What If Shakespeare Wasn't Really Shakespeare?

Possible portrait of William Shakespeare

What if William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon didn't actually write the plays and poems of "Shakespeare?" What if someone else secretly wrote them and Shakespeare was merely a front?

This is the plot of the new movie Anonymous, but the Shakespeare authorship question has been around for more than 200 years. The historical Shakespeare didn't leave much of a paper trail - and some people believe he lacked the education and experience to write such masterpieces of English literature as Hamlet and Macbeth.

Many different people have been proposed as the true author of his works - Christopher Marlowe, Francis Bacon, and even Queen Elizabeth herself!

Hold the turkey, hold the stuffing.


Are you freaked out because your son is bringing his vegan girlfriend for Thanksgiving? Wondering what to feed a gluten-free friend? Cooking for someone who has food preferences different from your own can be daunting. Fortunately, the internet has a treasure trove of recipes that will please any type of eater. So get out your laptop, fire up the oven, and prepare to sit down to a feast that everyone on your guest list can enjoy!

You're probably wondering what a post about special diets is doing in the Library's Technology Blog. Well if you're an adventurer like me, you hop online to get the latest news, check weather reports, and ooo and awwwww over photos of your friends' kids. The web is also my favorite place to find recipes! It's true. I can often be found whipping up vegan vittles in my kitchen with my laptop sitting safely atop the breakfast bar. I have piles of vegan cookbooks, but when I've cooked for friends with different dietary restrictions I went to the internet for recipes.

Coloradans Who Saved America: Veterans Remembered

Fairmount Heritage Foundation

Fresh City Life My Branch and the Fairmount Heritage Foundation present Coloradans Who Saved America: Veterans Remembered on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Learn about the rich military history of Denver's two oldest cemeteries, Fairmount and Riverside, going all the way back to the Civil War, including eight Medal of Honor recipients, the Spanish-American War, and Nisei. Bring an unopened toiletry item to be donated to the Denver Veteran's Hospital for veterans in need. Presented by Fairmount Heritage Foundation volunteers Garry & Joan O'Hara.

Look for more Fresh City Life My Branch programs here!


Nipper and the Gramophone

According to a recent article in USA Today, Denver ranks as the 8th worst city in the nation for traffic congestion.

If you feel your blood pressure rise during your commute or while running errands, why not make use of that time and listen to a book on tape?

You could reread an old favorite, learn a new language or fill in those gaps in your knowledge by listening to a biography or classic you never got around to reading.

Remember, Remember -- Poppies for November

Guest Blogger Trish Tilly gets us sorted out on the ubiquitous poppies of November.


On Remembrance Day in Great Britain, the Queen lays a wreath made of poppies on the Cenotaph, a monument in Whitehall that commemorates all the dead in all wars in which British soldiers have fought.

This day of remembrance coincides with similar ceremonies in the United States, Canada, France and all British Commonwealths. Americans call it Veteran's Day.

Being Elmo

Elmo and Kevin

Once upon a time, Tickle Me Elmo had adults standing in line. The new documentary about Kevin Clash and Elmo will explain why and how they became the face and voice of Love.

Kevin Clash developed a "Muppet mindset" watching hours of Sesame Street and making puppets as a child. He first shared his story in his book, My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love, and Laughing Out Loud. Now film fans are eagerly anticipating the new documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey which won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and is in limited release.

Calling All Fantasy Fans: Colorado Authors Series Event with Carrie Vaughn

Kitty's Big Trouble

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Boulder author Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series, on Saturday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Ms. Vaugh's popular series starting Kitty Norville, Denver DJ and werewolf, debuted in 2005 with Kitty and the Midnight Hour. The series is still going strong 7 books later with the 2011 release Kitty's Big Trouble.

Recent Reads on Differences

As a person with a disability, I am always interested in new books about others who live with differences.

I have read three books lately. In The Anti-Romantic Child, Priscilla Gilman who is an expert on the poet, Wadsworth, intertwines his poetry as she describes her journey as a mother of a son with special needs. Elizabeth Bonker is an adolescent who has autism and writes poetry, though she is unable to speak. I Am in Here describes her life and how her parents have helped her.

Preparing for the Holidays & Living Well Always

Yes, it's that time of year already--time to start thinking about the winter holidays! How can Fresh City Life My Branch make your holiday season bright this year?

Start off this Wednesday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the Smiley Branch with Sustainable Gifts for the Holidays. Learn how to make your own evergreen wreaths, cinnamon pine cones, and seed bomb gift bags. Reuse items that the land has to offer to make the winter season brighter for your family and friends. Presented by Kelly Watson of The Permaculture Project.

'MetaMaus' Celebrates 25 Years of Maus

Twenty five years ago, Art Spiegelman gave us Maus, a story about enduring and surviving the Holocaust and the father/son relationship that developed afterward. The only graphic novel to have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, it is now iconic, and has influenced how many of us think about comics, narrative and fiction, and literature.

And now, to celebrate and commemorate this groundbreaking work, Spiegelman has given us MetaMaus, a behind-the-scenes explanation and exploration of the work.

If you are interested in more graphic novels of the non-superhero, and non “funny papers” variety, here are a few places to start.

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