Denver Public Library’s Green Valley Ranch Branch Receives LEED Gold Certification

Green Valley Ranch Branch Library Exterior

Under the City’s commitment to sustainability, the Green Valley Ranch Branch Library is proud to announce that it has been designated to receive Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

The Gold Certification award is based on the library’s aggressive efforts to design, build and operate the facility in a sustainable way that helps to protect and enhance the environment. Denver’s commitment to sustainability is embodied in the Greenprint Denver initiatives, driven by a 2007 executive order which requires all buildings renovated or maintained with city funds to be designed, constructed, and operated according to principals outlined in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED.

It's List Season!

My Morning Jacket Circuital album cover

It's List Season! Best-of lists are popping up everywhere, and music lists are my favorite of the best-of lists. Here are some lists and their top choices of 2011. Several of the lists below have Bon Iver and Adele in their top three, but there is some variety in the picks.

Topping Stereogum's list is Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls, followed by Drake's Take Care and the eponymous Bon Iver.

Books & Knitting to End the Year

The Girls from Ames

If you need a break from holiday madness, how about a Fresh City Life My Branch program? We'll soon be taking a holiday break, so join us while you can!

Bear Valley's Sit 'n Knit group meets on Tuesday, December 13 from 10:30-12:30. New to knitting or just want to share your know-how, this is the group for you!


How do you combat the winter doldrums while adding life and music to your yard? By creating a birdfeeding habitat with a birdfeeder, water and some tasty seeds or mealworms.

Colorado's environment is so varied that we have around 400 species of birds. Some pass through in the fall, and others are year-round residents.

Trudi Canavan, Fantasy from down under

Trudi Canavan

There is a lot of great fantasy being written in the land of Oz these days.

For some reason Australian authors have been popping up all over my radar lately. From one of my favorite illustrated series Monster Blood Tattoo, to the Black Magician Trilogy, Australian authors seem to have their thumbs on my fantasy pulse.

Sweet, sweeter, gag...

Holiday Inn

I don't like to think of myself as a total sap, but when it comes to holiday movies I seem to like them syrupy sweet and starring Bing Crosby. What am I talking about?

I love those movies from the 1940's and 1950's that are my strange harbinger of the holiday season. The holiday movie genre pulls out all the stops when it comes to tugging at your heartstrings. These are tales of generals missing the war, elderly mothers from Ireland reuniting with their priestly sons, mistaken motives, unrequited love, all coupled with people bursting into songs often on elaborate Hollywood backlots. Here are my top three:

Curious about the World Around You?

The Demon Haunted World

Are you curious about the world around you? If so, here are some books to spark your curiousity. Hopefully, these books will help you learn something new about the world around you.

Carl Sagan was one of the greatest astronomers and published over 600 scientific articles. In his book The Demon Haunted World, Sagan shows us how scientific thinking can help us determine what is true and what is not. If you are curious about whether or not acupuncture and other alternative medicines really work, this is the book for you!



This Sunday offers an opportunity to forego football on TV and enjoy live music by Golden's celebrated Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.

For almost 60 seasons, these volunteer performers have practiced long hours to produce a professional quality musical experience for audiences in Jefferson County. Most have regular jobs and are motivated by love and appreciation of great music and the opportunity to share it with the community. The JSO also supports young musicians with its "Young Artist Competition" by recognizing and rewarding contestants both local and from around the world.

Viruses, Trojans, and, Spyware, oh my!

Join us this Saturday afternoon in the Community Technology Center for our FREE Protecting Your Computer 101 class.

Learn about the different ways your computer can be compromised and how to avoid major computer headaches by using free software that can help protect your computer from viruses, spyware and more.

Protecting Your Computer 101
Saturday, December 10, 2-3:30 p.m.
Community Technology Center, Level 4, Central Library

Heartwarming and reflective stories are inviting on a chilly winter’s evening.

Eight become cooking school students and learn even more about life.

Moving, touching, wonderfully written and inspiring - adjectives that describe all these books and more.

The holiday season always brings about warm, fuzzy feelings to me. Memories of holidays of long ago bounce in and out of my reverie. The winter night that my sister and I spied Santa and Mrs. Santa putting our wished for swing set together in the backyard. It was a revelation for both of us. We never told Mom and Dad and we were “surprised” on Christmas day. The end of innocence.

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