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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:

Quirky Short Stories

cover for Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin

Do you need a little interesting non-committal reading? Grab one of these!

Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin
A novel in short stories, this book follows the lives of Mei Ling and Moonie, identical (and comically opposite in nature) twins. Chin researched Chinese women's revenge stories for this book and the combination of old fables with what it's like to be a Chinese-American today are brilliant.

The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret

World Refugee Day: One Refugee without Hope is Too Many

Book Image: Living in America

World Refugee Day is Monday, June 20 and we are reminded of the estimated 15.6 million (2010 according to UNHCR Global Trends Report) refugees worldwide. Who is a refugee? A refugee is essentially a person who has had to flee his/her home country out of fear of persecution. Refugees from many countries are resettled in Colorado every year, from Burma (Myanmar), Somalia, and Sudan, among others.

Learn more about refugees by reading these personal stories for children:

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