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A World Tour of Healthy Eating

Eating well can be as fun and diverse (and delicious) as ever with cookbooks and recipes created to promote health and wellness. 

The great divide for many of us is the chasm between good tasting, satisfying foods and healthy, nutrient-dense fare. But the library shelves are groaning with great cookbooks that will help you bridge the perceived gap between delicious and nutritious. Here are a couple suggestions:

Happy Winnie the Pooh Day!

The House on Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day! British author Alan Alexander Milne was born on January 18, 1882 and is the creator of everyone's favorite silly old bear and all of his pals in the Hundred Acre Wood! Celebrate with a spot of something sweet and a good book shared with dear friends! Reread the classic stories in The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne.

Winnie the Pooh's story begins on a pleasant day in 1924 when Christopher Robin Milne, the author's son, visited the London Zoological Gardens and encountered a real life Black Bear named Winnie who preferred condensed milk to honey! The original stuffed animals which inspired the beloved and timeless tales are on display in the New York Public Library. Mr.

Staged Reading from I Never Saw Another Butterfly

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day -- Sunday, January 27

I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Staged Readings by Our Youth
Sunday, January 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

2012 Favorites

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

As "best of" lists are in the eye of the beholders, instead I offer some of my 2012 favorites, in various categories, in hopes that one or more will speak to someone! Here's to another great year of books in 2013!

Book I think everyone should read: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. You'll either gain insight into yourself, or someone you live with, love, work with, or parent.

Cookbooks that have become staples in my kitchen: Both from America's Test Kitchen, Simple Weeknight Favorites and Slow Cooker Revolution

Our Favorite Books from 2012

The Dog Stars

Looking for some great books to read in 2013? DPL readers' advisors recently got together to talk about our favorite books from the past year. Here are a few of our picks.

Fiction

Introducing Personalized Reading Lists

Book display

Looking for a great book to read? We're here to help! Connecting readers with books to love is something we’ve been proud to do for a long time. And this week, we’re pleased to introduce a new online service that makes it easier than ever to request a personalized reading list.

Click here to access the request form. Let us know a little bit about your reading tastes – your favorite (and least favorite) books and authors, and what kinds of books you’re in the mood to read. A readers’ advisory librarian will create a custom booklist for you based on your responses. Your list will include up to five titles and will arrive by email within a week.

While you’re waiting for your list to arrive, you can take advantage of the other resources we offer for readers:

Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids & Teens

Puffling Patrol by Ted Lewin

As the year begins to draw to a close and the holiday season swings into full gear, children's librarians from around the Denver Public Library system are putting together lists of their very favorite books for kids and teens, published in 2012. These books are sure to dazzle and delight, educate and engage, and make for happy readers throughout the year.

Books for the Very Youngest:

Do Cows Meow? by Selena Yoon.  Baby's favorite animals are featured in brilliant colors with giant flaps that lift and teach animal sounds.

The National Outdoor Book Awards

Buried in the Sky

Living in Colorado, many of us enjoy being connected to the outdoors, whether we hike, ski, rock climb, or enjoy a beautiful day in a city park. When you just can't get outside, or when you want to have a virtual adventure, checking out winners of the National Outdoor Book Awards might satisfy your need for nature.

The National Outdoor Book Awards have been around since 1997, and are given out every November. The Awards are sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University. They recognize excellence in outdoor writing and publishing in a number of categories, including Outdoor Literature, Natural History Literature, History/Biography, Design & Artistic Merit, Classic, Children's, Nature & Environment, Instructional, and Guidebooks.

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!

Family Crafting

Show Me a Story

The time is coming when cool weather will encourage us to remain indoors. If you have children, you may soon hear the dreaded whine, "I'm bored. There's nothing to do!" I'm happy to report that these three books will provide hours of entertainment and family projects.

In a valiant effort to keep my children's screen time down and to preserve my sanity, I often resort to crafting with my kids. It's a good idea to keep some basic craft supplies on hand, but some of these projects may require a trip to the craft store with a supply list in hand. Alternately, try Goodwill or other thrift stores to pick up bags of fabric scraps or yarn, or get together with friends and combine craft supplies. These books are bound to keep little and big hands busy for the winter months. Some of these projects will also make great holiday gifts!

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