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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

Ah, Pittsburgh. The Steel City. City of Champions. My adopted hometown.

Pittsburgh has come a long way from the dirty, smog filled days of the steel mills but I don't think the city has quite yet reached the status of a vacation destination for many other than me.  Here are a few titles that allow you to travel to the 'Burgh without leaving your recliner.

What Have We Done For You Lately

What is your first thought when you think of libraries?

I recently had to create an elevator speech on library advocacy.  It is my thought that many people aren't aware of all the fantastic services the Denver Public Library has to offer. Here's my take on what your library can do for you, in 30 seconds or less:

Money Management, Travel, and Teacups

Whether you want to help a child learn about money, virtually travel to Cuba, or make a candle in a teacup, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!!

Adult program selections this week include:

Cover Me

Jeff Buckley's Grace

Is there any cover song that is better than the original?

My husband and I were discussing cover songs the other day and the conversation got me thinking. I used to be adamant that no cover song is better than the original until I realized that I couldn't argue my point because one of my favorite songs of all time is a cover! This brought to mind several other examples of cover songs that I actually prefer over the original. So I guess I have to eat my words a bit (just don't tell my husband!).

Here's my "better than the original" list. I'm curious to see what your list would include.

Chew and Review: Long Live the Cookbook!

Dorie Greenspan, Around My French Table book cover

I read a recent New York Times article, Gadgets You Should Get Rid Of (or Not), that lists the devices that we can do away with (or keep) now that technology has progressed to the point of redundancy. One of the suggestions broke my heart: cookbooks.

“BOOKS Keep them (with one exception)… there is one area where printed matter is going to give way to digital content: cookbooks. Martha Stewart Makes Cookies, a $5 app for the iPad, is the wave of the future. Every recipe has a photo of the dish (something far too expensive for many printed cookbooks).

Need some living space pizzazz?

Want to add some pizzazz to your living space?

I live in a 600 square foot loft apartment. It doesn’t feel small since the ceiling is so high. Yesterday I took a few minutes to look through a book about decorating small living spaces. The book provided some ideas that I plan to use. Whether your living space is large or small, you can use the books below to help you live more creatively.

Five Best Movies About Fashion

Tim Gunn's Golden Rules

Fashion expert Tim Gunn shares his five most favorite fashion films in his latest book Gunn's Golden Rules.

Trained artist, designer, and gentleman Tim Gunn is one of the reasons Project Runway is so popular. Take a mini-course on fashion and check out his five most recommended films on fashion:

Blow-Up - Starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave.

Funny Face - Starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

Businesses Beware!

When I opened the letter addressed to my small business, it looked like an official government mailing. It even cited a section of the Colorado Revised Statutes (a touch only a government documents librarian might appreciate). After closer inspection of this mailing from an entity calling itself the "Corporate Controllers Unit," I surmised they were trying to prey upon people who didn't have the time or skills to decipher a con.

I made plans to expose this bogus use of C.R.S. sections 7-90-301 and 7-90-501 as soon as possible. Other outraged businesses have beat me to it. Here is part of an April 4th News Alert sent out from the office of the Colorado Secretary of State:

Let's Party Like It's 1929!

Two men dining at a soup kitchen in Denver. Courtesy WHG Photo Coll.

 Top 6 Tips for Cooking in a Depression

Whatever your favorite pundit is calling the current and ongoing economic crunch - recession, economic decline, bear market, slow down -- one thing is certain: the cost of living is going up. Groceries are more expensive and getting to and from the store is costlier as well.

Recently, a close friend said to me, "I just read an article that compares our current economic woes to some of the harbingers of the Great Depression. How are we supposed to prepare for that?"

Are You a Paranoid Parent?

The Paranod Parents Guide

Christie Barnes, author of The Paranoid Parents Guide: Worry Less, Parent Better, and Raise a Resilient Child will be speaking at the Schlessman Family Branch as part of the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Based on information gleaned from years of research, Ms. Barnes knows that many parents are wasting their time and energy worrying about the wrong things. In this presentation, she will give parents a much needed reality check, opening their eyes to the real dangers lurking that are more likely to impact their children--and what they can do about them. Bring your questions! Ms. Barnes will have several giveaways for lucky members of the audience, including Paranoid Parents Kits!

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