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I remember hearing stories about families moving "up north" from what we called "down south"

The Warmth of Other Suns

In her book The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson gives a thorough account of the Great Migration (the mass exodus of over six million African Americans who migrated from the southern regions of the U.S. to the northern).

The "Black Exodus" was motivated by several factors and is a crucial element in America's history and culture. Wilkerson's investigative research presents a multifaceted approach to understanding the reasons blacks migrated from the south to the north.

Ms. Wilkerson spent fifteen years working on her book and had interviewed over a thousand people before settling on three key individuals who reflect the different waves of the migration period.

Hi Ms. Streep. Have I got a script for you!

Meryl Streep

Just like EVERYONE else, I've got a screenplay in me. A friend and I have been dreaming about writing a perfect film script for Meryl Streep. Dreaming, not doing. But maybe 2012 is our year.

Okay, I won't give you our elevator pitch on our film idea -- because we don't have one. I also won't tell you that we have any connections to Meryl Streep -- except that my friend and co-dreamer, Mary, and I both regard her as the epitome of an actor -- and we both think she'd like to have a beer with us.

Knitting, Our Courts, and Planning for the Weekend--With Fresh City Life My Branch

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Whether you want to learn to knit or learn about our courts, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week! And if you need something to do this weekend, check out the list! Many programs require registration, so plan now!

Join the Sit 'n Knit group at Bear Valley on Tuesday, May 8 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. --this is a group for both beginning and experienced knitters. Learn something new, or share your knowledge!

Meet With History: More Than 36 Days

Carron Barella and the men of More Than 36 Days

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors series presents Carron Barrella and the veterans of More Than 36 Days on Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

More Than 36 Days: Four Ordinary Men Face Extraordinary Circumstances is the stories of four Colorado men who served as U.S. Marines during World War II in the battle for Iwo Jima. It is not a war book--it focuses on the men, their backgrounds, and how the war experience defined them. They spent 36 days on the island, but their stories are much more than that. Learn from the hearts and souls of Don Whipple, Joe Weinmeier, Max Brown, and Jim Blane.

Weekend Fun with Fresh City Life My Branch

Still trying to figure out what to do this weekend? Add a Fresh City Life My Branch program to the mix!

All these events are happening on Saturday, May 5:

Bird Watching 101, Part 1, at Ross-Broadway at 10 a.m. Please register, 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org. Learn the basics of bird watching, how to ID birds, where to look for them, and how to use a field guide! Look for Bird Watching 101, Part 2 on May 12!

Mother's Day Fun

My Monster Mama Loves Me So

Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th. Impress the mom in your life by teaching her about the history of Mother’s Day. Then give her a day to remember by taking part in some of the following fun activities in and around the city or plan a relaxing day at home.

In the United States the first known suggestion for Mother’s Day came in 1872 from Julia Ward Howard, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". Howard envisioned a day of peace, but her idea didn’t catch on. Finally, in 1907 on the anniversary of her mother's death Anna Jarvis arranged a church service in Philadelphia to honor all mothers. She then began a letter writing campaign to congress and news outlets.

Locus Award Finalists Announced

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The Locus Science Fiction Foundation recently announced the finalists for the 2012 Locus Awards. The Locus Award celebrates science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and nonfiction works related to these subjects. If you're looking for a good read, try some of these!

Science Fiction Novel:

Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey

11/22/63, Stephen King

Embassytown, China Mieville

Rule 34, Charles Stross

What is KeyTrain and what's in it for me?

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Are you a job seeker? Have you wondered what KeyTrain is all about? Are you currently employed but looking for a new opportunity? Perhaps a KeyTrain session is just what you need!

If you're looking to increase your job skills and employability, KeyTrain sessions are a good place to start. KeyTrain is an online interactive learning tool used as a pretest and remedial tool to pass the WorkKeys CareerReady Colorado Certificate in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. This certificate shows employers that you've got what it takes to get the job done!

How Do Our Courts Work?

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You've seen many trials play out on television and in the movies, but how does the court system really work? Join us for the Fresh City Life My Branch Our Courts series and find out!

This 6-week series is presented by Our Courts Colorado, a joint activity of the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Colorado Bar Association, to help educate the public about state and federal courts in Colorado in a nonpartisan way. Learn about how judges are selected, how courts are kept impartial, the processes of both a civil and criminal case, and how bankruptcy and divorce proceedings go through the courts.

NONPROFIT OF THE MONTH: MISSION WEAR - RENEWABLE PEOPLE MAKING REUSABLE PRODUCTS

Mission Wear

While shopping the other day, I came across a festive purple and yellow messenger bag made from a recycled plastic banner. Its brand was "Mission Wear" and it was made by Robin, according to its label.

Founded in 2006, Mission Wear creates products that are all about determination and redemption. It started when founder Beth McWhirter was mentoring Carrie, a woman who was trying to break free from a life of addiction and prostitution.

Beth says, "She and I tried to find employment for about 4 months with no success. After that she ended up relapsing, going back to drugs and prostitution. I couldn't help but think that if she had had the stability of a job opportunity, she might not have relapsed."

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