Anxiously awaiting for The Help to arrive in theaters? Check out Mudbound while you wait.
Hillary Jordan's captivating story takes place in the post-World War II Mississippi Delta. Laura McAllan is a city-bred woman who moves with her husband and family to a farm she aptly names Mudbound. Told from the perspective of several characters, Mudbound grabbed my attention from the first sentence and didn't let go until the very last word.
Whether you want to talk about books or make them, restore your old furniture or learn about keeping chickens, Fresh City Life My Branch has the answer for you this week!
Have an old piece of furniture or a door hanging around that you keep thinking you'll restore, but have never gotten around to it or don't know how? Get inspired with Restore Your Old Wood Furniture (and save a tree!) on Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 at the Bear Valley Branch. Irina Bertini of Denver Urban Homesteading will teach you about how to best restore antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets.
Did you know:
It costs an average of $28,759 a year to house someone in prison.
The size of Colorado’s prison population has increased four-fold in the past 20 years and is expected to grow to over 27,000 people by 2013.
For those released on mandatory parole in Colorado, 65% will be returned to prison within three years.
The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) is a non-profit organization that was formed to halt the exponential growth in the state prison population and to advocate for reintegration and alternatives to prison. Their 200-page book Go: Getting on After Getting Out provides extensive information to help people prepare for release and successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities.
The holiday weekend promises to be a hot one! Stay cool inside with a movie about American history and culture.
As a child, I looked forward to the Fourth like it was Christmas in July. I wasn't especially patriotic or anything, it was just that the Fourth of July was the one day in the whole year when all of the kids ruled the neighborhood. We had a bike parade, an ice cream social, a block party that took up the whole street, and we shot off fireworks from the time we woke up until midnight, starting with caps and snakes in the daylight and ending with the most dramatic, colorful, and highest-flying for a nighttime spectacle (I didn't grow up in Denver so I wasn't breaking any laws!)
I started volunteering at the Denver Public Library in February of 2010. I had just finished my first semester of my third year at Pitzer College in Claremont, California and had decided to take a leave of absence for the Spring semester. I needed to do something with myself during my time off because I didn’t want to only laze around (though I had plans to do some of that).
It was important to me that I pursued my interests: tutoring, working with kids, and continuing to learn. The library seemed like a good first stop. Ultimately, I accomplished my goal of tutoring and working with kids instead by volunteering with Denver Public Schools, but I also volunteered at the two nearest library branches to me at the time: Ross-University Hills and Eugene Field.
Join us for How to Live on the Cheap: Thriving in the Recession this Saturday, July 2, at 1:00 p.m. at the Ross University Hills Branch.
Laura Daily, co-owner of MileHighontheCheap will share tips for saving money during these tough economic times. During this free event, she'll talk about ways to save on groceries (wait 'til you see her coupon system!), dining out, shopping, travel, and attending local cultural events. She'll also explain the ins and outs of deal of the day sites, how to find free and low-cost classes and workshops, and safely join and navigate e-Clubs and other online loyalty and savings web sites.
Want to see the best sights while travelling? Denver Public Library can help.
I just returned from a vacation during which my parents and I used several books to determine which sights to see. Quality books on a destination can be invaluable. DPL has a wide variety of books to check out. If you tend to want to purchase books, you can always check out ours in order to determine which books you wish to buy. We attempt to have the most current (including 2011) guides available, but please check them out early since many individuals already know about these resources.