Reviews and Blog Posts: families

Curiosities and Wonders

Thanksgiving Bread Basket

It's no secret the holidays can challenge even the most harmonious family relationships. Someone, somewhere, will be uttering "less is more" while dodging a dinner roll. Table conversations can escalate faster than a Facebook firestorm. Knowing how to navigate discussions around dueling politics or between divided sports fans is a prized holiday survival skill. 

So how can you keep the holiday sparkle alive and the goodwill flowing? Think trivia! Curiosities and wonders appeal to all ages. Ensure a harmonious (and educational) meal with the people you love most by taking one of these books to your next family gathering.

Sunset pass.

by Zane Grey

Reviewer Rating:
3

Originally published in 1928, this is a western with a heavy emphasis on romance. Tough cowboy Trueman Rock returns to an area where he sowed wild oats when he was younger and falls hard for a beautiful daughter of a rancher with a questionable reputation.  Thiry Preston has a bad...

Do You Have a Poem in Your Pocket?

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April is National Poetry Month, and April 18 is Poem in Your Pocket Day!

What does that mean? Celebrate poetry by carrying a favorite poem with you all day and sharing it with family, friends, and coworkers! Need ideas for poems to share? There are a few places you can go for inspiration:

Poets.org has a web page dedicated to Poem in Your Pocket Day. There are poems on the site that you can download and print for your pockets, along with other great resources about poets and poetry!

LEGO® Building Contest Judging Rescheduled for March 30

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The Building Contest Judging has been rescheduled for:

Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. There will also be fun activities across the hall in the Level 7 Meeting Room!

If you need additional information, please contact the branch where you entered the contest.

The theme of the 2013 contest was Building Books.

Participants chose a favorite book and made a LEGO® design based on a scene, character or even the cover of the book! Entries were accepted in four categories: Preschool-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-12th grade or Family.

 

Thank You to Our Prize Sponsors:

The age of miracles : a novel

by Karen Thompson Walker

Reviewer Rating:
5

Sometimes, the disaster that could end the world isn't a meteor, or zombies, or a deadly virus. Something that we all take for granted, like the turning of the earth in its 24-hour cycle, when disrupted, can cause more devastation that we would have thought possible. Join 12 year old...

shards

by Ismet Prcic

Reviewer Rating:
5

Ismet Prcic is a Bosnian refugee who has escaped the ethnic persecution of his war-torn country and his dysfunctional family. He’s a theater actor, a dramatist with a personality adept at taking on roles. With the rhythm and insight of a Dostoevsky with acute anxiety disorder, he recounts his tale...

Plan Your Playdate With Denver!

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Kyrie Collins, author of Playdate with Denver and Colorado's Front Range on Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

 

When Collins moved to the Denver area, she had a two-year-old toddler and was six months pregnant. Immediately, she began searching for a resource of fun and interesting places to take her children. Most of the information she found was either for older children or focused on a specific area or activity. She wanted a wide array of destinations for every season of the year and for every budget. Since she couldn’t find one, she decided to create one.

National Adoption Day

November 20 is National Adoption Day. The goals of National Adoption Day are to finalize adoptions from foster care in all 50 states, raise awareness about adoption, and to celebrate families who have chosen to adopt.

Celebrate National Game and Puzzle Week!

This week, November 15 - November 22, is National Game and Puzzle Week! Whether you game online, play cards or love a good puzzle, the library has something for you! Invite your friends or family for a fun night of playing games or solving puzzles. These activities are proven to keep your mind sharp and active and can even stave off the effects of aging on your brain!

Puzzles

Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?

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Jancee Dunn first hit the literary scene with her memoir “But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl’s Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous,” published in 2006. Upon starting that memoir, I realized that
I already “knew” Jancee after all. A regular writer for Rolling Stone, Jancee was also an MTV “VJ” on the MTV2 network, and if there’s one thing I knew about as a teenager, it was MTV. Dunn’s
first book was mostly about her career in the music business and all the hilarity and fame brushing that ensued. This second non-fiction contribution (Dunn also has a novel) is a more personal affair, centering on her family life.

In her first offering, Dunn described getting away from her suburban roots and making a career in the male dominated rock journalism world. But as Dunn gets older, she deals with all of the issues that arise when

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