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Why We Love Bicycles

Although most of us wouldn't ride in a boxcar to the basement of the Alamo to recover a bike, many bicyclists can sympathize with Pee Wee Herman's anguish when his beloved red beach cruiser is stolen in Pee Wee's Big Adventure. There are lots of reasons we appreciate our bikes - they allow us to view our city in ways that our cars can't, reduce our carbon footprint, and provide exercise as well as leisurely and energizing transportation to work.

Free Nonprofit Class: Using the Foundation Directory Online and the Colorado Grants Guide

Join us on Wednesday, June 25th and learn how to find possible funders for your 501(c)3 organization. There will be a demonstration of both the Foundation Directory Online and the Colorado Grants Guide, followed by hands-on research.

What We're Reading

Whenever I tell someone I work in the library, a common response is, "Wow, it must be great to be around books and read all day!" The reality is that reading on the job is considered bad form, and most of us are too busy checking out books, shelving them when they come back, providing reference, managing the network, keeping everyone safe or maintaining buildings to do more than glance at a tempting title.

What do we read in our free time?

Coming Clean: Unusual Uses for Common Household Products

Don't you wish that there was one product that could unclog drains, shampoo the dog, make slime, fight foot fungus and kill ants? Borax, which you'll find in the laundry detergent aisle, does all these things, and more (see video below).

Splinter! Colorado Wood Today at Foothills Art Center

Founded in 1968 by a group of Golden artists, the Foothills Art Center in Golden is located in a renovated 1872 Gothic church just a few blocks from the lively downtown area. In addition to exhibiting the visual arts in many mediums, the Center offers classes, lectures,seminars and tours.

Tell Me A Story: The Art and Joy of Audiobooks

Do you find cleaning the bathroom or weeding the garden dreary? Try listening to an audiobook and make your chores something to look forward to. They're also great for commuters and running errands -- you don't feel quite so helpless in traffic jams when you're listening to a great mystery or compelling biography. And family road trips are even better with a well-narrated book that everyone can listen to and discuss.

Bernie Krause and Music of the Natural World

NOISE, n. A stench in the ear. Undomesticated music. The chief product and authenticating sign of civilization.

~ Ambrose Bierce, in Devil's Dictionary (1911)

Mushroom Foraging: Not Just for Fun Guys

"Every mushroom is edible, but some just for once."

--Czech saying

As hobbies go, mushroom hunting is relatively inexpensive - all you need are some paper bags, a pocketknife, a soft brush, and an identification guide. And, in spite of our dry climate, Colorado is right behind the Pacific Northwest in concentration of mushrooms, and has 2,000 to 3,000 varieties.

Living Large in a Tiny House

Although some trace the beginning of the Small House Movement back to Susan Susanka's 1997 book The Not So Big House, visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses could be considered the original inspiration. Designed for the middle class of the 20's and 30's, these one-story homes, with their open floor plans, connection with the outdoors, and simple materials also influenced the design of the ranch houses of the 50's.

Money Saving Maneuvers 2014 - Using Your Library Card Instead of Your Credit Card

400,000 people can't be wrong. If they are, then I don't want to be right, since that's about the number of people who own Denver Public Library cards.

In Money Saving Manuevers Parts I and II, we discovered some innovative ways to keep your money in your pocket. Next, we'll see how your humble library card can help you save big bucks where kids are concerned, since, according to a recent USDA report, it now costs nearly $250,000 to raise one. And that's not including college.

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