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Fresh City Life My Branch This Week--Grow Your Mind!

How do you want to grow your mind this week? By sharing your love of books with other readers? Learning about the Civil War? How about a cooking class? We have that and more with Fresh City Life My Branch.

Feed your mind AND your body by learning how to cook with all the wonderful bounty available at this time of year in Cooking from the Farmer's Market on Tuesday, September 11 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Monica Kadillak will inspire you with ideas for all those fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs that are plentiful at the farmer's market or in your own garden! Recipes and samples included.

When Did Humans First Enter the Americas?

Join Fresh City Life My Branch and Feed Your Mind with the question of when humans first came to the Americas on Monday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Dr. Steven Holen, Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has focused much of his research on this question, one of the most hotly debated topics in North American archaeology. After 130 years of scientists asking this question, we still do not have a definitive answer, although we are making progress in finding older and older human sites. Dr.

Making Sense of the American Civil War

The Civil War

The Denver Public Library and Fresh City Life My Branch are proud to be among the 150 libraries nationwide hosting the 5-part discussion series Making Sense of the American Civil War.

This reading and discussion series will use books and scholar-led discussion as an entry into serious thought, discussion, and further reading. It will also offer an occasion to bring diverse groups together at the Library to examine the modern implications of the Civil War and emancipation. Discover this pivotal period of American history with your community. This series is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Painting with Scissors: Matisse and the Papiers Coupes

"You see as I am obliged to remain often in bed because of the state of my health, I have made a little garden all around me where I can walk... There are leaves, fruits, a bird." -- Henry Matisse, writing about his paper cutouts

In 1941, Henri Matisse was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a risky surgery. He wrote letters to his family that were meant to be opened in the event of his death. Matisse was preparing to "shuffle off this mortal coil." 

Fresh City Life stops for Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion -- Josie Quick and Tom Carleno. Photo by John Moore

Sometimes it is worth it to stop and enjoy something on your journey, rather than to always be in perpetual motion. This past Saturday we got to do both. Denver locals Josie Quick and Tom Carleno brought Perpetual Motion to Fresh City Life.

Right off, I'll tell you that, if you missed this wonderful concert, we will be bringing Perpetual Motion back for an encore in the new year. They are fantastic!

This sought-after duo blends acoustic world music into a bright fusion of sounds. Mixing international styles, Perpetual Motion moves effortlessly between the traditions of Central and South American folk, progressive jazz, blues and rock. This eclectic approach to music informs their original compositions and cover tunes. 

Johnny Guitar: 10 Reasons to See This Film

Joan Crawford at the climax of Johnny Guitar

McCarthy-era symbolism, great landscapes, amazing TruColor costumes and sets, Joan Crawford's eyebrows -- this movie has something for everybody.

I saw Johnny Guitar about ten years ago and I liked it just fine then. Now it is one of my favorite films of the 1950s. Here's why:

10. Joan Crawford in a Western! WWJD -- What would Joan do? What wouldn't she do?

9. The landscapes, filmed in TruColor, are spectacular and somehow just a bit alien.

8. Johnny Guitar makes a great case against the blacklisting and witch hunts of the McCarthy Era.

Cooking, Anyone?

Grilling

Are you ready for your weekend barbeque? Or do you need recipes for your next dinner party?

Fresh City Life My Branch has ideas for you, whether you're grilling, hosting a party, or just cooking for yourself!

Fresh City Life My Branch--We've Got Tech!

The Library's amazing Community Technology Center has a wide range of technology classes at the Central Library, everything from computer basics to job search skills, but did you know that Fresh City Life My Branch also offers technology classes with friendly folks from the CTC or with your neighborhood librarian?

From one-on-one help to current tech topics, check out the technology classes available at a branch near you!

Tech Open Houses are designed for you to bring in your gadgets (laptop, tablet, eReader) and get one-on-one help with your questions--especially ones about downloading eBooks!

Every Monday, 11 a.m. - 12 noon at Ross-University Hills

Camping with the Stars: Joan Crawford's First Time at the Rodeo

Joan Crawford

Crawford puts down the wire hanger and picks up her six shooters in the Western film that has become a cult and auteur classic.

Toward the end of her life, Joan Crawford was asked to comment on the 1954 film Johnny Guitar. She answered that she thought she was wrong for the part and she wished she hadn't made the film. I'm glad she did -- and so are a lot of fans of Crawford and the Western genre. 

Looking Ahead--Schedule for September & October Now Available!

Making Sense of the American Civil War

The Fresh City Life My Branch September & October adult cultural programs schedule is now online and will soon be available in your branch! Get these great events onto your calendar NOW--you don't want to miss our Haunted Happenings or finding your soul mate!

Some Fresh City Life My Branch programs require registration, and they can fill up quickly. Take a look, and register now if you're interested! To register, call the branch where the program is happening, or email: fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org with your name and phone number. These programs are all for adults.

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