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6 books to check out before they hit the big screen in 2016

2016 is going to be a great year for readers and moviegoers. With so many books being translated into movies, there is a little bit of something for every type of reader. Just like Anythink's blog post for book-to-movie adaptations in 2015, this year has its own list of movies we can't wait to see. If you haven't read any of the books on this list, check them out before they hit the big screen.

A journey through space and time

A stargazer is also a time traveler, and telescopes allow us to venture to the most distant and ancient reaches of the universe. Even hurtling through space at 186,000 miles per second, it takes light from the next closest star over four years to reach Earth. And compared with the grand scale of the cosmos, four years is nothing. Most of the celestial objects we can glimpse in the night sky are hundreds or thousands of light-years away. So, in a very real sense, peering through the eyepiece of a telescope is a journey through space and time.

Grow your garden: The Free Seeds & Transplants Program

In collaboration with Denver Urban Gardens, Anythink is providing free seeds and transplants to individuals, families, schools and community organizations based on annual adjusted gross income levels in order to ensure that everyone has access to healthy food. If you're interested in receiving these seeds and transplants, visit your local Anythink and ask for the Free Seeds & Transplants application. This year, each household can receive up to seven seed packets and four sets of transplants. 

For the love: 4 novels

If you love books and reading, and especially if you cherish settling in with a well-written novel, the following four titles are for you. When cold winds bluster, nestle into your nest and dedicate yourself to these books about books – and about love. Embracing these novels as you burrow in your burrow, you will find narratives about booksellers, printers, and authors – and their individual passions, some inconstant and some enduring. I was enwrapped in these stories of ardor and loss, invention and devotion.

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Exploring the human brain

With information traveling at 260 mph, more than 100,000 chemical reactions occurring per second, 86 billion cells and over 10,000 types of neurons, the human brain is probably the most complex entity known to man. And for all of our advancements in science, especially neuroscience, there is still more we don’t know about the human brain than what we do know.  

Saudi Arabia: Traveling through books

I love traveling through books – visiting new places, meeting new people, immersing myself in a new culture and feeling like I’ve literally “been there” and “done that” all because a talented writer has taken the time to craft an authentic experience for me.

'The Blossoming Bride': LOTR-inspired fan fiction contest winner

Fan Fiction Grand Prize Winner Hannah C.

Anythink York Street recently held a fan fiction writing contest that challenged teens to write an original story based on their favorite book, movie or TV show characters. There were nine entries, and each was outstanding. We are very proud of all our participants! After all was written and read, two stories rose to the top based on their quality of style, character building, world building, continuity and structure. The two winning stories happened to be by sisters! Congratulations to Elisabeth (10th grade) and Hannah C.

Art lessons: Books for young readers

Picture books can be a wonderful way to introduce young readers to the world of art. Reading helps children to discover the work of well-known artists, and it also allows them to explore different types of art. In addition, sharing books about artists – and reading about being an artist – can encourage artistic children to develop their own creative identities. For some enjoyable examples, consider the following picture books:

Exploring epistolary fiction

Recently a library customer came in just bursting with excitement and praise for the book Between Friends by Debbie Macomber. When I asked her what especially she liked about it, she gushed about how the book is written as a series of letters, diary entries, newspaper clippings, memos, etc.

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Resource advice from a homeschool veteran

It’s that time of year again – back-to-school time. And for many parents it’s a time to start thinking of all the various schooling options available, including homeschooling. 

In recent weeks, I have personally spoken to some of you brave souls who have decided to embark on this adventure of becoming both caregiver and teacher. As a homeschooling veteran (yes, I took two children from first grade to graduation day), I love to field questions, offer advice and most of all be a source of encouragement to new homeschoolers.

Finding now: Stones, rivers, and Andy Goldsworthy's art

I find now, when I toss a stone into a river, witnessing the splash. I also find now, seeing the stone rivers created by artist Andy Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy collaborates with nature to create art. Using natural materials, he assembles works that are less, and more, impermanent. Thus, his art pieces draw one’s attention to the present moment – and also to its passing.

Expect the unexpected with Chinua Achebe

I have never been a big fan of surprises. However, some of the best surprises come from the least expected places. As a college student, I was assigned to read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe in my Africa studies class.

Share your creativity: Become an Artist in Residence at The Studio

Want to make a difference while earning some extra cash? 

The Studio at Anythink is looking for creative community members to join us as Artists in Residence in our creation labs and libraries across the district. 

What makes a great AIR? Selected individuals will: 

Hiking, field guides and what it really means to take in the views

Thinking about going on a hike soon? My advice: take the time to smell the flowers, literally. Recently I went hiking with me family. Admittedly we were all a little out of shape from the lack of being outdoors and found ourselves taking many small rest breaks as the incline claimed our energy much more quickly than expected. We found ourselves marveling at all the small details nature has to offer – wondering why certain trees have different types of bark, and what did poison ivy really look like? What is the difference between a shrub and a tree, a weed or a flower?

Meet Flavia DeLuce

When I was younger I enjoyed watching The Addams Family television show. I was so intrigued by the unique, dark, yet light-hearted story lines.

Anythink LIVE! teen music contest: Vote for your favorite act

UPDATE: Voting for Anythink LIVE! is now closed. Thanks to everyone who voted! 

From solo folk artists to punk rock bands, we received a multitude of entries for Anythink LIVE!, a district-wide music contest just for teens. We’ve sorted through all of the submissions, and our panel of judges has narrowed the entries down to the following finalists:

The best new-school kids' music

Traditional nursery rhymes are a fun way to connect the generations, but when you're tired of those, what can you listen to with your kids? There's actually a lot of kids' music coming out that's got a fun, modern sound that appeals to all ages but features kid-appropriate content. Here are some of the best new-school kids' albums available for check out from your local Anythink:

Robots are taking over – and it's going to be okay

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?

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