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Fan Fiction Grand Prize Winner Hannah C.

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

Oct 27 2015
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,...

Serious fun: Exploring Zeina Abirached’s graphic novels

Oct 21 2015
Serious fun – not seriously funny, but serious fun.  That is how I would describe Zeina Abirached’s graphic novels I Remember Beirut and...

Art lessons: Books for young readers

Oct 12 2015
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...

Exploring epistolary fiction

Sep 21 2015
Recently a library customer came in just bursting with excitement and praise for the book Between Friends by...

Are you ready for some football?

Aug 14 2015
Are you ready for some football? Let Anythink help make this your best season yet! Get caught up on everything Denver Broncos from the...

Resource advice from a homeschool veteran

Aug 6 2015
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...

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

Aug 6 2015
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...

Expect the unexpected with Chinua Achebe

Jul 15 2015
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...

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

Jul 13 2015
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...

Meet Flavia DeLuce

Jul 7 2015
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. I loved the quirky...
Anythink LIVE! teen music contest: Vote for your favorite act

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

Jul 2 2015
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...

The best new-school kids' music

Jun 18 2015
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...

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

May 22 2015
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...
Reckless, a new novel by the author of Inkheart, will be appearing on several summer reading lists this year.

Summer slide? Not with these reads

May 21 2015
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! Summer reading is a long-standing tradition of assigning incoming 6th-12th graders books to read between July and August. The idea is to avoid the “...

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

May 11 2015
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...
Technology tutoring takes place across generations

4 ways beginners see computers differently

May 5 2015
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...

Let's celebrate literary moms

May 5 2015
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...

Love for book club – and the benefits of reading outside your usual go-to choices

May 2 2015
Recently, I had the opportunity to facilitate book club here at Anythink Wright Farms where we discussed Still...

Review: Anythink homework databases

May 2 2015
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...
Watchmen by Alan Moore

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

Apr 23 2015
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...