Douglas County Libraries Top Nonfiction Reads of 2014

“I still believe nonfiction is the most important literature to come out of the second half of the 20th century.” –Tom Wolfe

These nonfiction works were the most popular in Douglas County last year. From memoirs to historical essays, this list reflects a range of tastes.
Adult Nonfiction

  1. david-goliathDavid and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Killing Jesus: a History by Bill O’Reilly
  3. The Monuments Men: Allied Heros, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel
  4. Lone Survivor: the Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell
  5. I Am Malala: the Girl who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  6. The Blood Sugar Solution 10-day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast by Dr. Mark Hyman
  7. Things that Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics by Charles Krauthammer
  8. Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  9. Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates
  10. Grain Brain: the Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killer by David Perlmutter, M.D.
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This Week at DCL: January 12-18

Monday, January 12

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Art Stop on the Go!, Parker

Is your child the next Picasso? Nurture her creativity by bringing her to make art with our friends from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. One of the museum’s artists will present a book for kids to enjoy, then lead them in a literature-based art project.

4:00 PM: iPad User’s Group, James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch

Tuesday, January 13

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Rhyme, Romp and Read, Roxborough

Parents drop in and explore one of the five literacy activities and interact with your children to get your child ready to read.


Wednesday, January 14

10:00 AM: Rhyme, Romp and Read, Roxborough

4:15 PM: Art Stop on the Go!, James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch

Thursday, January 15

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Journey to Kindergarten, Philip S. Miller/Castle Rock

Join us to explore the five critical areas that will ensure your child has the best Journey to Kindergarten. Please attend both parts of this two-part series to hear from experts and engage in activities that will develop the whole child.



Saturday, January 17

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ACT Practice Test, James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch

Students take a full length ACT practice test. They receive a detailed analysis of their performance, and tips for how to improve when it’s time for the real deal.

Sunday, January 18

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An Evening with The Rosie Project Author Graeme Simsion, James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch

NYT bestselling author of The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion, will talk about the new sequel to the story – The Rosie Effect. Simsion is on tour from Australia and this is the perfect chance to meet him!

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Douglas County Libraries Most Popular Fiction for 2014

We circulate millions of books every year from all our seven branches; however, only a few can make the list of the most popular adult fiction at Douglas County Libraries in 2014. Here are those titles:

Sycamore_Row_-_cover_art_of_hardcover_book_by_John_GrishamAdult Fiction

1. Sycamore Row by John Grisham

John Grisham returns to Ford County, which was featured in his first and most famous novel, A Time to Kill. Jake Brigance finds himself once again embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension.

2. The Invention of Wings  by Sue Monk Kidd

This historical fiction features the Grimké sisters, who were real-life abolitionists in the early 19th century as well as their slaves. Sarah and Angelina (Nina) Grimké hoped to escape the constraints placed on women of that era. While Sarah’s handmaid, Handful (Hetty) wants to be released from the bonds of slavery.

3. The Target by David Baldacci

Baldacci has created another “edge-of-your-seat” thriller with Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. The assassins have a new perilous, high-risk assignment; however, some in power do not trust the pair. And they will do anything to see that they succeed, but they do not survive.

4.  King and Maxwell by David Baldacci

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell–former Secret Service agents turned private investigators–are back for their most surprising, dangerous case ever. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns horrible news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then, he receives communication from his father, after his supposed death. Tyler hires King and Maxwell to investigate the mystery surrounding his father’s death. They expose more troubling questions: Could Tyler’s father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target?

51FTtLOYyvL5. Stone Cold by C.J. Box

Joe Pickett has his old job back as the Wyoming game warden, and is once again on special assignment for Governor Rulon. A mysterious wealthy landowner is buying up the northeast corner of the state. Rumors abound that his wealth comes from murder for hire. Pickett is sent to find out what the truth is, but he discovers a lot more than he’d bargained for.

6. The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

Connelly’s latest in the Lincoln Lawyer series, hot-shot criminal defense lawyer Mickey Haller agrees to defend a former client’s pimp on a murder charge—the victim is the said former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path. Haller works tirelessly to put the right culprit in prison for a long, long time.

7. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has the perfect suburban life: she is happily married with three lovely daughters and runs a successful Tupperware business while also leading the PTO at the local elementary school. Her life is as spotless as her beautiful home, but a letter changes everything. She stumbles across a note from her husband that he meant for her to open after her death, but her husband is still alive and the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret.

8. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, and this time she has a run in with the mob when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam. Nobody wants to turn him in, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

173332239. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Goldfinch is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

10. Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner

DD Warren returns in a tale of two sisters, one is a successful doctor who can’t feel pain while the other is already incarcerated for multiple murders. They are also daughters of a monster–a father who slaughtered eight prostitutes before dying himself.

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This Week at DCL: January 5-January 11

Did you notice these great programs happening at Douglas County Libraries this week? From art & writing programs for the kids to an author chat for adults, there’s something for everyone at a branch near you!

writing-kidsMonday, January 5

4:30 PM

Just Write!, Parker

A writing group for kids, ages 8-12. Use books, art, music, and real life as inspiration for original writing.

Tuesday, January 6

4:00 PM

LEGO Club, Lone Tree

Build and talk about what’s new in the world of LEGOs. Perfect for ages 7-11.

6:30 PM: Conversational Spanish, Lone Tree

Wednesday, January 7

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Art Stop on the Go!, James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch

Calling all budding artists! Time to cultivate your inner Picasso with our friends from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. One of the museum’s artists will present a book for the kids to enjoy, then lead them in a literature-based art project.

6:30 PM: Beginning Spanish Language and Culture, Philip S. Miller/Castle Rock

Thursday, January 8

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Video Book Chat with Author Jan Ellison, Roxborough

Join us for a video chat with Jan Ellison about her novel A Small Indiscretion, which is due out the end of January. Advanced Reading Copies of the book are available at Roxborough Library.



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Feeling Like You’ve Forgot Something?



Are you traveling this holiday season? Do you have a feeling that you’ve forgotten something? Perhaps some reading material for your vacation? Don’t worry; you can access our downloadables any time, any where.

Besides our great collection of ebooks, we also have Zinio, which allows you to access several popular magazines, including Allure, Bon Appetit, The New Yorker and Vogue. All these titles are available for immediate downloads.

Or try Hoopla, where you can borrow popular audio books like The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriaty or Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman without waiting for a hold.

Need something to watch on the flight? Hoopla also has great movies and television shows.

Additionally, you can download music for free with Freegal, including popular songs like “Lips Are Movin‘” by Meghan Trainor and “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.

May your holiday travels be stress-free and filled with great media!

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Art Stop on the Go!


Calling all budding artists! Time to cultivate your inner Picasso with our friends from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art who will present a book for the kids to enjoy, then lead them in a literature-based art project. Perfect for ages 6-12. You must register, so choose a branch and date below for a registration link.

Castle Pines
Select Mondays at 4 PM

February 2
March 2
April 6
May 4
June 1
July 6
August 3
December 7

Lone Tree
Third Tuesday at 4 PM

January 20
February 17
March 17
April 21
May 19
June 16
July 21
August 18
September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15

Highlands Ranch
Select Wednesday at 4:15 PM

January 7
January 14
February 11
March 11
March 18
March 25
April 1
April 15
April 29
May 6
May 13
June 3
June 17
July 8
July 29
August 5
August 12

Second Monday of Each Month at 4 PM

January 12
February 9
March 9
April 13
May 11
June 8
July 13
August 10
September 14
October 12
November 9
December 14

Bonus! 10 AM Saturday Sessions!
March 21
August 1
October 10

Select Tuesdays and Mondays at 4 PM

June 2
June 9
June 23
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 20
July 28
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Thanksgiving Cooking


thanksgiving_dinner_1280x1024Thanksgiving is almost here! If you are dreading all the cooking, we are here to help!

