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Novel Night is Coming!

Novel Night

Want to support continued FREE Fresh City Life My Branch programs? Come to Novel Night, make fun crafts, eat great food, and show us the love!

If you came to our first Novel Night last year, you know how much fun it was! This year promises to be even better, with plenty of space at DPL's new Sam Gary Branch Library, fun crafts made from recycled books, and special desserts made by our favorite cooking teacher, Monica Kadillak!

Food, Books, and Blogs!

Are you settling in to 2013? Ready to get the most out of the new year? Let Fresh City Life My Branch help!

If you've resolved to cook more interesting meals, you've come to the right place! On Saturday, January 12 at 2 p.m. at the Smiley Branch, join Monica Kadillak for Great Finds at International Markets. Denver has many specialty markets to help you explore international cuisine! You'll learn where to go, what to look for, and of course, what to do with those new ingredients when you get home! Recipes and samples included.

2012 Favorites

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

As "best of" lists are in the eye of the beholders, instead I offer some of my 2012 favorites, in various categories, in hopes that one or more will speak to someone! Here's to another great year of books in 2013!

Book I think everyone should read: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. You'll either gain insight into yourself, or someone you live with, love, work with, or parent.

Cookbooks that have become staples in my kitchen: Both from America's Test Kitchen, Simple Weeknight Favorites and Slow Cooker Revolution

Swing Into the New Year with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Movies and the Meaning of Life

Are you ready to start 2013 with some new skills or some new thoughts? Break out of your routine and into the new year with a Fresh City Life My Branch class!

Here are the offerings for Saturday, January 5:

UpCycle: Men's Shirts--get creative and create something new out of something old! Bring your own shirts, or use ones that we provide. So many possibilities that there will be a second session on January 19! 10 a.m. at Schlessman Family. Please register: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Sign Up Now for Fun January Classes!

Upcycle Men's Shirts

Have you seen the diverse January & February offerings through Fresh City Life My Branch yet? Start planning your January fun now!

Get some creative ideas for old clothing in Upcycle: Men's Shirts at Schlessman! Bring your own, or we'll have some to choose from. 2 sessions, come to one or both (yes, there will be different projects at each session!). 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 5 and Saturday, January 19. Please register: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Coming in 2013!

Owl Sleep Mask

Even though 2012 is winding down, we've got some great Fresh City Life My Branch programs planned for you in early 2013! Mark your calendars now for these great programs!

Author Kathleen Negri discusses her book Mom, Are You There?: Finding a Path to Peace Through Alzheimer's at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch on Tuesday, January 15 at 6 p.m.

Monica Kadillak is back with several cooking classes, including:

Holidays, Music, and Crafts!

Holidays

Celebrate the holidays with Fresh City Life My Branch--and look ahead to 2013!

2 of our branches are having Holiday Open House Celebrations on Saturday, December 15:

The Sam Gary Celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature  the Castle Rock Community Ringers Handbell Choir. Refreshments will be served. Join us!

Holidays, Careers, Craigslist and Hinduism

Hinduism

Whether you're thinking about your career, the holidays, how to use Craigslist, or want to learn about Hinduism, Fresh City Life My Branch has an eclectic schedule of classes for you this week!

Thinking about the next step in your career, or maybe starting over? Join folks from Westwood College for Career Management on Tuesday, December 4 at 5 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Topics covered will include networking, job searching, resumes, and interview techniques.

Holiday Happenings with Fresh City Life My Branch

Holiday cookies

Whether you want to create something for the holidays or get away from the bustle, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this weekend!

Even if you haven't bought all your gifts yet, you know you'll have to wrap them! Take some time to do a relaxing craft that's also kind to the environment--Make a Cloth Gift Bag at Schlessman Family Branch Library  on Saturday, December 1 at 10 a.m. These reusable bags are perfect for any small item and will give any gift that extra personal touch. We'll have lots of great fabric for you to choose from, but feel free to bring your own!

The National Outdoor Book Awards

Buried in the Sky

Living in Colorado, many of us enjoy being connected to the outdoors, whether we hike, ski, rock climb, or enjoy a beautiful day in a city park. When you just can't get outside, or when you want to have a virtual adventure, checking out winners of the National Outdoor Book Awards might satisfy your need for nature.

The National Outdoor Book Awards have been around since 1997, and are given out every November. The Awards are sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University. They recognize excellence in outdoor writing and publishing in a number of categories, including Outdoor Literature, Natural History Literature, History/Biography, Design & Artistic Merit, Classic, Children's, Nature & Environment, Instructional, and Guidebooks.

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