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An Anythinker on an Album that Shaped Him

Sep 22 2022
Recently, I checked out a book from Anythink titled, “Long Players: Writers on the Albums That Shaped Them.” It’s a...

The Poetry of Fall

Sep 6 2022
There is something so comforting about the arrival of fall.  When the season begins to lean heavily into August, I find myself longing for the scent of pumpkin, a light blanket on my legs and the scent of frosted grass. My body tells me I’m ready for autumn — and to if I’m honest, I was ready in...
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How Top Gun Might Have Saved the Summer

Jun 29 2022
Things have been heavy lately. The news is horrible; if you’re like me, you have cut off a good portion of news for your sanity and self-care. The weather is hot and muggy; delightful June of cool nights and pool days will be a distant memory soon as we head into the dog days of summer. The...
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The Perfect Summer Reads for 2022

Jun 15 2022
Picture it in your mind: the perfect summer day. Your children play quietly in the pool at your feet, glistening with aqua blue as the sun reflects off the water. Shadows of little waves dance across your face. In your hand is a cold beverage, sweating against your palm. You smell sunscreen touched...
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My First Library Card!

Apr 8 2022
I still remember the day I got my first library card. It was a hot afternoon in the summer, and we had gone to Bemis Public Library in Littleton to cool off. My sister was playing in the kids’ area as I piled up book after book on the counter, a towering mass of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike, “...
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The Fourth Annual Retroactive Academy Awards

Mar 31 2022
Well, that's one way to get people watching the Oscars again. The cultural importance of the Academy Awards had ...
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The Comfort Foods That Make a Home

Dec 20 2021
Truth be told, my mother’s tuna casserole is not fancy or sophisticated. Yet whenever I think of it, my stomach growls and my heart swells. It is my comfort food.  Comfort foods are those dishes that make us feel safe. As the name implies, they can bring comfort and a sense of home. When I think...
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My Mountaineering Disaster Niche

Dec 13 2021
Do you have a niche book or movie niche interest? Through interacting with readers and patrons at Anythink, I’ve found that most people have a strange genre of stories that doesn’t fit into their normal patterns of reading and watching - a topic that even they are surprised to love. After asking...
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The Global Impact of K-pop

Dec 8 2021
In this day and age, if you haven’t heard of K-pop, you are probably living under a rock. On top of its global success as a genre, there is this underlying, almost “behind-the-scenes” movement that...

A Wes Anderson Primer

Dec 2 2021
The most common criticism of Wes Anderson’s movies goes something like: “yada yada style over substance yada.” When the style is as whimsical and sumptuous as his, that’s hardly a criticism. He has created a film aesthetic all his own. There isn’t a single frame in any of his work that could be...

Colorado Authors You Should Know

Nov 30 2021
While Colorado might not be the literary hub that New York or Washington are, we we have our fair share of literary greats right here in the Centennial State. Denver boasts a vivid literary history filled with novelists, poets and journalists. Some were born and raised here, while others came...
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Of trees and wonder, self and other

Nov 22 2021
In the presence of trees, I am often filled with a sense of wonder. Observing them, I appreciate their poetry. At the same time, I wonder about the science of trees — I am curious about how exactly the trees I see are living in this place, in this season and in relationship to others. For others...
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The Reign of Cinderella

Nov 15 2021
Everyone knows the classic fairytale story, “Cinderella.” She’s an orphan with an evil stepfamily who serendipitously goes to a ball, meets a prince and loses a shoe. There is also some romance, magic and music tossed into the mix before Cinderella and her prince live happily ever after. It’s a...
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Life In Four Novels

Nov 11 2021
The first book I read by the great Ann Patchett was “Bel Canto,” and I remember the experience so vividly. I was newly married...
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Book Sounds: A reflection on reading and music

Nov 9 2021
"That by listening to some music, by reading some books, by looking at paintings, and most important by hanging out with one another – by collaborating with one another and creating your own network ­– you can achieve something that is much better than what is out there." - David Amram What is...
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The Joy of Homemade Halloween Costumes

Oct 25 2021
One of my favorite Halloween costumes when I was little was a homemade witch. My mom cut up black fabric and hastily sewed it together (as no one in our family knew how to sew). She decorated the fabric by drizzling neon green puffy paint all over it before hacking a jagged hole out of the top to...
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Misunderstood Sayings... and Books that Prove the Counterparts True

Oct 23 2021
Recently, it’s been coming up a lot that certain phrases, idioms and quotes have received somewhat of a “telephone game” treatment. These quotes lost a hint of their original meaning because they were passed on over time and shared using different translations. One of the most humorous parts of...
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So You Love James Patterson...

Sep 27 2021
There is not a section in our library that doesn't include James Patterson. He's shelved in the adult thriller section, where his books fill three entire shelves. He’s a minor note in the teen section with a handful of novels (...

Stuck on fairytales

Sep 27 2021
Fairytales have this certain comforting charm to them – you have heard them multiple times and yet they don't get old. Needing some comfort myself, I decided to dive head first into fairytales and found that there are still some truths to be had with in the age-old tales. Truths such as kindness is...
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For the Love of "Saga" Graphic Novels

Aug 23 2021
I was brand new to the world of graphic novels when our wonderful adult guide Maria dressed up as a character from “Saga” for Halloween. In...

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