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"Steampunk is What Happens When Goths Discover Brown" -Jess Nevins

steampunk

Welcome, welcome, welcome ladies and gentlemen to the weird and wonderful world of steampunk. What is steampunk you ask? Why, it is many things, but let's call it an aesthetic sensibility. Gears, corsets, dirigibles, and don't forget your goggles. There is steampunk music, fashion, art, and of course books!

Steampunk has its roots in the scientific romances of the mid-19th century but really took flight (steam powered of course!) in the 1980s and most recently in the aught-aughts. A group of writers (Jeter, Blaylock, Powers) working in southern California would meet up at their local watering hole and realized they were all writing similar works, as a joke they called it "Steampunk".

Duct Tape - It's Not Just For Repairing Broken Tail Lights

If you happen to attend a birthday party for a 'tween girl, don't be surprised if she receives a roll or two of duct tape as a gift.

Not the shiny, silver kind, but brightly colored or patterned with.paisley, leopard print, penguins, polka dots, plaid, skulls, camouflage, cupcakes, bacon and Hello Kitty. Inexpensive and easy to work with, crafters use it to fashion items such as wallets, tote bags, dresses, belts, flowers, book covers and phone cases.

Adult Programs This Week--Join Us!

From crafts to yoga, biking to gardening, Fresh City Life My Branch has a program for YOU this week!

Join us at Ross-University Hills on Tuesday, April 30 for Make & Take Studio: Mason Jar Pin Cushion at 6 p.m. You won't believe how cute these can be!

Movies, Crafts, and Scandals!

Movies and the Meaning of Life

Ready for another Fresh City Life My Branch program? Get involved this week!

Local author Wayne Omura discusses his book Movies and the Meaning of Life: The Most Profound Films in Cinematic History on Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Saturday, April 20 brings many opportunities for crafting, learning, and cooking:

Gardening & Denver History, All Wrapped Up...

Lawrence Halprin's Skyline Park

Want to experience a piece of Denver history, get inspiration for your garden, or express your creativity? Look no further than a Fresh City Life My Branch program!

Here are your choices for Saturday, April 13:

At 11 a.m., volunteers from the Fairmount Heritage Foundation present The Civil War at Riverside Cemetery at the Sam Gary Branch. Riverside is home to more than 1,200 Civil War veterans, including three Medal of Honor recipients, soldiers who fought with the "Colored Troops," and even some Confederates. Come learn some of their stories!

Wear Your Love Shines

Little Sister Jewelry photographed by Nancy Loffelmacher

Learn something new at Crafts for the Masses. Our Modern Locket workshop takes the old idea of wearing a reminder of someone special and gives it a fresh spin.

Turn any image into a keepsake piece of jewelry by glazing it onto a glass tile. Talented jewelry maker, Mitzi Loffelmacher (who creates under the name Little Sister Jewelry), guides this workshop. Perfect as a gift for Mother's Day or as a remembrance of someone you love or miss, making these chic lockets are a crafter's dream. 

Mitzi will share all her tips and techniques for creating a professional jewelry piece. Register now and join us for Crafts for the Masses:

Do You Have Your Novel Night Tickets Yet?

Novel Night 2013

Been putting off getting your Novel Night tickets for 2013? Call or stop by the Sam Gary Branch today to show your support for Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programming!

What does your $25 Novel Night ticket get you? A fun-filled evening of crafts made from recycled books, light dinner fare, and special desserts provided by popular cooking teacher Monica Kadillak! We'll also be running a book swap with some choice titles--bring two, take one! Leftovers will be donated to good causes! Additionally, your ticket will enter you into prize drawings for gift cards and other treats all evening long.

Crafting, Compassionate Communication, and Coffee Shop Treats!

Owl sleep mask

Whether you're feeling crafty or hungry, or want to learn to communicate with more compassion,Fresh City Life My Branch has the weekend program for you!

All you crafters out there, get ready! So many choices in our Make & Take Studio:

Friday, February 8, 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch: Handmade Owl Sleep Mask with Rebecca Hensley from the Denver Craft Ninjas. Please register: 720-865-0975 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

All of these are happening Saturday, February 9:

Valentine's Day

valentine treats

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Expressing our love and care to others can take many forms. Baking and creating a special atmosphere for Valentine's Day is a fun way to celebrate this day. DPL has many resources to inspire you.

Winter Wonders with Fresh City Life My Branch

Novel Night

Whether you're planning for retirement or looking for a job, wanting to talk about books or learn how to download one, this is the week for you to attend a Fresh City Life My Branch event!

Want to know what makes a Good Retirement? Learn about things BESIDES income that affect success and happiness in your retirement years on Wednesday, January 23 at 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch.

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