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Technology, Ghost Hunters, and Books!

Are you looking for something to do this week? We have plenty of options at Fresh City Life My Branch. Whether it be learning about IOS, learning about Ghost Hunting, or joining us at one of our book clubs, we have something for you. 

On Tuesday, October 23, join us at the University Hills Branch at 6pm for our Tuesday Technology Nights. Come learn about IOS!

Bikes, Cooking, and the Civil War

Do you need something exciting to do this weekend? Join Fresh City Life My Branch on this upcoming autumnal weekend. On Saturday we have several programs to choose from. Whether you need help understanding the basics of bicycle care, a lesson in cooking with delicious whole grains, or want to watch a Civil War movie, we have something for you this weekend!

On Saturday, October 20th there are several programs you can attend. Join us at one of the following:

10am at Schlessman: The ABCs of Bicycle Care -- Peter Roper of the Denver Bicycle Cafe will cover all the basics you need to know to maintain your bike, including air, brakes, chain, fixing and cleaning your bike, and the tools and parts you need. Special emphasis on getting your bike ready for winter riding, and what you need to know to keep on cycling through all seasons!

Geeks Who Read Book Club

Are you interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and graphic novels? Join us at the Geek Book Club! We've had several successful meetings, with more great selections coming this summer. Our next meeting is Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m at the Schlessman Family Branch. We'll be discussing World War Z by Max Brooks. Where will you be when the zombie apocalypse goes down?

World War Z: The Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks was published in 2007 and is often cited as one of the best zombie novels of the last ten years. The book is a string of first person accounts of various characters around the world and how they remember the zombie outbreaks and following war. There are testimonies from military personnel, intelligence officials, and regular citizens who try to defeat the zombies.

Geek Book Club

Geek Book Club poster

Do you love Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Graphic Novels? Join us at the brand new Geek Book Club, which will be meeting the 3rd Saturday of every month. Our first meeting is this upcoming Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m at the Schlessman Family Branch.

The first selection is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Ready Player One takes place in the not so distant future, where thanks to an energy crisis the world is a pretty bleak place. Luckily everyone can spend their time in the OASIS, a virtual world that is a lot more appealing than the real one. James Halliday, the creator of OASIS, dies and leaves the ticket to his entire fortune hidden in the game.

Winter Lego Contest

This December the families of Denver were able to participate in an exciting LEGO contest. Last year the contest took place at the Schlessman Family Branch in December and January, and this year it was expanded to six branches, as part of the Fresh City Life My Branch program. Hopefully next year even more branches will be able to participate!

The theme for 2012 was “Supersonic World – 2012 and Beyond!” and each participant was asked to create an original scene (no LEGO sets) inspired by this futuristic theme. There were categories for adults, teens, children, and a family category, and each entry had to fit in a shoebox sized space. There were 14 total entries from Bear Valley, University Hills, Smiley, and the Schlessman libraries and the judging took place on January 14th at the Bear Valley Branch Library.

Jazz, Books, and Herbal Medicine!

Whether you want to learn about a famous jazz musician or make your own t-shirt, there is plenty going on this week at FCL My Branch!

Have you always been a music fan and are wanting to learn more about a legendary jazz musician? Join us at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17 for a Duke Ellington Lecture. Although many people are aware of Duke Ellington's hits from the 1930s and 40s, he also created some undiscovered gems during the 50s and 70s. Come learn about the 47 year career of this music legend!

laugh it out

When I think of everything I want to accomplish in life, having as many laughs as possible comes to mind. Humor has a certain way of easing the fear & worry that is way too easy to carry with us in this modern world. In those moments when you laugh so hard that tears come to your eyes, it truly feels like everything is going to be just fine.

Visit the library and check out a book by one of these humorists and your nerves will thank you for it.

- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt

- I Drink for a Reason by David Cross

- Bossypants by Tina Fey

Computers, History, and Crafts!

It's never too early to look ahead and plan your upcoming week. Whether you need to fix up your resume, learn some computer skills, or try your hand at knitting, there is plenty for you to enjoy at these Fresh City Life My Branch events!

Do you think you know Colorado History? Well learn about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Colorado history at this great program, presented by the Fairmount Heritage Foundation. Hear stories that didn’t make it into the history books about Speer, Iliff, Lowry, Elitch, and others. This event is happening at the Ross-University Hills Branch on Thursday, August 25 at 6 p.m.

Get Graphic

Black Hole

If you think comic books are just for kids, you should definitely reconsider and check out some of the awesome adult comic books & graphic novels the library has to offer. Comic Books are stories told through sequential art alongside dialogue and narrative, a combination that allows for a rich reading experience - requiring the use of linguistic literacy and visual literacy.

The term “Graphic Novel” is often used to refer to a longer format, but possibly to also distance the genre from some of the comic book stereotypes. Whatever you want to call them, here are some stand alone books and first issues to get you started.

Black Hole by Charles Burns

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Epileptic by David B.

reading, not rocking

Does everybody dream of Rock Stardom at some point in their life? I cannot count the number of "taking the school by storm and blowing everyone away" talent show fantasies I had as a teenager, and to this day I wonder what could have been had I learned how to play guitar instead of the piano. It is on days like this that I decide to live vicariously through others by throwing on some of my favorite music and reading about my favorite bands instead.

There is something quite satisfying in reading about lives completely unlike your own: lives you will never lead, but are curious about anyway. Not only that - it is pretty fun to read about the origins of your favorite band, or about some debauchery you either have never experienced or have put far behind you. Read one of these rock biographies and experience some secondary musical inspiration.

 

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