Dec. 24-25 - All libraries closed for Christmas.
Books and Beyond
Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
Lou Arrendale, an autistic man, is the narrator. He lives in a near future where there are very few people with autism left. Cures exist for anyone diagnosed in childhood, but Lou was too old to be helped when the solution came along. He has created a life for himself with friends and a job and a car, but always there is the struggle to be normal. It is a quiet, constrained existence that we come to know well through Lou’s description of his days and routines. It has its advantages too—Lou has special abilities to recognize patterns, and these he applies to his job in a pharmaceutical firm. He enjoys listening to classical music in ways not open to most people. All in all, he has mostly come to terms with autism and his life.
Into this situation an experimental treatment presents itself. Lou’s supervisor wants him, and all the other autistics in his work unit, to undergo a surgery that may “fix” their brains—or leave them mentally worse off than before. Their jobs are threatened. But even if the treatment works, how would it affect Lou and the life he has built? What would it do to his personality, his essence? Would it change his unique abilities? Would it alter his feelings for a woman who he has only recently come to love?
Elizabeth Moon has created a moving, thoughtful, complex tale. Speed of Dark draws us completely into the world of Lou Arrendale, a unique and fascinating hero. As the mother of an autistic child, she brings street cred to her portrayal of the man, and makes us care.
Money, Power and Wall Street is a FRONTLINE special originally shown on PBS about a year ago. In a special four-hour investigation, this documentary tells the inside story of the origins of the financial meltdown and the battle to save the global economy. It explores key decisions, missed opportunities, and the bailouts of financial institutions that citizens of the United States may not know about. These unprecedented moves by government officials and banking leaders have affected the fortunes and futures of millions of people worldwide in fascinating ways. The documentary ends with an exploration of the news rules and regulations that are currently under consideration. Will they be enough to fend off the next financial crisis?
Have you heard of the Lambda Literary Awards? For 25 years, the "Lammys" have celebrated the best in gay and lesbian literature. This year's Awards ceremony will be held in New York on June 2nd. There are a little over 20 award categories and more than 100 finalists nationwide.
It just so happens that 6 of this year's finalists live in the Denver area, so JCPL thought it would be neat to bring them in for a group reading for the public.
The Belmar Library is going to host the reading on Friday, May 10th, from 6:30-8pm. You'll get a chance to meet the authors, ask questions, get autographs, and hear some really great stories.
The readers and their nominated works are:
Jerry Wheeler - Strawberries and other Erotic Fruit
Kieran York - Appointment with a Smile
Sean Eads - The Survivors
Dylan Edwards - Transposes
Matt Kaily - Teeny Weenies: and Other Short Subjects
Early registration is now available for the Adult Summer Reading Program – this year’s theme is Groundbreaking Reads.
This year we will be playing Bingo! It’s not just about reading this summer but exploring the Library. Finish your first bingo and come into your local library to get a certificate for a free book from the Library Foundation book sale. You can complete up to 4 bingos and each bingo you complete will place you in the grand prize drawing for a Kindle. Here's a little tip - we are suggesting you use the year you were born as your registration password so it's easy to remember.
Parents and guardians – be sure to sign your kids and teens up for Summer Reading Club too. Dig into Reading for kids and Beneath the Surface for teens. New this year, we will have a special program for the little ones, sign up under Dig into Reading but look for the bingo card just for babies, toddlers and preschoolers which focus on fun and early literacy. Just have one library card in your family? No problem, just register yourself and you will see a button allowing you to add others to your card.
Bingo cards will be available online and at your local library on June 1st – the official start of Summer Reading Club!
Have you heard about Free Comic Book Day?
On Saturday, May 4th, comic book stores across the nation will participate by giving out a selection of free comics to their customers. In addition, many comic book stores will be hosting special events, such as the chance to meet local comic artists and writers.
Some of the Denvera-area comic book stores involved in Free Comic Book Day include Time Warp, Mile Hi Comics, Hero Headquarters, and I Want More Comics. You can find other participating locations here.
Keep in mind, of course, that with Jefferson County Public Library, every day is Free Comic Book Day. From graphic novels to trade paperback collections and anthologies, the library system has extensive holdings on all your favorite comic titles. Come borrow them any time you like. We believe reading makes everyone a super hero!
The story of how Herb and Dorothy Vogel assembled one of the most extensive and important collections of 20th century art is quirky, inspirational, and just plain fun. The NYC based couple worked at the US Post Office and the Brooklyn Public Library and spent their evenings and weekends scouting and buying art directly from people who would become some of the most influential artists, painters, and sculptors of the century.
If their story intrigues you, check out the documentary about them, Herb & Dorothy.
The following DVDs may challenge, change, or enhance the way you look at food, the food industry and food culture.
Food Inc. looks at the current state of the corporate/industrial food production systems in the US and the government agencies that regulate those systems; as well as the outcomes these systems are having on our health, the planet, and the economy. Food Inc. has interviews with Eric Schlosser, the author of Fast Food Nation, Michael Pollan, the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Denver Congresswoman Diana DeGette, just to name a few.
Forks Over Knives
What would you say if more than one doctor told you most degenerative illnesses could be prevented and/or cured if people stopped eating animal-based and processed foods? The doctors in Forks Over Knives make just such a claim. They also talk about the real life changes they have witnessed in their patient’s health and bodies when they do switch to a plant based diet.
Dive! is a multi-award winning documentary about food waste in America. Did you know every year in the US we throw away 96 billion pounds of food? The creator of the film, Jeremy Seifert, is well aware of this, which is why he dumpster dives for most of his food. If dumpster diving seems nauseating, watch the DVD; you might be surprised! Dive! looks at food as something precious and sacred, rather than just another commodity.
Ingredients is about the local food movement, from farmer’s markets and chefs who deal directly with local farmers to Community Supported Agriculture programs. It follows food from the farm to the table and features the celebrated chef’s Alice Waters, Peter Hoffman, and Greg Higgins.
Have you heard of the Digital Public Library of America? It's a non-profit organization that's taking historical works and archives from several state libraries and cultural organizations and making them available to patrons from all over the world. Part library, part museum, the Digital Public Library of America offers over 2.4 million free resources, has incredible exhibitions of art, photographs and manuscripts, and includes collections from the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian, and the National Archives.
Their website launched just the other day, and it's a great place to go for anyone interested in exploring our history and shared heritage. The wealth of information it conveys is suitable for students at all levels, and contains fascinating insights into thousands of topics. Of course, you don't have to be doing research to enjoy the DPLA! You can think of their site as the ultimate highbrow timewaster! (And come on, you were probably getting tired of playing Pacman, right)?
If you need a good book to read with your upper elementary or middle school child, Wonder by R. J. Palacio may be the one for you! August has been homeschooled for many years because of surgeries to correct the deformity of his face. He finds himself going to school for the first time in middle school, which is a hard age for most kids, let alone one who is so noticeably different in physical appearance. The story is told from the points of view of various characters, which really helps the reader understand the complexity of August’s life. This book may generate important discussions with your child about acceptance of others and bullying. It is a great read!
In Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye, Timothy Wilde reluctantly assumes his duties in New York City's newly-formed police department in 1845. In the middle of the night he hears a little girl's claim that dozens of bodies have been buried in a local forest. This happens at a time when the potato famine in Ireland has sent thousands of immigrants into the city, creating great anti-Irish and anti-Catholic sentiments. Timothy and his brother Valentine have risen from a dreadful upbringing only to be forced to become players in the politics and corruption of the city. Compelling characters and fast-paced plot make this a hard book to put down. Faye's ample research helps situate this dark mystery novel in a gritty, compelling period of American history.