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Storied elements: Earth, fire, water and air in 8 fantasy books

Jun 23 2014
Consider the four classical elements: earth, fire, water, air. Which one best represents who you are? Or, if you were to tell a story using one of these elements, which element would you select – particularly if you were telling a story about yourself and your life? Numerous authors tell diverse...
Pointing in the right direction

Little Free Library: Headed in the right direction

Jun 4 2014
Those cold days of winter when we didn't want to venture outside were perfect for the building of my Little Free Library. While my husband and I were situated cozily inside, he made sure...

Your backstage pass to a hidden online world

May 30 2014
When people have questions they often turn to Google to find answers. While this can be an effective strategy for many questions answered with basic information, you may not find the best information if you end your search there. In our quest to...
The Interrogative Mood

Reading on the road

May 21 2014
Summer is just around the corner and the kids are almost out of school, which can only mean one thing – road trip time! As a child I can remember my parents loading up the car to the gills and stuffing me and my two brothers in the back seat before setting off for another far corner of the country...

Time to get the ball rolling

May 21 2014
Copa mundial. Coupe du monde. Weltmeisterschaft. It goes by many names, and yet for a few weeks in summer it has the same effect in every part of the world: Ordinary individuals become face-painting fanatics. Entire nations cheer or groan at the spin of a ball. Heroes are born and great triumphs...

Love stories in a whole new way with audiobooks

May 7 2014
I don’t know about you, but as a book lover I always feel pressure to read everything. I know everything seems like an exaggeration, but I assure you, it’s not. In our information overloaded world, I come across books on an hourly basis. Whether I’m surfing the web, checking out my favorite blogs,...

3 outdoor book combos for your next adventure

Apr 28 2014
The sun is shining, the mountains are calling and it’s time to check the packing list for Saturday’s hike. Plenty of water? Check. Lots of sunscreen? Yep. But something’s still missing…the trail guide of course! When you’re heading into the great outdoors, taking a book along can really add to the...

The wonder of wordless books

Apr 25 2014
I love to read wordless picture books – books with little or no text. Sounds a bit like an oxymoron right? I mean, how do you “read” a wordless book? Well, I’m sure you’ve heard the saying "a picture is worth a 1,000 words" and, when it comes to wordless picture books, that could never be more true...

Big ideas for personal change

Apr 21 2014
Both professionally and personally, I am a life-long learner. I seek out knowledge and new ideas because I know I can be better. Additional knowledge allows us to communicate better, reach new goals, understand ourselves and others better, and even expand our professional opportunities. I was...
Indianapolis Public Library (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Redesigning the library

Apr 17 2014
What makes the library a welcoming place in the community? What does your ideal library look like? Along with Anythink's commitment to delivering superior customer service, our physical buildings are designed to invite and encourage discovery and conversation. Over the years, the physical library...
"A Mirror to Nature"

Taking wing with words: Poetry in April

Apr 8 2014
April is National Poetry Month. It’s time to find, flutter, fly. You can take wing, with words. What is a poem? “A poem is when you have the sky in your mouth,” says Lolo, a character who is always in...
Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand portrayed by Pedro Pascal and Indira Varma, new characters this upcoming season.

'Game of Thrones': Catch up on the series before the Season 4 premiere

Apr 2 2014
The cultural sensation that is Game of Thrones continues April 6, 2014, with its highly anticipated Season 4 premiere on HBO. I was one of the lucky few to attend an advanced screening of the show on March 27 here in Denver. The event, sponsored by HBO, held a costume contest, a photo op with the...
Tiny Town Library (Photo Credit: BeeAndLoating on Flickr)

Spring break, Colorado style

Mar 27 2014
I am fairly new to Colorful Colorado and my spring break is quickly approaching. Instead of traversing to the beach or home, I decided to thoroughly explore all of the places and adventures avaiable here in my new state. After talking to some awesome co-workers and friends and consulting various...
A cozy spot to sit and be happy in the Camp Happiness space.

Made happy at Camp Happiness

Mar 27 2014
About a year and a half ago, we here at Anythink set on a course to create at least 12 "Experience Zones" a year at each library location. An Experience Zone is a place/space in the library where our guests could engage with information, learn something new, do something hands-on and hopefully...

Make the most out of your Anythink requests with these tips

Mar 19 2014
You’ve seen the notice: “Boy, do Anythinkers know what they want! Requests are now limited to 60 per customer, per year.” You may wonder why there is a limit on how many items a customer can suggest the library purchase. The answer is simple: volume. Our customers are eager to read, listen, watch...

Singing a different green: Exploring evergreens in springtime

Mar 17 2014
Spring has many poets. I hear birds, wordless and articulate, building nests among new leaves. I listen to people, speaking with delight about warmer winds and greener trees. Here, I hope to add a slightly different note to the seasonal chorus – not as resistance to the emerging season, but in...
The barn box begins to take shape.

Official registration number 11,110: Strasburg's newest Little Free Library

Mar 10 2014
I did it! I sent in the required $35 and my future Little Free Library is officially registered worldwide. Number 11,109 already existed and now 11,110 is being constructed! I received my...
A Tale for the Time Being

Literary March Madness: Pick your book bracket

Mar 7 2014
March is known as the month where even non-sports fans fill out brackets predicting which college basketball teams will win based on a team's players, coaches and match-ups (or more accurate indicators like the cutest mascot or best team color combinations). March Madness brings together the 68 "...

Lost homework? 5 books to help develop kids' organizational and brain-based skills

Mar 3 2014
Here’s some good news: If you're a parent who is frequently frustrated by your distinctly disorganized child, this struggle need not be permanent. Even kids who are particularly challenged by what can seem to be simple materials management tasks, such as turning in completed homework papers or...