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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

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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:

2011 Summer of Reading

Read With Me

Denver Public Library's popular Summer of Reading program is in full swing for 2011. Make sure the kids and teens in your life sign up online or at any branch library location through July 30.

For many years, Summer of Reading has been a great way to encourage kids and teens reading during their summer break. Keeping young readers engaged and curious about reading and learning prepares them for the upcoming school year by acting as a bridge to keep literacy and comprehension skills sharp. Also, it doesn't hurt that there are incentives to encourage our little bookworms to keep at it.

Welcome Baby Portman

Baby Names 2012

Natalie Portman has given birth to a healthy baby boy! So far, no name has been released for the young son of Portman and Benjamin Millepied who met on the set of the Black Swan. What do you think she will name her baby? Just in case you are also having a hard time picking a name for your offspring, the library has many books of name suggestions for you!

Enjoy Maisie Dobbs novels?

Do you enjoy Maisie Dobbs mysteries?

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series. I have enjoyed two previous Maisie Dobbs novels. Currently I’m listening to all of the ones I’ve missed  before listening/reading the latest one A Lesson in Secrets. I appreciate a well written novel so I will attempt to patiently wait for the ninth novel in the series.   If you are patiently waiting like me, try….

Documentary as Art

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While working in the stacks the other day I stumbled upon this fantastic book of photography, West of Last Chance. Now, I had seen this title many times when walking past and I always wondered what it referred to. This time I picked it up and was blown away by the scope and beauty of this collection.

Having grown up in Colorado I know all about the desolate beauty of a High Plains desert. The photographer Peter Brown really captures the breathtaking beauty of wide open vistas. As the book says "You have to know how to look at this country. You have to slow down. It isn't pretty, but it's beautiful."

On Point

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A good dance critic takes risks, teases out aesthetic questions, and faces each performance with anticipation.  A great dance critic like Arlene Croce makes you believe dance is really all there is to talk about.

Arlene Croce wrote the dance column in the The New Yorker from 1973 until 1998.  I first learned of her column when a high school teacher shared a photocopied review in preparation to see Judith Jamison dance.  I was too young, too inexperienced and Croce's words were hollow.

And then I saw Judith Jamison dance.
And nothing was ever the same.

Think You Know Buffalo Bill?

Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Steve Friesen on Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Mr. Friesen will present a slide show and lecture entitled Buffalo Bill: A Life of Controversy, based on his recently published book Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary. The book is a finalist in the History/Biography category of the soon to be announced Colorado Book Awards.

Lilian Jackson Braun 1913-2011

Popular mystery writer, Lilian Jackson Braun passed away earlier this week in South Carolina at the age of 97. Her "The Cat Who ..." series began in 1966 with The Cat Who Could Read Backwards and includes 29 mystery novels and at least 2 short story collections.

The most recent books in the series included:

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