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Good Things by Aloe Blacc

I was recently introduced to the album, Good Things by Aloe Blacc. Hidden among his soulful original gems is a fantastic cover of Femme Fatal by The Velvet Underground. The genius of this cover is that it doesn't sound like a cover. It has the feeling of the original but sounds completely different. That got me thinking about other cover songs that I love.

Here are a few of my favorite covers:

Celebrate Teen Read Week October 17-23

Teen Read Week Sticker by Talia, age 12

The theme for Teen Read Week 2010 is Books with Beat. Why is it important to celebrate teens and reading October 17-23 (and the rest of the year)? For a lot of reasons!

"Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun, and can be done anywhere! Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce." - American Library Association

AskColorado's 7th Anniversary

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September 2, 2010 marks the 7th anniversary of AskColorado! AskColorado is a free online information service provided by Colorado libraries where you can chat live with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except major holidays).

Since opening for business on September 2, 2003, AskColorado has answered nearly 300,000 questions from the children, students, parents, business owners, and residents of Colorado. Wondering how to legally change your name in the state of Colorado*? Need an authoritative source that identifies the number of bills sponsored by Hillary Clinton in the 110th Congress for a paper that's due tomorrow*? Can't go to sleep until you figure out Queen Latifah's real name*? AskColorado can help and best of all, it's free for all Colorado students and residents.

Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild Exhibit

Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild Exhibit

The Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild presents ...and Sew and Sew ...Quilts of Wa Shonaji, an exhibit by quilters from around Colorado. Please join us at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library during the month of August for this extraordinary exhibit of art and craft.

About the Guild

The Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild was formed in February 1994 by five African American women who were interested in perpetuating the heritage of quilting and promoting fellowship among those in quilting. The Guild is committed to supporting and educating the community. To this end, the Guild offers exhibits, quilting classes, lectures and quilt documentation through its various programs during the year. The name Wa Shonaji comes from the Swahili language and means literally “people who sew.”

Teen Read Week Sticker Contest

Books with Beat. Teen Read Week - Oct. 17-23, 2010

Hey teen artists - it's time again for our Teen Read Week Sticker Contest!

Teen Read Week is October 17-23 this year and the theme is Books with Beat. One person will be chosen as our contest winner and will have their sticker distributed in all Denver Public Library locations during Teen Read Week! The winning art will also be featured on our teen website, eVolver.

The Rules

  • Artwork needs to measure 3” x 3.”
  • It can be any kind of 2-D art: color, B/W, photo, digital, whatever!
  • Entries need to be turned in by Saturday, September 4, 2010 and the winner will be announced by the first week of October.

Get all the details on eVolver!

Teens - Win an Autographed Copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan!

Children's Collection Specialist Gwen Vanderhage with the authors.

Hey teens! Are you a John Green and David Levithan fan? Here's your chance to win an advance reader's copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson that has been autographed by both authors!

Here's how it works:

Learn to Moonwalk at the Byers Branch Library

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Join resident dance instructor Isaiah Borum as he provides you with a free dance lesson to Michael Jackson's 25th Anniversary of Motown Billie Jean performance!

Where: Byers Branch Library

When: Friday, July 16, 3 p.m.

Class is limited to 12 participants, ages 13 and up. Please register at the Byers Branch Library circulation desk or by calling 720-865-0160. Refreshments will be served.

Want more Michael Jackson? Try one of these great items:

Movies:

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Number Ones

Moonwalking: The True Story of Michael Jackson

CDs:

The Essential Michael Jackson

Harvey Pekar 1939-2010

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Harvey Pekar, author of the American Splendor comic series, died today at the age of 70. The cause of death is not yet known but Pekar suffered from cancer, which he and his wife wrote about in Our Cancer Year.

Harvey Lawrence Pekar was born October 8, 1939 and was best known for writing the American Splendor series, which chronicled Pekar's everyday life in Cleveland and was illustrated by a variety of artists including R. Crumb. Pekar was also a huge jazz fan and critic and authored a jazz opera called Leave Me Alone.

Kids and Teens, help pick the books for the new Green Valley Ranch and Stapleton Libraries

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Hey kids and teens! We want to make sure we have your favorite books at the new Green Valley Ranch and Stapleton branch libraries. Tell us the books you want to see and you'll be entered into a drawing for a Target gift card!

Kids, visit kids.denverlibrary.org/mynewlibrary to tell us your picks.

Teens, visit teens.denverlibrary.org/mynewlibrary and let us know what you want.

Don't forget to give us your name and phone number or email address if you want to be entered into the drawing for the Target gift card!

Thanks for helping us make your new libraries a great place for kids and teens!

Happy National Doughnut Day!

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National Doughnut Day falls on the first Friday in June every year and was created by The Salvation Army in honor of the Salvation Army “Doughnut Lassies” who made donuts for homesick soldiers during World War I. Legend has it that although donuts were first introduced by Dutch settlers, it was the popularity of the doughnuts made by the "Lassies" that really made doughnuts a hit in America.

Doughnuts are certainly a hit with me! My dream doughnut feast would include doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Doughnut Plant in New York, and Walton Donuts right here in Denver. But who am I kidding? Any doughnut is a good doughnut! I'll definitely be heading out for my free doughnut from LaMar's or Krispy Kreme on National Doughnut Day.

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