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Music For Kids That Adults Can Love Too

As both a parent and a librarian, I recognize the importance of--and usually enjoy--fun and vibrant music made for children. Classic songs like "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," "The Hokey Pokey," and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" are wonderful for helping kids learn about the sounds of words through repetition, get ready to read, as well as develop a love for music.

But sometimes we as parents need something a little different--something for the kid in us to enjoy along with our kids.

Quick Bread Throwdown: The Recipes

They all came rolling into my email on Monday morning -- the recipes for quick bread contenders in our Sunday cooking throwdown. I opened each email like I was excitedly opening presents on Christmas morning. Our quick bread competition and demo this Sunday will be a photo finish - with lots of good eats!

I actually couldn't imagine a quick bread recipe that involves a blow torch until I read through the recipe from one of our competitors. That's right, at a certain point in the preparation a blow torch is pulled into service. Can't wait to try this at home!

WHERE WERE YOU IN '86?

25 years ago, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, the Oprah Winfrey Show debuted, and over 5 million people joined in Hands across America.  A gallon of gas cost $.89, but a Tandy 600 portable computer cost $1599.00.

While Imelda Marcos was fleeing the Philippines (without her famous collection of 1060 pairs of shoes), we were going to the movies ($3.75 per ticket) and seeing:

Alien

Down and Out in Beverly Hills

An American Tail

Invest in Your Dog, Invest in Your Craft Time, or Just Invest!

Fresh City Life My Branch has a program for you this week, whether you want to learn about investing your money, training your dog, or just sit back and create a craft!

Our Introduction to Investing will be on Saturday, October 8 at 9:30 a.m. at Bear Valley. This 3-hour beginner-level class describes the fundamental investment principles and how they contribute to investment success. You'll learn basic financial terms, where to do research, what data is important in sources like Value Line, and how to find it. You'll learn commonly used terms that are important for any investor to understand.

Everything But a Singing Frog

No singing frog, but three boisterous artists, one firebrand moderator, hors d'oeuvres and canapés, beer, wine and soft drinks. Do we really need the frog?

The first annual (and every event planner writes those words with a hopeful smile) eatART has something for everyone. We're going to discuss how art is surviving and thriving in Denver and in the new economy. Before we release our panel of artists to help us sort it all out, Whole Foods Market is providing a buffet fit for a New York gallery opening; while one of Fresh City Life's most loyal benefactors provides libations for everyone. eatART is the capstone event of another great year of producing cultural programming for Denver. And you are invited!

Heavy Metal to Medal

The band Godsmack

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (and half marathon) is rolling into Denver on October 9, 2011.  The race will have bands performing at various points throughout the course and rap up with a post run concert.

The idea of running makes me *cry* so I sought recommendations for music that will push and pump me up!  Friends tell me my regular diet of Broadway show tunes won't cut it and I need some music that will help me *roar* even if I am walking, moshing, and thrashing my way through.  Here are a few heavy metal recommendations from the Library's collection:

Colorado Authors Series Presents Steve Friesen, Buffalo Bill: A Life of Controversy

Buffalo Bill

Curious about Buffalo Bill, his life, and his Colorado connections? Learn more with Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Steve Friesen will be at the Bear Valley Branch on Thursday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Friesen will present a slide show and lecture entitled Buffalo Bill: A Life of Controversy, based on his book Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary.

Does Your Retirement Dream Involve a Ukulele?

Ukulele for Dummies

Start planning your retirement now--whether you're in your 20s or your 60s, you can learn something--and have some fun--with Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Get a better idea of the financial planning side of retirement on Tuesday, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch with Social Security and Retirement: What You Need to Know. Bring your questions about your future Social Security benefits, and Social Security Administration representative Mike Baksa will answer them.

Everybody's Doing It!

Kids on Bikes

International Walk (or bike) to School Day is Wednesday, Oct 5th!

In the 1960's about 1/2 of all kids walked or biked to school. Now nearly 90% arrive in cars or buses. Take a walk with your child and cash in on the environmental, safety education and fitness benefits together! Children ages 1-15 years of age typically receive less than $1 in traffic education and the cost of an injury involving a vehicle is staggering.

Safe Travel for the Elementary School Child
Children need adults to teach them how to be safe around vehicles, not to dart between parked cars, to watch for turning cars and not to play behind a parked car, even if it is in their own driveway. Here is a bicycle and pedestrian traffic safety education training course with K-5 curriculum from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Desperate Measures

into the forest by jean hegland

It's autumn. My thoughts turn to the usual autumnal things like the changing leaves, apple picking, pumpkin carving...and a strange hankering for tales of desperation.

Something about this time of year tends to make some of us a bit melancholy. It's a time to fend off sleep when the sun sinks below the horizon at 5:00. We watch the leaves fall and our flowers wither with frost. We haul out the blankets and heat up the tea kettle. We bake bread and fill bowls with hearty soups as if we're bears stockpiling calories for our long winter's sleep. This time of year, reading about hardship somehow makes me feel cozier.

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