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Teens--Celebrate National Poetry Month!

A Girl Named Mister

April is National Poetry Month! Will you celebrate by reading a poem? How about writing one? Or maybe even creating one with book spines? Celebrate words and creative expression all month!

If you need some help finding your voice and writing your own poetry, come to one of the great workshop events happening at branch locations throughout Denver this month!

One of my favorite ways to read poetry is as complete stories in novels in verse. Some of my favorites include:

Love That Dog and Hate That Cat, Sharon Creech

Thanks for a Successful Novel Night--Come to More Programs!

Paper flower & book candle holder

Thanks to everyone who attended, staffed, and volunteered at our first annual Novel Night (2012)! We were overwhelmed with the positive responses, and are already starting to plan for 2013!

From feasting on food donated by Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant to making over a dozen crafts with recycled books, Novel Night was lively and fun-filled--a great time was had by all! Many thanks to our sponsors: Rio Grande, King Soopers, Starbucks, Parisi, Ingram, Midwest Tape, Ceylon Pearl Tea, Tattered Cover, MoonDance Botanicals, HarperCollins, the DPL Friends Foundation, and Old Navy!

Novel Night, Movies, Herbs and the Alphabet!

Novel Night

What will you discover with Fresh City Life My Branch this week?

Discover the differences between the book and the movie with Smiley's Read It/Watch It Book to Movie Matinee on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 1 p.m. Have you read One Day by David Nicholls? If you haven't, read it this week, then join us for a viewing of the movie! Be prepared to discuss, dissect, compare, and contrast afterwards!

You Must Remember This...

Moonwalking with Einstein

The USA Memory Championship was recently held in New York. Want to learn about the world of competitive memory, or improve your own brain power?

One recent book that looks into what it takes to be a memory champion is Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Want to see if you can remember the title and author? Picture Michael Jackson & Albert Einstein, both moonwalking, with a number 4 between them. Really concentrate on the image. See if you can recall the title & the author's last name (without looking!) at the end of this post!

Lambda Literary Awards Finalists Announced!

Zipper Mouth

The finalists for the 24th annual Lambda Literary Awards were recently announced, celebrating the best in GLBTQ literature in 24 categories. Winners will be announced on June 4.

Here are some of the finalists that are owned by the Denver Public Library. For the complete list, visit the awards web site. Check WorldCat for Interlibrary Loan possibilities for titles not available locally!

Lesbian Debut Fiction

The Girls Club, by Sally Bellerose, Bywater Books

In Between the Furlough Day & the Holiday--Programs!

Novel Night @ the Schlessman Family Branch Library, March 30, 2012

Think there's nothing going on with Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programming this weekend because all DPL locations are closed on Friday and Monday? Think again!

Every Saturday should start with coffee! Learn how to make a great cup of coffee at home using both traditional and new brewing methods in Strange Brew on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch. Please register: 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Are You Ready for The Hunger Games?

The Hunger Games Movie Companion

The Hunger Games movie opens Friday, March 23! Are you ready?? What are you doing to celebrate?

Teens and adults alike have been captivated by Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. If you haven't had enough of the Hunger Games books, and want more books with similar themes, check out the If You Like The Hunger Games page on DPL's Teen Website, eVolver! I recently did a poll of my colleagues who enjoyed The Hunger Games for their ULTIMATE Hunger Games read-a-like.

Books & Boutiques, Music & Coffee!

Novel Night

Whether you're looking for a book club or a craft, to show off your ukulele skills or to brew some coffee, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week!

Tonight, Monday, March 19 at 5:30 at Schlessman, is Part II of Start Your Own Boutique: Inventory Lingo & Logistics. Even if you missed part I earlier this month, Dianne Denholm of the TACtile Arts Center will share her knowledge of what it takes to start and run your own business!

Novel Night--Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Novel Night

Have you bought your Novel Night tickets yet? Support FREE Fresh City Life My Branch programs by attending this fund raiser on Friday, March 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we'll have wonderful food and beverages and giveaways throughout the night! We couldn't do it without them!

Sponsors include:

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

HarperCollins Publishers

Midwest Library Service

DPL Friends Foundation

Tattered Cover

James Tiptree Jr. Award Announced!

Deathless

The James Tiptree Jr. Award is a literary award given annually to science fiction or fantasy (novels, novellas, short stories) that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The award is named after Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the male name James Tiptree Jr. in order to be more accepted by publishers of science fiction.

While some of these books/stories may not be in the Denver Public Library's collection, they may be worth seeking out if you are interested in issues of gender in science fiction and fantasy. Please note all the teen books on the list--several of which were on my favorite reads of 2011 list!

The 2011 Tiptree Award Winner is: Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct Press, 2011)

The Honor List includes:

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