One Book already?

While the excitement of the One Book One Broomfield begins in the summer with the announcement of the title to City Council and all the programs that follow, the work of OBOB starts now. A dedicated group of volunteers meet each month from January to May discussing the books that have been put forth as nominees to be the one selected as our community read.

Here’s where we come in: If you have a book you loved and think everyone in Broomfield should read it, please suggest it. We have a box in-house at the library (in the window in the stairwell) and will happily take suggestions you email in to ballot-box referencedesk@broomfield.org.

Thanks for being the community in community read!

-Sarah

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Banned Books Week

This week we are observing Banned Books week, annual event celebrating the freedom to read. And the freedom to read whatever we choose, even materials some might consider unorthodox or unpopular.

In the past we have created displays of books that have been banned or challenged in libraries and schools across America, sometimes asking readers to guess why a particular title was banned. Or in what year The Great Gatsby was challenged. Or displaying  challenged books with paper flames around them. All eye-catching ways to bring the issue of intellectual freedom to the forefront quickly.

This year Katie has created a more personal display. We do have a small stand of banned books and the lists from the American Library Association of the most frequently challenged books.

This year, we are asking you, our readers and library patrons, to tell us who instilled in you your love of reading, what fictional character from a banned book would you want to have to lunch with, etc.

We would love to have your input, please stop by the second floor this week (9/25-10/2).

We hope to leave the display up past the end of the “official” celebration, because celebrating the freedom to read is a lifelong effort.

 

One Book One Broomfield part 2

The wait is over, and this blog update is overdue, the 2014 One Book One Broomfield (OBOB) choice is Blood Memory by Margaret Coel. This year the committee selected two books, Coel’s fictional work Blood Memory and her non-fiction work Chief Left Hand. Each title deals in its own way with the Sand Creek Massacre and its aftermath.

blood memoryBlood Memory is a mystery set in Denver that follows Catherine McLeod, investigative reporter for the “Journal,” one of Denver’s major newspapers. Her recent coverage of the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes filing a claim for twenty-seven million acres of their ancestral lands has made her the target for assassination. Her investigation uncovers a conspiracy involving her ex-husband’s wealthy family and state politicians. As Catherine unravels the truth, she discovers some startling facts about her own heritage, making her would-be killer all the more desperate to find her.

Chief Left Hand recounts the life of the Arapaho chief, diplomat, and linguist, describes the experiences of his tribe during the nineteenth century, and discusses the Sand Creek Massacre.

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The library has many events planned to tie in with the OBOB, culminating in a talk and book signing from Margaret Coel on Saturday, November 8. Follow this link for all the events:

http://www.ci.broomfield.co.us/index.aspx?nid=2042

The library has also created a bibliography if you want to read more about Arapaho culture, land rights and the Sand Creek Massacre. Here’s the link to that:

http://www.ci.broomfield.co.us/DocumentCenter/View/8699

-Sarah BG

Films Worth a Look: About Time

MV5BMTA1ODUzMDA3NzFeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDgxMTYxNTk@._V1_SX214_AL_I was pleasantly surprised by this film. On the surface it looks to be a bland rom-com using time travel as a plot device. Instead it is a moving story of being given second chances to right mistakes; but doing so has consequences.

After a particularly disastrous New Years Eve party and on his 21st birthday, Tim (played by Domhnall Gleeson) learns from his father (played by the always-excellent Bill Nighy) that the men their family are able to travel back in time. Tim uses his newly realized ability to go back to make his New Years Eve experience much better: he avoids bumping into a young woman which caused her to spill her drink down the front of her shirt; he kisses a cute girl the second time, rather than shaking her hand.

Tim realizes that using his time travel ability will be about love. He has never had a girlfriend and is determined to use his power to get one. The next summer, his kid sister’s friend, a young, attractive blonde girl, comes to their house in Cornwall to spend the summer. He is immediately attracted to her, but waits until her last day to make his move. She puts off his advances. Tim decides to go back in time to make his move right away, but the second time around she puts him off again. Tim realizes that he can’t make a woman fall in love with him, no matter how much he is able to stack the deck with his time-traveling abilities.

