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6 Movies That Will Make You Cry

These 6 movies will touch your heart in the saddest of ways!

A movie that makes you cry or really sad is a very special film. Think about it. Making a sad movie is no small feat by any means! The director has to meticulously plan and, most importantly, strike a nerve with the movie's audience. Although a movie might make you break out the tissues, hug a pillow, or just plain cry, think about how it is that you can so viscerally connect to the film, its story, and its characters. If this has ever happened to you, don't worry! You're not alone; I'm pretty sure millions of other people cried just like you did.

Money Saving Maneuvers 2014 - Using Your Library Card Instead of Your Credit Card

400,000 people can't be wrong. If they are, then I don't want to be right, since that's about the number of people who own Denver Public Library cards.

In Money Saving Manuevers Parts I and II, we discovered some innovative ways to keep your money in your pocket. Next, we'll see how your humble library card can help you save big bucks where kids are concerned, since, according to a recent USDA report, it now costs nearly $250,000 to raise one. And that's not including college.

Want to know what Thomas Edison, Beatrix Potter, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller had in common?

Helen Keller

They all loved to read! 

In the late 1920's Mrs. Katherine Watson, a creative Children's Librarian at the Denver Public Library, had a great idea to get the children of Denver excited about reading by highlighting the books famous people of the time enjoyed reading as children. She wrote letters to 140 well-known men and women, ranging from authors to politicians to adventurers, asking what their favorite books were as kids. She sent a typed list of popular children's books, so the recipients could easily place a check next to their favorites and return the list.

Win your Oscar Party with DPL and DFS

The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael

Beginning on Wednesday, February 5th, The Denver Film Society will launch a new film education course, Film Criticism: The Envelope Puhleeze - What Award Season Fever Tells Us About The "Best" Of Hollywood, taught by esteemed Denver Post film and theater critic, Lisa Kennedy.  

The class -- which meets every Wednesday night from 6:30-9:00 at the Sie FilmCenter -- will examine the peculiar cultural ritual that is the film Awards Season and consider what it means to single out one movie as the "Best Picture" of the year.

Whether you're an Oscar fanatic or Oscarphobic, Kennedy's class will definitely give you something to think about in-between munching on popcorn and snickering at fashion faux pas.

Plaza Voices: Making Tamales the 'Rancho' Way

Families preparing tamales at the Woodbury branch.

On December 3rd, 2013, the Woodbury Branch hosted its Your Life Home--and it was quite a success!

Our goal was to have people come and share things they do for the holidays (whatever holiday it may be)--maybe recipes and/or decoration tips--whatever they wanted to share. We had 22 "tamale kits" prepared for our expected attendance, and some supplies left for "just in case".... and we used all the kits!  

They Are Legend: Authors We Lost in 2013

The Golden Notebook

As we all get used to writing "2014" as the date, here is a last look back at some of the notable authors we lost in 2013. Their words will long endure.

Chinua Achebe--Nigerian writer who died at age 82. His most famous work is Things Fall Apart (1958).

Iain Banks--Scottish author of both contemporary and science fiction.

Tom Clancy--popular author of espionage and military thrillers. His classic works include The Hunt for Red October and other books starring CIA operative Jack Ryan.

Plaza Voices: Year of the Bronco

Denver Broncos team logo

As Colorado prepares for the Super Bowl this weekend, another important celebration is also taking place to celebrate the horse. Known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, thousands will celebrate the Year of the Horse beginning on January 31, 2014.

Unlike other new year celebrations, the Lunar New Year is celebrated over 15 days through many traditions and customs. One common practice is to clean your house before the new year begins to get rid of "bad fortune" and make way for incoming luck. Another activity is to decorate homes and windows with paper cut-outs celebrating themes of good fortune, longevity, wealth, and happiness.

Free Bi-Weekly Music Download - Buffalo Gals by Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger - Buffalo Gals

Every two weeks, free tracks from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Classical Music Library are offered.
This week (the week of January 28, 2014) the Smithsonian Folkways Recording is Pete Seeger's Buffalo Gals in honor of Pete Seeger's passing at age 94 on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Pete Seeger's life, music, and legacy encapsulate nearly a century of American history and culture. He has immersed himself in folk music and used it, like Johnny Appleseed, to "plant the seeds of a better tomorrow in the homes across our land." The songs in this collection of 139 American Favorite Ballads narrate tales of ordinary people and their extraordinary deeds, and show Pete at the crossroads of the past and the future putting his own stamp on America's folk song heritage while bequeathing it to generations to come.

National Jewish Book Awards

Like Dreamers

The Jewish Book Council recently announced the winners of the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards.

According to the Jewish Book Council, "Now in its 63rd year, the National Jewish Book Awards is the longest-running North American awards program in the field of Jewish literature. Established to recognize outstanding books of Jewish interest in various categories, it has earned its place as one of the nation's premiere literary honors."

Some of the winners and finalists include:

Crochet Installation Continues to Grow: Make Your Mark

Add your own tapestry crochet potholder to our growing installation and become a part of this community event. Free materials are available for this project.

Fresh City Life hosted our makers' event this past Saturday -- an all day workshop that helped to grow our collection of tapestry crochet potholders. They have begun to take over a wall in the Fresh City Lounge and we'll just let it keep growing throughout the year as crocheters add to this fun art piece.

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