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Mar 12 2021
I’m not typically one for New Year’s resolutions. Like a lot of people, I go full Ron Popeil Rotisserie with them: set it and forget it. I usually prefer to forgo the annual self-inflicted guilt-fest that resolutions tend to...

The most anticipated political books of 2021

Jan 22 2021
The past year has been tumultuous year politically, and at the dawn of a turning over in Washington, political books are set to again be all the rage in 2021 – just as they made up the best seller's lists in 2020. Here are some of the most anticipated upcoming books from citizens and authors that...

Take on a reading challenge

Jan 19 2021
I have never successfully completed a reading challenge. For years, I have fine-tooth combed the many challenges offered by various blogs and celebrities. I choose one that sparks my interest and set out in a grand attempt to fulfill the listed requirements. My gusto rarely lasts past March and I...
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The (terrible, horrible, no good, very bad) year in (great) music

Dec 23 2020
I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but this was a tough year – a recap of it is unnecessary. We all know the myriad ways in which 2020 was difficult and challenging. What is always necessary, however, is a recap of the year in music – even if the year felt like a decade.  Despite the...
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A very merry, diversionary Christmas

Dec 21 2020
I am a Halloween person. I'm talking an all-year-round, 24/7 Halloween person. Just the thought of October 31 still makes my stomach churn with excitement, the way Christmas morning kind of ceased to long ago.  This year, however, I must cop to a certain bowl-full-of-jelly type feeling creeping up...
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Curbside services in 5 easy steps

Dec 21 2020
While Anythink libraries are closed to the public due to COVID-19, you can still get all of the great books, movies and more with our curbside services. Here's how you get started. How to Use Curbside Services in 5 Easy Steps 1.  Log in to your library account at...

Feeling anxious? Discover health resources at Anythink

Nov 19 2020
It’s not a stretch to say that Americans are suffering from unprecedented amounts of anxiety in 2020. COVID, job insecurity, loss of work, politics, a discussion about systematic racism, political upheaval ... all of these things have been thrown at us this year in an unending hailstorm of change...
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At-home learning tips from a teacher: Let’s get moving!

Nov 13 2020
In my experience as a classroom teacher, movement breaks throughout the day were vital in keeping children engaged and preparing them to learn. In fact, my class always started the day with morning exercises. This included everything from stretches to breathing activities to jumping jacks. As the...

A discovery of candied lemon rind

Nov 3 2020
Potlucks kind of make me panic; I’m a big fan of food that makes sense together. Yet, I enjoy the challenge of putting foods from different cultures together when their basic ingredients are complementary. This is easier when you do all the cooking yourself and just invite your guests to show up...

Spooky YA reads for Fall 2020

Oct 27 2020
Let’s be honest: this has been a scary year already. Between COVID, the election, school closures and an unprecedented upending of life, you would think that YA readers across the board would be looking for light books – a pleasurable escape, if you will. Yet, those who love spooky books know:...

At-home learning tips from a teacher: classroom contracts

Sep 30 2020
Before my time as a children’s guide at Anythink Libraries, I spent 7 years as a classroom teacher. I taught ages 2 through second grade, although most of my time was spent teaching pre-kindergarten. I received my master’s degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education, so I'm excited to...
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Anti-racism books available without holds

Sep 4 2020
As a public library, Anythink is committed to racial equity and providing a space where everyone is welcome. As an organization, we believe in inclusion and diversity. Because of this, it's important that our collections represent the diverse community that we serve.  Below, you'll find a list of...

Reading (about) water

Aug 13 2020
Kersplash! It’s summer, and I think I’m ready to jump right in and name my favorite nonfiction book for this year. True, it’s only summer, just the second of four seasons of reading in my year. Yet I don’t want to wait to share this particular book with other readers, and in particular, those who...

Nesting notes

Jun 8 2020
When walking, I like to look for birds' nests, high and low. Sighting one is a sudden delight. Back inside my home, curiosity leads me to look through books to learn more about the nests I’ve seen – and the ones I haven’t seen. For others who are pleased by and curious about nests, here are some...
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When summer doesn't, but kids do

Jun 8 2020
Whelp, this wasn’t the summer that most of us had planned for now, was it? In our family’s mind, the summer of 2020 was going to be one of nostalgic fun: campouts, swimming pools, theme parks, movies, friends and parties and barbeques. Instead, our summer looks like this: staying mostly in or just...

My child and her questions

May 4 2020
Over the past month of staying at home, my 4-year-old, Lilah, has asked me a lot of questions. We have explored dozens of animals, from the mucus of a tree frog’s foot pads to the mysterious tusk of the narwhal. Lilah has wondered why a volcano "interrupts," how rocks have sparkles, and why she can...

Nostalgia: Because you find the present tense and the past perfect

May 4 2020
Something that has really kept me in a good mood during quarantine has been nostalgia. I get this feeling from reading and watching all of my favorite shows and movies that I otherwise wouldn’t have as much time to revisit. Personally, I find behind-the-scenes information about iconic film and...

Waterskiing across the surface of a poem

Apr 29 2020
Right now, I think we’re all looking for ways to either escape or make sense of what’s going on in the world. Poetry can accommodate both impulses (and, perhaps, both impulses are alive simultaneously in the best poems). But I wouldn’t blame anyone if their first instinct when seeking either...

Hoopla is here for you

Apr 24 2020
Last time we met like this, I introduced you to a snapshot of Kanopy, one of the streaming services available to you for free, with your...

The best pandemic books to get you through a real-life pandemic

Apr 17 2020
Whether we were prepared for it or not, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) arrived in Colorado at the beginning of March, and with it stay-at-home notices and self-isolation. And while the news might be terrifyingly real, sometimes it’s nice to escape into fiction to help us handle things outside our...