More and more, Futureland is starting to look like Nowland. In places like Japan, you already have robotic receptionists, waiters and other personnel staff. Here, most of our robots don’t have legs, but whether you realize it or not, robots are everywhere from smartphones to home automation to touchscreen ordering. We have machines that can “think,” “see,” and “hear,” and respond in a way that best suits our lifestyle. Is it the rise of the machines?
Moms! Moms are great. Mother figures are great – grandmas, aunts, step-moms, sisters. Since Mother’s Day is around the corner, I thought it would be fun to highlight some great literary mothers (the good, the bad and the occasionally ugly). My list represents the mothers in novels I love. Do you have any particular favorites? Please share your favorite moms in the comments.
Are you working with a loved one to help them catch up with computers of the 21st century? Many people find themselves in a position where they are teaching a friend or loved one with basic computer skills, and it’s easy to get frustrated. One of the main reasons it can be so frustrating is because seasoned users don’t always remember what it was like when they were first getting started.
It’s 6 pm on Sunday. Your child has just informed you that he/she has procrastinated on their school project that is due tomorrow.
Insert O face emoji.
On top of not even starting this project, they inform you that they must have at least three peer-reviewed or primary resources, and that lovely handout that tells students where to search for these resources has disappeared into the black hole of their backpack.
Free Comic Book Day returns to Anythink York Street on Saturday, May 2. Stop by to pick up free comics starting at 10 am until we run out. Stay tuned for more upcoming comic-related events at Anythink in May. In the meantime, enjoy this repost from last year about why comic books matter by Anythink York Street guide, Michelle.
A: April. April is a poem – sudden, with flowering branches and changing winds. With its beauty and cruelty, and its sense of awakening, the month of April calls for attention to poetry. The call continues in May, with its new greening and feathered singing. This April is on the wing: fleeting, fleeing, flying. I invite you to celebrate poetry in the coming weeks – to enjoy some poetry in a way that works for you.
I recently wrote about two young women with inspiring stories. Both of these young women had survived harrowing circumstances in their youth and I was especially touched by their inner strength and how their dreams and passions were a driving force behind their ability to persevere. With this on my mind, I was delighted and even further encouraged to find another book that explores the determination and inner strength of the female spirit.
Year after year, industries of all shapes and sizes from around the globe converge in Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest Interactive festival (SXSWi). The festival, which combines innovative presentations, panels, showcases and more, also serves as a great opportunity for library representatives and advocates to converge, learn from one another and from outside industries.
Wouldn't you love to travel to faraway lands and experience the sights, tastes, and culture of a place totally different than your home? I know I would. While I save up for that trip around the world, I use the library to whet my apetite for travel adventures.
“TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading… On TED.com we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers – and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.” -TED.com
With spring season right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about our gardens. Anythink Commerce City, in partnership with Denver Urban Gardens, offers a limited amount of gardening plots for public use. Both new and established gardeners are welcome to join and collaborate with each other to cultivate fresh organic produce, tasty herbs and beautiful blooming flowers.
March 2-7, 2015, is Bug Week at Anythink Wright Farms, where kids and adults will have fun learning all about insects. To help young readers investigate and enjoy bugs beyond these events, consider the books on this introductory Easy (E) and Juvenile (J) list. This sampler includes science, story, information, and art to encourage young readers to look at the topic from a variety of angles.
Entomophagy, or humans eating insects, is an accepted practice in much of the world. Insects can be a nutritious and environmentally friendly source of food, according to proponents. Are you curious about the possibilities?
There are so many movies coming out in 2015 that are based on books – more than 100 according to IMDB. And, if you’re like me and you can’t stand to watch a movie before you’ve read the book, than you have a lot of reading to do. Since there is no way that I am going to be able to read all the books, I’ve selected the top 10 movies I want to see. I've set a goal to read each book before the movie is released. (Lucky for me, there are few titles that I have already read.)
As community hubs, Anythink and other libraries have long been go-to sources for tax resources and forms. With the 2015 filing season underway, Anythink customers should be aware of some important changes that impact the availability of important tax documents.
Let’s be honest. Valentine’s Day is not everyone’s favorite holiday. In fact, I hear more people on Facebook, Twitter, at work, and at school state negative things about this holiday than any other: “Happy Single-Awareness Day”; "A day created by Hallmark to sell cards and chocolate”; “Why have one day to celebrate who you love? You should be doing it all year!”
Once upon a time...in a land far away, I read my first fairy tales. I was enamored. The stories were exciting, and only a little bit scary. I’m intrigued now by how classic fairy tales are told, and retold, for readers of different ages. Fairy tales can be delightful – and also frightful. They can be grim, as well as Grimm. If you would like to read some fairy tales with a young child, perhaps even at bedtime – and not be met with sleep loss as a result – there are many good options.