Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door

Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn’t children’s books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder — and what real kids say to a fictional whale.

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Hidden Brain

Why do we do what we do?! Stream it via your favorite podcast app. (Don’t know how to stream podcasts? Call the library and make a tech appointment with Dana, 303-823-5165.)

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion: The Power of Boundless Compassion

This is my favorite read of this year. Short, powerful, poetic, funny, and deeply moving, you can’t go wrong with this collection of essays by Gregory Boyle who has spent the better part of his life running a gang intervention program in L.A. These essays focus on our universal kinship and are “moving examples of the power of unconditional love in difficult times and the importance of fighting despair.”

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir

Anna Wiener pops open the Silicon Valley bubble as only an insider can. “Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era.” Available in print. Check its availability.