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A Midwinter Night's Dream

A Midwinter Night's Dream

It can be challenging to find holiday music that isn't merely cheery, kitschy, or weirdly dark, leading many including myself to steer clear of it (while enjoying when certain renditions come up on the radio). Of course, it's hard to go wrong with jazz, but sometimes a person needs variety. This album just might fit the ticket.

Canadian musician and self-made record label owner Loreena McKennitt, best known for her 1997 song "The Mummer's Dance," has continued to produce great things, including this unique and wonderful collection of traditional old world holiday music, Midwinter Night's Dream (2008). It sometimes sounds as if it could be the original soundtrack to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, such as what you might imagine the elves of Mirkwood or the hobbits to play on rustic instruments during feasts.

Crafting and Caroling!

We have some great events coming up this week for Adult Branch Programming.  Join us for crafts, cooking and more!

On Friday, December 13th at 2 p.m. visit Bear Valley Branch Library for our Tissue Paper Mosaic Candleholder craft.  Light up the night and decorate your house at the same time with a wonderful and colorful glass candleholder.  Call 720-865-0975 to reserve your spot.

Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids & Teens

That Is NOT a Good Idea!

The holidays are almost upon us, and here at Denver Public Library the Children's Librarians have been hard at work, gathering the very best books published in 2013 to help you give the gift of reading to the children and teens in your life. 

Books for the Very Youngest

Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Peskimo.  Alphablock is a lift-the-letter-as-the-flap book with the die-cut letter on top and the pictorial representation underneath. This beautiful book will be read again and again.

The gift

by Nora Roberts

DPL Rating:
3

This Christmastime romance contains three novellas: Home for Christmas, All I Want for Christmas, and Gabriel's Angel.  In Home for Christmas, globe-trotting reporter Jason returns to his small-town home with the hopes of winning back the heart of his high school sweetheart.   All I Want for Christmas is the story of a special...

The Paris Holiday Market: Celebrate with local creatives at a French-inspired festival

Enjoy a touch of Parisian style at this market featuring local creatives showing their handmade and exclusive goods. And keep up with the best  Fresh City Life programs and events.

Paris Holiday Market
Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Fatty McButterpants' Holiday Survival Party Mix

If the temptations of holiday snacking are too much for you, be a game changer and make some healthy, tasty party mix to munch on.

Oscar Wilde wrote, "I can resist anything except temptation."

True enough, especially this time of year. Those of you who know me know that I'm a big guy. I always reach for crunchy carbs when I want to snack, so I decided to try and make a party mix that I can eat without guilt and without popping buttons. Yesterday's snow was a perfect opportunity to get in the kitchen and experiment. Here's my first two versions:

 

Holiday Survival Party Mix Version 1 (super simple)

6 cups shredded wheat squares

Get Your Joy On

top to bottom: Marnie Ward, Alison Mueller and Christine Herival

If your wish list for December includes getting out amongst 'em and enjoying some of the season -- we've got you covered!

Celebrating the best of the holiday season, as well as commemorating the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, our golden girls, Reveille 3, are hosting their annual Christmas concert and cookie party here at the Denver Public Library.

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