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National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO)

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Prepare now - November is National Novel Writing Month. If you've always longed to write, now is the time to read up and glue yourself to a chair.

Many of us have a longing to write. Very few of us ever manage to realize the dream of the writer's life. This is the year, things could change for all of us. November is National Novel Writing Month. Register at this site and receive all of the support you'll need to get started.

While we're waiting for NANOWRIMO to begin, here are a few resources you might find helpful. Oh - and if you feel like tackling your writing project now, by all means, scribble away!

A snail, really? Yes!

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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, really is about a wild snail eating. But it goes further and deeper than that - Bailey takes us on a literal and researched journey deep into the silence, patience and awed perception of a wild snail eating from her bedside as she recovers from her own illness.

This book was relatable and comforting for me as it explored the different levels of illness. Although a sometimes sad and difficult topic, this story's outlook became a mirror for my life and could for many other people who have experienced the emotional and mental obstacles of overcoming illness.

Give Me the Creeps

The Bride of Frankenstein

Every generation seems to get the monster they deserve -- in film anyway.

If the phrase "Art imitates life" is true for cinema as well, it means that our film represents our culture and society at the time the film is made. It might then follow that horror films represent our nightmares or our worst fears.

The posters and lobby cards for these films are as imaginative and chilling as the films themselves. Highly sought after by collectors, in good condition these posters can fetch upwards of five-ten thousand dollars. And much more.

Polly Want a Cracker? What about some more pirate movies?

The fourth entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, On Stranger Tides, comes to DVD this week. While the films are very popular, it has been a while since pirate movies were successful. For people who want to see other approaches to high seas adventure, the Library has examples of the best (and worst) in genre.

Pirate movies have been around for over a hundred years now, hitting their peak in popularity between the 1940s and 1960s. Pirate movies helped give movie stars like Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster their start and, eventually, Disney even started making family-minded pirate movies.

New Cozy Mysteries

Cookie Dough or Die

Murder can ruin a perfectly good day. The sleuths in these new mystery titles are determined to get on with their lives even if it means solving a crime at the most inopportune time!

The "detectives" in cozy mysteries aren't usually CSI experts but rather everyday people who happen to stumble across dead bodies or have friends who need help. 

Many sleuths become resident experts in their often small communities. And like a really good cookie, one cozy mystery is never enough.

Here are a few, first titles in new mystery series available at the Library:

DPL Receives Awards from Colorado Association of Libraries

Green Valley Ranch Branch Library

Green Valley Ranch Branch named Colorado Library of the Year and the Central Library Renovation named Colorado Project of the Year!

On October 14, 2011 the Denver Public Library accepted two top awards from the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) at the statewide association’s annual conference.

Get Your Game On @ the CTC!

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Think you can beat your friends at Super Smash Brothers? Want to see what it’s like to play games with no controller with our new Kinect?

If you are in grade 6-12, come on down to the Community Technology Center at the Central Library every other Tuesday afternoon and show everybody what you can do!  We have a Wii, a PS3, and a Xbox 360 PLUS a Kinect!  Did I mention all this fun is 100% FREE?

Grade 6-12, No registration required.
Every other Tuesday, 3-5 p.m.
Community Technology Center, Level 4, Central Library

Upcoming dates:
October 25
November 8
November 22
December 6
December 20

THRIFT STORE COSTUMES - CHEAP, PHILANTHROPIC, GREEN AND FUN

Everyone knows the best part of Halloween (aside from miniature Kit Kats) is figuring out your costume. Instead of renting or buying a costume, you can create a unique  look by visiting your local thrift store and taking advantage of the special Halloween section which usually has lots of themed used clothes, actual costumes and a frightening number of ghoulish accessories. 

Got brains?

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention - Captures the hearts of critics

Manning Marable, the noted History professor at Columbia University and the Founding Director of IRAAS (Institute for Research in African American Studies) at Columbia University, opens the platform for dialogue concerning the life of Malcolm X and his membership in the Nation of Islam.

Recently I read Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, a book written by the late Manning Marable, who unfortunately died days before the book was released.

 

The New England Scene: under the radar writers doing big things

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Looking for some writers who have gathered a cult following, but may not make it onto your radar? Eileen Myles and Michelle Tea have been at the writing gig for quite some time. Tea is known as the predecessor of Myles and not simply because of their similar Boston backgrounds. They both write frank, honest, and deeply complex considerations of what it means to be female, gay, and a writer. Their upbringings give the backdrop to take ink to paper and write.

Their language picks you apart and asks you to hold up high the raw material they produce. It is no secret that female writers, especially of the obscure variety, remain that, a secret, without hitting it big in the mainstream. If you're looking for your expectations to be fulfilled, Myles and Tea aren't for you. If you're into writers moving towards a liminal space and disregarding censorship and societal norms, Myles and Tea are waiting for you.

Eileen Myles's collection of works include:

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