Traveling for the Holidays? Don't Miss Out on Your Holds!


Have you been waiting for that special item for a long time? Perhaps a popular DVD or a bestselling book? Don't let your holiday travel plans get in the way of you getting those long-awaited holds!

You can keep your place in the holds queue AND keep items from arriving while you are gone by suspending your holds! By suspending your holds, you will keep moving up the list, but the hold will not be sent for you to pick up until on or after date you specify. You'll never have to miss out on a hold again just because you were out of town when it arrived!

Catch the Holiday Spirit!

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Are you ready for the holidays? Whether you want to check out eReaders so that you know which one to give or ask for, create some handmade gifts, or need some suggestions for perfect party appetizers, Fresh City Life My Branch has ideas for you this week!

Is an eReader on your holiday list? Find out all about them in: eMedia: What is it, and how does it work? on Friday, December 2, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Learn how to download an electronic audio or book to your computer, iPod, mp3 player, iPhone, Droid, or eReader!

Me and Emiliana Torrini

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If you were knocked out by the Sucker Punch soundtrack like I was you might want to further explore the work of Emiliana Torrini.

Born in Iceland of Icelandic and Italian parents Torrini has been a collaborator in the dance music scene for some years now. Working with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Paul Oakenfold, she lends her stylish sense and her fairy tale vocals to their works. Her own albums are a departure from the dance music scene and are reminiscent of a funky Tori Amos, or perhaps Regina Spektor.

From her sweet, sad and tender "Today has been OK" to the upbeat "Jungle Drum" her songs run the gamut.

Sharing Holiday Photos

(photo courtesy of Awkward Family Photos)

The savory smells of roasting food, the clink and chime of silverware and glass, uncle Jim having a few too many and falling asleep with his mustache awkwardly mashed into the couch, and the click and flash of cameras as we document everything; the holidays are times for making and capturing memories.

With digital cameras and the internet, it’s easier than ever to capture every moment – the sweet, the funny, and the possibly traumatic – and share it with friends and family.


Are you experiencing an overload of sweetness this holiday season? Then you may need some respite in the form of movies featuring people not at their best during the festivities.

A Budapest gift shop is the setting for antagonistic co-workers Alfred Kralik (Jimmy Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) who are lonelyheart pen pals but don't realize it in The Shop Around the Corner. Here's a clip of Alfred counseling Klara on her choice of blouses:

Anne McCaffrey, 1926-2011


Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Grandmaster Anne McCaffrey passed away on November 21 at the age of 85.

She published her first short story in 1953 and was best known for her Pern series of novels. She was the first woman to win both the Hugo and Nebula awards. For many, McCaffrey's books provided an introduction to the worlds of science fiction and fantasy when they were teens. Her son, Todd, has continued the Pern series.

Magazine of the Month - Godey's Lady's Book

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Published from 1830 - 1898 by Louis A. Godey, Godey's Lady's Book was one of the most successful women's magazines of the 19th century and a model for women's magazines for decades to come. By 1860 Godey's had a circulation of 150,000 and an estimated readership of one million. The magazine included fiction, poetry, biographical sketches, health tips, crafts, sheet music, house plans and recipes. But it was especially known for its hand colored fashion plates. The Denver Public Library has issues of Godey's from 1831 - 1878.

Thankful for Library Programs!

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While Fresh City Life My Branch programming is taking a bit of a break for the holiday this week, take the opportunity to be thankful for the library and all the FREE programs it provides to enrich our lives! Like us on Facebook!

Then mark your calendar for some of these upcoming programs in December! See you then!

What eReader is Right for You?

There are so many eReaders on the market, it can be confusing trying to figure out which one is the right one for you. One big question I hear from Denver Public Library patrons all the time is, “which one works with the materials I can download from your website?” The answer is most of them should work, some better than others. I have had the opportunity to play with a few of the commonly used eReaders, and here is what I see as the pros and cons to each:

Kindle – The Kindle only recently started working with the library’s downloadable eBooks, but it is probably the easiest device to use. All other eReaders require a separate software to be installed on your computer before you can transfer a title to your device. With the Kindle, it’s all done wirelessly.

Uke Can Play the Melody

YouTube is full of Ukulele Girls (and Guys) today, but where would they be without the original "Ukulele Lady?"

May Singhi Breen (1895-1970) was a ukulele performer and teacher who helped popularize the Hawaiian instrument in the '20s and '30s. After receiving an unwanted ukulele as a gift, she tried to exchange it for a bathrobe. When the store wouldn't take it back, she decided to learn to play it instead.

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