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Films of the decade

Jan 28 2020
Less than a month into 2020, in the midst of awards and ceremonies, critics and cinephiles are in an uproar over accolades given and not given to last year’s films and performances. So goes the passion for moving pictures. I have my own opinions on...

Teen Book Squad: thrillers, dark fantasies, and dystopias

Jan 28 2020
Each month, a group of teens gets together at our Anythink Wright Farms branch to discuss our favorite reads from the past month. Back in October, we gushed about our favorite spooky books. Despite all the horror...

Anythink Songbook: Forever genres

Jan 27 2020
In the past few weeks my fellow bloggers have been examining the difference between “forever songs” – songs that you will always remember as those you love – and “memory songs,” which are tied to a specific memory or maybe even a...

In the mood for murder

Jan 17 2020
Like fellow blogger Nicole Falcone, one of my favorite movies of 2019 is Rian Johnson’s murder mystery...

Anythink Songbook: Childhood classics

Jan 9 2020
In a recent well-thought post, my colleague Julie made a case for two different kinds of favorite songs: songs tied to a particular moment in our lives (memory songs) and songs that seem like they'...

'Safe' books: Trying out a new genre in the new year

Jan 9 2020
Ever get that feeling when you finish a book that you want to read something drastically different, something fresh? I know the feeling well. I remember feeling this at the end of October (a month when I only read creepy books). I was desperate for something – anything – different. For many of us...

10 favorite films of 2019

Dec 30 2019
This year in movies had a bit of a slow start. At the halfway point, I could only think of a piddly few that would likely rank as favorites, come year’s end. Well, here we are at that point, and luckily things have sped up, allowing me to produce a list of 10 favorite films of 2019. I’m going to...

Elevated Reading: 'Plainsong' by Kent Haruf and Salida, Colorado

Dec 20 2019
There are few Colorado authors as beloved as the late Kent Haruf.  His book, Plainsong, is simply put, his Colorado masterpiece – a...

Anythink Songbook: A new era

Dec 16 2019
In keeping with the interestingentertaining theme established by my fellow...

Book Review: 'Behind Closed Doors' by B.A. Paris

Dec 13 2019
I finished B.A. Paris' Behind Closed Doors in two days.  Hooked from the very first page, I couldn't put it down. The crazy...

Anythink Songbook: The Luckiest

Dec 2 2019
About a week ago, my coworker Julie posted a blog about memory songs versus forever songs. Memory songs are those tied to a specific memory, and forever songs are those tied to your heart forever....

The important thing about 'Goodnight Moon'

Dec 2 2019
Today, as I sit at the library, my son is on a field-trip to see Goodnight Moon at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Theater for Young Audiences program.  The description of the show reads: “As the clock strikes...

Book Review: 'Dogs vs. Ice Cream' by Diana Lundin

Dec 2 2019
I love gazing through our photography section in the library. There are some fabulous books in the collection that I don't think get enough exposure, and I especially love the titles that have animals in them. I mean, really who doesn't love a cute dog, right? I wouldn't think to pair ice cream and...

Anythink Songbook: Take me to the pilot

Dec 2 2019
In a recent thought-provoking post, my colleague Julie makes the case that there are two different kinds of favorite songs: songs tied to a particular moment in our lives, and songs that seem like...

Anythink Songbook: Memory songs and forever songs

Nov 25 2019
Back in the year 2000, my middle school boyfriend and I were struggling to choose "our song" (a task that was all too important at the time). He liked Blink-182 and my favorite songs from that year...

Getting teens involved in Colorado Blue Spruce Book Awards

Nov 19 2019
The Colorado Blue Spruce Award is a unique award where submissions are nominated by and voted on by teens. No adults allowed – including publishers. With a nod to the official state tree, this award is specific to teens in Colorado. There is a...

The ugly Christmas sweater: an origin story

Nov 19 2019
You see them at parties. You see them in pictures. You see them on Christmas cards. Suddenly, they are everywhere and yet most of the year they are nowhere, buried in the back of the closet until they burst out in glorious tackiness.  They are garish. They are loud. They hurt your eyes. They are...

The books that inspired your favorite 2019 Hallmark movies

Nov 14 2019
Hallmark Christmas movies have arrived! Beginning Oct. 25 (which seems ludicrously early), you can watch all of the Hallmark Christmas movies that your candlelight-loving,-marshmallow heart can take. However, did you know you can check out or order most of the books that inspired the movies before ...

New programs coming to Anythink Bennett

Nov 13 2019
Thanks for our awesome guides, Eric and Molly, Anythink Bennett has some new programming coming for all ages.  First, we invite you to our weekly Creation Lab that will run every Thursday from 2 pm-6 pm. The Creation Lab is...

Yes, thank you, Pete Holmes

Nov 8 2019
What is this? It’s a common refrain from a Pete Holmes, a successful comedian, podcaster, television star and, now, author. His new book,...

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