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Podcast to Book

Ife Head

If you liked the BBC hit podcast, A History of the World in 100 Objects, you won't want to miss seeing the images in the new book featuring all 100 objects.

The series explores the microhistories of artifacts from Ife sculpture to the modern day credit card. Together, the objects weave a story of humankind. The podcasts are still available for download while you're on the hold list for the book.

The following titles are just a few of my favorite microhistories. The Library has many more titles to choose from so look for your favorite things too.

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Colorado Authors Series Presents: Cara Lopez Lee

They Only Eat Their Husbands

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Cara Lopez Lee this Saturday, August 13, at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Cara Lopez Lee is the author of They Only Eat Their Husbands: A Memoir of Alaskan Love, World Travel, and the Power of Running Away. She grew up in Los Angeles, earned her journalism degree from CU Boulder, and became a TV reporter in Alaska. Her memoir explores her 9 years in Alaska, where she landed in a love triangle with 2 exciting alcoholics, and the year she ran away to backpack around the word alone. She has written for HGTV, Food Network, The Los Angeles Times, and the Denver Post. Ms.

Sharpe's Tribute

Shannon Sharpe holding NFL Hall of Fame bust

What makes a person successful?  For Shannon Sharpe, his grandmother and the three Ds (determination, dedication, and discipline) are the foundation of his success.

My Dad recorded Sharpe's enshrinement speech into the NFL's Hall of Fame to share with me.  I am so grateful because the speech is an inspirational testimony to the power of love and self knowledge.  Sharpe asks people to separate the popular public persona from the person.  He is passionate about the support he received from his community and family but especially the legacy left by his grandmother, Ms. Mary Potter.  She sadly passed away a month before the awards ceremony.

Remembering 9/11

A Decade of Hope

A flatbed truck escorted debris from the World Trade Center into Denver today. Donated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the remnants will be used to create memorials to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Denver's memorial will be one of thousands located in all fifty states and in seven different countries. Many books have been written to pay tribute to those that lost their lives that day, the heroes who responded, and those that miraculously survived.

Children and AIDS

Ryan White

The 24th Annual AIDS Walk Colorado is taking place August 13, 2011.  Who will you walk for?

 

Parents all over the world have lost children of all ages to AIDS.  Generations of families have been destroyed in Africa due to this disease.  Newspapers report the statistics but children and those who care for them, are the most articulate about the impact of AIDS on their lives.

Nasdijj says it best when asked why anyone would adopt a child with AIDS in his memoir The Boy and the Dog are Sleeping: "Because one comes to you.  Because you can."

eMedia Site Maintenance

Down for maintenance

Our eMedia site for downloading eBooks, audio eBooks and eFlicks may be down for maintenance Friday night and Saturday night.

Interruptions may occur between 9 p.m. Friday, August 5 and 4 a.m. Saturday, August 6 Mountain Time and between 9 p.m. Saturday, August 6 and 4 a.m. Sunday, August 7, Mountain Time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

True Adventures

Finding Everett Ruess

Need to add a little excitement to your reading?  Find yourself transported to amazing places and times with these recently published nonfiction adventures.

School Lunch Scramble

Top 100 Recipes for a Healthy Lunchbox

As a teenager, I went to a private school which did not provide hot meals most days.

I remember the regular scramble to pack 5 sack lunches – 4 for children (me and my siblings) and 1 for my mother.  If you find yourself in the same situation, hopefully one of the books below will slightly ease the school lunch scramble.

Vote for the Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

NPR asked their audience to nominate titles and series for a Top 100 list of Science Fiction and Fantasy. They were sent almost 5,000 nominations! They have narrowed down the list to a few hundred and need your help to find the 100 most popular titles. The results will be published on August 11.

From their list, my Top 10 choices are:

Back to School Resources

Are you a parent attempting to get your children ready to go back to school?

Children and teens may have spent hours reading to earn prizes through the Summer of Reading Program, but what do they need to know to be ready for math or science or any other subject? We have two series of books which can assist parents in knowing what their children need to know. Amy James has written Kindergarten Success through Fourth Grade Success.

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