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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:

Ice Cream in the Summertime

Spice Dreams Cover

In the summer heat, start with dessert first! July's Spice Dreams has you covered with a variety of unusual ice cream recipes, including some that use herbs fresh from the garden. Check out the recipe for Basil Ice Cream, along with ice cream books selected from the library's collection.

You may have noticed ice cream book displays in your local branches, preparing you for an essential summer staple. I took on the delicious task of testing this recipe for you:

Basil Ice Cream

2 cups whole milk

1 cup sugar, divided

1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves

2 tsp. dried basil

1/8 tsp. salt

4 large egg yolks

2 cups whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla

A Blender, A Vegetable and an Ice Cube Tray

blender baby food

It really is that easy to make your own baby food! I love the idea of knowing exactly what is in the food my daughter is eating and I’ve found that making our own baby food takes just a small amount of time and effort.

We’re still on simple fruits and vegetables, but in one afternoon I made enough food to last for several weeks. After the food is steamed and/or pureed I pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. These “ice cubes” make the perfect serving size for my hungry six month old!

Chew and Review Poll: Eat Me

Eat Me book cover

Update: The people have spoken and the winner of the poll is: Mac n Cheese Pancakes! Look for the next installment of Chew and Review to see how the recipe turns out.

Looking for new and interesting ways to cook for your family, friends or just yourself? Look no further than your local public library. Our collection of food related materials is huge:

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