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Be a Rebel. Be a Rock Star. Be a Man and Read to your Kids.

Reading is rebellious. My conviction in believing this is just as strong as my belief in the sky being blue, or in beauty being ubiquitous.

Reading is the one thing I can still do to get in touch with the outlaw in me, the adolescent delinquent craving confrontation with authority. It’s because of this, too, that I read to my son every day. It’s the closest I get to doing something religiously. I want him to think for himself, rebel against anything that goes against his ideals and the integrity of who he is, who he will be.

Winter of Reading is coming

What is the best thing to do during the long cold winter months? Why, read of course! Anyone who is a Book Person (and aren’t we all) can tell you that the best way to spend a cold day is curled up with a good book, listening to some tunes and sipping from a steaming mug of tea.

How Colorado Got So Rugged: Books on Colorado Geology

Messages in Stone Book Cover

If you want to see geologic marvels, Colorado is the place to be. Tall mountains, deep canyons, desert mesas, dinosaur bones, glacial valleys--this state has it all. But have you ever wondered how it got this way? Why is Colorado so rugged, when states like Iowa and Kansas are so flat? What raised those mountains and carved those valleys?

Mindfulness: It's Not What You Think

Water drop photo by fox_kiyo

Mindfulness seems to be on everyone's, well, minds lately. You may have heard it discussed in relation to business, health, or relationships. But what is it exactly?

The Origins of Our Digital Universe

When, exactly, did our digital world arise? For many, the advent of social media might first come to mind. How about the birth of the internet? Or maybe the first PCs? Each of these technological developments have certainly been revolutionary, but George Dyson, in his book Turing’s Cathedral, argues that the framework for modern computers and the digital age was actually constructed long before any of these phenomena.

Questions! Questions! Who has a Question?

Book cover for Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi

At the Children’s Library we love to answer questions. The tougher the nut, the more fun we have trying to crack it. Recently, we had a very specific request from a customer that really challenged our grey cells.

Frigid and Frightening Fiction

Midwinter Blood

Winter is here, having come on like the resounding snap of a frozen twig, shooting through the silence of a freezing landscape. It drifted in after surrounding and defeating late fall with little more than a thrash of wind whipped leaves. Winter is here. And I am cold.

The Dinner Party

Panel from The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago

An invitation to the table is a sign of inclusion and ultimately, power. If you were relegated to the kid's table during family events, you know what I am talking about. Not all tables are created equal.

Plaza Voices: New Refugee/Parole Program Announced

Cover of Enrique's Journey, available through DPL

The 2006 book "Enrique's Journey," based on author Sonia Nazario's Pulitzer Prize-winning series for the Los Angeles Times, follows a Honduran boy as he travels alone across Mexico, trying to reach the United States in search of his mother.

Book Discovery: Baby, It's Cold in Space

As the weather starts to chill and snow starts to fall I get the unavoidable desire to delve into the desolate and far colder realm of outer space.

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