On the cusp of the release of the first work in a 27-volume set from author Mark Danielewski, famed for his innovative, internal book design, I thought it a perfect time to examine some of the books that take book design to the next level. Those that drive the story not just with plot but with the images inside, strategic cut-outs, or pages put together like a puzzle. Sometimes these are described as being works of ergodic literature, or narratives that have the reader navigate the often non-linear layout of the text.
The Reference Services Department at the Central Library is always receiving new and updated titles for our collection on a variety of topics. Take a look at some of the medical titles we've recently acquired:
Olivia Olson, who is the voice actor behind Marceline the Vampire Queen, will be joining her father, Martin Olson, to talk about all things Adventure Time - the popular animated series that features both Olivia and her dad as characters. Martin Olson plays Olivia's father on the show as well -- acting the part of Hunson Abadeer. Meet them both at their author event here at Denver Public Library this month.
Do you remember any poems from your childhood? How about from your high school years?
A favorite of mine was a poem called “Somewhere” by Walter de la Mare. I later found out that de la Mare was a well-known writer of horror.
Some of the most famous poems, like the Mother Goose rhymes, are the ones that get passed down from generation to generation. Did you know that the Eugene Field branch of the Denver Public Library is named for the poet and journalist who wrote “Wynken, Blynken and Nod?”
Have you ever wished you had a way to entertain your child while you are waiting in line? Are you too short on cellphone data to be able to play that song over and over again? Can you imagine having a storyteller always available? Stop looking, because the Denver Public Library, in collaboration with the Office of Children Affairs, offers Phone-a-Story, a great service that you can access just by calling 720-865-8500.
Do you remember the first time you read a book with a character that had YOUR name? Wasn’t it a neat experience? Didn’t you feel special? Here are the top five (according to the Social Security Administration) girls' and boys' names in Colorado during 2013 and picture books that have characters with those names.
So, how much more could we possibly learn about the legendary Wright Brothers? With a master wordsmith at the pen, it turns out, quite a bit. McCullough painstakingly takes the reader on quite a journey about these young men and the progression of their lifelong dream of flying in his new book, The Wright Brothers. The pace may be a little slow at the beginning but, be patient because it will be well-worth the ride.
'Ave you 'eard of the Tommy Knockers
In the deep dark mines of the west
Which Cornish miners 'ear?
And 'tis no laughin' jest,
For I'm a Cornish miner,
An' I'll tell you of it today,
Of the "knock-knock-knock" of a tiny pick,
As we work in the rock and clay.