idea what he will do to fill the long days until she returns. Every day she is gone, another adventure appears, until Jasper has many stories he can tell Nan when she comes home. This is the second book in the Jasper John Dooley series. Recommended by Carol, Children's and Family Manager.

Summer Solstice...Hurray!

Summer Days and Nights

Today is the Summer Solstice, or the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

As the earth revolves around the sun, the north pole is tilted toward the sun half the year and the south pole is tilted toward the sun the other half. Today is the day with the longest period of daylight because the sun takes its longest path through the sky. In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice always falls on June 20th, 21st or 22nd.

The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, takes place between December 21st and December 23rd. This occurs when the north pole is at maximum tilt away from the sun.

Little Free Libraries: Neighbors Creating Richer Communities

Our Little Free Library by Robin Filipczak

This spring, my family installed a Little Free Library in front of our home. Have you heard about these libraries? Founded in 2009, the Little Free Library movement seeks to:

promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide

build a sense of community as people share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

Owners can create their own library box or purchase one from Little Free Library and register on the organization's website. Library locations are then geolocated on a Google Map.

Congratulations, Tamora Pierce!

tamora pierce wearing a crown. she probably doesn't always wear one, but should.

I just learned that the ALA awarded Tamora Pierce the Margaret A. Edwards award for her Song of the Lioness quartet (Alanna) and the Protector of the Small quartet (Keladry). It doesn’t say this on the website, but it’s probably for her being generally awesome as well.

The thing I love about all of her books is that her female characters are strong and proud of who they are regardless of other people’s judgments. It’s sometimes hard to do that, even as an adult. She was committed to making books about strong young women who exist in the world as humans well before many of her peers in the fantasy world.

Fun Times in Fatherhood

Darth Vader and Son

Being a father can be tough, but it can also be a lot of fun. All of the sudden you can build forts, spend hours playing with Legos, and run around the backyard screaming like a pirate without people shaking their heads in disgust. As Father's Day is upon us, here are some great books that will make fathers smile and help them up their game.

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Feeling the Heat? Think About These Fall Books!

Fallen Women

Did you know that the library has many books on order 3-4 months ahead of their publication? Wish that you knew about things earlier so that you don't have to wait so long?

Here are some of the recently ordered October titles. Let us know which one you're the most excited about!

Fiction:

Dirty Love, Andre Dubus

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert

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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.

Strong Women in Sci-Fi and Fantasy-- now with clothes!

adrienne sati from the thief's covenant. she's probably up to something.

I think it’s relatively easy to think of really amazing sci-fi and fantasy off the top of your head if you read it at all. However, finding sci-fi and fantasy with strong women in it gets a little more difficult, and finding female protagonists that interact with other women and exist as beings unto themselves gets harder.

When I set the challenge to find sci-fi and fantasy that featured women who weren’t fan service, sidekicks, or the only woman in the book, I thought it would be relatively easy and definitely fun to research. After all, sci-fi and fantasy are making a comeback and there are so many great new books published every year. What we found instead is that even now it’s hard to find books written about women who exist as actual people. It’s easier in Teen fiction, but I think there’s more of a push and purpose in that area to make sure that young women and girls have people to look up to.

Virginia Village Branch Library Hosts the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile!

Digital Bookmobile

Saturday, June 15: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Digital Bookmobile is traveling coast to coast and making a special stop at the Virginia Village Branch Library. Denver Public Library has thousands of eBooks and audio eBooks just waiting to be downloaded.

At this free event readers of all ages will learn how to download eBooks and audio eBooks with instructional videos, interactive computer stations and a fully-loaded gadget gallery.

Continue the journey at DigitalBookmobile.com
or start your own by browsing Denver Public Library’s eBook and audio eBook collection.

A Cyborg Walks Into a Saloon: The Weird West

The Good, the Bad and the Infernal by Guy Adams

The Weird Western may not be a genre you are overly familiar with, but because of its growing popularity and unforgettable characters I recommend hunkerin' down for a spell with a handful of books and films that are fine examples of all the Weird West has to offer.

What is the Weird West you ask? The Weird West takes all your favorite nuggets from genres such as Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy and puts in them in an American West setting (or off-world in a place very much like the American West) and tells a story in a gritty and descriptive language that propels readers through each action-packed moment.

Weird West Books:

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