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Our Biggest Fears

Start: Punch Fear in the Face

What are your greatest fears? When we look at top ten lists of greatest fears, some topics emerge repeatedly. Just turning on the news, opening a website, or listening to the radio can make us afraid to even more dangers and possibilities.

Knowing that others are experiencing any number of terrifying issues, fear can creep up on us as we “try on” the experience others are having. This is empathy, which makes us human. Being empathetic, however, can scare us silly.
Sometimes the best course of action is to face fear head-on. One of the best ways we gather courage to beat back the fear is by reading.

Here are a few titles to consider for your journey:

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff

Star Wars Reads Week is Coming!

Star Wars Reads

This will be a day long remembered. Make that a week! Join us September 30-October 6 for Star Wars Reads Week at Denver Public Library!

Last fall, libraries and bookstores all over the country came together for a celebration of reading and all things Star Wars. The Park Hill Branch Library hosted a standing-room only event featuring all sorts of fun games and activities for Star Wars fans young and old.

Books & Brews: Suggested Pairings for Denver's Brewing Scene

Photo courtesy of Black Shirt Brewing Co

With Denver churning out new breweries at breakneck speed, you can sometimes have trouble finding someone to drag along to each new spot. Luckily, you still don't have to go alone. Consider inviting your long lost pal, the book. Here is a brief list of complementary "Book & Brew" pairings for taprooms around Denver.

Hogshead Brewery. This northwest Denver brewery's traditional English cask ales pair nicely with any of the English greats: a Lake Lightning and a Brontë, a Chin Wag to match your Shelley (the poet or the novelist).

News Flash! New Picture Book Award In Colorado

Lola at the Library

Reading, singing, talking, writing, and playing are all easy activities you can do with your children to help get them ready to read and ready for school. You're probably already doing these things, but if you need some new inspiration or are looking for a great picture book, look no further.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) has a new children's book award that recognizes wonderful picture books that support early literacy. Every year on February 5th the selection committee will announce one winner for each category; read, write, sing, talk, play. This year, to get everyone excited about the new award, the committee chose to honor 25 excellent books from the past 25 years that embody the spirit of the award.

Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library ¡Ándale!

Mural by Carlota EspinoZa at Byers Branch Library

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15) and the perfect time to look at the wealth of relevant, inspiring, informative, and entertaining resources and activities we have. The highlights below don’t begin to capture all of it!

Get Caught Reading Banned Books

Banned Books Mugshot

I am guilty of reading subversive literature filled to the brim with dangerous ideas and inflammatory language. I have been committing illicit acts of reading since I was a child, though my teen years were my most seditious. Yet I have never been arrested, or had to smuggle in a restricted book. I have always enjoyed the right to read freely and that is why I celebrate Banned Books Week.

This year Banned Books Week is September 22-28 and I encourage you to visit your local Denver Public Library branch and get caught reading banned books! If you have your mug shot photo taken with your favorite banned book, be sure to share it with us on the DPL facebook page.

Patience is a virtue

No Easy Day

I know how it goes, you hear about the perfect book, you are so excited, only problem is 400 other people heard about the book too. So now the waitlist is 400 people long and you think "I'll just wait until it goes down and then I'll read the book". But THEN you forget and now it's a year later and you're stuck waiting for the newest hot title. Well, how about we step into the wayback machine and find you that hot title from last year while you wait for that hot title from this year?

Here are some of the hottest titles from last year that no longer have huge holds lists:

No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL : The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Announced

Image: Book Sticker 2012 Man Booker Prize

I loved every Man Booker Prize winning novel I've read: The White Tiger, Life of Pi, Midnight's Children,The English Patient.

And I always thought I had read more of them then I actually have.

Hugo Award Winners 2013

Redshirts by John Scalzi

On Sunday night in San Antonio, Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi, was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Named for Hugo Gernsback, widely credited for popularizing the reading of Science Fiction, The Hugo Awards are one of Science Fiction's most prestigious honors and have been an annual literary event since 1955.

More Hugo Award 2013 Winners:

Best Novella

Best Novelette

National Parks Free on Sunday for Park Service Birthday!

If you're not heading to downtown Denver to watch the US Pro Bike Challenge on Sunday (or heading to 1 of the 3 Denver Public Library Branches that will be open!), you may want to take the opportunity to celebrate our National Park Service's birthday with free admission to any National Park!

Colorado's National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites include a wide variety of scenery and history, and are scattered all over the state.

For majestic beauty:

Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado National Monument

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park

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