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Iceland landscape

Beginning May 11th, Icelandair will be offering direct flights from DIA to Iceland's capital, Reykjavík.  A paltry 8 hour flight will get you to this geothermal wonderland where 10% of the population believes in the existence of elves* and phone directories are organized by first names.

While you can always pick up a travel guide, it can be much more interesting and engaging to do some primary source research when visiting a foreign culture.  Whether you are seriously considering a trip to Iceland or just curious about their cultural exports, get started with these items from the library:

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HAVE YOU HUGGED YOUR BOOKMOBILE TODAY?

Wednesday, April 11, is National Bookmobile Day! Help us celebrate this roving resource by visiting the bookmobile and thanking our hardworking bookmobile staff, sending an email to the library, or voicing your support to community leaders.

Today's bookmobile has come a long way from the first one, which was introduced by Washington County, Maryland librarian Mary Titcomb and hit the road in 1905. The horse-drawn book wagon was "filled with an attractive collection of books and drawn by two horses, with Mr. Thomas the janitor both holding the reins and dispensing the books."

NPR Back-Seat Book Club Pick for April: Seedfolks

Seedfolks

Transformation is the theme of April's selection for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds.

In Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, an eight-year-old girl named Kim starts an unexpected revolution in her Cleveland neighborhood with one simple act: planting lima bean seeds in a vacant lot. When a neighbor observes her action and shares her concern for the seeds with another neighbor, who decides to plant his own garden, the transformation of trashed lot to community garden begins.

Titanic Mystery: A Prophecy of the Tragedy?

The Wreck of the Titan, or Futility

Morgan Robertson's novella titled Futility is an engaging fictional account of the ill-fated voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic.

Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan recounts many of the elements that makes Titanic a truly epic story -- the iceberg, the lack of lifeboats, the number that perished. But the most spectacular detail of Robertson's retelling of the Titanic story is that it was written in 1898, a full fourteen years before the actual event!

Here are some of the strange similarities between the novella and the real event:

Teens--Celebrate National Poetry Month!

A Girl Named Mister

April is National Poetry Month! Will you celebrate by reading a poem? How about writing one? Or maybe even creating one with book spines? Celebrate words and creative expression all month!

If you need some help finding your voice and writing your own poetry, come to one of the great workshop events happening at branch locations throughout Denver this month!

One of my favorite ways to read poetry is as complete stories in novels in verse. Some of my favorites include:

Love That Dog and Hate That Cat, Sharon Creech

Thanks for a Successful Novel Night--Come to More Programs!

Paper flower & book candle holder

Thanks to everyone who attended, staffed, and volunteered at our first annual Novel Night (2012)! We were overwhelmed with the positive responses, and are already starting to plan for 2013!

From feasting on food donated by Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant to making over a dozen crafts with recycled books, Novel Night was lively and fun-filled--a great time was had by all! Many thanks to our sponsors: Rio Grande, King Soopers, Starbucks, Parisi, Ingram, Midwest Tape, Ceylon Pearl Tea, Tattered Cover, MoonDance Botanicals, HarperCollins, the DPL Friends Foundation, and Old Navy!

MONSTER MAKEUP FX - HOW A SMALL BUSINESS BECAME FRIGHTENINGLY SUCCESSFUL

Midian Crosby

When Midian Crosby saw Michael Jackson's Thriller video at the age of six, she was instantly obsessed with monsters. She borrowed older brother Shawn's Fangoria magazines, watched Elvira and developed empathy for misunderstood monsters like Frankenstein.

Supportive parents who encouraged her interests supplied her with dark children's stories and movies such as the Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddy Kruger, aliens and werewolves made her happy; what really frightened her were parasites, snakes and spiders.

What's the Deal with Facebook Timeline?

Facebook Like

Facebook Timeline has been making big waves- but what is it?  Why all the commotion?  Is it mandatory? And most importantly, how do you use it? 

Good questions, all of them!

In a nutshell, Timeline is well, a timeline of your activities on Facebook.  You can tell someone has installed Timeline by the giant photo that dominates the top of their profile page.  But Timeline is not just a visual change.  It also allows users to

Paganini of the Banjo: Remembering Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs

This week, bluegrass legend and musical innovator, Earl Scruggs passed away in Nashville at the age of 88.

Scruggs revolutionized string bands and bluegrass music by developing the three-finger banjo picking style and launching the instrument past its traditional use in comedy acts into a prominent musical role. Growing up in the infamous Piedmont region of North Carolina, he supposed started playing banjo at age four and started working on his signature three-finger rolls by age 10.

Frock the Vote

OK Designers, Please put down your scissors, needle and thread. Back slowly away from your sewing machine. It's time for us to vote.

Our twelve Frock Out designers are hard at work on their final pieces for the upcoming runway show and competition in April. Making a nod to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in April of 1912, Frock Out will include camp and classic music, a live string quartet and some of Denver's hottest and newest fashion designers. 

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