I remember the thrill of the hunt - trailing my fingertips along the book spines as I prowled through the stacks. There was a buzz of anticipation as I'd pause to slide one off the shelf and the secret satisfaction of discovering some gem of a book on my own. Saturday library excursions with my father were my early introduction to the enticing art of browsing.
On the occasion of Denver Public Library's 125th Anniversary, we would like to celebrate our dynamic and diverse collection. We are showcasing our Hidden Gems - little-known, overlooked, or underrated books that grabbed our interest. I've included a few of my serendipitous finds in this blog. I hope to persuade you to abandon your web browser and become a browser by offering three ways to explore this featured collection.
Out of the archives and onto the page, hundreds of stunning works by the talented artists who accompanied early exploring expeditions. These carefully recorded and lavishly detailed drawings of newly discovered specimens and species are entrancing.
Jonathan Lerman : Drawings by an Artist with Autism with texts by Lyle Rexer
Although autism severely limits his ability to express himself verbally and to communicate emotion, a few quick, sure lines and charcoal smudges from this young artist create portraits that pulse with emotional content. Jonathan Lerman is a rare and authentic genius.
In the Kitchen with Alain Passard : Inside the World (and Mind) of a Master Chef written and illustrated by Christophe Blain
Start with charming graphics, add snippets of philosophy and a dash of humor - these ingredients combine in unexpected and delicious ways, like those in one of the master chef's signature dishes, in this novel and delightful work.
So now, if you are ready for a browsing adventure, stop by the Central Library and visit our display of Hidden Gems in the We Explore Power Zone on Level 2.
Look through the Hidden Gems Book List on our web page. All books are from our circulating collection. You will be able to click into titles on this list to check availability and to place a hold.
You can browse through selections in the Virtual Bookshelf below.
Have you discovered a Hidden Gem in our collection? I invite you to post a comment to this blog telling us about your find. Your book will be added to our Hidden Gem display and web page book list - Connecting Denver with a wealth of browsing treasures.