Anythink libraries and administrative offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The libraries will re-open during normal business hours on Saturday, Nov. 29.

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Exploring the works of Connie Willis

Connie Willis is one of my favorite authors: witty, poignant, compelling. If you like reading science fiction, then her name probably is well-known to you already. Willis has won numerous writing awards, and she was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009. If you haven’t yet discovered or delved into her writing, this list is designed for you – and identifying as a sci-fi fan isn’t necessary. Any reader who likes a well-crafted story with intriguing characters can find a good read here. I tend to favor the stories in which the past is central.

Movies for the cry-baby in you (and me)

Confession: Sometimes I need a good cry. A sobbing, runny-nose, eyes-swollen, whole-box-of-tissue cry. I’m not sure why or what brings on this sudden urge. I’m never aware of this feeling approaching. It’s not like I can say to myself, “Self, I think you’ll feel like crying tomorrow so you better go buy a new pair of shoes today in hopes of warding it off.” Nope, it never happens like that. All of sudden, it just hits me and there it is – I need to cry. Not just one or two tears, but the open-the-flood-gates kind of cry.

Major changes occuring to improve the SAT

The SAT – a rite of passage that most high school student’s encounter to continue this journey we call life. I’ll never forget waking up at 7 am on a perfectly good Saturday to take a four-hour exam that would decide the next step in my life. It was beyond nerve-wracking; and even after hours upon hours of studying, I was still not prepared. I said it then and I’ll say it now: I don’t think this test design is the best option for colleges to decide who gains entrance.

My attempt at a well-educated mind

I’ve shared before how I absolutely love books about books so it’s no surprise that I was delighted to comb through the list of books laid out in Susan Wise Bauer’s book, The Well Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, with a few ladies wh

Fill the 'Harry Potter' void with these titles

Did you grow up with Harry Potter and cry when you read the last page of the last book? I certainly shed some tears, more because it was the last book than because the ending was sad. Ever since I have been on the hunt for books that could help fill the void left by Harry and his friends. Admittedly most of these series do not involve midnight release parties and have yet to make it to Hollywood, but they do have fast friends, intriguing school-time shenanigans, and elements out of the ordinary. Do you have other books to add to this list?

Happy Birthday, Anythink

We're celebrating the 5th birthday of the launch of Anythink. We held our breath when over 5,000 people took their first peek at Anythink Brighton as it opened on September 12, 2009. As the community flooded through the doors, the immediate reaction was love at first sight. The beautiful building, the wonderful books, movies and music. We played “Yellow Submarine” on kazoos, learned how to make fresh salsa, and practiced dancing. Everything was shiny and new and gorgeous. Five years later, more than 1.3 million people visit our libraries every year.

Keeping an eye on your vision health

At Anythink, we want to make information available to you that will help you live your best life. Health issues can be stressful, but with the right information they can be managed. October is Eye Injury Prevention Month and today I'd like to share information with you about keeping your eyes healthy and your vision pristine.

In awe of illustrations: A celebration of visual literacy

Have you ever looked at a novel and fallen in love with the book’s pictures or design before its words? Some books are so visually intriguing for me that the words are almost superfluous. In a world depending more and more on us to be visually literate, or able to understand meanings behind images, these books provide challenging and beautiful imagery to practice on. Here are a few titles that stand out for me.

Having fun with word play

I have a special admiration for authors who can incorporate word play into their writing. The writing process itself can be arduous and mentally taxing – but add word play and you elevate the process to a whole new level.

Travel through time with these great reads

The debut of the Outlander TV series (showing on Starz; find out more here) has triggered a lot of interest in Diana Gabaldon’s novel that started it all. Have you read the whole Outlander series, and are you desperate for more? These time travel books might tide you over until the next episode airs or the next book comes out.

Thinking inking: Past and present tattooing

Learning about tattooing can be fascinating, whether or not you’re interested in getting inked yourself. A tattoo can represent permanence, and also be permanent, for an individual person. For people in general, or as a species, tattooing itself has had permanence, appearing throughout human history, though in varying ways in different cultures.

Say 'I do' to these wedding-themed movies

Here we are in mid-summer, the peak of wedding season. This wedding season has been extra special for me. On June 16, my one and only daughter was married. What a roller coaster of emotions! But now I am an official member of the I Survived Being Mother–of-the-Bride Club. For months my days were filled with wedding planning appointments, phone calls, dress fittings, etc.

Summer offers great volunteer opportunities

Summertime is the perfect time for charity work – school is out and opportunities are plenty. Helping others in need, making this world a better place and finding a niche you truly care about can instill a wonderful feeling inside of anyone. Volunteering is especially great for those students nearing the college application process or for those looking to broaden their horizons, since such work allows you to try out new things while building your resume or networking.

Storied elements: Earth, fire, water and air in 8 fantasy books

Consider the four classical elements: earth, fire, water, air. Which one best represents who you are? Or, if you were to tell a story using one of these elements, which element would you select – particularly if you were telling a story about yourself and your life?

Your backstage pass to a hidden online world

When people have questions they often turn to Google to find answers. While this can be an effective strategy for many questions answered with basic information, you may not find the best information if you end your search there.

Little Free Library: Headed in the right direction

Those cold days of winter when we didn't want to venture outside were perfect for the building of my Little Free Library. While my husband and I were situated cozily inside, he made sure that the four walls of the Little Free Library took shape and a gabled roof and big front door appeared.

Reading on the road

Summer is just around the corner and the kids are almost out of school, which can only mean one thing – road trip time! As a child I can remember my parents loading up the car to the gills and stuffing me and my two brothers in the back seat before setting off for another far corner of the country. After gorging on road trip snacks and wondering why Colorado seems to be so far from everywhere I would eventually get so bored that I would break down and read a book.

Cuteness aggression: Get your adorable animal fix

Cuteness aggression – have you ever heard of such a thing? This is the new term being given to that impulse that creeps up on us whenever we view a picture of something cute, innocent and vulnerable. (Think pictures of babies and baby animals.) It’s that impulse that makes us squeal, “Oh how cute!” and makes us want to reach out and pinch, squeeze or hug whatever it is we are looking at.

Time to get the ball rolling

Copa mundial. Coupe du monde. Weltmeisterschaft. It goes by many names, and yet for a few weeks in summer it has the same effect in every part of the world: Ordinary individuals become face-painting fanatics. Entire nations cheer or groan at the spin of a ball. Heroes are born and great triumphs achieved. Every four years, the FIFA World Cup brings together the best soccer teams from around the globe for a month-long tournament and celebration of the world’s game.

Love stories in a whole new way with audiobooks

I don’t know about you, but as a book lover I always feel pressure to read everything. I know everything seems like an exaggeration, but I assure you, it’s not. In our information overloaded world, I come across books on an hourly basis. Whether I’m surfing the web, checking out my favorite blogs, spending time on social media sites like Pinterest, or talking to the person in line behind me, book suggestions are everywhere. Not only that, but everyone makes it sound like their book is the single best book I will read in my life.

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