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“Savvy” choice for 2014 Youth One Book, One Denver

Lafayette author Ingrid Law’s lively novel “Savvy,” named a Newbery Honor book in 2009, is the choice for the 2014 Youth One Book, One Denver, the citywide summer reading program for children between 9 and 13.

Law said she hopes her book can help bring families together.

“It’s just so exciting to get to share my book with summer readers who otherwise maybe wouldn’t read it, or any book,” she said.

BK17ONEBOOK.jpgYoung readers chose “Savvy” over two other Colorado finalists: “Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things” by Lenore Look, and “The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle” by Avi. Children voted through after-school programs, public libraries and other venues.

“Savvy,” about a girl’s efforts to help her father, is the first book in a trilogy about children in a family that inherits unusual, unpredictable talents. “Scumble” followed, the story of a sibling struggling to control a newfound skill. The third book, “Switch,” will be released next year.

The Youth One Book, One Denver program began three years ago, and includes 6,000 participants.

Children in summer programs affiliated with Youth One Book, One Denver will receive a copy of “Savvy.” Colorado’s Rosen Publishing Inc. has donated 10,000 of its books to Youth One Book, One Denver.

Max Free, 10, said he loves to read chapter books.

“They are all awesome,” he said at an event Tuesday. Free has not read “Savvy” but said he is “very excited to read it.”

Nine-year-old Ruby Seaman said she has already read “Savvy” but stopped just short of a spoiler alert for her fellow readers.

The best part is “when the main character finds out what her savvy is,” Seaman said.

Claire Martin

Deals: Summer reading program, library’s used book sale and more

Reading rewards

Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program rewards kids with a free book, after they’ve taken eight literary adventures. With help from their parents, kids keep track of the books they’ve read in an “Imagination’s Destination Reading Journal.” Once the list is completed, readers in grade one through six can take it to any participating location and pick out their well-deserved reward from a limited selection of children’s books through Sept. 2.

Drink up art

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (1485 Delgany St., 303-298-7554) hopes to entice more visitors with its just-launched “Museum-Quality Drinking,” a mix of discounted admission, premium cocktails and live music in the rooftop garden. Throughout the summer, the museum will stay open until 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday with admission just $5 after 5 p.m. Every Wednesday, visitors can sample tasty cocktails and foods from local businesses, and on Friday nights live music will fill the air.

Senior special

Age has its privileges. On May 31, the 25th annual “Salute to Seniors” fills the Colorado Convention Center’s Mile High Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day starts with morning exercises and continues all day with a 1960s vintage car show, live music, bingo, a photo booth, variety shows, a health and fitness center, food samples and resource fair. This year, for the first time, admission is free. Reservations are suggested by calling 855-880-4777, but everyone is welcome. And how’s this for service? Free parking is available at the Pepsi Center, along with free shuttles to the Convention Center’s front door.

Laura Daily and Bryan K. Chavez


Whale call

Friends of the Jefferson County Public Library present its annual “Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale” offering more than 100,000 books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and videos May 30 through June 1. Most items are priced 50 cents to $2.50. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30-31 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1. June 1 is Bag Day, bring your own grocery-size bag and fill it for $6. Book sale proceeds fund various literacy programs. A Friends Preview Sale is 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 29. Members get in free, and new members are invited to join online (details on the website) or at the door starting at 5 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Golden, 303-403-5075, e-mail [email protected],

Creature comforts

Every Creature Counts has reduced its cat adoption fees through June 8. Cats 6 years and older are $25, $50 for ages 1 to 5 years and $75 for cats under 1 year. All cats have been spayed or neutered, have vaccines, testing and a microchip. ECC’s animals are offered through a partnership with PetSmart, Chuck & Don’s and Petco. A list of locations and animals available is on the website.

H2o is the way to go

The Colorado Water Garden Society is gearing up for its Annual Plant Sale June 1 offering various water lilies, bog plants, floating plants and tropical and hardy marginals along with potting materials, supplies and “pond critters.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. CWGS staff members will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions. Members get in the door at 9 a.m. Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-423-9216,

Free days

June 2: Denver Museum of Nature & Science,

-Vicki Heath




Suggested Summer Reading for Kids of All Ages

In my previous post I talked about the importance of kids reading and engaging in literacy-rich activities over the summer and gave some tips on how to make it fun!

While we always encourage kids to choose their own books to read, we find that providing suggested reading lists sometimes helps them along. Here are some books that the Denver Public Library recommends based on this year’s Summer of Reading state-wide themes: “Dig Into Reading” and “Beneath the Surface.”  Many of these selections are new books, classics or from award-winning authors.