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Step Aside, Brontë Sisters

Young Authors Take Library By Storm

Lyla Bell’s book, Unicorn Dreams, and Harper Bell’s book, About Unicorns, are on display at the Park Hill branch library.

By Tracy Canada Hanson
and Tara Bannon Williamson

Park Hill Librarians

This just in, you read it here first folks, two new authors have submitted their first books to the Denver Public Library.

Certain to soon be featured in The New York Times Book Review, Lyla Bell and Harper Bell are taking the literary world by storm with their works, Unicorn Dreams and About Unicorns, respectively. Not since The Brontë Sisters has the literary world felt the force of such satisfying sibling stories.

Tracy Canada Hanson, coauthor of this piece, was the librarian on duty when the Bells submitted the stories.

“Late one Saturday afternoon in September two smart, creative, and bold sisters came to visit the Park Hill library with their mother,” Hanson says, recounting the exciting moment, and the accompanying backstory. “Earlier that day the girls’ had a most brilliant idea: to write and illustrate their own books! And to drop them off at the library to share with other library customers!”

Sources close to the family say that their mom transcribed everything for the young authors, word for word.

These sweet little tomes brightened the day for everyone on staff at the library. They are currently on display in the Children’s area, with the New Picture Books. Please stop by and read these unique and inspiring stories. Even those well-versed in the antics of unicorns will learn much from these two new books by two sensational sisters.

Pauline Robinson Events

Tech Help Appointments | Tuesdays, noon-1 p.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, Nov. 6, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.

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

Preschool Storytime | Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m.

With the Colorado Ballet. Learn how to shake, shimmy and slide like your favorite animal. We will play with exciting props, sing songs, and read fairy tales, all while dancing and sharing our favorite animal stories. Ideal for preschool to early elementary age children.

Give Thanks Banner | Monday, Nov. 25, 2 p.m.

Show that you care with a “Give Thanks” banner.

Holiday Card | Saturday, Nov. 26, 2 p.m.

Get creative making holiday cards for family and friends.

The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, Nov. 23, noon

This month’s selection: Desolation Mountain by William Kent Kruger. Drop-ins are welcome.

Park Hill Branch 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 & 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.

Franca Telesio: Martha Graham Style Modern Dancer | Saturday, Nov. 2, 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate the pinnacle of a 74-year-long arduous yet joyful journey with Martha Graham style modern dancer, Franca Telesio. Dress to dance.

Viruses & Malware Basics | Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m.

Learn about malware threats, how to tell if a computer is infected, and how to install and use a high quality free antivirus program.

Needlefelting | Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m.

Join us to learn the fun easy craft of needle felting by making your own ornament. People 14 years and older, please.

Lasting Conversations: Journeys and Values | Saturday, Nov. 9, 2:30 p.m.

What do we owe to each other? How do we talk about what matters most? Engage in one or all of our monthly discussions using classic and contemporary texts as springboards for talking about pressing issues. November’s topic is Destinations.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesdays, Nov. 12 & 26, 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.

Clue: Interactive Movie Night with Shirley Delta Blow | Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Watch the 1985 American ensemble mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same name in a brand new way. Drag Queen Shirley Delta Blow will be your guide as play along and participate to solve the mystery.

Cops with Books Special Storytime | Thursday, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m.

Police Officer Heidi Lewis will be joining us at storytime to read and show us her patrol car.

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

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

Parkways and Art Alleys | Monday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m.

Discover hidden gems within the parkways and alleys in our immediate Park Hill neighborhood. Library staff will guide you on a participatory, fun-filled, and informative afternoon stroll.

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

Book: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Snack: Cereal and milk

Ideal for ages 6 to 9

Contempt, Division, and (re)Finding Humanity During the Election Season | Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.

Is it true that you should never talk politics or religion? Is there away to engage in meaningful political dialogue? The Conflict Center presents an interactive session focusing on understanding contempt, intentions, and exploring productive ways to engage with each other during divisive political times.

Katherine Dines Family Music Program | Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m.

Come tap, clap, snap, sing, dance, and move along with Katherine Dines and her award-winning songs for family audiences. Ideal for ages 2 to 10 accompanied by an adult.

The Songs of Trees, with Author David George Haskell | Saturday, Nov. 23, 2:30 p.m.

Learn about the wonders of trees from Pulitzer finalist and Burroughs Medal recipient David Haskell. From rainforests to cities, he shows how trees sustain our lives. Books available for purchase/signing.

3-D Dragon Craft | Friday, Nov. 29, 3 p.m.

Create a 3D dragon that will pop right out at you.

STEM Candy Dispenser | Saturday, Nov. 30, 3 p.m.

Use a hammer, wood, nails, and a mason jar to build your own candy dispenser. Ideal for ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult.


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