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Vote for the Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

NPR asked their audience to nominate titles and series for a Top 100 list of Science Fiction and Fantasy. They were sent almost 5,000 nominations! They have narrowed down the list to a few hundred and need your help to find the 100 most popular titles. The results will be published on August 11.

From their list, my Top 10 choices are:

Back to School Resources

Are you a parent attempting to get your children ready to go back to school?

Children and teens may have spent hours reading to earn prizes through the Summer of Reading Program, but what do they need to know to be ready for math or science or any other subject? We have two series of books which can assist parents in knowing what their children need to know. Amy James has written Kindergarten Success through Fourth Grade Success.

Colorado Authors, Coming Soon!

Fresh City Life My Branch is proud to host 2 Colorado authors in the next 2 weeks! Please join us for these events!

This Wednesday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cherry Creek Branch, Sue Frederick will be discussing her book I See Your Dream Job. Ms. Frederick is a career intuitive and will help you tap into your powerful intuition see the mission you came to accomplish, and move forward fearlessly--even when reinvention is required. During her presentation, Ms.

Honest to Goodness

What I like about Anthony Bourdain is that he delivers the honest to goodness truth.

His writing on his experience in the kitchen is accessible. It's as if Mr. Bourdain is sitting across the table from you with a cup of coffee (or beer) and giving you the lowdown on the area's restaurants. His travels are honest and inspiring. He delivers his take on food and life with a punch, cutting to the real heart of the matter.

Romance of the Paranormal Variety

Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

We have all been inundated by vampires as love objects but how about a few of their other supernatural brothers? There is more to paranormal romance than just bloodsuckers. There are Djinn, Werewolves and Barghests oh my! Not to mention some others that are just "other."

While not your average bodice rippers, here are some great reads to get you ready for RomCon next week!

Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler is the first in a wonderful series that introduces Jane True, a selkie who never knew. Now she finds herself in a whole new world, and while her first love interest is a vampire, there is someone else lingering at the edges that just might be the one!

KIDS - Recommended New Books

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids.  If you're looking for some new titles to keep you reading until school begins, here are some that we recommend.

Younger Readers:

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Michael Connelly!

Michael Connelly, born July 21, 1956, is a popular author you may or may not know.  If you want to know more about Michael Connelly or any other author, our database Literature Resource Center can help.

Wordless Woodcut Novels

Image from God's Man by Lynd Ward

Lynd Ward is known as a graphic innovator.  A prolific artist, he has illustrated more than 200 books for children and adults. 

In 2010, the Library of America published a two volume collection of six wordless woodcut novels by Lynd Ward.  The first novel God's Man was originally published the week of the 1929 stock market crash and was considered the first woodcut novel published in the United States. 

Seeking Understanding

I enjoy discovering new quotes.

I recently saw a wonderful quote by Marie Curie. “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.

Serene and Volcanic

Pablo Neruda

"Today, I dedicate this to you, you are long like the body of Chile, delicate  like an anise flower,  and in every branch you bear witness to our indelible springtimes... you guard the sun, the earth, the violets in your slender shadow when you sleep. And in this way, every morning  you give me life."  - Pablo Neruda from the poem "Every Day, Matilde"

Such tangible and raw beauty lifts off the pages of Pablo Neruda's poetry. How such words can then take form in the mind and senses to create a world within your world. His poems allow the soul to escape to exotic places of body and earth and allows the soul to come back to the not so exotic places of home. Truly an inspiration for love and lover, the serene place of mind, and volcanic places of the heart.

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