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National Parks Free on Sunday for Park Service Birthday!

If you're not heading to downtown Denver to watch the US Pro Bike Challenge on Sunday (or heading to 1 of the 3 Denver Public Library Branches that will be open!), you may want to take the opportunity to celebrate our National Park Service's birthday with free admission to any National Park!

Colorado's National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites include a wide variety of scenery and history, and are scattered all over the state.

For majestic beauty:

Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado National Monument

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Hot Fall Nonfiction

Empress Dowager CIXI

Are you the kind of person that likes to settle in to fall with some good nonfiction? History, biography, memoir? Or maybe you're looking for some new recipes or home tips? We've got those too!  Check out these coming soon titles!

Biography, Memoir, and History:

Empress Dowager CIXI: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon

Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson

November is Thrilling!

Death of a Nightingale

If you're fan of thrillers and mysteries, November is going to be a great month for you! Place your holds on these hot books now! (and don't worry, we have other great stuff coming, too!)

Mysteries & Thrillers:

Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol

Dust by Patricia Cornwell

King & Maxwell by David Baldacci

Mirage by Clive Cussler

Feeling the Heat? Think About These Fall Books!

Fallen Women

Did you know that the library has many books on order 3-4 months ahead of their publication? Wish that you knew about things earlier so that you don't have to wait so long?

Here are some of the recently ordered October titles. Let us know which one you're the most excited about!

Fiction:

Dirty Love, Andre Dubus

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert

Be Bookish This Saturday!

Las Comadres Book Club

Start off your weekend with other bookish folks at a Fresh City Life My Branch event!

The Smiley Branch invites you to join the new Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club! We will be meeting the 4th Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. starting this Saturday, May 25. Membership is open to every book lover interested in reading English-language works written by Latina and Latino authors.

What's the Plural of Apocalypse? DPL @ Comic Con, Survival, and the Caldera

Are you going to be at Denver Comic Con, May 31-June 2? Because lots of Denver Public Library folks will be there! Are you ready to face the end of the world with us?

Just one of DPL's many panels is entitled: It's the End of the World as We Know It: Books that Taught Us Survival Strategies for a Terrifying Future. Here's a brief description:

Home, Sweet Home(made)

Make your home an even better place to be--find out how with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Learn how you can apply knowledge of the energy of spaces and things in your home in Introduction to Feng Shui: A Hands-On Workshop on Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch. Lorrie Webb Grillo of Thriving Spaces Feng Shui will teach you about the Bagua and the Five Elements, just some of the tools of the Feng Shui practitioner.

To Your Health!

The folks at Fresh City Life My Branch want to support your healthy choices! Here are some upcoming programs to inform and inspire them!

What's healthier than eating your vegetables? Learn how to grow your own with Vegetable Gardening Techniques for a Bountiful Harvest on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Learn how to make your garden a haven of delicious organic veggies throughout the season. Learn about the All American Selection Vegetable Winners that can provide high yields and insect resistance, while keeping you and your family in healthy meals.

Out From Behind the Mask--DPL @ Denver Comic Con!

Denver Comic Con

We hope you've heard by now that DPL staff will be out in force at Denver Comic Con, May 31-June 2 at the Colorado Convention Center.

Library staff will have a table (come see us!) and be participating on a diverse set of panels that are sure to give you some ideas for your summer reading. One of these panels is Out from Behind the Mask: Queer Heroes Among Us, which will focus on comics and graphic novels depicting a wide range of sexualities and gender identities. No longer in the closet as taboo subjects, GLBTQ characters in comics can be heroes or villains, and are giving hope to both adults and teens.

Click It, Learn It, Eat It, Sew It!

Denver Dumb Friends League

Craft, eat, and learn with Fresh City Life My Branch this weekend!

Eggs--they're not just for breakfast anymore! Monica Kadillak will teach you all kinds of things you can do with The Incredible Egg at the Smiley Branch on Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. Recipes & samples included!

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