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Utopia or dystopia? 5 great novels about future society

Jul 11 2016
Collapsing nations. Corrupted governments. Ruthless leaders. Separation. The worst part about all of these things? They usually occur in societies that seem nearly perfect. Some of the greatest books today center around different utopias, places that are flawless, and dystopias, their opposites....

The quietly haunting drama of '45 Years'

Jul 8 2016
You can never truly know another person’s interior life, and once a suggestion has been planted in your brain, whether it be fact or fiction, it cannot be unthought. These are the deep ponderings of...

Summer reads for tweens

Jul 7 2016
Finding the right book is always a challenge, especially if you’re a tween trying to find a good, fun read. With the lazy days of summer come books, so why not try these light reads for all ages?...

Movies to watch with the AC on

Jun 27 2016
Try to think of the last movie you saw where you noticed the weather. Now, of those films, try to remember if any of them actually made you feel the weather. Plenty of movies depict whirling hurricanes or thrashing tornadoes, but that’s not quite the same thing as being convinced that the sun up on...

Anythink LIVE! teen music contest: Vote for your favorite act

Jun 22 2016
Update: Voting for Anythink LIVE! is now closed. Thanks to everyone who voted! From solo piano virtuosos to punk rock bands, we received a multitude of entries for the 2016 edition of Anythink LIVE!, a district-wide music contest just for teens. We’ve sorted through all of the submissions, and our...

Summer of the road trip

Jun 22 2016
The open road is whispering your name. Can you hear it? The humming quickly becomes a roar as the first official day of summer approaches. What better excuse to bring the family together, explore and learn than the infinite possibilities of a road trip. Whether you are planning a relaxing Rocky...

'Little Girl Blue' beats a Janis Joplin biopic

Jun 16 2016
When Janis Joplin died on Oct. 4, 1970, at the age of 27, she had only been in the public consciousness for three years. As lead singer of...

Revisiting 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'

Jun 16 2016
If you’ve seen the recently released film The Nice Guys, you were treated to a clever, funny, and offbeat tale of a couple of sad sacks (one a hired enforcer, the...

Poetry is an invitation: R.S.V.P.

Jun 13 2016
Poetry is a handful of silver coins, shaken and shivering, clink clicking. Prose is a paper bill, less inviting to the senses, in the other hand. Poetry asks for you to be present, aware of your senses and alert to meaning. It calls for you to hear its rhymes, feel its rhythms, and converse with...

UPDATE – Anythink & Great Divide Brewing: Vote for your favorite literary-inspired brew

Jun 6 2016
Update: Thank you to everyone who voted at during the June 10 Backyard Concert Series. Your votes not only helped determine which literary-inspired beer will be brewed by Great Divide, they also helped raise money for...

6 documentaries worth streaming right now

Jun 3 2016
So what exactly is all the hoopla about? It’s about 24/7 instant streaming access to movies, music, books and more for free. Yep, free! Click here to create a hoopla digital account – all...

The greatest game ever invented

Jun 3 2016
Americans have played professional baseball for nearly 150 years. Amateur and informal versions of the game have existed for even longer. Baseball is more than just a game, though, and its reach extends far beyond the field. Baseball permeates our language with a frequency to rival Shakespeare;...

Denver Comic Con 2016 giveaway: How to enter for your chance to win tickets

May 31 2016
Grab your capes, superheroes. Anythink is celebrating Denver Comic Con again this year, and we'll be giving away passes to some lucky Anythinkers.  Here's how you can enter for a chance to win:  Visit your local Anythink between May 31 and June 8 and fill out an entry form. We'll draw two winners...

Catch up on a legendary 'Feud'

May 26 2016
It was recently announced that prolific TV producer Ryan Murphy (...

Kick off summer with cute, contemporary reads

May 19 2016
Summer has finally arrived and school is almost out. We all know what this means... more reading time! With that said, it's always nice to have a To-Be-Read (TBR) pile nearby so that you never run out of reads when they are desperately needed. Summer is notorious for having the perfect weather for...

A dossier for John le Carré

Apr 22 2016
One of the year’s most anticipated new TV series is The Night Manager, which began airing April 19th on AMC. Already a hit in England, where it garnered critical acclaim and social media buzz, The Night Manager follows Jonathan Pine (Tom...

Accepting the Read Harder Challenge

Apr 18 2016
I’m always up for a challenge. I like to push myself to see if I can do something new, maybe even hard. The process of persevering and having a purpose, a goal, is motivating to me (not to mention I have a huge competitive streak, even if my only competition is myself). So when I heard about...

The timeless Roald Dahl

Apr 12 2016
We love the books of our childhood with guileless, uninhibited passion – which is why it can be so tempting to go back to them as adults. Who wouldn’t want to recapture that electric thrill of falling through a book into a new world, peopled with characters who speak for us, who become our friends...
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Get down and dirty: Soil tips for your garden

Mar 28 2016
“If you have the soul of a gardener, not for anything would you work with gloves on.” – Ruth Stout Healthy vegetables and herbs begin with rich soil. What's in the soil ends up in the crop, which ends up in you! Therefore, think organic. Organic matter has come from once-living organisms. Just as...

10 opening lines that intrigue

Mar 10 2016
Call me interested: do you have a favorite first line from a novel? “Call me Ishmael,” says the narrator, to begin Herman Melville’s...

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