The weather is cooling, the leaves are turning, and all around the city costumes and decorations are being prepared for Halloween. Join us Friday, October 30, from 3-6 p.m. for a trick or treat extravaganza at the Central Library! Staff will be handing out treats throughout the building, and there will be storytelling under the derrick in Western History/Genealogy, maker madness in the ideaLab, and games and crafts in the Children’s Library.
The Denver Public Library has been visiting Hollywoods original horror films. The excavation continues this week when we dust off a Universal Studios gem based on the curse of the Egyptian kings, The Mummy. You'll be surprised that the film draws from its monster brother, Dracula and that it bears some similarities to its remake, 1999's The Mummy. And it is just a great popcorn movie for this time of year!
The Mummy (1932)
Tuesday, October 14, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
A lot has happened this fall at the Ross-Cherry Creek branch! You may have seen our in-house tree standing tall as can be, right in the center of the first floor, or our ever-changing cultural displays in the front and the Beehive area.
The Cherry Creek tree brought a lot of attention as the site for "leaf" us your favorite book. Kids, teens, families and adults all were able to leave us the title of their favorite books.
If you ask your local librarian for reading recommendations (which you definitely should, whether in person or online), chances are at some point he or she will hand you a book by Neil Gaiman. There are many reasons for this. Gaiman’s got an engaging writing style. His books are fun to read and appeal to a wide range of readers, with exciting stories rooted in mythology and fantasy.
Park Hill Branch Library has had its doors closed for the past two weeks while our HVAC system has been completely gutted and replaced. We’ve neglected to do much dusting over the past two weeks, and as a result the spiders have really gotten out of control.
In fact, one gigantic spider has made its home right over our book return, just in time for Halloween. So if you’re planning on visiting us again once we reopen on Monday, October 28th you might have to brave the spider’s jaws in order to return your book. Be careful! It looks friendly, but it might bite!
Every generation seems to get the monster they deserve -- in film anyway.
If the phrase "Art imitates life" is true for cinema as well, it means that our film represents our culture and society at the time the film is made. It might then follow that horror films represent our nightmares or our worst fears.
The posters and lobby cards for these films are as imaginative and chilling as the films themselves. Highly sought after by collectors, in good condition these posters can fetch upwards of five-ten thousand dollars. And much more.
Nostalgia alert: we're bringing back popcorn balls.
When I was a young 'un, Halloween signified the beginning of the kid calendar. It was a fun, escapist holiday -- and a great break from the routine of a new school year. Mom would counsel my brother and I on our costumes, and help us select a variety of retired clothes that we could use to make our costumes. One year my brother went as a pirate and I went as a devil. Mom found a set of red long underwear for me and Dad built me a makeshift pitchfork. It was the best Halloween ever.
Faye Dunaway's portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest has become a cult classic. Fresh City Life presents this weird, absurd biopic as our KnitFlix movie for October.
It was meant to be a faithful film rendition of Christina Crawford's book of the same title, but Mommie Dearest quickly became a midnight showing cult film. In fact, during its initial release, it developed a following as loyal as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
I'm not a film academic, so I can't know with any certainty why Mommie Dearest moved into the realm of cult classic. But some of the reasons I love it might be contributing factors. In no particular order: