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DIY for Mad Scientists

If you refer to your garage as your laboratory, or long for the days of science fair projects to explain how you blew off your eyebrows, you may be a mad scientist! Whether you are a gadget geek, a chemistry champion or an experiment egghead, the library has something to inspire, explain and delight.

The Wisdom of Wooden

The Wisdom of Wooden

Sports Illustrated once noted about John Wooden: "There has never been a finer coach in American sports. Nor a finer man." Wooden, the beloved UCLA men's basketball coach, died at the age of 99 in June.

John Wooden's communication style was markedly different than say Pat Summit, another personal favorite. Wooden tried to make each day his masterpiece and coached by the Golden Rule. Coaching was the path of service to mankind for Wooden and effective teamwork was a hallmark of his coaching. He also had a fondness for maxims. A few of my favorites include:

Funny Mommies

sippy cups are not for chardonnay

Have you recently traded in your stylish handbag for a diaper bag? Do you miss eating dinner with two hands while your food is still warm? Have your Facebook posts gone from witty comments to ponderings on baby poo?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then put down What to Expect the First Year and pick up one of these hilarious tales.

What’s your funny mommy moment?
 

Philip K. Dick Festival

The Crack in Space

The first ever Philip K. Dick festival is being held in Blackhawk, Colorado on August 13,14 and 15. This area of Colorado was the setting for the Hugo Award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle.

Did you know that Philip K. Dick (1928 - 1982) is buried in Fort Morgan, Colorado? He authored more than 50 novels and 200 short stories! Many of his works have been adapted for the big screen

Latitudes Book Club

A Dozen on Denver: Stories

Celebrate Colorado's 134th anniversary of becoming a state on Sunday, August 15 at 3pm by exploring the rich diversity of the Colorado Book Awards. Pick from the wide selection of winners, or other books celebrating our great state! Share what you're reading or just come to learn about titles that you'll want to read.

What the Heck is a Nook and Why Should I Care?

I have read eBooks occasionally over the years, on my old Palm PDA, on a laptop, even on a regular desktop computer. I never thought I would get a special eBook reader as I've been hoping for the long awaited converging mobile technology, the phone that will be small for the pocket but large for reading, capable of doing all things but still fast.

Circumstances came together recently instigating me to buy a Nook eReader from Barnes and Noble. The Nook is compatible with the Library's wide variety of downloadable books in EPUB format. Many PDF books are also usable on the Nook.

Day of Inventions

Day of Inventions

August 12 is a day of inventions. On this day in history, Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine; Henry Ford's Model T rolls off the assembly line; and the IBM personal computer is released.

In addition to books about these and other inventions, modern inventors will find PubWEST imminently useful.

My favorite invention, other than running water and the printing press, is duct tape. If I could invent one thing it would be a combined washing machine and dryer or a car that ran on garbage like in Back to the Future 2.

Just Duct It!

Just Duct It!

Duct tape was originally invented by Johnson & Johnson to provide a waterproof seal for munitions boxes during World War II. Whether you want to make prom dresses, wallets, handbags, ties, or use it for its more traditional purposes, duct tape is one of the most beloved and versatile products ever invented.

Fabulous Farmers' Markets

Not ready to grow your own vegetables but still want to partake of the freshest produce? Farmers' Markets are a dream come true. From flowers, artisan bread, local honey, pastas and vegetables - the Farmers' Market has it all! It's easy to find the closest one, and they often go until Halloween!

My favorite farmers' market is the Old South Pearl Street Farmers' Market. Featuring the best of my neighborhood and the rest of Colorado, it's always a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. Which local Farmers' Market is your favorite? Even when the season is over, you can still partake of the best of Colorado's produce by joining a local CSA!

Dinosaurs Next Door

Apatosaurus (Book Cover Image)

Archaeology and paleontology have never held my attention, but my visit to the newly-completed Washakie Museum in Worland, Wyoming sparked an interest. Their exhibits, so wonderfully designed by ECOS Communications, are completely engaging.

At a dinner on that same visit to Worland, I was unexpectedly seated near the curator of the museum and he shared even more about the archaeological and paleontological wonders of the Big Horn Basin.

A few of the many major discoveries of the Big Horn Basin include:

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