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At the Library: Holiday Book Trivia

Test Your Christmas Literature IQ

By Becky Corning

Librarian, Pauline Robinson Branch Library

It’s time to test your knowledge of Christmas literature.

1. Who gives Harry a well-intentioned but inappropriate Christmas gift in No Roses for Harry by Gene Zion?

2. Which narrator begins his book by explaining, “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like … but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. … I’ll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me last Christmas just before I got pretty run-down and had to come out and take it easy”?

3. What is the name of Audrey Niffenegger’s bestseller in which Henry DeTamble time-travels to escape a vehicular accident that killed his mother on one Christmas Eve in the 1970s?

4. In the short story by O. Henry, Mr. James Dillingham Young sells his watch to buy his wife’s Christmas gift, an assortment of combs. What does his wife sell to buy a gift for him?

In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, what is the one thing the Grinch hates most about the holiday? Photo courtesy of Becky Corning

5. In Dr. Seuss’s classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the Grinch dislikes many things about Christmas. But what is the one thing the Grinch hates most about the holiday?

6. Merry and Bright is the 2017 Christmas novel by what author? (Hint: The Hallmark Channel chose her Cedar Cove books for an original TV series.)

(Answers follow the listings of library events.)

Pauline Robinson Branch Library – December events

Saturday Storytime | Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for everyone.

Tech Help Appointments| Mondays and Tuesdays, noon-1p.m.

Get technology assistance from one of our in-house experts on your own device or a public computer. Learn the basics, such as email, social networking, word processing and eMedia. Call the library at 720-865-0290 to schedule an appointment.

Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers.

Favorite Place Pendants | Thursday, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m.

If you left your heart in San Francisco, or you’re dreaming of that vacation to Fiji, a Favorite Place Pendant will bring your dream location closer to home. We provide dominoes, recycled maps and atlases, Mod Podge and sparkle, you pick the place.

The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, Dec. 16, 12 p.m.

Please call the library at 720-865-0290 for book title and meeting location.

Kwanzaa | Friday, Dec. 29, 2 p.m.

Learn about and celebrate Kwanzaa, a cross cultural celebration honoring the African first fruit harvest tradition and promotes universal values of unity, purpose and creativity.

Park Hill Branch Library – December events

All Ages Storytime | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers. Craft activity immediately follows the program.

Baby Storytime | Thursdays and Fridays at 11:15 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for babies ages 0-18 months and their caregivers. Play and social time immediately follow the program.

Toddler Storytime | Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers.

What Do I Do With Leftover Food? | Saturday, Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m.

We will cover various methods to reduce in-home food waste, including simple shopping guides, meal preparation maps, ingredient up-cycling and more. Attendees will be empowered to use their creativity and food intuition to make the most of food budget, improve efficiency in the kitchen and honor the energy expended for food production.

Ask the Doc: Common Childhood Ailments | Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.

This presentation gives a rapid, broad overview of many of the common ailments faced in the infant and pediatric population, including but not limited to fever, colds and viruses, ear infections, urinary tract infections and pneumonia. Q&A and discussion will follow. Presented by Jason Zamkoff, MD; Children’s Hospital Colorado.

with Author Gail Beaton | Saturday, Dec. 9, 2:30 p.m.

Author Gail Beaton will  discuss and sign her fascinating book Colorado Women: A History, the first full-length chronicle of the lives, roles and contributions of women in Colorado from prehistory through the modern day, addressing the everyday lives of all women, placing them in historical context. Books available for sale and signing.

Magic Club | Monday, Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m.

Do you already play Magic: the Gathering, or are you interested in learning? Stop by two afternoons a month to play and meet other teens. Ideal for ages 10-17.

Choir for the Tone Deaf | Tuesdays, Dec. 5 & 12, 4 p.m.

Learn the basics on how to sing by understanding your instrument better, breathing and how to reconnect with the joy of singing. Open to all vocally challenged individuals who long to overcome inhibitions or shame in order to warble in public.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m.

Join the Park Hill TAB. Help plan events and projects, talk about your favorite books, music, movies and make your opinion count. Plus snacks. Ideal for ages 13-18.

The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom with Author Helen Thorpe | Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6:3 0 p.m.

In The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom, readers learn about the families of the students, and the remarkable, harrowing journeys that have brought them to South High School in Denver: war, resettlements overseas, the process of seeking asylum, how badly the students and their families want to “be American.” Together, these stories create an urgent portrait of the real America, and a reminder that American wars overseas inevitably send refugees to our shores. Books available for sale and signing.

No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m.

Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between.

Coloring for Grown Ups | Saturday, Dec. 16, 2:30 p.m.

Come for a nostalgic hour of coloring, in or outside the lines. Use our supplies to unplug and color your way to serenity.

Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, Dec. 19, 3:30 p.m.

Stick Dog by Tom Watson

Activity: Everyone gets a composition notebook to draw and write your own “stick” animal story. Ideal for grades 2-3.

Wild Irish Roots: A Seasonal Guidebook of Herbs, Ritual and Connection with Author Tonja Reichley | Wednesday, Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m.

The time is now, to connect with our Irish roots and the ancient wisdom within us, to receive the guidance needed to traverse through these challenging and opportunistic times, to be guided by our teachers: the herbs, the Earth, the moon and the elements based on the ancient Irish calendar. Experience a Winter Solstice ritual and explore your wild roots. Books available for sale and signing.

Tween Book Club | Thursday, Dec. 21, 4:30 p.m.

No book to read, but we’ll play BINGO and win books!

Loco-Motion: the Science and Circus Arts Show | Wednesday, Dec. 27, 3 p.m.

National Juggling Champion and movement artist Peter Davison presents juggling, unicycling, balancing, acrobatics and more, while teaching the science behind the artistry. Peter mixes awesome circus skills with dance and physical theater in a unique presentation that captivates all ages. Human and machine locomotion, Newton’s Laws of Motion, center of gravity, gyroscopic action, centrifugal and centripetal forces, friction and other physical phenomena are revealed. Ideal for all ages!

End of Year Storytime | Thursday, Dec. 28, 10:30 a.m.

Families are encouraged to attend this storytime and create a family time capsule.

Quiz answers:

1. His grandma (She gives him an embarrassing rose-patterned dog sweater.) 2. Holden Caulfield (in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye) 3. The Time Traveler’s Wife 4. Her beautiful long hair 5. Every Who down in Who-ville would start singing. 6. Debbie Macomber

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