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Experiencing a Japanese tea ceremony

Aug 25 2017
I had never heard of a Japanese tea ceremony before seeing a post advertising just such a thing on Anythink's Facebook page. I live in Bennett, but the program was being held at Anythink...
BoJack's house, much like his life, is in a precarious position.

BoJack returns, in all his angsty glory

Aug 23 2017
If you are anything like me, you rejoiced at hearing the news that Netflix original series BoJack Horseman will be returning for a fourth season on Sept. 8. If you are not like me, what’s the hold-up? This...

Prepping for Paris: trip planning edition

Aug 16 2017
The prospect of going on a trip invites all sorts of daydreaming. Over the last year or so, my wife and I have fantasized about our honeymoon in Paris. We’ve used language learning programs to burnish our high school French, accumulated a worrying amount of cookbooks about French cuisine, binge-...

5 fantastic fantasy novels for teens

Aug 16 2017
From contemporary to Medieval, there’s an endless amount of fantasy out there to read. Sometimes they involve magic, and sometimes they don’t. Maybe it’s in a mythical land, or maybe it happened in your backyard. You never know what will happen when you pick one of these fantastic fantasy books...

How can I read more? 7 tips for consuming more books

Jul 28 2017
I often find myself asking, “How can I read more books?” Since starting work in libraries, my reading list has become a behemoth, overgrown with amazing content. The reality is that there will never be enough time for any of us to sit down and leisurely take in all of this fantastic material,...

Anythink LIVE! teen contest: Vote for your favorite act

Jul 5 2017
Voting is now closed. We're excited to announce that the winner of Anythink LIVE! is Obliviate – they'll perform as opening act at the Aug. 11 Backyard Concert Series with Hazel Miller Band. Thank you to everyone who...

Songs for the summer

Jun 27 2017
Among a certain curmudgeonly sort, there’s a prevailing opinion that music isn’t very good these days. To such people I say: you’re just not listening hard enough. Over the last few months artists as varied as...

Denver Comic Con 2017 giveaway: How to enter for your chance to win tickets

Jun 23 2017
This contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!  Anythink is celebrating Denver Comic Con again this year, and we're giving away passes to some lucky Anythinkers.  Here's how you can enter for a chance to win:  On Wednesday...

Questions abound: Mysteries for all ages

Jun 22 2017
Who did? Where did he go? Is he dead? What are the answers to these questions? Do you want to know? Are you just looking for something to read? Whatever the answer is, why not give one of these mysterious mysteries for all ages a shot?...

Prepping for Paris: Food edition

Jun 5 2017
Paris attracts people for all sorts of reasons. Picasso came for the bohemian art scene that thrived in Montmartre. Hemingway,...

Revisiting 'Twin Peaks'

May 19 2017
“I’ll see you again in 25 years.”  Those words were cryptically spoken the last time we saw...
Kylo Ren is Adam Driver

Kylo Ren drives a bus

May 18 2017
The newly released DVD Paterson, directed by Jim Jarmusch is an enjoyable ride through work week monotony. Instead of hunting down the rebel cause and attempting to extinguish the Jedi...

Discovering backyard bird songs

Apr 28 2017
When I hear this particular type of bird sing, I know its name. To my ears, the sound is lovely, although the word is not. Oddly, the two – sound and word – are said to be one for this specific bird: the killdeer. If you hear a bird call and wonder about its name,...
Annihilation by Vandermeer

Earth Week: Can cli-fi novels help save us from ourselves?

Apr 15 2017
What can literature do to help solve the world's problems? This question surrounds a new genre of fiction that's been "heating up" the literary scene. Viewed by some as a subgenre of sci-fi and by others as a new genre in its own right, "cli-fi" is the term being used to describe the slate of...

Prepping for Paris: language edition

Apr 6 2017
Some people decide to go on a trip, buy their tickets, book their hotels and leave the rest to chance. I am not one of those people. For me, planning a trip is not just a necessity, it’s a pleasure. In the preparatory stages, the vistas of possibility have yet to be winnowed by time or finances or...

'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': the weirdly wonderful show you're not watching

Mar 24 2017
The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will return this fall, after having been renewed for a third season. If this title does not ring a bell for you, you’re probably not alone...

Daily work at 'The Daily Show'

Mar 20 2017
The Daily Show (The Book) is a compelling read. It presents the workings of a unique program in a style well-suited to the subject. This book shows the show during Jon Stewart’s tenure...

The whimsical world of Hildafolk

Mar 19 2017
Some books are so good you want to share them with the world. Not every good book elicits this reaction, though. Some books we want to keep for ourselves; they’re too weird or personal for us to press into the hands of friends, family and strangers. But every once in a while – if you’re lucky – you...

Review: 'A Meal In Winter'

Mar 18 2017
This is a small book that packs a big punch. One of the most impactful books I have read this year is A Meal in Winter by ...

6 fairytale retellings

Feb 17 2017
Once upon a time, classic fairytales were told. And retold. And retold. Today, there are several different versions of the traditional stories we have come to know and love. Here are six books and movies that capture the magic and mystery of their originals....