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The Newest in New

We have 11 new titles that have been added to our collection this month! Please check them out. Every day brings new choices. -Martha Beck                                                             […]

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Keys to Mysterious Places

Some libraries can seem mysterious (is yours?) and authors have been known to use it to their advantage in their novels. This one does just that with a dose of mythical realism that is both strange and beautiful. Sound appealing? Then consider this title for your next bookclub option! We have 6 copies. An enchanted collection of […]

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Colorado Historic Newspapers

Good Old Fashioned Barbecue

This week we have already had very warm sun, afternoon thunderstorms, lovely long days, and the Fourth of July! This also means that it is time for summer barbecuing! Truly, what is July Fourth without a barbecue? Barbecuing has been a long-standing tradition as part of our Independence Day activities. This is especially evident in […]

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Victorian Wonder Woman-Rattlesnake Kate!

It’s a nice, warm summer day and you are enjoying a jog along the open spaces near your home, when lo and behold, your normally safe trail is very surprisingly obstructed by a rattlesnake along your path. Perhaps you squeal realizing you’re a mere 10 feet away from the rattler that obviously saw you first […]

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Lovely, Lazy Reading Days

Summer is here and relaxing with a good book is always a welcomed lazy, hot day activity, is it not? And while your body is hopefully enjoying a moment of lounging, your brain need not be. Perhaps consider sneaking in a little knowledge within your fiction. What about historical fiction? We have many titles of […]

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Warning: This Book Includes Fiercely Loved Taxidermy

Depression and anxiety hardly seem like topics that could be twisted into laugh out loud humor, but Jenny Lawson has a gift for such things.  In her book Furiously Happy she exposes her struggles with the difficult reality of depression and anxiety preventing her from doing even the simplest things, as well as her often unique decisions […]

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Who Doesn’t Love Unicorns!

Feeling daydream-y and ready for summer reading with the influx of kids visiting your children’s/teens section at all hours of the day? We have a fantastical YA novel even the younger types may enjoy all about a lovely, sweet, lonely unicorn. These days it might be considered a wee bit of a classic for the younger types. The […]

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Tips for Funtastic YA Book Clubs!

Oh the tricky business of  convincing pre-teens/teenagers that a book club could be a super fun, fantastic event. I am here to help! I have scrounged the internet for some interesting or helpful tips when considering a book club for the younger set.  Have the kids/students pick out the book Keep the meeting relatively short, […]

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Grrrl Power!

Let’s honor the strong women in our collection! We have roughly 10 titles for your borrowing needs that celebrate brave, independent, and strong women. Some of these women wield their power subtly, others subversively, and yet others with confident grace. Enjoy the following quotes of these amazing fictional and real ladies. [Dr. Thomas] Mrs. Jessup […]

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20th Century & Beyond

Helen Bonfils: Denver Post Co Owner & Philanthropist

When: 1889-1972 Where: Peekskill, N.Y. Why Important: Co-owner of the Denver Post, Philanthropist, Established the Denver Center of the Performing Arts Biography Helen Bonfils was born on November 26, 1889 in Peekskill, New York. Her father, Frederick Bonfils, bought the struggling Denver Post newspaper with H.H. Tammen in 1895 and moved his family to Denver, […]

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Colorado's Beginnings

Black Kettle: Cheyenne Chief and Peace Negotiator

When: around 1803- 1868 Where: South Dakota Why Important: Native American peace negotiator Biography Black Kettle was born in South Dakota around 1803 (no one is quite certain what year he was born) into the Cheyenne Nation. Not much is known of Black Kettle’s earlier life, however he clearly possessed leadership skills as he was […]

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A Rock Garden Fit for the Gods

“This is truly a perfect palace of a place. Nature and beauty must have here convened and constructed this place in co-partnership. To describe it on my part, would be in actuality detracting from it, for its romance and picturesque sceneries, as it were, beggar all description.” The Garden of the Gods, with its unique […]

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A Man and His Dachshund

Colorado is a dog lover’s kingdom. This title in our collection is an ode to that overwhelming love we have for our doggies and how they are such an integral part of our family, be it small or large. This is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t […]

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Fashion Conscious in Colorado

People’s fascination (and let’s be fair, women’s in particular) with clothing style has been around for millennia.  However, publications devoted to style have only been around since the eighteenth century. It was of course in Paris, France that the first fashion publication came to be. Le Cabinet des Modes’ first issue was published in 1785.  Similar […]

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Oldies But Goodies

Ah…those books that we were required to read in high school English. The “classics.” Authors of a time gone by. Some were even controversial by society’s standards when they were published. All are worthy of conversations and discussions even today. We have seven such titles in our collection. Perhaps your bookclub would love to revisit some of […]

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A Story About Yummy Foods

Kitchens of the Great Midwest (5 copies) is story about a single chef dad raising his daughter and how that lovely daughter acquires an amazing palate and becomes a fabulous, but mysterious chef in her own right. And of course…there are recipes in the book! I am sharing three found within this delectable story that […]

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Julia Archibald Holmes: First Woman to Summit Pike’s Peak

When: 1838-1887 Where: Nova Scotia, Canada Why Important: First woman known to summit Pike’s Peak Biography Julia Archibald was born on February 15, 1838 in Nova Scotia, Canada. When she was ten her family moved to the United States and settled in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her father was an abolitionist and her mother was a suffragist. […]

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Let’s Get Graphic

Graphic novels. A unique and fantastic way to get the older kids reading and discussing a story, especially when they are about noteworthy subjects such as war, disabilities, and civil rights. We now have three graphic novels to choose from (which is so exciting!). DOGS OF WAR: Dogs were often used in the time of war and […]

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Ouray: Ute Chief and Negotiator

When: 1833-1880 Where: Southern Rocky Mountains, CO Why Important: Ute Chief and Treaty Negotiator Biography Chief Ouray was born November 13, 1833 in Taos, New Mexico to a Jicarilla Apache man and a Ute woman. On the night he was born there was a meteor shower. This event apparently influenced his parents to name him […]

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Fire in Colorado Springs!

On January 12, 1900, the thriving business district on Tejon Street in Colorado Springs was rocked by a fire.  The fire was noticed around 4 a.m. by a waiter working at the Blue Front restaurant. It apparently originated in the basement and soon consumed much of the Nichols & Co. block of the street.  There was […]

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Happy New Year!

To celebrate the new year we have two new titles! Another YA addition and a hilarious and insightful autobiography for us big kids. And the quote I found for this week is almost too appropriate- And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. -Rainer Maria Rilke