Carol Christiansen
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November 29, 2012
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The queen scene at Summit County Libraries

I've come across quite the "queen scene" at our local library, but not all of the queens wear crowns.

Throughout the entire 2012 year, Queen Elizabeth II has been celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years since her accession to the throne. (To put that in perspective, Winston Churchill was her first prime minister.) The Debrett volume entitled "The Queen: The Diamond Jubilee" documents her childhood, marriage and family life as well as her 60-year reign as the Queen of England. While maybe not quite as spicy as Philippa Gregory's "The Other Boleyn Girl," the photos and text offer an informative glimpse into the intriguing world of England's monarchy.

For the celluloid crowd, Helen Mirren won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film, "The Queen," which is set during the days after Princess Diana's death. Prime Minister Tony Blair, played by Michael Sheen, intervenes to advise the Queen on how she might better deal with the death of "the people's princess."

If you think Queen Elizabeth had problems, then wait until you see "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?", a documentary that reveals the catastrophic disappearance of bees due to colony collapse disorder. A bee's main job is to pollinate flowers and crops so they reproduce, right? But due to pesticides, artificial breeding and some industrial beekeeping practices that will drop your jaw, the bees are disappearing. Hopefully a solution to this crisis will be discovered before it's too late.

Speaking of queen bees, as the mother of a middle schooler, I was enlightened by the book, "Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence" by Rosalind Wiseman. I think we all remember too well our own middle school years: trying to fit in, exploring who you are and who you want to be and trying to stay focused in class when your crush is seated next to you. Wiseman has worked with girls of this age for many years and offers insightful suggestions on helping daughters make smart choices that set the stage for healthy relationships as they grow older.

As I think back to my school days, one of the biggest bands was Queen. "Bohemian Rhapsody" was and still is one of my favorite songs. "Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury" by Lesley Ann Jones describes in detail the too-short life of this brilliant, talented musician who was the lead singer of Queen. RIP, Freddie.

For these titles and more of the "queen scene," check out your Summit County Library. The Main Branch is in Frisco, the North Branch in Silverthorne and the South Branch in Breckenridge. Moreover, you can visit the library's web site at www.summitcountylibraries.org, where you can also request books and other items from Front Range and Western Slope libraries via Marmot and Prospector respectively.


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