Michele Morris presented helpful hints last month on how to beat the clock this holiday season. We also have several resources to make your turkey day as stress-free as possible:



bookcoverHow to Cook a Turkey: And All the Other Trimmings

This holiday survival guide from the editors of Fine Cooking. It answers every question you may have about turkeys (buying information, thawing times, oven temperatures and more) as well as 100 recipes from appetizers to desserts with many helpful hints. Did you know that your pumpkin pies will crack if you overcook them?



bookcover (1)Thanksgiving: How to Cook it Well

Sam Sifton, former New York Times restaurant critic, has created a timeless guide for Thanksgiving dinner from planning of the meal to the washing of the last plate. This is a book about the classic Thanksgiving meal. It’s perfect for first timers or old timers with helpful tips like warming plates and using turkey stock to drizzle over the turkey before putting it on the table for the carving.



bookcover (2)Vegetarian Times Complete Thanksgiving Cookbook

Do you have vegetarians coming over? Vegetarian Times created a cookbook full of holiday favorites that are veggie-friendly. There are 180 recipes from Cream of Yam and Carrot Soup to Apple Cranberry Crumb Tart.




bookcover (3)Thanksgiving Entertaining 

Are you worried about place settings? Williams-Sonoma has created a great guide with several menus as well as step-by-step instructions for decorating your home, setting an attractive table and making a variety of festive drinks.




51S0RV2XNNL._SL500_AA300_ Martha’s Classic Thanksgiving

Martha Stewart is the ultimate holiday entertainer. She shares her tips in this DVD, which includes recipes, centerpiece and table setting ideas as well as some Thanksgiving crafts for the kids.

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Calamity Jane’s Halloween Picks

CalamityJaneHalloween is right around the corner. Make this holiday one to remember with these spooky stories, scary snacks and creepy crafts. We have many silly yet slightly spooky picture books to get you and your little ones into the Halloween spirit.

Is your little one nervous about trick or treating? Check out Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween Scaredies. The book contains zany safety tips to surviving the holidays from everything to costumes to carving pumpkins. bookcover (10)

One of my favorite Halloween picture books is Room on the Broom. This witty story is about helpful animals who find a witch’s missing items in exchange for a ride on her broom. Then a dragon threatens to upset the load on her broom.

10 Trick-or-Treaters is an adorable counting Halloween book featuring a band of ten costumed kids heading out for a night of Halloween. It has a great rhyme and there are lots of counting fun. For more Halloween titles, check out this list.

There are so many sugary treats during the Halloween season. Here’s a healthier snack that is still in the holiday spirit.

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Cheesy Witch’s Brooms


String cheese
Pretzel sticks

Use kitchen scissors to slice the bottom half of string cheese and then slice or pull into strings to make a fringe that looks like a broom. Place pretzel sticks into the cheese. Grab a piece of chive and wrap it around the cheese and pretzel. Knot it to affix. Enjoy!

mummy-craft-for-young-kids-Masking Tap Mummy

Black construction paper

Masking Tape
Googly Eyes

Draw the outline of the mummy’s body with chalk.

Cut off strips of tape and place them at the edge of the table for easy selection by your kids. Place different lengths of tap over the body.

Cut the mummy out. Add the eyes with the glue. Let dry.

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Secrets for a Stress-Free Holiday Party


Lee Clayton Roper, author of A Well-Seasoned Kitchen, gave us great tips for hosting a stress-free holiday party. She told us how to make the menu work for us by pairing flavors that worked well together–if one dish has very bold flavors, make sure the other dishes don’t fight it. Ms. Roper also recommended thinking about texture; she always includes at least one dish that has something crunchy, even if it’s only a nut garnish. The best way to stay calm and stress-free is to pre-plan with menu items that can be made ahead of the party. All her recipes can be pre-made.

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Quick Bookish Halloween Costumes for Kids

Halloween is next week! What are your kids dressing up as? No idea! We’re here to help. Here are great last minute costume ideas–many which may already be in your child’s closet right now.

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  • Yellow shirt
  • Cardstock for printing “Sam I Am” sign
  • Red felt
  • Green & white playdough

Cut donut shape circles. Cut two floppy hat tops on the diagonally. Sew hat top together and turn right side out. Pin inside of circle to hat top and sew, stretching the entire time.

Either craft the green eggs and ham out of playdough or create them from felt.

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