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Plaza Voices: World Cup

Carlos celebrates Brazil's score with his friends.

Every four years, billions of people tune in to watch countries from around the globe compete in the World Cup, one of the largest international tournaments outside of the Olympics. Much like the Olympics, this is an opportunity for national pride to swell as you root for your home country. Whether you are a soccer (or dare I say, football?) aficionado, or just recently realized that the U.S. even had a team, it is a chance for strangers to band to together and even learn more about our neighbors from other nations. 

International Latino Book Awards

Cover image: Rebozos de palabras

Latino Literacy Now just presented the International Latino Book Awards on June 28. These awards are always fascinating in that they cover both children's and adult books, international authors and publishers, self-published books, and interesting categories, including Latino-focused and different subjects in nonfiction. I've listed a few of the winning titles below, but you might like to check out the complete list of winners and honorable mentions.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

The Bully Pulpit

The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction recognizes the best fiction and nonfiction books published in the previous year.  The winners are selected by a committee of seven distinguished library professionals and chaired by Nancy Pearl (who has her own action figure!).

Summertime Daydreaming

What If You Had Animal Hair!?

Lots of daydreaming and imagining happens in the summer. It's a perfect time to wonder about all sorts of things like What If You Had Animal Hair!? or What If You Had Animal Teeth!? Or when you visit other places, do you ever wonder what it might be like to live there? If You Lived Here: Houses of the World gives you an idea of what it might be like to live in houses around the world.

2014 Colorado Book Awards

Animal Mineral Radical

Earlier this month, the Colorado Book Award winners were announced at a ceremony in Aspen by Colorado Humanities. To be eligible, authors had to be Colorado residents or their work must have been strongly influenced by Colorado. With 16 categories, there is something for everyone.

Laying Tracks- traveling by train

amtrak.com writer's residency program

Trains in the United States are becoming a thing again. Recently Amtrak has launched a Writers in Residence program of which I am INSANELY jealous and plan on applying at some point (hopefully the program will take off like wildfire and be available for many years to come.) But in the meantime I will have to bide my time with fantasies and books.

Connecting Denver with the Art of Browsing

Dakota Lay browsing shelf

I remember the thrill of the hunt - trailing my fingertips along the book spines as I prowled through the stacks. There was a buzz of anticipation as I'd pause to slide one off the shelf and the secret satisfaction of discovering some gem of a book on my own. Saturday library excursions with my father were my early introduction to the enticing art of browsing.

Plaza Voices: Mulberry Child

Jian Ping (left) and her daughter Lisa Xia (right).

In 2008, Jian Ping had the opportunity to return to China for the Olympic Games and brought her adult daughter Lisa with her. After years of tension stemming from their different cultural values and expectations, Jian was hoping this trip would help her reconnect with Lisa in a new way. While revisiting her mother’s painful past, Lisa realized how much sadness and trauma her family had experienced, and just how much it influenced her mother and her decision to immigrate.

EEEEEK! Bram Stoker Awards Announced

Bram Stoker Award statuette of haunted house

The Hugos' rocket trophy is pretty cool and the Agathas' teacup is cozy, but the Bram Stokers' gargoyled, rat-infested haunted house award is the creepiest!

The Stokers have been awarded by the Horror Writers Association since 1987 and the latest winners were announced at their convention in Portland last month. The winners are:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Book Discovery: Prepub Titles

Do you hate it when your friend says she is reading the latest bestseller from your favorite author, and you didn't even know that the book was coming out? Here at the library, our goal is to have books ordered before you even know that you want them.  With about 300,000 books traditionally published every year in the United States (and that many, or more, self published), and the means to buy only a small fraction of them, how does your library decide what to buy, and, more importantly, how can you get on the list early so you're not waiting months for the latest hot title?

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