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Award Winning Romance

The Rita Awards are given by the Romance Writers of America for the best published novels and novellas that promote excellence in the romance genre. The award is named for the group's first president and has been given since 1983. The 2010 winners were recently announced!

Winner for Best Young Adult Romance

Winner for Best Inspirational Romance

Winner for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Tweeting Death

Quick & Legal Will Book

Unless you plan on tweeting from the great beyond, you might want to consider who gets custody of your Facebook and Twitter accounts before you die.

While not always apparent to my colleagues, I like to plan ahead.  I drafted my first will when I was eleven. There have been many revisions since then with the most recent being prompted by the excellent New York Times article about what happens to your Facebook account when you die. The library has many resources available to help with will and estate planning including the suite of products by Nolo Press.

Love to the Cardiac Kids

Love to the Cardiac Kids

Did you know that anyone can have a child with a congenital heart defect? Almost one of a hundred births will have some form of congenital heart disorder. The 6th Annual Cardiac Kids Parent Conference is here to help.

The 6th Annual Cardiac Care Parent Conference is September 11, 2010 at the Childrens' Hospital. Buy your tickets before August 30 for a special discount. Bring your partner for only $5 more.

I was born was a mild congenital heart defect that required surgery by the time I was a Freshman in High School. While it was a confusing time for me, I can not imagine what it must have been like for my parents. The financial burden, the questions, the uncertainty - all things I didn't worry about because they did.

Deep Cool - Books to Beat the Heat

Shopping for Porcupine (Book Cover Image)

Not a cloud in the sky. I'm sweating in the garden, my scalp slowly broiling. My mind is elsewhere seeking mercy from the sun - dreaming of distant places where I could chill...SERIOUSLY chill. I'm talking the Arctic and the Antarctic.

While you might be able to convince me to briefly set foot someplace in the Arctic (Alaska, anyone?), the Antarctic with its annual mean temperature of -58 degrees is simply out of the question. But in books, I'll happily vicariously experience toes black from frostbite, sleeping in sodden sealskin sleeping bags, and eating nothing but frozen seal meat. These books put my minor discomforts in perspective and leave me with a sense of wonder and awe. I'm glad some braver souls than myself have explored such places and that some have survived to tell the tale.

Backyard Beekeeping in Denver

The bad news is that honey bees are suffering from colony collapse disorder, thought to be caused by the combination of viruses, bacteria, parasites and pesticides. The good news is that those of us who live in Denver can actually do something to help our insect girlfriends.

As of 2008, it’s legal to have 2 domestic honey bee hives in your Denver yard… here are the specifics:

  • 2 hives per zone lot
  • Hives must be in rear third of zone lot with a 5 foot setback from side and rear zone lot lines
  • The hives must be screened so that the bees must fly over a 6-foot barrier, which may be vegetative, before leaving the property
  • No outdoor storage of any bee paraphernalia or hive materials not being used as part of a hive

Meet Calatrava Wednesday

Plans for DIA redesign includes a light rail station and hotel.

Who is more talented: the architect who can envision space taking shape with glass and steel, the engineer who helps translate the vision to firm reality or the crafts trade who make it happen? No matter who you choose, Santiago Calatrava creates astonishing designs.

While the library has several books about Calatrava's designs, we are fortunate to have a translation of his dissertation which outlines his creative process. Take time to meet Calatrava and hear about his plans for the Denver International Airport on Wednesday, July 28 at the Denver Art Museum in the Sharp Auditorium from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public with no reservations required.

Tut, Tut! It Looks Like Fun!

King Tut and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is currently exhibiting at the Denver Art Museum. 50 objects from the tomb of the legendary ruler are on display including golden sandals straight from the king's feet!

Egypt's other legendary rulers, Khafre and Hatchepsut, have artifacts on display as well.

Did you know that Tutankhamun's mother was Nefertiti? Astonishingly, he became pharaoh when he was just 9 years old. Perhaps less shocking, he didn't live to see 20. Many speculate that his life was snuffed out by foul play.

Free Designer Weekend

Adult inspiration found in kid-friendly crafts

As a kid I marked time not by the seasons but by events. My most favorite event was the annual back to school shopping trip. My siblings and I would munch down on K-Mart’s blue light special sandwiches and parade like five hungry caterpillars collecting our yellow no. 2 pencils, pink erasers, and crayons. There is nothing like opening up a new box of crayons and breathing deeply.

I still celebrate the season by taking stock in my apartment. What needs a fresh coat of paint or where I can add new color? Renovation expectations are managed by a limited budget and talent. I rely on the experts like Todd Oldham, Libby Langdon, and Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan but the library has so many talented designers you can take home for a weekend.

KIDS - Recommended New Books

cover image from Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

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 this summer.

 Books for younger readers:

I Barfed on Mrs. Kenly by Jessica Harper is the third book in the "Uh-oh Cleo" series.  On her way to a birthday party, too many pancakes catch up with Cleo and she barfs on her friend's mom's fancy coat!  Recommended by Val from Virginia Village.

Teens - Win an Autographed Copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan!

Children's Collection Specialist Gwen Vanderhage with the authors.

Hey teens! Are you a John Green and David Levithan fan? Here's your chance to win an advance reader's copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson that has been autographed by both authors!

Here's how it works:

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