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Meet Odd Thomas in all his forms

Odd Is On Our Side

With the publication of Odd Is On Our Side, Dean Koontz continues to flesh out the story of reluctant paranormal detective Odd Thomas. And he continues to use a range of media—from traditional books to manga style graphic novels to YouTube webisodes—to do it.

Odd Thomas is a romantic, a fry cook, and he can see and talk to the dead. He can also see "Bodachs," spirits which gather at sites of pending violence and disaster. This allows Odd to know when bad things are going to happen, and to try to prevent them, while along the way doing his best to help his living and non-living companions.

No matter how your prefer to consume your media—digitally or in print, graphically, or in audio or video—there's some Odd Thomas for you to enjoy!

Two person bands

White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan

Large bands are trendy right now. They approach the size of a full orchestra and completely fill the stage. The groups listed here though run in the opposite direction by having only two people!

Jay-Z and N*E*R*D save you from programming your iPod for the party.

Jay-Z

Normally the title "Hits Collection..." or "Best Of..." was seen as a gravestone for a popular musician, a last dash at cash before you retired to your castle in upstate New York or vineyard in California. But in the case of once-retired hit maker/CEO/business mogul Jay-Z, and the touch of gold production team of N*E*R*D, it sounds more like just another calm before the storm.

First off if you are a serious Jay-Z or N*E*R*D fan then there is nothing new for you on these releases other than a trip down memory lane without sitting in a pile of your CDs and 12"s. But the twist here is that if you are a rock-solid Shawn Carter fan or actually bought the N*E*R*D's first album before Pharrel scrapped it and re-recorded the whole thing for a second release, then you might start questioning the use of the titles "Best Of.." and "Hits Collection".

Website Development Classes

Interested in building your own website?  Come to our series of 5 classes to learn the basics of website development using Moonfruit.com. 

Classes run from 5:30 - 7:30 pm on Level 4 in the Large Classroom at the Central Library on the following days:

Monday, February 7; Tuesday, February 8; Monday, February 14; Tuesday February 15; Tuesday, February 22.

Each class in this series will build on the skills covered in the previous classes so attendance at all five is strongly recommended. Class 5 will be an open lab to come in and work on the website you have developed and get additional assistance for any areas you found tricky during the class. Participants must have an email address and at least intermediate level typing and mouse skills. Over the course of all 5 classes, you will cover:

Community Technology Center keeps growing

Over the last few months, public computers at the Central Library have been moving to the CTC, a centralized location on the fourth floor where we have technology experts ready to provide training and support. If you've visited us recently, you've probably noticed we've gotten a bit busier on the fourth floor. In fact, the number of people using computers in the CTC has more than tripled in the last year. In December alone, we had over 12,000 uses of the computers on the fourth floor.

These numbers will continue to climb, as we moved the final 22 public computers to the CTC in early January, bringing us up to 94 total. Later this year we will be adding even more computers, and filling out our two computer training classrooms, thanks to participation in the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. Each step brings the CTC closer to the vision of a full Community Technology Center. If you haven't already, stop by and check us out.

My Favorite Show: The Cape

The Cape

Only 3 episodes have aired of the new show The Cape, but I am already hooked. If you've missed it, don't despair, you can watch full episodes online for free. Wrongly accused and presumed dead, Vince Farraday finds refuge within a circus of thieves who teach him an odd assortment of skills. He earns The Cape - a hooded cloak with stunning properties.

Very much rooted in the superhero genre, it has the flair of the early seasons of Heroes, the action of the BBC show Robin Hood and is blended with the humor of Firefly.

More Live Action Caped Crusader TV Shows:

Soup's On! and Introduction to Tai Chi

Get out of the cold and try new things with Fresh City Life My Branch! Come explore the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi, or learn how to make your own homemade soup.

Maybe you want to move your body in a new way in the cold weather. Try Tai Chi at the Bear Valley Branch Library on Saturday, January 22, 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese system of exercises used to build energy (qi) and vitality for improved quality of life and longevity. These exercises are accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Come explore the benefits of energy based exercise and learn daily movements from Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Dao Yin.

Happy Birthday Rainn Wilson!

The Rocker

Rainn Wilson, born on January 20, 1966, is one of the stars of the TV show, The Office. He first achieved notoriety with his role on the HBO show, Six Feet Under. This funnyman is one of my favorite celebrities on Twitter, follow him at @rainnwilson.

Restore Your Old Wood Furniture (and save a tree!)

Restore Furniture

Have some old furniture that you really don't like any more but may have another life in it? Come learn how to be green and beautify your home at the same time!

Irina Bertini, part-owner of Denver Urban Homesteading, will talk about the best ways to restore antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets. Learn about sandpapers, electric sanders, handsaws, stains, varnishes, and where to get inexpensive materials. Bring your questions to Schlessman on Sunday, January 23 at 3 p.m.

Want to read more about how you can give wood new life?

Popular Science

2010 was a great year for accessible science writing. If you want to learn something and be entertained at the same time, try out some of these recent popular science and natural history titles.

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean, Susan Casey

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, John Vaillant

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