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The Film Guide: Four Films That Will Leave You Questioning

Dec 26 2013
There are films out there that defy explanation of why they are enjoyable. Such films may have interesting characteristics that make it stand out, such as tone, trippy effects or an insane plot. Here is a list of films that grabbed me for some pretty unique reasons. They may not be for everyone,...

'The Book Thief' Hits the Big Screen

Dec 6 2013
Years ago, I read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which is quickly becoming a modern day classic and appearing on many high schools' required reading lists. It is one...
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Unromantic Romance Movies

Dec 4 2013
Romantic comedies can be light and fun, but I tend to enjoy more towards unromantic romance movies. Movies that have flawed characters and flawed relationships are more realistic to me. There are still laugh-out-loud moments in these movies, but they can also deal with intense emotions. These...
You must do something to make the world more beautiful. ~ Miss Rumphius

Lucky Me: Books to Read and Reread to Your Kids

Nov 14 2013
I recently came across a Family Circle comic in which the little boy is holding up a book to his dad and asks: "How would you like to be the lucky person who gets to read to me?" Immediately I thought of all the times I enjoyed reading a good book to my kids and I thought, Yes, I am the lucky one! ...
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Suicide Prevention: Resources for Teens

Oct 29 2013
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, according to a July 2013 report by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Many teenagers turn to suicide as a means of escaping bullying. Depression, stress, pressure to succeed and self-doubt are just some of...


Oct 25 2013
Librocubicularist (n): A person who reads in bed. I am a librocubicularist. Most nights I go to bed with one or two or three books in my arms. It's not enough that there is a stack of books already by my bed! There's just something special about snuggling down with a stack of books around you! And...
John Chrastka, pictured above, founded EveryLibrary to help support library ballot measures.

EveryLibrary Helps to Shift Perceptions of Libraries at the Polls

Oct 9 2013
In late August of this year, citizens of Santa Clara County in California had to make a decision about funding their libraries: pass a measure during a special election and secure funding for their public libraries or see their libraries face cuts to programs, materials and possibly even staff. The...
Red Grange, by contract, had to sit out two quarters of every game during the barnstorming tour to save his health.

Fall Reads that Explore Football, Family and Food

Oct 3 2013
Shorter days, cooler temperatures and leaves changing color on the trees all signal the arrival of fall. I am always excited for this time of year full of fall festivals and holidays that refocus us on family after the busy summer months. I also look forward to the start of football season and the...

A Book to Leave You Filled with 'Wonder'

Sep 25 2013
You know that feeling you have after finishing an extraordinary book? The feeling that makes you want to stand up and applaud and shout "bravo" while trying not to cry, even though you have a huge smile on your face? The kind of book that has you saying yes, yes, yes over and over inside your head...

Recent Knowledge: Favorite Non-Fiction Books of the Summer

Sep 20 2013
Mixed in with many fiction books on my reading list are non-fiction titles that draw my attention. I usually read several books at a time, interchanging them based on my interest that day. Over the course of the summer, I read several great non-fiction books and wanted to share my favorites. In...
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Need Health Insurance? Let the Library Help!

Sep 18 2013
Need Health Insurance? In March, 2010, health care in America had its first major reform in decades when President Obama signed the Affordable Health Care Act into law. Changes have been and will continue to be rolling out in waves with the final adjustments taking effect in 2014. So what does this...
This book is simply delightful!

Find your next read in the reference section

Sep 10 2013
What comes to mind when I say reference books? Usually people say: encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas or almanac. Yes, those are great reference books. However, if that's all that came to your mind, then you probably haven't browsed the reference section of the library recently. It's a great place to...

Love reading? There's an app for that!

Sep 6 2013
Research conducted in early 2013 by the Pew Research Center on mobile Internet usage by adults shows 56 percent of Americans have a smartphone and 26 percent have an ereader. The research further notes that 55 percent of all cell phone owners use the Internet on their phone to check social...

Back to School with Anythink: Resources for Homework

Aug 23 2013
Yes, it's that time of year again: back to school. Time to say goodbye to summer and hello to school. Time for seeing old friends and making new ones. Time to sport all your new swag. Time to tell everyone about the amazing adventures you had this summer. Time for new beginnings. Time for homework...
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In this day and age, why’s it so hard?

Aug 14 2013
At Anythink, our mission is to “open doors for curious minds,” and we have taken great strides to create amazing experiences for our customers. Getting people what they want, when they want it is an important part of making Anythink a destination for our community. And what do people want?...

Read It, Then Eat It: Children's Books with Tasty Treats

Aug 8 2013
Are you in the mood for a snack? How about something warm from the oven? If you weren't before, you will be for sure once you take a look at some of these books for kids.  Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming is...
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The Film Guide: Favorite Miyazaki Movies

Aug 5 2013
As some of my previous blog posts have mentioned, I love animated movies. My favorite animated filmmaker is Hayao Miyazaki. His movies cover many topics, but focus on coming-of-age stories and interactions with nature. These deep and visually impressive films pull at the heart-strings while...
This is an excellent book for a family read aloud.

Happy Birthday, Colorado! Celebrate with these Centennial State reads

Jul 29 2013
On August 1, Colorado will celebrate its 137th birthday! Colorado is often referred to as the "Centenial State" because President Ulysses S. Grant signed the proclamation admitting Colorado into the Union in 1876, the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence.   Here are some...

Life on the Spectrum: Chapter Books Featuring Characters with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Jul 16 2013
According to the National Autism Association's website, autism now affects 1 in 88 children. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that symptoms very widely from child to child. Some children are...
Children who are surrounded by books learn to incorporate reading into their daily habits.

Getting Your Kids to Love Books: Tips for parents and caregivers

Jul 15 2013
As a parent who raised two avid readers and also had a number of child literacy experiences here at Anythink, I would like to share my ideas to get kids to love reading. I am lucky enough to talk to caregivers of all ages every day, and I have seen many behaviors that help our children get excited...