While browsing the Central book stacks, I re-discovered Julius Lester's To Be A Slave.
An award winning writer and retired professor, Lester delved into the slave narratives collected during the Federal Writers' Project. He selected personal accounts about the experience of the auction block, plantation life, resistance, and emancipation. Published in 1968 and named a Newbery honor book in 1969, To Be A Slave was one of the first nonfiction books in children's literature to share the personal testimonies of slaves.
The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott is a work of historical fiction that takes place in Paris just after the fall of Napoleon at Waterloo. Adventure, romance, history and crime are all here in one exciting novel.
This book was made for readers who like the Romantic Period of the early 19th century. At that time the city of lights was on the cutting edge of Western Civilization. Scientists were just beginning to discover ancient fossils and understand that the earth is millions of years old. The author has included fictionalized representations of historical persons like the French zoologist and paleontologist Georges Cuvier and the master criminal cum police detective Eugene-Francois Vidocq.
Even this high school chemistry flunkey found The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theordore Gray an amazing read cover-to-cover.
I pride myself on reading a little bit of this and that, but a book about chemistry wouldn't be on the top of the list. Until recently, that is. While straightening the NEW books I came across The Elements. The visually rich cover enticed me to crack it open. Once at home, I devoured it cover to cover. So there is actually a rhyme and reason to the periodic table!
Well as most people who actually know me know, I love to read Urban Lit. I must say that KISS KISS BANG BANG was one of the most intense hood love stories I've read in 2010! It starts off really strong and keeps you so engrossed in the pages but then flashes back into the past to explain how this book got to the point where it is. The main character, Free, was just released from his 5 year bid in prison only to come out with Russians, who he use to work for, wanting half a million dollars in six months. WOW!
Today the Young Adult Library Services Association announced the winners of the Alex Awards. The Alex Awards are given to ten adult books, both fiction and nonfiction, that also appeal to young adults and were published during the previous year.
On chilly, dark winter nights, we all want to eat something hearty. We need comfort and simplicity, but without spending an entire evening in the kitchen. One-pot meals and casseroles are the answer and Denver Public Library has plenty of helpful cookbooks! Need some titles to satisfy your hunger and keep you warm?
Recent years have given us many new cookbooks that emphasize convenience, with a focus on one-pot meals and spending less than an hour on family dinner. On the other hand, casseroles may require some assembly, but these new cookbooks have given us fantastic updates to old-fashioned classics. It's hard to beat the all-in-one combination of vegetables, grains, and protein- especially when the flavors touch on all of our tastes. The leftovers are nice, too!
How about a recipe that uses up day-old rice and is a snap to prepare?
At the reference desk, we are asked a wide range of interesting questions, some involving the law.
How old do I need to be to legally ride a moped?
What are my rights if I am pulled over by the police?
My boyfriend is in jail. What do I do?
I need a will. Can you help me find a form?
Librarians can not give legal advice or counsel, but we can refer you to resources readily available to you.
The library's online legal resources and forms are immensely helpful. You can browse the Colorado Revised Statutes and even search for specific terms. You can find legal forms including leases, wills, affidavits, and much more. Whether you need help finding a lawyer, settling a landlord dispute or answering questions about citizenship and immigration, the library has resources to help you get started.
Heading to the slopes this season? Whether you prefer the bunny hill or the black diamond, don't forget to stop at the library for free music to listen to during the drive, and books on how to improve your cruising and carving. At your local library, head to the nonfiction section and look for the call number 796.93!
Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov on January 2, 1920 and died on April 6, 1992. During those 72 years, he wrote or edited over 500 books and was published in nine out of the ten Dewey Decimal categories.*