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Piece of Cake!

This groom's cake, created by ABC Cake Shop & Bakery in New Mexico, is a 3D replica of the Denver Public Library. It is iced completely in buttercream with airbrushing for the windows. I stumbled across it on Twitter and couldn't believe my eyes!

If you are interested in making your own creative cakes, check out these sweet books:

Top Ten Best Books of 2010 According to Library Journal

For the very first time, Library Journal, a popular book review magazine, has put together a list of ten fiction and nonfiction titles that stood out as the very best of books published this year so far representing a wide assortment of topics appropriate for a broad reading audience. What have been your favorite books of 2010?

A few book review editors involved in the process of selecting this list chronicled their deliberations on Twitter under the hash tag #bestbooks10. A more in-depth list, including bests in genre fiction and other popular subject areas such as poetry, graphic novels and biographies is scheduled to be published in the December issue of Library Journal.

The Top Ten Books of 2010 According to Library Journal:

Fall Back! Fall Back!

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Light has been a big topic of conversation this week since this Sunday, November 7 at 2 a.m., we change our clocks back to standard time. The most popular sentiment seems to be dread--of evening commuting in the dark, of the end of having enough light to play outside or work in the yard at the end of the day.

Plus, research suggests that the return to standard time affects us in a variety of ways, from disrupted sleep to an increase in car vs. pedestrian accidents. On the bright side, this change could lead to the need for more napping, contemplating day, night and the nature of time or just generally cozying up to the realities of seasonal changes. Judging from the literature, the whole concept appears to be contentious:

Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time David Prerau

Spirited Reads

Campai! Prost! Salud! Cheers! Skol! Whether you choose to imbibe or abstain from inebriants altogether, reading about their rich and often controversial history is entertaining, while also providing insights into science, psychology, politics, and more!

Rum: the Epic Story of the Drink that Conquered the World by Charles A. Coulombe

Día de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead, a celebration originating in Mexico, occurs in connection with the religious holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, on November 2. November 1 is also known as Día de los Inocentes, Day of the Innocents, for remembrance of deceased infants and children, also called angelitos, the little angels.

In addition to the documentary, Food for the Ancestors, the library has several books that shed light on this festive holiday.

All books listed are printed with both Spanish and English text.

Modern Vampire Fiction

Modern Vampire Fiction

Are you looking for a modern vampire story to really sink your teeth into?

  • The Nymphos of Rocky Flats: A Novel by Mario Acevedo. PI Felix Gomez, an ex-soldier who became a vampire while serving in Iraq, uses his supernatural powers to solve mysteries that befuddle mere mortals.
  • Minion by L.A. Banks. Damali Richards is the most important vampire hunter in a millennium. Dark forces strive to slay Damali before she comes of age and gains her full powers.

TLC for Your CAT

In addition to polychromatic leaves and bundling up in my favorite sweaters, my most cherished thing about Autumn is how snuggly my cats get. The library has an abundance of books on how to give your furry friends all the best.

Whether it is a behavioral issue or making sure your pet is healthy, these are all books I have found to be helpful and worth reading or have recommended to others successfully.

Historic Colorado Homes

Colorado is rich with history and lore. Many historical figures have called Colorado home. Their houses, some now museums, offer an educational and entertaining experience for all ages. Travel back in time without leaving the state with a little help from the library.

The Central Library is within blocks of two historic homes. The Byers-Evans House Museum reflects Denver in the early 1920's and is decorated with the original furnishings. The Molly Brown House Museum celebrates the Titanic's most famous survivor and Denver during the Victorian era. These are but two of Colorado's many notable locations.

2010 Macavity Award Winners

The Macavity Award is named for the "mystery cat" made famous by T.S. Eliot in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in four categories for books published in the previous year.

Categories and winners are in bold.

Best First Mystery Novel:

2010 Anthony Award Winners

The Anthony Award is a literary honor for outstanding mystery writers. The winners were announced on October 17 at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.

2010 Anthony Award Nominations (winners are in bold):

Best Novel

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