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Curious about Religions?

With Easter, Passover, and Purim coming up you may have questions about the celebrations, their significance, or just about the beliefs of those who celebrate.

Many resources are available for those with curious minds. The Teaching Company has classes taught by professors both on CD and DVD. Do you want a little bit on information without delving into an entire book? Try a children’s book.

History of the Red Cross Movement

Red Cross

When a humanitarian crisis strikes, international members of the Red Cross movement (including the Red Crescent) are there to help.

Jean Henri Dunant, a Swiss businessman, founded the movement after his life was forever changed witnessing and recalling the Battle of Solferino in 1859. Dunant was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1901 along with Frédéric Passy who helped found a French peace movement.

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Brunch: 100 Recipes from Five Points Restaurant Cover

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?  I'll be honest, I am not much for wolfing down a bowl of cereal and heading off to work with milk spilled on my shirt.  In fact, I am simply not hungry until late morning and then I want something salty and substantial.  Or creamy and sweet.  Or both- and brunch is just the thing.

For me, the quintessential part of a good brunch is hollandaise sauce.  Once the sauce is made and eggs are handy, endless variations on the classic Eggs Benedict are inevitable.  I like mine with spinach and smoked salmon in place of the traditional Canadian bacon.  A bagel half or slice of toast can easily be swapped for the English muffin.  Herbs and sauteed vegetables can be served on top or on the side, of course with a healthy dose of hollandaise.  And if your sauce separates?  No problem, give it a quick whisk and pour it on.

Making Time for Horology

Breguet No. 1188. Tourbillon, The Hermitage Museum

How do you measure your 24 hours? Horology, the art and science of measuring time, has kept horologists like watchmakers and clockmakers busy for centuries.

While in the stacks I discovered a comprehensive work on Breguet time pieces. Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823) has been called the father of modern horology due to the mechanical advancements and inspired craftsmanship he employed in his designs. I won't give up my high school Timex but I sure can appreciate Breguet's work.

Curious about other titles featuring the best of horological advances and the physics of time? These titles will get you started:

A Dandy Dozen of Hot New Titles!

The Time-Traveling Fashionista

Are you as excited to be placing holds again on hot new releases as I am? Check out this dandy dozen of great new titles, both fiction and nonfiction, that weren't available a few days ago but are now! What hot new releases are you most excited about?

Fiction

Film Adaptation of Local Author's Novel Wins NAACP Image Award

Orange Mint and Honey

Last week, Sins of the Mother, the Lifetime Movie Network's adaptation of local author, Carleen Brice's novel Orange Mint and Honey, won the NAACP Image award for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. 

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library was lucky enough to host Carleen Brice last night as part of our author series: Scribes, Scholars & Storytellers.

Life in Medicine

Have you wondered what it is like to be a doctor or nurse?

As a child I wanted to be a nurse until I learned women could be doctors. I worked as a registered occupational therapist before becoming a librarian. I’ve always been interested in allied health or medicine. Many books provide a glimpse into the world of medicine. I found The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee to be fascinating.

Mardi Gras!

Today is Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday”, and is the last day of the Carnival season. It always ends the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Bring the spirit of Mardi Gras and New Orleans Home:

Colorado Authors Series: Jim Hall

Jim Hall will be speaking about his book Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico on Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Mr. Hall's book is a memoir of his days as the world's first parachuting mining engineer. He completed over 1800 jumps in his 60 years and has received many awards and honors for his parachuting innovations. Mr. Hall is a retired Colorado Air National Guard Brigadier General and was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame in 1985. See pictures from his adventures and find out more about him on his website.

Hike or Walk

Want to go on an adventure near home?

As a librarian who doesn’t drive, I love to walk for exercise and enjoyment!  The library has many books for those interested in fitness walking and fun hikes!

Nordic Walking  Malin Svensson

The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness  Mark Fenton

The Best Front Range Hikes  Colorado Mountain Club Foundation

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