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Book Discovery: Prepub Titles

Do you hate it when your friend says she is reading the latest bestseller from your favorite author, and you didn't even know that the book was coming out? Here at the library, our goal is to have books ordered before you even know that you want them.  With about 300,000 books traditionally published every year in the United States (and that many, or more, self published), and the means to buy only a small fraction of them, how does your library decide what to buy, and, more importantly, how can you get on the list early so you're not waiting months for the latest hot title?

The Great Experience: Tai Chi on Welton

Looking for a low impact exercise with high impact results inside and out? Join us for our bi-weekly Tai Chi class at the Blair-Caldwell Library.

Mondays and Wednesdays
6 - 7:30 p.m. bi-weekly until July 23

Free and Open to the Public
No Registration Required
Space is Limited

Why We Love Bicycles

Although most of us wouldn't ride in a boxcar to the basement of the Alamo to recover a bike, many bicyclists can sympathize with Pee Wee Herman's anguish when his beloved red beach cruiser is stolen in Pee Wee's Big Adventure. There are lots of reasons we appreciate our bikes - they allow us to view our city in ways that our cars can't, reduce our carbon footprint, and provide exercise as well as leisurely and energizing transportation to work.

GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Quiz

Soccer Goal

This summer, the United States will join the rest of world to celebrate humanity's most popular sporting event, FIFA World Cup, which begins on June 12 and culminates on Sunday, July 13. Held every four years (like the Olympics), World Cup 2014 is hosted in Brazil with matches played in a dozen venues.

If you've never heard a soccer commentator yelling "Gooooooaaaaaalllllll!" check out this example on YouTube.

Eat To The Beat: Lunchbox Music Series

Debuting in the summer of 2013, the Lunch Box Music Series creates a respite for downtown workers at noon on Thursdays. A diverse calendar of concerts has been planned through September. This Thursday's concert welcomes one of Denver's most exceptional pianists.

Jeff Jenkins
Thursday, June 12, noon-1 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Zines, Glorious Zines!

Assorted zines

Zines are a great way to express yourself--you write/draw/collage/create whatever your heart desires, make copies, and distribute them wherever you want. They’re a part of a rich history of self-publication, from Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” to Sci-Fi fanzines to punk and feminist (and so much more!) zines that capture the DIY spirit. Long before blogs, zines were an excellent way to give voice to marginalized people and create communities--and they still are!

Agatha Christie Serves Up Suspense At Brown Bag Mysteries

Caricature of Agatha Christe by artist Rocky Sawyer

Agatha Christie has kept the world turning the pages of her mystery stories for almost 100 years. She is arguably the most popular and well-known female author in the world. While writing dozens of mystery stories and novels, she was also a celebrated dramatist whose play, The Mousetrap, holds the record as the longest running play on the London stage. On this Tuesday at our Brown Bag Mysteries, we're showcasing a story about investigator Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's greatest detective and insufferable genius. Grab some lunch and join us!

Dustin Hoffman Thought He'd Be Prettier -- As a Woman

Tootsie is a fun comedy that is a joy to watch just for the laughs. But underneath the surface humor, there are several important threads running through the film. It poses questions about what it is to be a woman in a male-centric world. It also poignantly and quietly asks what it is like to not be pretty in a world where looks matter. It questions whether a man can really understand what it's like to be a woman.

Madame Defarge Toasts Irish Crochet In a New Workshop

Fresh City Life debuts a brand new fibers workshop tonight: Drunken Irish Lace. Riffing on the traditional methods of connecting crochet motifs into a larger piece, our teachers are bringing crochet to the edge of modernity. 

Drunken Irish Lace
Mondays, June 9, 16, 23 & 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge

MOVE FREELY BICYCLE EVENT

Neighborhood Bike Ride with Tall Bikes! (photo courtesy of Karen Seed)

On Saturday May 17, Byers Branch Library collaborated with 411 BIKE PIT! to present the MOVE FREELY BICYCLE EVENT. People of all ages and varying biking experience gathered on the lawn to learn about basic bicycle maintenance. 411 BIKE PIT! provided a zine titled "Move Freely" which served as a handy guide to the workshop.

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