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Can obsession last for eternity?

The Taker by Alma Katsu

Can desire withstand immortality?

This is the theme explored by Alma Katsu in her engrossing novel "The Taker." Reminiscent of the earlier writings of Anne Rice, this novel plunges the reader into a dark world of beings cursed with the gift of immortality. This story spans centuries, but in the end it is the depth of characterization that keeps the reader riveted.

If you like your supernatural fiction with complex characters and dark subject matter then take "The Taker" and be prepared to be totally taken in.

Aging isn't easy!

Bird watching has a competitive side worth exploring.

Baby boomers all have retirement plans.  Travel.  Golf.  Relaxation.  Business.  Adventure.  Mystery.

Now that you're retired what do you do with all your time?  You have worked your entire life in order to have the time and money to enjoy yourself.  Have you tired of fishing, scrapbooking and those yoga exercises that eventually get boring.  The library has lots of ideas for you to explore.  And you have the time to explore them now.

THE BIG YEAR by Mark Obmascik
This is bird watching taken to another level.  This is a fervent competition.

 

Change Agents: Bell and Jobs

Derrick Bell

Derrick Bell and Steve Jobs both died on Wednesday but the similarities don't end there. Both men would not be deterred by those who could or would not believe.

Derrick Bell spent his professional life exposing racisim in the legal system and higher education.  He encouraged members of diverse groups to tell their stories as a way of building support and community, something he felt scholarship alone could not do.  

Colorado Authors Series Presents Steve Friesen, Buffalo Bill: A Life of Controversy

Buffalo Bill

Curious about Buffalo Bill, his life, and his Colorado connections? Learn more with Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Steve Friesen will be at the Bear Valley Branch on Thursday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Friesen will present a slide show and lecture entitled Buffalo Bill: A Life of Controversy, based on his book Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary.

Desperate Measures

into the forest by jean hegland

It's autumn. My thoughts turn to the usual autumnal things like the changing leaves, apple picking, pumpkin carving...and a strange hankering for tales of desperation.

Something about this time of year tends to make some of us a bit melancholy. It's a time to fend off sleep when the sun sinks below the horizon at 5:00. We watch the leaves fall and our flowers wither with frost. We haul out the blankets and heat up the tea kettle. We bake bread and fill bowls with hearty soups as if we're bears stockpiling calories for our long winter's sleep. This time of year, reading about hardship somehow makes me feel cozier.

The Days of Awe

Matzo Balls for Breakfast by Alan King & Friends

The Days of Awe began with Rosh Hashanah and ends with the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur.

Even if you don't celebrate the holidays, the Library has a variety of titles to help you learn more about Jewish traditions and customs. Nonfiction titles like Days of Awe and The Yom Kippur Anthology are interesting guides.  Stories about growing up Jewish are a more personal, intimate way to celebrate and immerse yourself in another person's experience.  

Favorite memoirs include: 

Money Money

Lost and Found : Unexpected Revelations about Food and Money by Geneen Roth

Money! Money! We all need it and there’s never enough of it! 

You already know about using the library to borrow DVDs, books and music. Have you used the Value Line database to better understand your investments? Check out the many materials that DPL has to assist in saving and investing money.

Cassowaries, Quetzels, and . . . Elves?

Quetzel

A recent after hours lecture at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science yielded a bit more than stuffed animals. The world class dioramas include a bit of whimsey by one artist.

Usually painters sign their work with their name but Kent R. Pendleton, one of the diorama artists, painted elves (some argue they are leprechauns) into his work. The Museum staff know visitors with binoculars usually mean one thing: elf hunt!

Interested in learning more about the role and history of nature and science museums in the United States?

The following books will get you started!

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Caroline Dow: Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

The Colorado Authors Series is happy to present Caroline Dow on Saturday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m at Schlessman. 

She will present a talk based on her book Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners: Your Fortune in a Teacup. Along with a demonstration, she'll discuss how to choose and brew tea, herbal teas for health, and the history of tea. Refreshments will be served. Please join us, and see other Fresh City Life My Branch events here.

Is there strength in the bond between human beings and animals?

The Elephant Keeper Book Cover

Explore the bond between animal and human in all its depth and beauty . . .

I love animals, and my heart has a special spot for the mighty, intelligent elephant. As I browsed through the stacks one day, I found The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson. What a treasure!

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