After moving to London, Tim meets the love of his life, Mary (played by Rachel McAdams), through a chance encounter. But he loses her when he goes back in time to help a friend. In the new time line, he never met Mary as he was elsewhere the night he originally met her. Even worse, he finally does track her down to “accidentally” run into her, but learns she just started dating a new boyfriend.

The movie explores the themes of regret, consequence, responsibility. Tim learns through sometimes very harsh lessons that time traveling to “fix” problems sometimes only makes them worse or changes things in ways he had not considered. He comes to realize that some problems can’t be fixed for people; sometimes a person has to fix his or her own problems.

The movie is touching, even moving in some scenes, but never overly sentimental or cloying. There is a lot of witty, sly humor as well. Rachel McAdams is adorable, as always. The scenes between Tim and his father stand out as well.

Click on the following link to place a hold on it:

About Time

Worth a look if you like moving, yet witty films dealing with love and life.

Skip it if you don’t like British romantic comedies.

-Steve
MDE’s Self Appointed Movie Critic

 

 

The Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library- An Afternoon Getaway

Every day I spend my breaks walking around the pond located next to the library. And every day I observe mama ducks protecting their ducklings, beautiful dragon flies zipping about, and a plethora of bunnies hiding in shady holes. So, if you’re looking for a way to spend a summer afternoon, head on over to the library. Have a picnic in the park, take a stroll around the pond, visit the 9/11 Memorial then come inside to cool off and find a good book or movie to relax with in the evening. I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds like a fantastic way to spend a day with friends, family, or by yourself!

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-SRJ

Book Review: One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration and Fun by Beckah Krahula

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(Click here to place a hold on this book)

I’m not one to stick with extended-length projects. And this book didn’t change that for me. Rather than providing me with a 6-week long course, it gave me a nice, little week-long adventure of zentangles. A month ago, I didn’t even know what a zentangle was. It was only through a patron’s query that I discovered them and gained an interest in learning how to draw them. Tangles, as they are often called, are unplanned drawings using a pencil, a black pen and a 3.5″ square piece of paper. Meant to be a form of meditation, there is no right or wrong way to draw a tangle.

My initial plan was to get through the book in a few weeks’ time. I thought I could last at least that long. Unfortunately, one week later, life took over and my zentangles went right out the door. But here’s what I gathered in that one week:

1. Zentangles are fun. There is no right or wrong way to draw them, despite the steps that the book walks you through.

2. Zentangles, do, in fact provide a brief retreat away from life. The 15-20 minutes that are spent creating a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants drawing are all-consuming.

3. There is something fulfilling about completing a drawing and I have been pleased with every single one. They are all beautiful.

My only gripe lies not within zentangles themselves, but within the inherently contradictory nature of a book that tries to encapsulate a free-flowing art form. The author points out at the beginning, “There are no expectations or planned goals of accomplishment to worry about attaining or disappointments stemming from unattainable expectations”. Yet, despite the loads of instruction that disagree with the whimsical nature of the art form, the book gave me some amazing tools to create unique tangles, which, without, I would not have known where to begin.

Here are a few of the tangles I created:

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If you’re looking for a new way to relax and de-stress from the day, zentangle might be for you. Or, if like me, you can’t draw a thing, but want to create something unique then this art form might provide the artistic release you seek.
Check out some of our Zentangle titles and click the links to place a hold.

– SRJ

The Beauty of Zentangle: inspirational examples from 137 tangle artists worldwide by Suzanne McNeill

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Joy of Zentangle: drawing your way to increased creativity, focus, and well-being

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The Zentangle Untangled Workbook: a tangle-a-day to draw your stress away by Kass Hall

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Zentangle Untangled: inspiration and prompts for meditative drawing by Kass Hall

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