City of orphans

by 1937- Avi

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It's 1893 and Maks, 13, lives with his immigrant family on the Lower East Side in New York City. Life is hard, but Maks is lucky not to be among the many orphaned and abandoned kids living on the streets. Maks helps his family by earning eight cents a day...

Colorado Authors Series Presents Phyllis Perry

Speaking Ill of the Dead

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Phyllis Perry at Schlessman Family Branch on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Phyllis J. Perry has written over 70 books for adults and young people. Among these are Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Colorado History and It Happened in Rocky Mountain National Park. Speaking Ill of the Dead is a delightfully wicked look at the badly behaved characters who shaped the history of Colorado.

Why not have a Labor Day Party

The first Labor Day  was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, and who we have to thank for its creation is hotly disputed. 

Was it Peter Mcguire or Matthew Maguire?  Whichever camp you're in, you can celebrate the American worker (and get rid of the overage from your garden) by hosting a Labor Day party. 

Exhibit: Refuseniks

Exhibit poster: Refuseniks

An exhibit about Colorado Legislators and their efforts to free Soviet dissidents.

July 10 - August 28, 2011, Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
Central Library, Vida Ellison Gallery - Level 7

About the Refuseniks

On June 15, 1970, twelve citizens of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics purchased every ticket on a flight from Leningrad to Priozersk. Claiming that they were traveling to a wedding, they prepared to board the ten-seater Antonov An-2. Their true objective was to hijack the plane, fly to Sweden and leave their homeland.

Before they boarded the place at Leningrad’s Smolny airfield, government authorities arrested them.

Akata witch

by Nnedi Okorafor

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Sunny doesn't seem to fit in anywhere: she was born in the US but now lives in Nigeria, she's an albino, and she's a really great soccer player but can't go out in the sun because she burns so easily. When she discovers that she is a free agent -...

Boyfriends with girlfriends

by Alex Sanchez

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So, Lance and Sergio meet online and decide to go on a date - they both bring their best girl friends of course - and then Allie and Kimiko end up hitting it off as well. Perfect, right? Everyone gets a date! Not so much. Lance doesn't believe that Sergio...

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare

Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper

Why is April 23rd a memorable date for Shakespeare lovers? William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and he died on April 23, 1616. Many novels have been written about his life, loves and family, with most drawing inspiration from the historical details that are known about this legendary playwright.

Fictional accounts of Shakespeare's Life:

Films for Earth Day


After you celebrate Earth Day today, hopefully by enjoying the beautiful weather we are experiencing, check out some of the many films that honor Mother Nature, either by demonstrating her raw power, or by investigating environmental issues.

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