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May is Off and Running...or Flying...With Fresh City Life My Branch!

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Whether you want to make something, learn something, or soar with Amelia Earhart, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!

Still have questions about your eReader, or considering getting one? Learn all about them and how they work with library collections in eBooks 101 on Thursday, May 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch! Bring your laptop and/or device, and be ready to learn! Come during the time when we'll be talking about your particular questions:

5 p.m. - Audio eBooks

5:30 p.m. - Kindle Books

6 p.m. - Nooks and other eReaders

Choose Privacy Week May 1 - May 7, 2012

Choose Privacy Week

Choose Privacy Week will take place May 1-7, 2012 and is an ongoing program of the American Library Association.

Choose Privacy Week is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.

Barbara Jones, executive director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), discusses Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7, 2012), a national public awareness campaign that aims to educate the public on how to protect their privacy and understand their rights.

The Situation
It’s time for Americans to take charge of their information privacy.

Children’s Poetry: Beyond “Where the Sidewalk Ends”

Not to cast any aspersions on America’s most beloved children’s poet, but there is much more to poetry for young people than the great Shel Silverstein. April is National Poetry Month, and thus a perfect opportunity to explore the wide world of children’s poetry.

From anthologies of works by modern children’s poets to poem picture books to novels in verse, children’s poetry is a wide open and growing genre full of humorous, touching, and imaginative writing that is sure to inspire and delight any child who is exposed to it.

Heart of a Samurai: NPR's Back-Seat Book Club Pick for May

Heart of a Samurai

In 1841, fourteen-year-old Nakahama Manjirō is fishing with friends when their boat is shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Japan. They are rescued by an American whaling ship and after requesting to stay aboard the ship, Nakahama becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States. This incredible true story is the basis for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club selection for May.

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus is the story of a boy who is a simple fisherman but dreams of becoming a samurai. He never lets go of his dreams, despite living in a society where there is no chance for changing your station in life. After his rescue from the island, he is given a great opportunity: travel to California and begin a new life.

Google lets users go for a 5TB Drive

Earlier this week, Google introduced Google Drive, a free cloud-storage system for Google users. Users get 5GB storage for free and can buy up to 1TB through monthly subscriptions.

Many years ago, when Gmail started, a Gdrive always seemed imminent. There was even a “g-drive” extension for Firefox, which turned a Gmail account into an online hard drive--except all the files were split into 25MB parts, limiting its usefulness. It also was an independent geek creation, not an official Google product.

Nathen Maxwell and the Original Bunny Gang

Cover of the album White Rabbit

Did you know that Nathen Maxwell, also of the Celtic punk band Flogging Molly, simultaneously leads this phenomenal reggae group?

Maxwell, evidently a jack of all trades, plays bass in Flogging Molly, but in the Bunny Gang surprises and delights in a different niche as guitarist, melodica player, and vocalist. Meanwhile, his dad, the artist known as maxwellvision [sic], plays drums and percussion, Michael Peralta takes the bass, and Nat Nelson is on guitar and vocals. With this humble arrangement, they manage to create a deep grooving smoothness of sound that's tough to surpass. This is music to dance to at its finest.

Moths Attack!

The Silence of the Lambs

With such a mild winter the Miller Moths have arrived with a vengeance, and just before them those little tiny moths (Clothes Moths) arrived en masse to my house. You know, the ones that will eat all your favorite sweaters and you won't know until the fall...

So with moths on the mind I thought I would throw together a little list of all things moth-y!

Mothman Prophecies This movie is a strange and lurid account of the strange occurrences that took place in the 1960s in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. With appearances lasting for only a year, the mothman has had a place in the canon of American urban legends ever since.

Looking for something awesome to read?

image of godzilla reading by Olivier Pichard

Do you know exactly the kind of book you want to read next, or are you looking for something different?

Do you really like funny stories? Perhaps steampunk is more your thing? Maybe you need to read some historical fiction for school? Looking for more books like A Child Called It? We have many excellent teen book lists for you to choose from.

Tech, Tea, and Bond...James Bond

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

April is almost over, but that doesn't mean that Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programming is! Join us this week and learn some new technology, sip a beverage, or dream about having a martini with James Bond!

Want to take your investing to the next level? Learn to use the Denver Public Library database ValueLine at Ross University Hills during Tuesday Technology Night on Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. ValueLine has a wealth of information to help you make wise investment decisions--and it's always available with your library card from any computer!

Too Young For the Hunger Games books?

Everyone, it seems, wants to read the Hunger Games – even elementary school kids. But how young is too young? These are, after all, books that take place in a post-apocalyptic world in which teenagers are forced to kill other teenagers. Surely, they are not appropriate for younger readers.
Or are they?

Although the plot of the books is somewhat shocking, the author gives her subject matter a thoughtful and thought-provoking treatment that rises above the gruesome premise. The main character, Katniss, is a hero in the classic sense – a strong and smart survivor who makes interesting and even admirable moral choices within the immoral universe in which she finds herself.

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