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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?

Summer slide? Not with these reads

Reckless, a new novel by the author of Inkheart, will be appearing on several summer reading lists this year.

School’s nearly out, and that it means it’s time for: 

Road trips?

Summer barbeques?

Hanging out at the pool?

No, summer reading lists of course!

Let's celebrate literary moms

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.

Molly Weasley (Harry Potter series)

By J. K. Rowling

Let's celebrate literary moms

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.

Molly Weasley (Harry Potter series)

By J. K. Rowling

Denver Comic Con 2015 Giveaway: How to enter for your chance to win

Grab your capes, superheroes. Denver Comic Con 2015 is just around the corner. Anythink is celebrating all things comics throughout May with a variety of comic-related programming, as well as participating in this year's convention

4 ways beginners see computers differently

Technology tutoring takes place across generations

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.

Review: Anythink homework databases

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.

Insert two O face emoji.

Why comic books matter (and how to get one for free)

Watchmen by Alan Moore

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. 

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Poetry in springtime: A celebration of National Poetry Month

Essential Pleasures

A: AprilApril 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.

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Review: 'Share: The Cookbook that Celebrates our Common Humanity'

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.

Technology, inspiration and collaboration at SXSWi

The lib*interactive crew in Austin, Texas

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.

Discover the world: India at Anythink

The God of Small Things

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 Talks: Videos that inspire

Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh

“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

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