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Titanic Now and Forever

An iconic image from days after the sinking of the Titanic.

Even at 100 years old, the story of Titanic's fateful maiden voyage still captivates.

At 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg that tore open her side -- and she began taking on water immediately. Despite the confidence of her passengers that she was "practically unsinkable," the miracle of the modern age sank beneath icy waters at 2:20 a.m. on April 15. Of her 2,223 passengers, 1517 perished.

NPR Back-Seat Book Club: The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has selected a best-selling, eccentric adventure for March: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

The Mysterious Benedict Society is a curious story, indeed! It all starts with several children answering the following newspaper ad: "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Once the chosen few have passed a series of bizarre tests, they are trained, their special gifts are sharpened, and they are set for – what else – an undercover mission to stop evil!

The Great Stone Face

Cover image from Buster:  A Legend in Laughter by Larry Edwards

Fans of The Artist may enjoy the antics of comedic film star Buster Keaton.

Raised performing vaudeville with his parents, Keaton's big break came in 1917 when he appeared in "Fatty" Arbuckle's The Butcher Boy. By the 1920s, Keaton had his own studio. Inspired by Mathew Brady's Civil War photographs, Keaton wrote and starred in The General - often considered the best film of its era.

Chew It, Craft It, Learn the Law

Atonement

Another week begins, and Fresh City Life My Branch has programs this week that will stimulate your creativity and your mind!

Tuesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. marks the debut of Read It, View It, Chew It! at the Ross-University Hills Branch! Have you read Ian McEwan's Atonement? Want to compare it to the movie version? Join us for film, popcorn, and discussion!

A Galactic St. Patty's Day

Galactic: Photo by Greg Aiello

This coming Saint Patrick's Day, some may be celebrating the chasing of snakes out of Ireland or simply Irish heritage with some lively fiddle music and colcannon, but if, like many, you're just looking for a big party, head to the Ogden to see New Orleans funk band Galactic.

When I saw Galactic live, I had never heard of them before, and tagged along at the end of an already full day thinking it would be a nice, relaxing evening of New Orleans jazz. I mistakenly thought the opening band was Galactic. Then the real deal came out and the Fillmore filled up to the brim. Sandwiched tightly in the crush of the wild crowd right in front of the stage, I soon learned that Galactic shows are nothing to fool around with.

Tell Yo Grandma! Computer Basics Classes Start Next Week

If you're reading this blog chances are good that you know how to use the computer. But do your grandparents? How about your neighbors, your friends, your aunts & uncles, your co-workers? We all know people who don't know how to use the computer and wish they could! Well, tell 'em that their time has come. The CTC offers a free series on computer basics, and the cycle starts next week.

Monday, 3/5, 2-3:30 p.m., Getting Started - Spend time getting to know the mouse, because you won't go far without clicking!

Monday, 3/12, 2-3:30 p.m., Internet 101 - Learn about the Internet - what it is, how to navigate it and how to search for information.

Monday, 3/19, 2-3:30 p.m., Yahoo! Email Basics - Learn how to set up and operate an email account; even if you already have an account you can learn how to make the best use of it.

Bonus! America's Newspapers - Newsbank Special Reports

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Did you know that our newspaper database America's Newspapers offers Special Reports on timely topics?

NewsBank’s Special Reports are news articles, images, videos and other timely content so you can quickly locate information on a specific subject. Each Report features current and retrospective coverage, and new articles are added daily.

All Special Reports are listed on the left side bar from America's Newspapers

Here are some of the Special Reports that may be of particular interest:

March Topics and Monthly Themes

Historic Moments, Starting Your Own Boutique

A Defining Moment

Are you a history buff? Want to start your own business? Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you!

Our latest Colorado Authors Series presentation with Patricia Duncan, author of A Defining Moment: Barack Obama: The Historic Journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, covers history that we all remember. This beautiful book of photography chronicles Obama's journey from candidate to nominee to president, including the Democratic National Convention right here in Denver!

A LETHAL INHERITANCE: A MOTHER UNCOVERS THE SCIENCE BEHIND THREE GENERATIONS OF MENTAL ILLNESS

A Lethal Inheritance

When science journalist Victoria Costello was told that her 17-year-old son had paranoid schizophrenia, she began a ten-year odyssey to research how genetics and environment are predictors of mental illness and substance abuse.

Part memoir and part handbook, A Lethal Inheritance is a highly readable reckoning of Costello's two sons' mental illness, her own undiagnosed depression and the discoveries she made while trying to help them and herself.

Have You Reserved Your Novel Night Tickets Yet?

Novel Night

Do you love FREE adult programs? Want to support the library's Fresh City Life My Branch adult programs? Tickets to Novel Night are going fast! Have you signed up yet? And just what is Novel Night??

When: Friday, March 30, 2012, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Schlessman Family Branch Library

What: A fundraiser to benefit Fresh City Life My Branch programming at the Bear Valley, Ross-Broadway, Ross-Cherry Creek, Ross-University Hills, and Schlessman Family branches of the Denver Public Library.

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