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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...
Baby's in black : Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and the Beatles

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

Apr 23 2015
A parent takes their child to the library to find "good" books to read. Should the parent be dismayed when the child appears with a tall stack of comic books? Despite their reputation, you might be surprised to learn that comic books are a great way to make reading and learning fun for you and your...
Essential Pleasures

Poetry in springtime: A celebration of National Poetry Month

Apr 20 2015
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...

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

Apr 13 2015
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...
The lib*interactive crew in Austin, Texas

Technology, inspiration and collaboration at SXSWi

Mar 23 2015
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...
The God of Small Things

Discover the world: India at Anythink

Mar 11 2015
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. This month, I'm focusing on India in...
Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh

TED Talks: Videos that inspire

Mar 11 2015
“TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading… On 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.” Here at Anythink, our mission is to open doors for curious minds. One...

Plots available at Anythink Commerce City's community garden

Mar 9 2015
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...

Bugs and beyond: 17 books for kids

Feb 27 2015
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...
The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook

Bug books for curious cooks

Feb 25 2015
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? Two Cricket Cooking Classes will be offered (...

From book to the big screen in 2015

Feb 23 2015
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...
From Anythink Catalog

A love/hate reading guide to Valentine's Day

Feb 12 2015
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...
"Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together" by Mary Ann Hoberman

Reading ever after: Fairy tale fun with little ones

Feb 6 2015
Once upon a 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...

Tax time: Important changes regarding forms and instructions

Feb 6 2015
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. Tax Forms & Documents The Tax...

Superhero mania

Feb 2 2015
These days it feels like every other television show and movie has some sort of superhero origin, from Marvel's Avengers and...
Mabinty Bangura / Michaela DePrince

Stories of hope: Two biographies that inspire

Jan 26 2015
I love to read biographies – not the biographies of celebrity socialites, but of everyday seemingly ordinary people, especially those that insipre hope and perseverance. I recently finished reading two such incredible stories about two young ladies who have overcome insurmountable odds. One is from...

'My Name is Resolute': A review

Dec 31 2014
“The day after I was born my parents named me Resolute. Pa said it gave me an aspect of solemnity and perseverance, which are pretty things for a child with a sanguine humor. It was a good name for a girl, Ma always added, and there was nothing wrong with a girl being confident and ruddy. A boy...
tUnE-yArDs – "nikki nack"

Favorite albums of 2014

Dec 23 2014
As the year comes to a close, I'm sharing my favorite albums of 2014. Between comeback records and notable debuts, it's been a great year for music. I've linked albums available in Anythink's catalog, as well as the occasional YouTube video for an introduction.  What are your favorites from the...
Baking by Flavor

A season for cookies: Cookbooks and recipes

Dec 17 2014
Happy December, everyone!  For me, this season means it's time to hold an annual cookie baking party. In this vein, I decided to find some stellar cookie cookbooks avalable at Anythink, as well as some recipes to share.  So just what makes a stellar cookie cookbook you may ask? First, it is vital...
The Best of Connie Willis

Exploring the works of Connie Willis

Nov 13 2014
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...