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There's a Snake Under My Pillow - and other Peace Corps stories

Peace Corps logo

Back in the early 1990s, just after finishing college, I was shipped off to the Central African Republic (CAR) with the Peace Corps as a math teacher. The first few weeks of training were spent in a village in Cameroon called Batié. I remember landing at the Douala International Airport on a balmy June evening hoping to see elephants and giraffes roaming around in the distance. Ah, the naïveté.

100 Years of Bierceitude

Ambrose Bierce, posing with an erstwhile critic

It was one hundred years ago today... or maybe yesterday. Or it could have been one hundred years ago two months from now. The point is that roughly a century ago, after leaving Washington D.C. at age 71 to join Pancho Villa's army and making it as far as at least Chihuahua, American author Ambrose Bierce disappeared.

Challenge Accepted!

Reading Challenge Badge

Have you noticed all the great new reviews available on the library's website? We have over 1161  new reviews in a variety of genres ready and waiting to delight our customers.

Staff at the Denver Public Library recently underwent a Reading Challenge that dared them to read 16 books in a variety of genres and write reviews of them to share with customers. We are proud to say that we had 48 staff complete the challenge!

Me In America: Immigrant Stories

Cover art, Vietnamerica

Writers and philosophers have grappled with questions like, "How do you measure the value of a man?" The same question could be asked about a country. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, had a litmus test: "A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in...and how many want out."

Personalized Reading Lists: Marriage Stories

For the librarians on the Personalized Reading List team, making custom lists is one of the best parts of our job! We've been going strong for over a year now and, to date, we've completed over 400 personalized lists for our customers. Each list is unique, consisting of titles hand-selected by a librarian based on that customer's preferences. If you haven't requested your list yet, we want you to know what you're missing! Each month in this new column, we'll feature a recently-created list to give you a taste of what to expect from this new service.

Book Discovery: Podcasts

Baker Street Babes Podcast

You've finished the book. There's no sequel. You've got no back up options. "What do I read next?" may be your literary existential crisis but our raison d'être. Library staff use a number of discovery tools, like podcasts, to learn about books, movies, and music you may enjoy. Coincidentally, these are all the things we enjoy too!

Big Library Read - Unlock Your Inner Cook

Big Library Read - Keys to the Kitchen

As part of the Big Library Read program, we will be featuring the eBook Keys to the Kitchen by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp.

Starting February 17, and concluding Tuesday, March 4, 2014. During this reading period, Aida’s comprehensive reference guide to becoming a more accomplished, adventurous cook will be available for every library-card holder that wishes to read it — no holds, no waitlists.

By participating in the Big Library Read, you can join a global movement of passionate readers and library customers who support the availability of eBooks at your local library.

Announcing the Winners of the 2014 BCALA Literary Awards

The wait is over!

Voting has closed, ballots have been counted and the winners for the 2014 BCALA Literary Awards are in.

....Drum roll please....

Winners:

The Novelist Award ~ The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

The Fiction Award ~ The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners

The Night Circus

Every five years, the Young Adult Library Services Association creates a list of Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners in collaboration with academic librarians.

Whether you are a high school student thinking of heading off to college soon, an adult considering returning to school, or at any stage in your life and wanting some direction in your continuing education, the 2014 list is a diverse group of books, nonfiction and fiction, in various categories, that will expand your thoughts about the world around you. The books are at different reading levels and in different formats, and there's something here that should both interest and challenge nearly anyone interested in feeding their mind.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

This year's winner of the “Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature for Adult Fiction” is Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being.

The novel involves a mysterious diary belonging to Nao Yasutani, a sixteen year old girl living in Tokyo. Nao is bullied by classmates and plans to escape her sense of loneliness by taking her own life. Before she does she makes a commitment to write about her 104 year old Grandmother’s life as a Buddhist nun.  

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