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Dark and Dreary Comedies: The Film Guide

Mar 21 2013
Comedies do not always have to be shiny and light to be enjoyable. Some of my favorite comedies are dark and dreary. These movies all have oddball characters and situations that are hilarious and depressing. The absurdity of these movies takes a backseat to the truths found within their subjects....
Awesome little free library box on the back of one of Austin's pedicabs

Playground for the Senses - SXSWi

Mar 19 2013
In the airport heading back from Austin, there are remnants of the week's conference scattered throughout the gate. Gadgets out everywhere, users looking a little haggard from the week's festivities, vendor T-shirts collected from the thousands represented in the exhibit hall, and conversations...

One great experience

Mar 13 2013
I just finished a great children's chapter book recently about a young girl who was quite the crackerjack rascal of her community. She was quick to think, quick to act and quick to get the job (any job) done. I liked her straight away. Her name was Moses (Mo for short) and she told her story in the...
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Reminiscing on 2012: The Surprising Film Guide

Mar 11 2013
As I look back at 2012, there are many films that were enjoyable, but only a few stood above the rest. Interesting performances and genre-bending styles made these movies capture my attention. While you gear up for new releases in 2013, consider checking out one of the following films, even if it...

Stay Awake: Stories for Horror Fans

Mar 7 2013
When I was a little girl, I was afraid of everything. And I mean everything. It took years for me to sleep without a TV on, and even longer to see scary movies with my friends. Then something changed. The older I've gotten, the more fascinated I've become with concepts in the macabre. With the...

Life After Downton Abbey

Mar 5 2013
The end of season three of Masterpiece Theater's Downton Abbey has left a hole in my life. I miss all the drama between and within the classes and the reminders every week that life is made up of love and heartbreak, birth and death -- predicaments that can usually be explained by a witty one-liner...
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Celebrate Black History Month with these authors, musicians and activists

Feb 13 2013
When is the last time you picked up a copy of The Color Purple or sang along with the First Lady of Song? February is Black History Month, and what better way to observe than by celebrating African-American authors, poets, musicians and activists? We’ve highlighted some of the most iconic African-...

Documentaries for a New Year: The Film Guide

Feb 5 2013
The quirkier and more unusual a documentary, the more likely I am to enjoy it. There are stories of all types whether they are serious or silly. Adventure through different worlds and experience these unique films. My first film suggestion is directed by the graffiti artist, and sometimes director...
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Start a samurai journey: the film guide

Jan 31 2013
Samurai films show different codes and ethics than what you see in many other films. A sense of honor and duty, along with the portrayal of Japanese culture and other eras, make these enthralling films. Try the following as first forays into the samurai genre....
"Seraphina" by Rachel Hartman wins for writing for teens

The latest and greatest for kids and teens: Winners of the 2013 ALA Youth Media Awards

Jan 28 2013
Think back to the first books that grabbed your attention. It’s possible you weren’t even able to read yet, but the stories and illustrations were enough to capture your imagination or inspire a new world. For me, it was Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat.” It was the first story I could read on my own...
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Not the Norm of Science Fiction: The Film Guide

Jan 28 2013
Science fiction is often portrayed as giant explosions and weird aliens. Both of these things are awesome, but a sci-flick with a strong message or interesting performance can transcend clichés. The following films are all examples of science fiction that go beyond the stereotypes to make a point...

Let happiness sneak up on you

Jan 8 2013
The busy holiday season is over. The family visits and day-long shopping trips have ended. The decorations are put away and the cookies and candy are almost completely consumed. Now what? For me, when the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over and it's just me and my husband and son, I...
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Turn the page: Get digital magazines at your fingertips with Zinio

Jan 8 2013
Let’s get down to it: Libraries aren’t just about books. Whether it’s learning a new craft at our makerspace or editing your own movie in our computer labs, libraries are also spaces for hands-on...
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Serious animation experiences: the film guide

Dec 27 2012
As an animation enthusiast, there are many different types of animation I consume, running the gamut from children’s materials to intensely emotional films. I'm going to focus on some of the more emotionally intense animations that I have seen recently. A little-known film,...
Anythink Huron Street tech guide Shannon Smith during last year's training day

Anythinkers connect in whole new way

Dec 14 2012
Each year on Columbus Day, Anythink is closed to the public for an all-staff training day, typically focused on one of our core values:  Compassion for our customers and for each other Passion for our product  Eagerness to learn  Optimistic attitude – we believe anything is possible During last...
Breath deeply this December

As the days grow darker...remember to be light

Dec 14 2012
December is here. Stress from all angles has probably begun to crowd your thoughts or sing you to sleep (more like tuck you in and keep you awake at night with anxiety). Stress seems to arrive out of nowhere, like an uninvited house guest. We seem to know that stress has terrible effects on our...

The weather outside is frightful, but my winter reading list is delightful

Dec 14 2012
It's happening: the days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder and each new weather forecast brings the possibility of snow. Winter is upon us. For many Coloradans, this means it's time to break out the skis and snowboards, but for athletically challenged bookworms (read: nerds) like...

Finding inspiration in the most unlikely place

Dec 14 2012
Today I found inspiration in the most unlikely of places – the Obituaries & Memorials of the Denver Post. Yep, that’s right, you heard me. Not in the words of the latest self-help guru or in the pages of the numerous religious, spiritual and motivational reading available, but right there, in...

One last read

Dec 14 2012
Well, here we are - December 2012 and the ominous date of 12/21/12 is fast approaching. For weeks I kept referring to 12/12/12 as the ominous day until my daughter kindly informed me I had it all wrong – something teenage daughters are good at, I might add. It turns out there is nothing special...

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