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Conserve Energy & Help the Earth

With gas prices rising and Earth Day April 22, you may be wondering if there are ways to conserve energy and help the earth.

There are a myriad of ways finding alternatives to driving, growing your own food, eating less meat, and making your living space more energy efficient. We at DPL can help! Here are a few resources on our shelves.

City Tales: Pittsburgh

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

Ah, Pittsburgh. The Steel City. City of Champions. My adopted hometown.

Pittsburgh has come a long way from the dirty, smog filled days of the steel mills but I don't think the city has quite yet reached the status of a vacation destination for many other than me.  Here are a few titles that allow you to travel to the 'Burgh without leaving your recliner.

Chew and Review: Long Live the Cookbook!

Dorie Greenspan, Around My French Table book cover

I read a recent New York Times article, Gadgets You Should Get Rid Of (or Not), that lists the devices that we can do away with (or keep) now that technology has progressed to the point of redundancy. One of the suggestions broke my heart: cookbooks.

“BOOKS Keep them (with one exception)… there is one area where printed matter is going to give way to digital content: cookbooks. Martha Stewart Makes Cookies, a $5 app for the iPad, is the wave of the future. Every recipe has a photo of the dish (something far too expensive for many printed cookbooks).

Need some living space pizzazz?

Want to add some pizzazz to your living space?

I live in a 600 square foot loft apartment. It doesn’t feel small since the ceiling is so high. Yesterday I took a few minutes to look through a book about decorating small living spaces. The book provided some ideas that I plan to use. Whether your living space is large or small, you can use the books below to help you live more creatively.

Are You a Paranoid Parent?

The Paranod Parents Guide

Christie Barnes, author of The Paranoid Parents Guide: Worry Less, Parent Better, and Raise a Resilient Child will be speaking at the Schlessman Family Branch as part of the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Based on information gleaned from years of research, Ms. Barnes knows that many parents are wasting their time and energy worrying about the wrong things. In this presentation, she will give parents a much needed reality check, opening their eyes to the real dangers lurking that are more likely to impact their children--and what they can do about them. Bring your questions! Ms. Barnes will have several giveaways for lucky members of the audience, including Paranoid Parents Kits!

Need Cooking Inspiration?

Need some motivation to cook?

I recently made soup that turned out tasty. I have to admit that I’m not much of a cook. I want to try making more dishes. If you need some cooking inspiration, try one of the books below.

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Dr. Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh

Join Dr. Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, on Saturday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Dr. Colwell-Chanthaphonh will discuss his book Crossroads of Culture: Anthropology Collections at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He is also the author of other works on Native American anthropology and archaeology. Come find out about his books and the fascinating collections in our own Denver Museum of Nature and Science!

got poetry?

charles bukowski image

Today is the fourth day of poetry month, have you read anything good yet?

If you have not read any good poetry yet, may i ask what are you doing?!

Here are some recommendations with no particular theme or order:

The Consolation of Apricots by Diane Ackerman, found in I Praise My Destroyer

Gate 22C by Ellen Bass

So you want to be a writer? by Charles Bukowski

Helpful Internet Sites

Have you wondered what tools we librarians use to find books and movies?

Have you ever tried unsuccessfully to find a book or movie in Denver Public Library’s catalog at midnight? Common websites often prove to be enormously helpful. We use Amazon at www.amazon.com to find titles and authors. The Internet Movie Database at www.imdb.com is what we use to find movie titles. Mid Continental Public Library has created a useful database for finding the order of children’s series.

Callooh! Callay! Poetry Month Begins Today!

national poetry month poster

Poetry is a thing of great beauty and April, when the crocuses bloom and violets peek out their heads, is the perfect month to celebrate it.

National Poetry Month encourages all people to experience poetry. Be it by reading a new book of poetry, spouting memorized lines on the street corner, carrying a poem in your pocket, or attending a poetry reading you have a whole month in which to accomplish this goal.

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