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Westword Music Showcase Saturday June 18th!

Westword Music Showcase

Denver's biggest one-day music festival is happening this weekend in and around the Golden Triangle neighborhood!

In my mind, the Westword Music Showcase kicks off summer and the season for outdoor music events. This year it will feature over 100 local bands playing in various venues including Bar Standard (1037 Broadway), City Hall (1144 Broadway) and Curious Theater (1080 Acoma). In addition, there is the Main Stage located at 12th and Acoma that will house the exciting national acts slated to perform. Chromeo, Yo La Tengo (I can't wait to see them!), The Sword and Del the Funky Homosapien are just a few of the bands that will play to the over 10,000 people expected to attend.

Bindweed Beware!

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This spring I vowed to stop using Roundup and other pesticides in my yard and garden. I thought I knew what I needed in order to begin my newest battle against the onslaught of bindweed, but on a whim I looked up bindweed in the library's database of Gardening, Landscaping & Horticulture Articles and got even more help for my fight!

In seconds, I had 7 articles to read. The first article listed had two pieces of information I wasn't aware of previously that I'm going to add to my strategy: it's more effective to attack the bindweed with a spot treatment in the fall (in my case, with my new product of choice--vinegar), and if you water the weeds first, the plants will be healthier, photosynthesize more and thus more of the vinegar will make it to the root system. My next vow? Use the library's databases more!

Welcome Baby Portman

Baby Names 2012

Natalie Portman has given birth to a healthy baby boy! So far, no name has been released for the young son of Portman and Benjamin Millepied who met on the set of the Black Swan. What do you think she will name her baby? Just in case you are also having a hard time picking a name for your offspring, the library has many books of name suggestions for you!

Stress Relief in Many Forms

Feeling a bit crazed with everything going on in your life? Come relax at a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!

Maybe you're worried about your money, and whether you're investing it in a legitimate place. Ease your mind with Outsmarting Investment Fraud presented by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation on Thursday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Learn questions to ask and how to find out if an investment product or professional is legitimate.

Enjoy Maisie Dobbs novels?

Do you enjoy Maisie Dobbs mysteries?

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series. I have enjoyed two previous Maisie Dobbs novels. Currently I’m listening to all of the ones I’ve missed  before listening/reading the latest one A Lesson in Secrets. I appreciate a well written novel so I will attempt to patiently wait for the ninth novel in the series.   If you are patiently waiting like me, try….

The Year of the Stag

 "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss

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Adverb: Without a partner at a social gathering: "a lot of boys went stag."

stag·nant/ˈstagnənt/

Documentary as Art

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While working in the stacks the other day I stumbled upon this fantastic book of photography, West of Last Chance. Now, I had seen this title many times when walking past and I always wondered what it referred to. This time I picked it up and was blown away by the scope and beauty of this collection.

Having grown up in Colorado I know all about the desolate beauty of a High Plains desert. The photographer Peter Brown really captures the breathtaking beauty of wide open vistas. As the book says "You have to know how to look at this country. You have to slow down. It isn't pretty, but it's beautiful."

Message from the City Librarian: Library’s Customer Base is Far from Eroding

Denver Public Library

In a recent Denver Post article by Vincent Carroll, he states, “… does it really make sense to relieve the city's budget woes by creating a permanent funding stream for the one service whose customer base is facing potentially drastic erosion? Before any tax reaches the ballot, let someone make that case.”

As you can imagine, I have a very strong opinion about this. Libraries have been adapting to the world around them for the past century, and the surge of the digital age is no different. Libraries provide essential services to the public such as computer access and training, job-search assistance, literacy programs, and access to thousands of print and digital materials. They serve as the cornerstone of their community and are a key link in developing a knowledgeable, productive workforce and fostering economic development.

What the heck is a Docent, and why do you really want to be one?

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UPDATE: Thank you to all of the wonderful applicants we've seen as a result of this blog post. We are currently at capacity, and will not be accepting more Docent applications at this time. Check back later!

At DPL, “Docent” is a fancy word for a highly-trained volunteer with special skills, and here at the Community Technology Center, docents are basically the glue that holds the place together.

They teach one-on-one lessons to customers who need help with topics like email, internet searching, word processing and job seeking, as well as downloading music and even advanced topics like designing websites. They also work the help desk with staff, answering phones and customer questions with intelligence, courtesy and a healthy sense of humor. Some docents even teach classes.

On Point

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A good dance critic takes risks, teases out aesthetic questions, and faces each performance with anticipation.  A great dance critic like Arlene Croce makes you believe dance is really all there is to talk about.

Arlene Croce wrote the dance column in the The New Yorker from 1973 until 1998.  I first learned of her column when a high school teacher shared a photocopied review in preparation to see Judith Jamison dance.  I was too young, too inexperienced and Croce's words were hollow.

And then I saw Judith Jamison dance.
And nothing was ever the same.

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