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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

MileHiCon42 Urges You Not to Panic

The 42nd annual MileHiCon blasts off this weekend, October 22, 23 and 24, and features over a hundred events including signings and panels, with Hugo-nominee Paolo Bacigalupi as toastmaster topping the bill. This event funds local literacy programs and includes art exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and fun stuff for the wee ones too!

Attending authors include:

Great New Books for Kids

From The Kneebone Boy, Feiwel & Friends, 2010

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some exciting new titles for fall.

 

Books for younger readers:

Happy Birthday Ursula Le Guin!

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin was born on this date in 1929. Le Guin continues to revolutionize the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres and has won Nebula, Hugo and National Book Awards, among others. Her Earthsea series is one of my all-time favorites.

The Book of Kells

The Secret of Kells was recently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The Book of Kells, circa 800, inspired the intricate knots, designs and motifs that carried audiences away with delight and wonder. From creating your own Celtic designs to delving into the history of The Book of Kells, the library has it.

Sew Much Fun!

With Halloween less than 2 weeks away, it's a great time to get started crafting a costume! Forget those expensive getups! The library has books on making costumes for yourself, your kids and even your pets! What will you be this Halloween?

Chicano Theater

Su Teatro, Denver's talented acting troupe providing the best of Chicano theater, recently purchased the Denver Civic Theater on Santa Fe Drive.

My friends and I were too young to understand the growing use of the term Chicano while elders preferred Mexican. When I was older, a writer summed up what Chicano meant for him - "the hyphen between Mexican and American." Chicano theater is another way of accessing the rich cultural traditions of Mexican Americans. If you haven't read any Chicano drama, take a look at the following titles:

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