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Gardening & Denver History, All Wrapped Up...

Lawrence Halprin's Skyline Park

Want to experience a piece of Denver history, get inspiration for your garden, or express your creativity? Look no further than a Fresh City Life My Branch program!

Here are your choices for Saturday, April 13:

At 11 a.m., volunteers from the Fairmount Heritage Foundation present The Civil War at Riverside Cemetery at the Sam Gary Branch. Riverside is home to more than 1,200 Civil War veterans, including three Medal of Honor recipients, soldiers who fought with the "Colored Troops," and even some Confederates. Come learn some of their stories!

Amazing April with Fresh City Life My Branch

Exploring Colorado Wineries

Start off your April by being educated, informed, or entertained by aFresh City Life My Branch program!

On Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. our partnership with The Colorado Ballet's Light Project continues with Animal Abuse and the Violence Connection, presented by the Denver Dumb Friends League at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch.

James Beard Foundation Award Finalists Announced

Ripe

Whether you love discovering new recipes or just want to drool over the beautiful photographs, you'll want to check out the James Beard Award finalists for excellence in cookbooks and food writing.

American Cooking:

Fire in My Belly, Kevin Gillespie & David Joachim

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart

Southern Comfort, Allison Vines-Rushing & Slade Rushing

Beverage:

How to Love Wine, Eric Asimov

Inventing Wine, Paul Lukacs

Peeptastic Programs!

Peeps on the Prairie--an entry from 2011

It's the last day (Thursday, March 28)  to enter the Peep Your Colorado contest! Check out the details here and get your Peep on!

Then join us at the Ross Cherry Creek Branch on Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m. for the viewing and judging! Vote for Audience Favorite! Thanks to History Colorado for partnering with Fresh City Life My Branch for this contest!

Get Your Garden On!

Butterfly Pavilion

Spring is coming! Add gardening tips, painting skills, music, and crafts into your life with Fresh City Life My Branch!

On Thursday, March 21, join the Butterfly Pavilion for a double session at the Bear Valley Branch--Butterfly Gardening at 2 p.m. and Busy Bees at 3 p.m. Learn what it takes to attract butterflies to your garden, and then hear all about the lives of honey bees, including a honey tasting, seeing a honeycomb, and feeling beeswax. Come for one or both sessions!

Bridges, Bunnies, and Peeps!

Hand sewn bunny

Knitting or cooking, planning your garden or coming together to share stories--join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this weekend!

Saturday, March 16:

Celebrate spring by making a Hand Sewn Felt Bunny! There's still space in this class at Schlessman at 10 a.m., register today: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Celebrate Women's Fiction

Alif the Unseen

Celebrate Women's History Month by reading some of the outstanding fiction by female authors on the recently announced Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) long list.

Now in its 18th year, the U.K. prize celebrates fiction written in English by women. The long list finalists are from various countries, including the U.K., Israel, Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Turkey, and Australia. Check out one of these great titles today, and look for the short list announcement in April and the winner in June!

A Trick I Learned from Dead Men, Kitty Aldridge

Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson

Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

Theft

The finalists for the 25th annual Lambda Literary Awards were recently announced. The Lammys celebrate GLBT literature and are given in many categories, including fiction, romance, biography/memoir, children's/young adult, and sf/fantasy/horror.

If you want your next read to have GLBT themse, this is a great list to start with! For the complete list of finalists, see the Lambda Literary Foundation web site. The site also lists past winners and nominees. 

James Tiptree, Jr. Awards Announced

The Drowning Girl

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award and honor books were recently announced.

What is the Tiptree? Given since 1991, it is "an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender...The aim of the award is not to look for work that falls into some narrow definition of political correctness, but rather to seek out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating." The Tiptree is named after Alice B. Sheldon, who used the pen name James Tiptree, Jr. to publish her science fiction and fantasy stories, genres largely closed to women at the time she was writing.

A Novel Thank You!

Somewhere South of Tuscany

A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for our 2nd annual Novel Night on Friday at the new Sam Gary Branch!

A wonderful time was had by all, hundreds of crafts were created from recycled books, amazing desserts by Monica Kadillak were consumed, books were donated (and traded), prizes were won, and, most importantly, Fresh City Life My Branch programming at the Denver Public Library was supported! Special thanks to these sponsors:

Monica Kadillak, for her wonderful desserts--look for more cooking classes with Monica in the months to come!

The Denver Botanic Gardens

Starbucks

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