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21st Annual Colorado Brewers' Festival

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The 21st Annual Colorado Brewers' Festival takes place this weekend in Fort Collins. Colorado is well known for its fine crafted beverages, and rightly so! Coloradans are generally also dog lovers. These two passions have combined to create The BrewDogs of Colorado!

Into home brewing? The Denver Public Library has many books to help you craft the perfect beer at home. For more personalized help, The Rock Hoppers Brew Club meets monthly and shares tips and tricks with brewers of all ability levels!

When "What to Expect" just isn't enough.

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Countdown to baby? Let DPL help you prepare for the arrival of your little one with our massive collection of baby books and dvds. Besides, what else are you going to read in the waiting room?

If you're anything like me, the minute you find out you're pregnant you'll immediately go out and purchase your own brand new copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting.  If you're anything like me, you'll curl up in bed with it and study it religiously until you fall asleep at 7:00 p.m.--if you can stay up that late in your first trimester. If you're anything like me, you'll soon find yourself dreaming about car-seat/stroller combos and infant layettes.

Bike to Work Day

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Bike to Work Day is Wednesday June 23rd. Did you know that June was Colorado Bike Month? Stay safe out there and thanks for participating!

Need a bike? Check out the B-cycle program. For more information about cyclists rights and activism, be sure to visit the Bicycle Colorado website.

Best Bike Books

How exactly do you milk an almond? Eating a soy and dairy free diet.

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Having a daughter who is allergic to both dairy and soy is a challenge. Read on to find out how I have adjusted my diet in order to nurse a baby with food allergies.  Ice cream is still on the menu!

When I decided to breast feed my baby, I knew I would have to watch my diet, but I didn't know to what extent until my daughter's food allergies were diagnosed two months after she was born.
At first, avoiding foods with soy and dairy seemed almost impossible--grab any package from the shelves at your local grocery store and I can assure you that you will find the words, "contains soy" or "contains milk."  It's in everything!
Saying goodbye to cheese was hard, but I managed to find some tasty alternatives by reading up on food allergies at

Opa!

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The Greek Festival, held this past weekend, is a celebration of music, dance, song, and Greek culture! Opa!

Greek Food

Greek Music

Happy Father's Day!

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Roses are Red,

Violets are Blue.

Calling All Dads,

This Post is for You!

Books to Celebrate Fatherhood:

Do You Blog?

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Whether you blog for business or pleasure, or don't know the first thing about blogging, we want to hear from you! What do you think of the library's new blogs? What local blogs do you follow? Would you like to see your interests featured on our site? Comment below to tell us about your blog, your experiences and your interests, after all, it's your library!

Want to learn more about blogging? Check out the FREE classes offered by our Community Technology Center.

On This Day in History - June 15

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James K. Polk, eleventh President of the United States died on this date in 1849 in Nashville, Tennessee. Polk is best known for an incredibly successful one-term presidency, after which he declined a second term.

Like all Presidents, James Knox Polk was a politician, a businessman, but above all, a human being prone to error like the rest of us. While he is credited with having a successful presidency, his actions during his presidency provoked the Mexican War and perhaps even the Civil War.

"Just Kids" is Rock n' Roll Love

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"Just Kids" is Patti Smith's memoir of her relationship with New York City, art, music, and most of all, Robert Mapplethorpe. It chronicles Smith and Mapplethorpe's adventures as young, unknown artists in New York City, up until Mapplethorpe's death.

Patti Smith is known as an accomplished musician and poet. In her new book Just Kids Smith reflects on life before she and her friend Robert Mapplethorpe established themselves as professional artists.

Backyard Chickens

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Backyard chicken farming is all the rage.  Whether you are ready to fully embrace the urban homesteading movement or just want a few fresh eggs, it's not that hard to raise your own chickens.

Before you get started, you will want to be aware of Denver's zoning ordinances and fees for chickens.  If these don't sound too daunting, there are a few other things to consider and the Library has lots of books that can help you out.  Be sure to do your homework before you buy your chickens!  

Check out coop design plans if you're interested in building your own coop. 

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