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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."

Film Adaptation of Local Author's Novel Wins NAACP Image Award

Orange Mint and Honey

Last week, Sins of the Mother, the Lifetime Movie Network's adaptation of local author, Carleen Brice's novel Orange Mint and Honey, won the NAACP Image award for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. 

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library was lucky enough to host Carleen Brice last night as part of our author series: Scribes, Scholars & Storytellers.

Life in Medicine

Have you wondered what it is like to be a doctor or nurse?

As a child I wanted to be a nurse until I learned women could be doctors. I worked as a registered occupational therapist before becoming a librarian. I’ve always been interested in allied health or medicine. Many books provide a glimpse into the world of medicine. I found The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee to be fascinating.

Mardi Gras!

Today is Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday”, and is the last day of the Carnival season. It always ends the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Bring the spirit of Mardi Gras and New Orleans Home:

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