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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...
A doctor consults with a family.

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...
Princess Mononoke movie poster

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...

Summer Reading: An Introduction to Strong Series Characters

Jul 11 2013
I look forward to each summer like I'm a kid waiting for school to be out. Not because I actually get a kids-length summer vacation, but because many authors release new books in some of my favorite series. These series are at the top of the list because their lead characters have become my...
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Get Interactive: Picture books with hands-on storytelling

Jun 27 2013
My favorite kind of picture book is one that encourages interaction. The experience of hearing a story really comes to life when kids can add to it and help make it their own. More and more picture books come with some kind of interactive element these days, but I'll focus on a few of my favorites...
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Sports Builds Character: The Film Guide

Jun 24 2013
Sports movies offer many different avenues to express emotion. Movies that make you feel like floating on clouds as the heroes overcome giant obstacles or movies that delve deeper into the psyche of flawed and interesting individuals can have markedly different personalities. Here is a list of a...
Vicktory Dog Lucas sporting his Best Friends hat

Vicktory Dogs: Tales of pit bull rescues

Jun 24 2013
In April 2007, 51 pit bulls were seized from the Bad Newz Kennels belonging to Michael Vick. At that time, Michael Vick was the star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, leaving sports fans shocked and animal lovers outraged. A media frenzy ensued and the question arose: What will become of the...

One For The Road: Audiobooks that will grab your attention

Jun 20 2013
Planning a road trip this summer? Audiobooks are a great way to make the drive time more enjoyable and memorable. Here at Anythink, we have a great collection of audiobooks to choose from.  When choosing an audiobook, I pay close attention to the narrator. A great narrator will grab your attention...

Need a Hero?

Jun 17 2013
Have you ever imagined you had superpowers or wished you were a superhero? Most people have. Superhero movies and comics are extremely popular -- from Iron Man to The Green Lantern to Thor. But, for some reason and despite their popularity, superhero comics and movies are sometimes labeled as dorky...
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

Bi-lingual Story Time: In the Kitchen

Jun 14 2013
This past winter my family had the chance to visit Mexico. We all tried our best to brush up on our Spanish language skills before we left. We did OK, but I think we'll need more work if we plan to return. Spanish skills aren't just helpful when traveling; they're useful here at home, too. To make...

Second Acts: Inspirational Reads to Inspire Change

Jun 11 2013
Many people I know have been in their careers for more than 20 years, some even retiring from the same company they started with out of college. Often they cannot understand how people today have multiple employers before they even turn 30. I was one of those people. I loved my company and what I...
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Foreign Action Extravaganza: The Film Guide

May 31 2013
As the summer spectacles roll out I fondly look back at all giant action movies. There are underappreciated films in the genre, many of which have been foreign films in the past few years. With dynamic action scenes and interesting cinematography, these action films all bring something different to...

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