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Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini

Houdini

One of the first biographies I remember reading as a kid was of Harry Houdini. His escapes and life totally fascinated me, and his life of magic continues to lure people in today.

The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, William Kalush

Houdini: The Handcuff King, Jason Lutes

Final Seance: The Strange Friendship Between Houdini and Conan Doyle, Massimo Polidoro

Houdini! The Career of Ehrich Weiss, Kenneth Silverman

Look to the Skies

Do you ever look up to the sky and ponder the moon, planets, and constellations? Wish you knew more about the science behind ice moons, the asteroid belt, space travel, and what the heck NASA is up to? Check out some of these books and know more about what you're looking at when you're looking up!

The Planets, Dava Sobel

To Life!

Fanny Brice spelling out Jell-O in Baby Snooks voice - Martha Holmes, 1946

The Singer Gallery, located in the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, is featuring a new exhibit of images from LIFE Magazine, "the first all photographic news magazine" launched by TIME founder Henry Luce.

Over 60 images by popular photojournalists are represented including Margaret Bourke-White and John Loengard.   They captured life in America and abroad, giving beauty and sadness diverse faces to those at home.  If you can't make it to the  exhibit or want to learn more about the people behind the cameras, take a look at these titles available at the Library:

Kids & Teens - Vote for Your Favorite Books!

Kids Reading

Hey Kids and Teens - let your voice be heard by voting for your favorite books and authors from 2010 in the Children's Choice Book Awards. Children's Book Week is coming up in May, and as part of the celebration, they give out awards to popular authors. The Denver Public Library owns all of the titles that have been nominated, so get reading now while you still have time to vote!

Children's Book Week is May 2-8 and celebrates books for young people of all ages. While the Children's Book Week website has all kinds of good stuff on it, like a bookmark by Jeff Kinney (!), my favorite part is voting for the best books. The Children's Choice Book Awards honor books for Kindergarten - High School. If you haven't read some of these yet, you can pick up copies of all of the nominees from the various branches of the Denver Public Library. If your branch doesn't have one you want to read, just place a hold.

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Paula Reed

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Paula Reed on Saturday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Ms. Reed writes romance and historical fiction, and her latest release is Hester.

scent of the missing: love and partnership with a search and rescue dog

scent of the missing: love and partnership with a search and rescue dog

Dogs are doing their part to help tsunami-ravaged Japan. Remember the photos from Katrina? 9/11? Oklahoma City? Do you ever wonder about the stories behind the search and rescue teams whose photos capture our hearts? Are these people paid rescue workers or volunteers? Could you and your dog form a search and rescue team?

Humans have long used dogs, with their remarkable scenting abilities, to pursue and recover people who have fallen prey to crime, misadventure, or catastrophe. Recent tragedies such as the tsunami in Japan and Hurricane Katrina have brought search and rescue (SAR) recovery to the forefront of daily news. In Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog, Susannah Charleson introduces us to this world as she vividly describes the adoption and training of her puppy, Puzzle.

Design and Circumstance

Small Things Considerd:  Why There is No Perfect Design

Henry Petroski is an extraordinary engineer who has been called the "poet laureate of technology." He explores the histories of everyday things and exposes them as engineering marvels.

Favorite titles include:

Orange Prize Long List Announced

The long list for the Orange Prize, the UK's annual book award for fiction written by a woman, was announced today. If you're looking for some female authors to check out, this list is a great place to start.

The list includes women form several different countries, some first novels, and some authors who have been writing for quite some time.

Historical Fiction Set in Ireland

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day all year long! If you are in the mood for a historical novel set in Ireland, the library has many titles ready to wet your whistle. Even when set against the realities of social and political turmoil, the love and laughter of the Irish people shine through.

Who Says Hard Copy Print is Dead?

Magazines: The Power of Print

Seems rather redundant for an advertisement about magazines to get a two page spread in lots of magazines lately. Then again, the magazine industry just wants to bust some myths about the printed word.

Visit Magazines: The Power of Print and you'll see some surprising statistics.

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