Books Blog

Urban Lit.

Once you pick it up, there's no putting it down till the end!

Hot reads, gotta get ur hands on these!

Here is a list of some of my favorite reads:

Ahoy, Mateys!

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Avast! Me Hearties! September 19th is International Talk like a Pirate Day! If you aren't hunting for buried treasure or plundering the seven seas -get your buccaneer on with these shipshape books on pirates!

Chew and Review: Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz from Cook's Illustrated

Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz

I finally had a chance to whip up a batch of Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz from Cook's Illustrated. The farmer's market veggies were begging to get into this cold, creamy and zesty soup. Watch the video to see how easy this dish was to make.

Since moving into our new (old) house recently, we've missed our chance to start up a vegetable garden in our backyard. I'm really struggling through the end of summer without my fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes, last minute addition of chile peppers, and warm roasted beets. So lots of my recipes right now are including fresh farmer's market veggies as well as gifts from friends' gardens (Thanks friends!).

KIDS - Recommended New Books

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

 

Books for younger readers:

Gator on the Loose! by Sue Stauffacher is the first book in the new "Animal Rescue Team" series.  The three Carter kids help their parents run Carter's Urban Rescue, the place you call if, say, an alligator is loose in the city pool!  The series is full of friendship, sibling trouble, crazy animal escapades, and helping the planet.  This is the perfect new series to start a new school year.  Recommended by Lisa from Westwood.

Pet Health and Wellness

Well, a New York Times health blog, talks about how your pets keep you healthy. But, you don't have to wait for Pet Wellness Month (October) to repay the favor! We have books on taking care of your pets--now!

There are also free and low cost pet care options, including spay and neuter clinics.
This month, the Meow Mobile will sterilize your cat for free if you visit them Tuesday-Saturday through Sept 30th. Their trailer will be set up in the Avanza Supermarket parking lot at 1320 S. Federal. Bring your cat in at 7:30 a.m.. and pick him or her up at 2 p.m. This is not only free, but you'll also receive a $20 gift card to use at Avanza Supermarket.

The Help: Have you read it yet?

One Book Events

This year's One Book, One Denver selection is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Have you read it yet? Check it out from the Library or use the coupon here to buy it from Borders.

The Help is available from the library in several formats:

Are You Prepared?

September is National Preparedness Month! Everyone is encouraged to take some time to focus family efforts on preparing your family so they are ready for the winter season and other emergencies or natural disasters. The ASPCA offers tips on how to keep your pets safe too!

Did you know that the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security’s, READYColorado Program is actively promoting preparedness throughout the entire Denver metro area? Test your preparedness knowledge by visiting the “Take the Disaster READY Challenge" page. Answer the trivia questions and be registered for one of 72 prizes, including a grand prize of two tickets on Southwest Airlines.

Cozy Craft Mysteries

Cozy mysteries generally take place in a small idyllic town, avoid gory details or adult situations and generally come in a series. Many subgenres reflect the talents and interests of readers by featuring themes like cooking, crafting, or location, to name just a few. The library has many crafty cozies just for you!

Watch Your Languages

Yiddish with Dick and Jane

As we are rearranging the books in the Central library as part of the Central Library Bond Improvements, we are unearthing many treasures that deserve attention. We have relocated many of our books that are in world languages and much of the 400s.

The library has many items in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Don't see your favorite language? Be sure to try Interlibrary Loan for even more choices!

Garden-to-Table Eating

Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes Cover

As summer comes to a close and the garden has much to offer, I have been thinking a lot about garden-to-table eating. The new wave of localized eating and knowing the source of one's food has led to many beautiful cookbooks that help you make the most of your garden.

Even if you skipped the heirloom Lemon Oxheart tomatoes this year, Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes provides many stunning photos and recipes, as well as inspiration for next year's garden plan.

I, for one, left out the potato patch this season, but the following recipe for herbed french fries cannot be missed.  The volunteer Purple Peruvian Fingerling potatoes in my backyard will soon go under the knife to be made into these:

 

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