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Geeking Out For Teen Tech Week

People and places of Virginia Village

Teen Tech Week is March 4th - 10th. As it gets closer, I want to highlight some of the neat things you can do with the programs installed on the public PCs at your local branch, starting with some image editing in a program called GIMP.

GIMP is free software for manipulating images and is installed on all of our public PCs. You can find it in the Start menu under Utilities.

It is a very robust, powerful program that you can spend a lot of time getting to know. (See the documentation and some tutorials at gimp.org/docs.) What I want to share with you is a very simple and specific procedure: creating an animated gif like the one at the top of this post.

Colorado Blue Spruce YA Book Award Announced!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

The 2012 winner of the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award was recently announced:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, by Jeff Kinney

Runners up:

The Maze Runner, James Dashner

City of Glass, Cassandra Clare

Designer Fallene Wells has a lot on her fashion plate

Designer Fallene Wells

Frock Out's guest judge, Fallene Wells, has her dreams in sight!

I'm really excited that Fallene Wells, one of Denver's most talented designers and a graduate of the fast-paced reality competition Project Runway, will be our star judge for Frock Out 3. Though she's busy with a handful of really challenging projects of her own, Fallene didn't hesitate when asked to participate in Frock Out 2012.

Feel the Love with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

What do you love? Books? Crafts? Tea? Bread? Dogs? Building stuff with Lincoln Logs? Share your passion--or find a new one--with Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Love knitting? Share your knowledge at Sit 'n Knit at Bear Valley, Tuesday, February 14 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.  Beginners can learn from experts!

The Books on Broadway group will be discussing Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers on Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch.

THIS COOKBOOK TAKES THE CAKE

Rose's Heavenly Cakes

Move over, Cake Bible, and make way for Rose Levy Beranbaum's latest and most sinful cookbook, Rose's Heavenly Cakes.

This 500-page beauty has 100 recipes and photos for cakes, including the the whipped cream bundt cake, the Double Chocolate Valentine, and the Sicilian Pistachio Cake.  I plan to try the Miette's Tomboy, mostly because I li

In Praise of Beards

Leo Tolstoy

Although it may not go down in the annals of history, February 3rd, 2012, marked a momentous occasion. After 60 years of being banned, Disney Parks "cast members" aka face-to-face employees may now sport a beard.

The change in policy allows neatly trimmed beards up to a quarter inch in length which doesn't mean they'll be joining the ranks of the seven dwarfs anytime soon but it is the biggest step against facial hair oppression since employees were allowed mustaches in 2000.

FREE Online Entertainment

Computers are great. Seriously, think of all they do for us. They spell check our horribly written term papers, they help us find dinner for date night, and they help us keep in contact (some say too much so) with all our friends on Facebook. Most importantly tho, they can distract us for hours on end when we are trapped inside by a couple feet of snow. Here are some suggestions of places you can go for free online entertainment:

Music:

Pandora.com - On Pandora you can create radio stations that play the type of music you like. You start with an artist or song and Pandora tries to find similar songs for you to listen to; this has the added bonus of being a great way to learn about new bands!

Grooveshark.com - Grooveshark allows you to create a playlist by searching for artists or titles you like. You then drag them into a play bar and it will play the songs you have chosen in the order you have put them in.

Couples collaborating: Farrow and Allen

The Hannah and Her Sisters movie poster

Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's incredibly public breakup, which gave tabloids more fodder than they could ever dream from a Hollywood couple, remains in the public consciousness. So much so, it overshadows the many excellent films the two made as a couple--some of Allen's finest films.

For ten years, Farrow starred in all thirteen of Allen's films. The collaboration began in 1982, with A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, with Farrow part of the ensemble. Farrow soon became Allen's romantic interest in films (Zelig or Broadway Danny Rose), but more often she became the lead character. Farrow is the protagonist in films like The Purple Rose of Cairo and September. In three of the films--Alice, Hannah and Her Sisters and Another Woman--Farrow portrays the titular character.

The Reading Rocket Rides Triumphant

The Reading Rocket emerges from the depths of the library to start its day.

Many mornings I catch the glorious sight of the Denver Public Library Reading Rocket leaving to begin its rounds. The Reading Rocket serves many locations throughout the Denver metro area. Check it out for locations near you.

If you love bookmobiles as much as we do, here are some titles for you:

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

Fresh City Life My Branch is Green!

Fresh City Life My Branch taught me how to make a terrarium!

Last week I attended a Fresh City Life My Branch class at Ross-Cherry Creek, and learned how to make a terrarium! Terrariums are in the midst of a huge comeback, and these tiny eco-systems are popping up everywhere. We learned about what ingredients make a successful terrarium, and then designed our own to take home. It was so fun and easy, you can make a terrarium in almost any container.

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