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City Tales: New Orleans

new orleans mon amour

The Crescent City. The Big Easy.  Jazz, beignets and vampires.  Hurricane Katrina.

What comes to mind when you think of New Orleans? These days it's hard not to think of the ravage left behind by Hurricane Katrina. Nearly six years later, Nola has still not fully recovered. The hurricane and its aftermath has forever altered this beloved Louisiana city, a fact evident in each one of these titles.

My New Orleans: The Cookbook by John Besh

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Section of the Library

Wow!

Do you find baseball games a little slow? If you're like me, a game can seem to go on forever, and don't even get me started on extra innings. Too bad they're not all like this:

Instead, take a good book along.

These titles (suggested by former DPL librarian Jon Flanagan), should cover all the bases:

The New Bill James Historical Baseball Atlas

Are You Chicken?

backyard chickens

Raising backyard chickens (and ducks and goats) just became a lot easier in Denver thanks to a recent City Council vote.

The Food Producing Animals ordinance took effect June 24th and allows residents to raise 8 chickens or ducks and 2 dwarf goats after obtaining a one-time license.  See the details here.  Curious about the potential joys and pitfalls of having backyard livestock?  Grab your overalls and get started with these great resources.

Chickens:

Get Mudbound

Mudbound

Anxiously awaiting for The Help to arrive in theaters? Check out Mudbound while you wait.

Hillary Jordan's captivating story takes place in the post-World War II Mississippi Delta. Laura McAllan is a city-bred woman who moves with her husband and family to a farm she aptly names Mudbound. Told from the perspective of several characters, Mudbound grabbed my attention from the first sentence and didn't let go until the very last word.

The Pledge

Flags Kit Carson Colorado  © Laurie Spurling

What do the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Knights of Columbus, and the U.S. Flag Code have to do with the Pledge of Allegiance?

Clergyman Francis Bellamy drafted his original 22 word sentence as a way to express "intelligent patriotism" in 1892.

Remember your first job?

11 Years, 9 Months, and 5 Days

If it was flipping burgers, then we've got just the book for you.

11 Years, 9 Months, and 5 Days

Resources for Great Travel

Want to see the best sights while travelling? Denver Public Library can help.

I just returned from a vacation during which my parents and I used several books to determine which sights to see. Quality books on a destination can be invaluable. DPL has a wide variety of books to check out.  If you tend to want to purchase books, you can always check out ours in order to determine which books you wish to buy.  We attempt to have the most current (including 2011) guides available, but please check them out early since many individuals already know about these resources.

Check out these popular guides plus others

YA? Why Not?

Huntress

It's no secret to fans of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games that teen books aren't just for teens any more. There are many reasons that adults are turning to YA literature, but mostly, it's because there are some great stories out there that have been marketed to young adults.

Whether you're wanting a great coming of age novel, a more succinct story, or want to be able to connect with a teen in your life through books, here are some authors to check out. Just like with adult books, not everything will appeal to you, but don't limit your reading just because something is in the teen section!

Scott Westerfeld: both a steampunk series and the dystopian Uglies series

From Dragons to Snowmen

The Snowman

If you devoured Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and are looking for your next read try Jo Nesbø's The Snowman.

Simply stated, I could not put this novel down. The Snowman is the fifth title in Nesbø's series featuring Detective Harry Hole. This book is well-written, suspenseful and downright creepy at times and it's no wonder why Nesbø (whose first name is pronounced Yo) is being compared to both Larsson and Henning Mankell.

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Masterpiece Mystery is Back!

Hercules Poirot (played by David Suchet)

Fill your summer with classic mysteries featuring our favorite sleuths.

The 2011 season of PBS's Masterpiece Mystery! kicked off last night with Three Act Tragedy, the first of three new Hercules Poirot mysteries. This year's season promises the return of old favorites Poirot, Miss Marple and Inspector Lewis, along with newcomer Zen, based on the books by Michael Dibdin.

Read ahead:

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