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Author Series: Jewell Parker Rhodes Visits Schlessman

Recent Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award winner for her children's novel Ninth Ward, Jewell Parker Rhodes will be speaking at the Schlessman Family Branch on Saturday, February 26, at 2 p.m.

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Ahhhh bad movies, you gotta love 'em!

Every now and then it's a blast to lowbrow it, listen to pop music, enjoy a trashy book, or kick back and view some classic bad movie badness!

Some of my very favorite films are the ones that are SOOOO bad that they are GOOD! Here for your viewing pleasure is a list of a few of my favorite bad movies:

Welcome Back, Request It!

Request It!

Denver Public Library’s Request It! service is back!

PLEASE NOTE: If your request is for an item coming out in February 2011 or later, we suggest waiting and checking the catalog periodically. The Library is busy processing orders for thousands of recently-released and forthcoming titles, so many of your requests may already be in our "to order" queue. Holding off on submitting purchase requests for a few weeks will help to maximize your 30 request per year limit.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Top 10 Dramatic Films for Black History Month

Nothing But a Man

What are your top ten films for Black History Month? After consulting numerous lists and sources, I have compiled a selection, in alphabetical order, of dramatic films for your viewing pleasure featuring strong African-Americans battling inequalities. Stay tuned for more lists featuring the Top Ten Biographical Films and the Top Ten Documentaries for Black History Month.

Presidential Fiction

Abraham Lincoln continues to enthrall writers, readers and historians. Lincoln once said, "The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I [haven't] read." Have you read these fictionalized accounts of Lincoln's extraordinary life?

Easy Steps to Managing Money for Financial Success

Wish you were better with your money? Come learn strategies and tips on Saturday, February 19 at 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch Library.

Money is a tool that all of us use every day. Local Certified Educator of Personal Finance, Dr. Taffy Wagner, will explain how to manage your money and make it work for you instead of against you.

Want to read more about taking control of your finances? Try some of these books:

Are you afraid of Classical Music?

The MozART Group

So... afraid of classical music, are you?? Try a dose of giggles! Have a heap of some humorous music!!

Recently, a friend sent me a YouTube link to a Polish quartet who call themselves The MozART Group. I watched the video that my friend sent. And then I watched another and another and another. Although there are currently 49 YouTube videos listed for this group, I decided not to watch all of them in one sitting. My cheeks and my sides were starting to hurt from laughing so hard!

Tool Crush

Digital Library Assistant

If you work for a living, chances are you have a work tool you fancy. The Digital Library Assistant, DLA for short, is my new work crush.

Weighing only 25 oz (including battery), the DLA helps my colleagues and I shelf-read the book stacks, automatically comparing what is on the shelf to an electronic copy of the library's inventory. I learn several things with a wave of the DLA and marvel at the time savings. The DLA is the right tool for my job.

The library has several interesting books about tools and technology whether you're a collector or worker bee.  Here are a few sample titles:

Sassy New Hostess for the Overdue Love Club

The Overdue Love Club has a new hostess! Vivienne VaVoom, one of Denver's top burlesque entertainers, comes to the singles night for intelligent people brimming with enthusiasm and ideas on how to get Denver singles to meet other Denver singles.

And it definitely involves glitter.  See her work her magic this Friday, February 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Michelangelo's Wine and Coffee Bar on Broadway & Ellsworth.  Here she answers a few questions about love, nerdiness, burlesque and The Vamp.

 

So how did you get your start in burlesque, and what’s your favorite thing about it?

The movies of John Carpenter

The films of John Carpenter are a diverse and interesting bunch - from the frigid terror felt in The Thing, to the bizarre sense of campy paranoia in They Live, there is seemingly something for everyone. Although he has worked with many various genres, Carpenter is most well known for his horror and science fiction films.

His first real hit was the horror classic Halloween, which gave birth to the slasher genre and showed a then unknown Jamie Lee Curtis fighting for her life against a masked maniac. Though their plots and genres are varied, Carpenter’s movies are distinct for several different reasons. Whether it be his continued use of actor Kurt Russell, the minimal lighting, or the scores he composed himself, Carpenter has some unique techniques.

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