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History of the Red Cross Movement

Red Cross

When a humanitarian crisis strikes, international members of the Red Cross movement (including the Red Crescent) are there to help.

Jean Henri Dunant, a Swiss businessman, founded the movement after his life was forever changed witnessing and recalling the Battle of Solferino in 1859. Dunant was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1901 along with Frédéric Passy who helped found a French peace movement.

Improve Your Body, Mind, and Closet!

Whether you want to feed your body and spirit by starting a yoga practice, improve the look of your closet, or need some tax tips, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week.

Start off by getting up to speed on the Denver Public Library's new catalog, Polaris on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:00 at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Find out about keeping track of your reading history, placing holds, and other fabulous features!

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Brunch: 100 Recipes from Five Points Restaurant Cover

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?  I'll be honest, I am not much for wolfing down a bowl of cereal and heading off to work with milk spilled on my shirt.  In fact, I am simply not hungry until late morning and then I want something salty and substantial.  Or creamy and sweet.  Or both- and brunch is just the thing.

For me, the quintessential part of a good brunch is hollandaise sauce.  Once the sauce is made and eggs are handy, endless variations on the classic Eggs Benedict are inevitable.  I like mine with spinach and smoked salmon in place of the traditional Canadian bacon.  A bagel half or slice of toast can easily be swapped for the English muffin.  Herbs and sauteed vegetables can be served on top or on the side, of course with a healthy dose of hollandaise.  And if your sauce separates?  No problem, give it a quick whisk and pour it on.

The Orb and David Gilmour, two great tastes that taste great together.....

CD cover of The Orb's Metallic Spheres

If you would have told me ten years ago that The Orb, who have never been shy about their art-rock and psychedelic leanings, would collaborate with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, I would have said "Yeah, I wish!"......well, I guess the Gods of Ambient grooves were listening because my wish just came true.

If you grew up listening to Pink Floyd or stealing your dad's Pink Floyd records like I did then you know the gigantic footprint that they left -and are still leaving- on the music industry. Spanning over decades, it is safe to say they have amassed an army of fans and influenced many composers and musicians as well, one of those being LX Patterson of The Orb.

Making Time for Horology

Breguet No. 1188. Tourbillon, The Hermitage Museum

How do you measure your 24 hours? Horology, the art and science of measuring time, has kept horologists like watchmakers and clockmakers busy for centuries.

While in the stacks I discovered a comprehensive work on Breguet time pieces. Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823) has been called the father of modern horology due to the mechanical advancements and inspired craftsmanship he employed in his designs. I won't give up my high school Timex but I sure can appreciate Breguet's work.

Curious about other titles featuring the best of horological advances and the physics of time? These titles will get you started:

Indie Near You - Thursday, March 10

Artwork by Pan Asral

Indie fans, do you ever feel like your favorite music genre has become so mainstream that it's not Indie anymore? If you're looking for the most independent Indie out there, look no further than your own backyard. Local bands all over the country represent where this music got its start.

Tagged on their website as experimental Indie rock electronica, local act Pan Astral sticks out from the crowd, blending ethereal vocals with integrated chaos in rhythms that range from trippy to poppy. The subtlest hints of rock, grunge, psychedelic, 80s synth pop, trance, and even folk country somehow all find their way into these meandering streams of notes. If you're 18 or older, catch them at the Hi-Dive this Thursday, March 10 with Lamp! and &One.

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Join the Fairmount Heritage Foundation on Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch to celebrate Women's History Month.

Learn about the women, well-behaved and not, who have made history in Colorado. Fairmount volunteers Joan & Garry O'Hara will be your guides for this slide show through the history of Colorado's notable women.

A Dandy Dozen of Hot New Titles!

The Time-Traveling Fashionista

Are you as excited to be placing holds again on hot new releases as I am? Check out this dandy dozen of great new titles, both fiction and nonfiction, that weren't available a few days ago but are now! What hot new releases are you most excited about?

Fiction

DPL resumes ordering new books, movies and music

Books

Check our catalog for all those new titles you have been waiting for and place your holds. It will take us several days to enter our backlog of orders. If you don’t see a title right away please check again in a day or two.

For all you library geeks who are wondering what’s been going on behind the scenes during the past month? Libraries send the majority of their orders directly to library vendors via EDI (electronic data interchange). Our integrated library system (Polaris) has to talk to a number of different vendor databases. On the vendor end the data we transmit tells them how many copies we want, which branches they will go to and how the item should be processed and cataloged.

Happy Birthday Juliette Binoche!

Juliette Binoche in the film Blue

Born on this day in 1964, Academy Award Winner Juliette Binoche has been enchanting audiences on screen for 3 decades. Having turned down Hollywood numerous times, she has said about the roles she selects, "I want to make films that are political and social. Films with a message or an idea. Films that dare to ask."

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