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Celebrate Your Independence with Fresh City Life My Branch!

The Night Sky

You're free to learn & grow this week with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Finally get those technology questions answered at our Tech Open House this Thursday, July 5, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Schlessman! Bring your gadget (laptop, tablet, eReader), and a librarian will be available to help you with what you need!

Salads, Business, and Dogs!

Salads

You have your choice of 3 Fresh City Life My Branch events this Saturday, June 30, at 2 p.m. What do you love most: summer salads, your small business, or your dog?

Monica Kadillak is back with her popular Summer Salads class at the Ross-University Hills Branch. Get some ideas for cool summer meals or sides that your whole family will love. They're healthy, too! Recipes and samples included.

Music, History, and Mysteries!

Early Denver

Do you want to learn about organizing music on your computer? Interested in Denver history? Are you a mystery buff? Feed your mind with Fresh City Life My Branch programs this week!

Tuesday Technology Night at the Ross-University Hills Branch on Tuesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. will focus on MUSIC! Bring your questions about playlists, iTunes, Windows Media Player, or anything else related to music and computers (bring your laptop and/or your portable device, too!), and a librarian will help you out!

10 Reasons to Come Downtown This Weekend

"The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it." -- Charles Baudelaire

​Downtown Denver offers up fantastic art, good eats, great music, free films, and some eccentric crafting for the urban adventurer. Here's a short list of 10 things to do at the library or mere steps away.

10. Hear French Metro-inspired accordion music played by a real live Frenchman. (Sunday, 2p, Central Library) ('Frenchman' is an exaggeration as accordionist is actually from New Zealand)

9. Find a rare first edition of The DaVinci Code or an ABBA cd amongst the treasures at the Denver Public Library Used Book Sale. (Thursday-Sunday, hours and info, Central Library) (The DaVinci Code not rare)

Heeere's Dusty!

Heeere's Dusty

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Dusty Saunders on Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch. Meet the legend!

Mr. Saunders worked at the Rocky Mountain News for 54 years as a copy boy, police reporter, city hall reporter, and feature editor and covered the broadcasting beat as critic and columnist for more than 40 years. In 1993, Saunders was named Colorado Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists. A former president of the Denver Press Club, he's a member of club's Hall of Fame. He currently writes a Monday TV-radio sports column in The Denver Post.

FCL My Branch--Tech, Yoga and Totes--Plus, Brunch and Intuition!

Brunch

Make time for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week, and add a bit of something to your life!

If you want to try out the benefits of yoga but are intimidated by visiting a studio, try it at the library, with Beginning Yoga at the Bear Valley Branch on Tuesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. Get your questions about yoga answered, and try it out! Wear clothing that allow for movement, and bring a mat or towel if you have one.

Paris on the Platte: A Mayor's Vision for Denver: In Glitter

Denver at dusk -- our Paris on the Platte.

One of Denver's most controversial Mayors, Robert Speer, had big plans for Denver. He envisioned Denver as a grand European city. Fresh City Life celebrates our City of Lights with a memorable party. Please come if you Can-Can-Can.

The dream of Mayor Robert Speer (1855-1918) to make civic Denver into a world-class city is all around us. The City Auditorium, which housed the historic 1908 Democratic National Convention, still stands as a testament to Speer's endeavors. As does the beautiful Civic Center Park. Even Speer Blvd is a tease of what might have been -- a spectacular street for an American Paris.

Father's Day Ideas from Fresh City Life My Branch!

Father's Day is Coming

Father's Day is coming up in just a few weeks! Get an idea for a gift with a Fresh City Life My Branch program, or give Dad the gift of time and go to one of these great upcoming programs together!

Does your dad get frustrated with tech gadgets? Wish he could use eBooks or navigate the library web site? Steer him towards the Tech Open House at the Ross University Hills Branch on Monday, June 4 from 11 a.m. until noon. Have him bring his gadgets and/or questions, and he'll get one-on-one help from a librarian!

Oklahoma has a state meal. For real.

Sure, Colorado has its state bird: the Lark Bunting; and its state insect: the Colorado Hairstreak; flower: Columbine. Colorado also claims a state flag, gemstone, fossil, tree, reptile and even a state song or two. But we haven't got a state meal. Only Oklahoma has a state-sanctioned, legislature-approved meal. And it sounds pretty good.

I know that knowing that Oklahoma has a state meal is teetering on the edge of Cliff Clavin'ism: "It's a little known fact that Oklahoma's state meal is..." But the truth is even stranger -- that there really is an Oklahoma state meal. And here's how I found out:

All Doris, All Day: A Film Tribute

An early studio portrait of Doris Day.

Doris Day, the reluctant movie star, stopped making films in 1968, and yet she remains one of the most popular film actresses in the world. Not bad for little Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff of Cincinnati.

Hers is a life worthy of a Hollywood movie. Doris longed for a simple life of marriage and kids, but a mother with aspirations toward dancing and singing pushed Doris into performing. By the time she was 17, she was singing on a local radio station and was discovered by bandleader Barney Rapp, who changed her last name to Day.

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