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Anne McCaffrey, 1926-2011

Dragonsinger

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Grandmaster Anne McCaffrey passed away on November 21 at the age of 85.

She published her first short story in 1953 and was best known for her Pern series of novels. She was the first woman to win both the Hugo and Nebula awards. For many, McCaffrey's books provided an introduction to the worlds of science fiction and fantasy when they were teens. Her son, Todd, has continued the Pern series.

Thankful for Library Programs!

Baby Doe Tabor

While Fresh City Life My Branch programming is taking a bit of a break for the holiday this week, take the opportunity to be thankful for the library and all the FREE programs it provides to enrich our lives! Like us on Facebook!

Then mark your calendar for some of these upcoming programs in December! See you then!

Teens! Get Ready for Blue Spruce Voting Time!

Did you know that the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award is voted on ONLY by teens in 6th-12th grades? Here's your chance to help decide the most popular books for middle and high school students in Colorado!

The Denver Public Library will help you vote this year starting December 1! In order to vote, you need to have read at least THREE of the nominated titles, so start now! Voting will run from December 1-31, and can be done in person at any library branch or through DPL's Teen website. Anyone in 6th-12th grade can vote! We'll post our very own DPL winner in January along with the official state winner!

The 2011 Nominees, chosen by teens all over Colorado, are:

Get Creative With Fresh City Life My Branch!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Whether you want to be creative with your cooking, your writing, or in how you read & discuss books, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

The Between the Covers Book Discussion Group meets Tuesday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. This month's title is The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard.

Plan Your Playdate With Denver!

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Kyrie Collins, author of Playdate with Denver and Colorado's Front Range on Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

 

When Collins moved to the Denver area, she had a two-year-old toddler and was six months pregnant. Immediately, she began searching for a resource of fun and interesting places to take her children. Most of the information she found was either for older children or focused on a specific area or activity. She wanted a wide array of destinations for every season of the year and for every budget. Since she couldn’t find one, she decided to create one.

Colorado Authors Series: Michael Altman, No Simple Highway

No Simple Highway

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series continues this Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Schlessman with Michael Altman, who will discuss his book No Simple Highway.

No Simple Highway is a psychological thriller set in Denver in 1972. It deals with combat trauma, spiritual healing, and parapsychology in an action-packed and thought-provoking look at social issues that are as relevant today as they were in the 1970s.

Mr. Altman is a retired Vietnam Air Force psychiatrist who lives in Denver. He has a long-term interest in mystical spirituality. He is currently practicing what he calls the four "Gs"--guitar, golf, gardening, and keeping up with a Golden Retriever.

Mythical Programs @ Fresh City Life My Branch

It's no myth--Fresh City Life My Branch has a diversity of programs for you to choose from this week, including one on mythical geography!

If you want to improve your knitting skills, share your knowledge, or just find a great group of folks to share your hobby with, try the Sit 'n Knit group at Bear Valley, Tuesday, November 8 from 10:30-12:30. Fiber hosts: Kathy Orth & Charlotte Updike.

Coloradans Who Saved America: Veterans Remembered

Fairmount Heritage Foundation

Fresh City Life My Branch and the Fairmount Heritage Foundation present Coloradans Who Saved America: Veterans Remembered on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Learn about the rich military history of Denver's two oldest cemeteries, Fairmount and Riverside, going all the way back to the Civil War, including eight Medal of Honor recipients, the Spanish-American War, and Nisei. Bring an unopened toiletry item to be donated to the Denver Veteran's Hospital for veterans in need. Presented by Fairmount Heritage Foundation volunteers Garry & Joan O'Hara.

Look for more Fresh City Life My Branch programs here!

Calling All Fantasy Fans: Colorado Authors Series Event with Carrie Vaughn

Kitty's Big Trouble

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Boulder author Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series, on Saturday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Ms. Vaugh's popular series starting Kitty Norville, Denver DJ and werewolf, debuted in 2005 with Kitty and the Midnight Hour. The series is still going strong 7 books later with the 2011 release Kitty's Big Trouble.

Preparing for the Holidays & Living Well Always

Yes, it's that time of year already--time to start thinking about the winter holidays! How can Fresh City Life My Branch make your holiday season bright this year?

Start off this Wednesday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the Smiley Branch with Sustainable Gifts for the Holidays. Learn how to make your own evergreen wreaths, cinnamon pine cones, and seed bomb gift bags. Reuse items that the land has to offer to make the winter season brighter for your family and friends. Presented by Kelly Watson of The Permaculture Project.

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